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Essential Interviewing Skills for the Helping Professions

A Social Justice and Wellness Approach

Nicole Nicotera

Publication Date - June 2018

ISBN: 9780190876876

112 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $34.95

Essential Interviewing Skills for the Helping Professions reaches beyond most other essential skills for clinical interviewing books with its emphasis on social justice, attention to the role of microaggressions in clinical practice, and the upmost importance of practitioner wellness as integral to longevity in the helping professions.

Description

Essential Interviewing Skills for the Helping Professions reaches beyond most other essential skills for clinical interviewing books with its emphasis on social justice, attention to the role of microaggressions in clinical practice, and the upmost importance of practitioner wellness as integral to longevity in the helping professions. Each chapter addresses interviewing skills that are foundational to the helping professions from mental health to physical health, includes detailed exercises, addresses social justice, and discusses practitioner wellness opportunities. Sometimes clients' stories are fraught with trauma, other times their stories are bound within generations of substance addiction or family violence, while other clinical stories present personal and social obstacles that arise from years of oppression at the hands of prejudice and discrimination. This book therefore goes beyond the basic ideas of choosing when to use an open question or to reflect emotions by covering how to integrate social justice and knowledge of power, privilege, and oppression into the interviewing arena. Essential interviewing skills require the practitioner to not only purposefully listen to the client's story, but also to be self-aware and willing to acknowledge mistakes and learn from them. The work of the clinical interviewer is a continuous challenge of balancing listening, responding, action, and self-awareness, and this book is designed to help.

Features

  • Includes skills practice exercises in each chapter to allow readers to practice on their own, while educators can easily lift them from the text for classroom activities and/or assignments
  • Focuses on applying social justice and challenging microaggressions
  • Addresses practitioner wellness with exercises in each chapter

About the Author(s)

Nicole Nicotera, PhD, LICSW, is a social work educator and coordinator of the clinical skills training and the mind body courses for the Master of Social Work program at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where she also teaches mixed methods research for the PhD program. She is also a licensed independent clinical social worker with training and practice experience in the use of experiential therapies, expressive arts therapies, and other modalities with youth, family-youth groups, and couples. She is an active community engaged scholar and collaborates with community agencies to conduct research on their programs and help them use the results of that research to create stronger programs.

Reviews

"Essential Interviewing Skills for the Helping Professions by Nicole Nicotera is the book that I have been waiting for: an interviewing skills textbook that centers social work perspective. Nicotera illustrates implications of social justice in micro interactions with clear case examples and emphasizes mindful use of self in practice. The book also provides ample teaching resources for instructors. This book will greatly benefit students of social work and other helping professions." Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, MSW, Director, Master of Social Work Program; Associate Professor, Seattle University

"This well-organized book addresses very important aspects of interviewing in a clinical setting. Nicetora creates a thoughtful discussion of social justice, power, and privilege and ethics with skill building exercises making for an excellent teaching text for students and practitioners." - Sharon Kopyc, MSW, LCSW, is Director, Womanspace-Ardmore Drug and Alcohol Residential Facility

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Author Biography

    Chapter 1: Skills for Building Rapport
    Chapter 2: Skills for Ethical Interviewing
    Chapter 3: Skills for Obtaining the Initial Story
    Chapter 4: Skills to Deepen the Telling and Understanding of the Story
    Chapter 5: Skills for Understanding the Context of the Client's Story and Creating Goals
    Chapter 6: Beginning Skills for Intervention
    Chapter 7: Skills for Evaluation and Closure

    Index

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