Effective Interviewing of Children: A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Human Service Workers

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Psychology - 238 pages
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Interviews comprise the majority of professionals' interactions with children. In order to conduct effective interviews, professionals must possess effective communication skills, as well as knowledge of growth and development issues, data collection, and analysis. Though this is an important area of study, there has yet to be a book that effectively addresses this topic. In most cases, students studying to become clinicians are forced to rely on the observations of practicing professionals to learn child-focused interview techniques. This book differentiates between child and adult-focused interviews, presents an integrated account of the literature on child-focused interviews, and offers techniques and suggestions for addressing developmental differences. Chapters discuss a wide range of topics, including: child and professional variables; effective use of language; children with special needs; ethics in interviewing; and research and diagnostic clinical interviews. Aimed at upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, this book is essential for clinically oriented programs such as mental health counseling, social work, psychology, and marriage and family therapy. This book is also of interest to practicing professionals who seek to expand their knowledge of child-focused interview techniques. (Contains an index and 392 references.) (MKA)
 

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Contents

SelfAwareness in Children
10
CHAPTER 2
23
The Interpersonal Climate Between Child and Professional
30
Preliminary Guidelines
44
Timing of the Interview
57
Second Languages
70
Questioning
83
Understanding Perceived Resistance
96
The Withdrawn Child
116
Practical Considerations
136
CrossCultural Factors
151
Custody Evaluation
165
Diagnostic Systems
179
EPILOGUE
189
INDEX
225
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Working with ProfessionalChild Conflict
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About the author (1999)

Michael L. Zwiers, M.Ed. is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia, works in the Child and Adolescent Family Service (Mental Health Services) at Markham-Stouffville Hospital and contracts with the Psychiatry Department at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

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