Functions of Therapeutic Interview

For this assignment, you are to conduct an initial interview with a fake client in which you will develop rapport, identify current concerns, and provide some structure for future treatment if deemed necessary.
The person you interview must use a FICTITIOUS problem and they must not be anyone you know from a professional interaction. They should have a well-developed fake identity prior to beginning the interview (presenting concern, age, ethnicity, family, work, etc.).
The mock interview should be a minimum of 45 minutes long. You will record the interview and upload to Blackboard or email me your recording.Your paper will not be graded without submission of the videoed interview.
You should use the skills outlined in your book to facilitate engagement, initial stress reduction, establishing rapport, obtaining clarity regarding why the client is seeking services, and assessing what stage of change the client is in.
I will not be evaluating your skills; YOU will be evaluating your skills which will require you actually review the video after you conduct the interview. I will evaluate your ability to evaluate your skills.
Your written critique should be three to five double-spaced paged. You should begin byproviding an overview of the clients concerns, then discuss your formulation of the problem,then identify the techniques (as discussed in your book) that facilitated the therapeutic processand whether you stuck to the flow of the session (see below) and finally outline what youcould have done differently. Use APA style.
The Egan text does not discuss the natural flow of the therapy session. I believe that an awareness ofthis structure assists therapists with maintaining purpose and structure in treatment. Below is an overview of this structure as outlined by Kanfer and Schefft (1988).
Functions of the Therapeutic Interview:
1) Information Gathering-connecting current concern with multiple facets of the person
1. Not limited to the first session
2. What is the clients current life situation?
3. What is the clients background and family history?
4. Gather info about the clients educational, social, medical, and occupational history.
2) Assessment
5. Analysis of clients current complaints, resources, skills, and assets
6. Clarification of the problem (what precipitates it and what maintains it)
7. Assess motivation for change
8. How do education, social, medical factors, etc. affect current presenting concern?
9. Can this client self-regulate emotion/behavior?
Updated: 08.03.18
f. What type of supports does this client have?
3. 3) Information giving
1. Directive
2. Brief
3. Always check in with client to be sure the information you provided was understood
and correctly interpreted
4. 4) Instigation of change
1. Re-evaluate goals
2. Practice change behaviors in session
5. 5) Production of change
1. Assigned homework
2. Description of next step
3. Review/identify improvements
Structure Across Sessions
1. 1) of the clinician is to structure the interactions where changes are planned, evaluated, and supported. Therapeutic alliance is the main agenda
2. 2) Middle-facilitate action in clients daily life
3. 3) Later Sessions-client takes primary responsibility in direction session
Structure of the Therapeutic Hour
1. 1) The opening
1. Eases the client into the treatment structure
2. Between session events and moods are considered and used for transition into the
2. 2) Preparation of the central theme
1. Identifies goals for the session
2. Assists client with participation in the process
3. 3) Engagement and resolution of the central theme (this will not be paramount in the initial
interview-the central theme at this point is if the client will continue with treatment)
1. Deals with the current problems and strategies to resolve it
2. This is the period of highest emotional intensity of the hour
4. 4) Recapitulation and summary
1. Reviews what was discusses (using clients words)
2. Prepares for tasks to be completed to address concerns
5. 5) Winding down and closing
1. Assist client with disengaging from the therapeutic process

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