Clinical Interviewing essay

Question description

Assignment 1: An
Interview of Your Choice
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
complete the assignment presented below.
In order to really learn about
interviewing, you must practice doing interviews. There is no substitute for
direct experience in learning about interviewing. This assignment will be the
first of several interviews you conduct during this course.
Find a volunteer to role-play a
client. The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to the experience of
formulating questions and gathering information during a clinical interview.
You are not expected to have mastered these skills in week 1 nor even by the
end of this course. Clinical interviewing is a skill that requires a lot of
practice and years of training.
Here, you will simply interview the
volunteer who is role-playing a client that is having trouble at work. Be sure
to develop a plan for the interview ahead of time. What is the purpose of your interview? 
How will you achieve that purpose?
Be sure to follow the ethical
guidelines you have read about, including competence, confidentiality, and
informed consent. The interview should be at least 10 minutes in length but no
more than 20 minutes.
After you complete your interview,
provide a thoughtful discussion of the following:
How did you prepare for the interview? Be sure to list the
questions used in your interview and provide a brief summary of the content of
your interview.
How long was the interview?  How much effort was
required to keep the interview to the required 10-20 minute timeframe?
What things made the interview difficult or uncomfortable?
Be as specific as possible.  For example, were there things you or your
client said or did during the interview that were uncomfortable? 
What factors made the interview welcoming and
comfortable?  Again be as specific as possible.
Did you think you were effective in probing and obtaining
As appropriate, cite the online content, the textbook, and
other credible, scholarly sources to substantiate the points you are making.
Apply APA standards for writing and citations to your work.

3 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

steps taken to prepare for the interview and submit the questions you will
use in the interview.


what factors made the interview difficult or uncomfortable and the factors
that made the interview welcoming and comfortable.


how effective you were in probing and obtaining information. Discuss what you
would do differently if you had to do the interview over.


ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from text,
peer-reviewed research articles, appropriate professional field-related Web
sites, and personal experience.


in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship
in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate
spelling, grammar, and punctuation.



I’m fine if you start this on Monday to have completed by early Wednesday evening.