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GC 684 Effective Clinical Interviewing Information


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.

Course Code: GC 684.

Contact hours of continuing education = 50.

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, DMM.Ed, MA, BA

Link to Resume: Resume

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) 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

Link to Purchase on click here

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-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 course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

GRADINGYou 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 AIHCP and will be permitted one more attempt to retake the online examination.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours.

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida State Board of Nursing  Provider # 50-11975.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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  • 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:

  • Verbalize a comprehensive definition of clinical interviewing
  • Understand the nature of the interviewer-client relationship
  • Formulate practical approaches for managing professional and ethical issues
  • Recognize the role ethno cultural background and diversity affect interviewers listening behaviors
  • Recognize various attending behaviors
  • Identify non-directive and directive listening responses
  • Understand the many types of questions available to interviewers
  • Identify theoretical frameworks from which questions are generated
  • Asses the benefits and liabilities of using questions with clients
  • Describe inappropriate and unethical questions
  • Understand general guidelines for using questions in an interview
  • Apply a range of directive action responses
  • Define Carl Rogers core conditions
  • Identify psychoanalytic and interpersonal variables affecting rapport
  • Integrate behavioral and social psychology variables into a clinical interview
  • Employ feminist relationship factors in a clinical interview
  • Understand why solutions-focused factors are emphasized in the clinical interview
  • Describe structural models defining what happens in an interview
  • Effect the introduction phase of the interview
  • Compose the opening stage of the interview
  • Understand processes in the information gathering stage of the interview
  • Understand the components of the closing stage of the interview
  • Understand the process of the termination stable of the interview
  • Explain the nature and objectives of a typical intake interview
  • Express strategies for identifying client problems and goals
  • Express strategies for obtaining historical information
  • Describe agency/institutional guidelines affecting the intake interview
  • Explain intake interview process limited by managed care or time constraints
  • Demonstrate how to write a professional intake report
  • Define the mental status examination
  • Understand cultural issues affecting the MSE
  • Identify components of a MSE
  • Assess when a full MSE is or is not needed
  • Demonstrate how to write a MSE report
  • Identify your perspective on suicide
  • Conduct a suicide risk assessment
  • Conduct a suicide assessment interview
  • Discuss implications for positively and negatively worded questions in the suicide assessment interview
  • Discuss differences between traditional and contemporary suicide assessments
  • Understand suicide intervention methods
  • Describe essential methods for working with suicidal clients
  • Understand basic principles of psychiatric diagnosis
  • Describe common problems with assessment and diagnosis
  • Utilize methods and procedures for a diagnostic assessment
  • Understand and demonstrate treatment planning
  • Understand resistance
  • Compare strategies for addressing resistance
  • Explain specific techniques for working with different types of resistance
  • Apply strategies and techniques for working with substance abusing clients
  • Discuss assessment and prediction of violent/dangerous clients
  • Identify interviewing guidelines for crisis situations
  • Discuss special considerations with working with youth
  • Apply strategies for making a good first impression with youth
  • Discuss confidentiality
  • Employ a specific technique for talking with youth about goals
  • Demonstrate user-friendly assessment and information-gathering strategies
  • Discuss methods of reassuring, supporting and empowering youth
  • Address important issues when ending a session
  • Define couples and families
  • Apply previously discussed interviewing stages and tasks to couple and family work
  • Identify practical and philosophical issues in working with couples and families
  • Identify therapy concepts
  • Assess when an/or how to shift from individual to couple or family work
  • Define cultural competence
  • Understand importance of self-assessing personal cultural biases and cultural self
  • Discuss issues related to interviewing various cultures
  • Discuss issues related to interviewing LGBT, disabled and religious clients
  • Understand cautions and guidelines when interviewing minority clients


A brief abstract of content:

  • Theoretical orientation
  • Foundations and preparations
  • Basic attending behaviors
  • Questions and action skills
  • Evidence-based approaches
  • The interview process
  • Intake interview
  • Mental Status Exam
  • Suicide assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Demanding situations
  • Interviewing young clients
  • Interviewing couples
  • Interviewing diverse populations

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