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GC 684

effective clinical interviewing



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This CE course provides a very comprehensive overview of theories, processes and considerations when conducting a clinical interview.  Four broad areas of clinical interviewing are covered: 1. "Becoming a Mental Health Professional", 2. "Listening and Relationship Development", 3. "Structuring and Assessment" and, 4. Interviewing Special Populations."   Chapters within each area discuss research, theories, cultural issues, ethics, techniques and challenges.  Ultimately the course provides clear and practical knowledge of the clinical interview. This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills to conduct and document a high quality interview and assessment.  Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 50 contact hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: GC 684. Course Cost $ 200.00

Pre-requisite to course enrollment: this course is open to any interested health care professional. It is specifically designed as a CE course for recertification in a number of specialties including, grief counseling, stress management, crisis intervention, hypnotherapy, addictions counseling, ADHD consulting, and more.

Instructor/Course Author:

Dr. Tonia Richardson, DM, M.Ed, MA, BA

Link to resume                    

Email: drtoniarichardson@gmail.com

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

TIME FRAME: You are allotted three years from the date of enrollment, to complete this continuing education course. There are no set time-frames, other than the three year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the three year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this three-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

Textbook: There is one required textbook for this course:

Clinical Interviewing (5th edition) by: John Sommers-Flanagan and Rita Sommers-Flanagan. Wiley; 5 edition (September 30, 2013).

  • ISBN-10: 1118270045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118270042

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Grief Counseling. Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

ONLINE COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARDS: Enrolled students have full access to our online Student Community Message Boards. These message boards allow students in our CE courses to meet each other, communicate online, share information, discuss topics of study and interest and much more. Full access is provided via the online classroom.

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Verbalize a comprehensive definition of clinical interviewing
    2.) Understand the nature of the interviewer-client relationship
    3.) Formulate practical approaches for managing professional and ethical issues
    4.) Recognize the role ethno cultural background and diversity affect interviewers listening behaviors
    5.) Recognize various attending behaviors
    6.) Identify non-directive and directive listening responses
    7.) Understand the many types of questions available to interviewers
    8.) Identify theoretical frameworks from which questions are generated
    9.) Asses the benefits and liabilities of using questions with clients
    10.) Describe inappropriate and unethical questions
    11.) Understand general guidelines for using questions in an interview
    12.) Apply a range of directive action responses
    13.) Define Carl Rogers core conditions
    14.) Identify psychoanalytic and interpersonal variables affecting rapport
    15.) Integrate behavioral and social psychology variables into a clinical interview
    16.) Employ feminist relationship factors in a clinical interview
    17.) Understand why solutions-focused factors are emphasized in the clinical interview
    18.) Describe structural models defining what happens in an interview
    19.) Effect the introduction phase of the interview
    20.) Compose the opening stage of the interview
    21.) Understand processes in the information gathering stage of the interview
    22.) Understand the components of the closing stage of the interview
    23.) Understand the process of the termination stable of the interview
    24.) Explain the nature and objectives of a typical intake interview
    25.) Express strategies for identifying client problems and goals
    26.) Express strategies for obtaining historical information
    27.) Describe agency/institutional guidelines affecting the intake interview
    28.) Explain intake interview process limited by managed care or time constraints
    29.) Demonstrate how to write a professional intake report
    30.) Define the mental status examination
    31.) Understand cultural issues affecting the MSE
    32.) Identify components of a MSE
    33.) Assess when a full MSE is or is not needed
    34.) Demonstrate how to write a MSE report
    35.) Identify your perspective on suicide
    36.) Conduct a suicide risk assessment
    37.) Conduct a suicide assessment interview
    38.) Discuss implications for positively and negatively worded questions in the suicide assessment interview
    39.) Discuss differences between traditional and contemporary suicide assessments
    40.) Understand suicide intervention methods
    41.) Describe essential methods for working with suicidal clients
    42.) Understand basic principles of psychiatric diagnosis
    43.) Describe common problems with assessment and diagnosis
    44.) Utilize methods and procedures for a diagnostic assessment
    45.) Understand and demonstrate treatment planning
    46.) Understand resistance
    47.) Compare strategies for addressing resistance
    48.) Explain specific techniques for working with different types of resistance
    49.) Apply strategies and techniques for working with substance abusing clients
    50.) Discuss assessment and prediction of violent/dangerous clients
    51.) Identify interviewing guidelines for crisis situations
    52.) Discuss special considerations with working with youth
    53.) Apply strategies for making a good first impression with youth
    54.) Discuss confidentiality
    55.) Employ a specific technique for talking with youth about goals
    56.) Demonstrate user-friendly assessment and information-gathering strategies
    57.) Discuss methods of reassuring, supporting and empowering youth
    58.) Address important issues when ending a session
    59.) Define couples and families
    60.) Apply previously discussed interviewing stages and tasks to couple and family work
    61.) Identify practical and philosophical issues in working with couples and families
    62.) Identify therapy concepts
    63.) Assess when an/or how to shift from individual to couple or family work
    64.) Define cultural competence
    65.) Understand importance of self-assessing personal cultural biases and cultural self
    66.) Discuss issues related to interviewing various cultures
    67.) Discuss issues related to interviewing LGBT, disabled and religious clients
    68.) Understand cautions and guidelines when interviewing minority clients

Course Content

1.) Theoretical orientation
2.) Foundations and preparations
3.) Basic attending behaviors
4.) Questions and action skills
5.) Evidence-based approaches
6.) The interview process
7.) Intake interview
8.) Mental Status Exam
9.) Suicide assessment
10.) Diagnosis
11.) Demanding situations
12.) Interviewing young clients
13.) Interviewing couples
14.) Interviewing diverse populations

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