Basic Interviewing: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Clinicians

Basic Interviewing: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Clinicians

Basic Interviewing: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Clinicians

Basic Interviewing: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Clinicians

Synopsis

This book offers clear and direct answers to the questions most frequently asked by students and trainees learning how to talk to clients and extract critical data from them. Its development reflects the old adage that "necessity is the mother of invention." For many years, the editors taught beginning level mental health clinicians. They found, however, no text to be satisfactory--including a number that they themselves were involved in producing. Some were too difficult; some were too simplistic; some were too doctrinaire; still others had missing elements.

Written in a reader-friendly "how-to" style, the chapters in Basic Interviewing are not weighed down by references. Rather, each contributor suggests readings for students and instructors who wish to pursue questions further.

After the initial overview chapter, there are 12 chapters addressing the nuts-and-bolts concerns of all clinicians that can be particularly vexing for neophytes. They cover a variety of issues from the most specific--like how to begin and end interviews--to the more general--like how to build rapport and identify targets for treatment. Throughout, rich clinical illustrations facilitate the pragmatic application of fundamental principles. Beginning graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology, social work, and other allied mental health fields, as well as psychiatric trainees, will find this text to be an indispensable companion.

Excerpt

Basic Interviewing: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Clinicians is a reflection of the old adage that necessity is the mother of invention. For many years, the editors of this text have taught beginning level clinicians at the master's and doctoral levels. However, no extant text has proven to be satisfactory, including a number edited by ourselves. Some were too difficult; some were too doctrinaire; others were too simplistic; still others had missing elements. Therefore, in consultation with a number of our colleagues and friends in the field, we developed the present format.

Basic Interviewing is designed to answer some of the questions posed most frequently by graduate students who are beginning to learn how to talk to clients and extract critical data from them. Written in a direct, how-to style, it has no references in the bodies of the chapters, but suggested readings do appear at the conclusion of each chapter for students or instructors who wish to pursue questions further. After the initial overview chapter, there are 12 chapters that deal with the nuts-and-bolts issues faced by all clinicians that can be particularly vexing for the neophyte.

We expect that students and trainees in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, mental health counseling, social work, psychiatry, and other allied mental health fields will find this text helpful. Throughout, rich clinical examples facilitate pragmatic application of fundamental principles.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Many people have contributed to the fruition of this book. First, we thank our contributors for sharing their clinical expertise with us. Second, we thank our assistants, Burt G. Bolton, Maura Sullivan, and Sue Warshal, for providing their technical expertise. And third, we thank Larry Erlbaum and his excellent editorial staff, who understood the importance of this project.

Michel Hersen

Vincent B. Van Hasselt . . .

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