What do you feel are your strengths in terms of conducting a helping interview?

Prior to completing this discussion be sure to read Chapter 13 of the text Patient Practitioner Interaction as you will be required to cite the text in your discussion.

The first interview with a patient… this can be a nerve racking experiencing for new practitioners… what will the patient be like. Will they be willing to provide the necessary information, will they want to discuss difficult topics, will they be aggressive or will the interview go smooth without difficulty? In most cases we hope for the last scenario, but unfortunately sometimes we experience difficult interviews with patients. Our response as practitioners can determine the outcome when working with the patients that may be a little more difficult to assess. For example, it is often helpful to tell a patient that has been a victim of a crime that has led to an injury that they are in control during the interview and if it becomes difficult to talk about the event, that is okay. As the text states non-verbals also come into play. The interview is the first experience a patient has with the practitioner and first impressions count! It is therefore important to be professional and caring in these interactions even when the patient has participated in behaviors of which we may not approve of.

In your discussion please address the following:

What do you feel are the most important aspects of the helping interview? Why?
What do you feel are your strengths in terms of conducting a helping interview?
What are you weaknesses with a helping interview? How can you improve on you interviewing skills? Please be specific.
The text states that as practitioners we need to be therapeutic to individuals that have participated in behaviors that are not socially acceptable (such as a rapist or individual that uses illegal drugs). Is there a certain population of people of which you feel that will be particularly difficult to work with? How can you try to work on your judgments towards these individuals so you can provide them with the necessary care?

Davis, C. M. , & Musolino, G. M. (2016). Patient practitioner interaction (6th ed.). Thorofare, NJ:

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