The Clinical Interview

This seminar satisfies the continuing education requirement for content on Cultural Competency

Jennifer Berton, LICSW, CADC-II
5 CECs

Monday, July 29, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library, Rm 026 – Use Arch Street Entrance
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What questions do you ask your clients that get at the information you need? What language do you use? How do you take into account a client’s culture in the questions that you ask? How do you address silence, or an unwillingness to participate in the interview? How do you refocus a client or deescalate his or her aggression? What questions can you ask to get at specific symptoms and how do you adjust your query in session as needed? While many trainings examine symptoms, psychopathology, and existing diagnostic assessment tools, this seminar has the actual clinical interview at its focus. We will explore how to gather the information you need for diagnosis and treatment planning, and hone your clinical interviewing skills.

This seminar will teach participants how to utilize interviewing techniques that meet the needs of the clients they serve, which strengthens both the individual client’s treatment experience and the profession as a whole. The topic connects to diversity in allowing participants to attend to the diverse background of their clients in the specific questions that are utilized, as well as specific ideas in how to ask the questions, (e.g. language, non-verbal communication, vocal tone). It connects to ethics because attendees will learn how to ensure their clinical interviewing adheres to the strictest of ethical principles. It connects to advocacy because the better the clinical interview, the better treatment the clients will receive; treatment the clients deserve and need to build a healthy life.

This seminar will enable you to:

  • gather all the needed questions to conduct a solid clinical interview
  • learn the components of motivational interviewing
  • explore how to direct and redirect the path of the clinical interview
  • practice clinical interviewing skills; identify strengths and challenges