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Therapeutic Interviewing (PSY-310)

Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Dates: 

August 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze the principles of the therapeutic relationship and how a therapeutic alliance is formed; ascertain the motivation of a client who enters treatment; identify the elements of conversational skills necessary for joining and maintaining an interview; describe reflecting skills that explore the content, feelings and meanings of the client's story; identify questions and goal setting skills necessary for an effective therapeutic interview; analyze the principles of summarizing and terminating therapy sessions; investigate common mistakes that can lead to ineffective therapy; examine the intake, mental status exam and crisis counseling aspects of the therapeutic assessment interview; determine the skills needed for conducting a therapeutic interview with children, couples, families and groups; and compare the context of interviewing at the therapist's office to the client's home to alternative settings.

Instruction: 

This course covers general principles of effective interviewing and provides students with foundational strategies, skills, and tools of therapeutic interviewing along with an understanding of the formats and settings in which they will be working.  Instruction also focuses on equipping novice therapists with a basic understanding of interviewing and explores how they can develop the skills to become competent therapists.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Social Sciences, Social Work, Addiction Counseling, Psychology, Mental Health, or Counseling (8/18).

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