Pa Der Vang and Ronald Rooney

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online June 2011 | | DOI:

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Social work interviews are purposeful conversations between practitioners and clients designed to facilitate cooperative working relationships by focusing on needs, wants, problems, resources, and solutions. They include attention to both verbal and nonverbal expression (listening, responding, body positioning, facial expressions, and gestures). Skills utilized are also influenced by setting and purpose. For example, the skills used in interviewing a child who might have experienced abuse are different from those used with a person experiencing substance abuse. Level of voluntarism, and hence relative control over the agenda for the session, is a key factor. Treatment approaches also have accompanying interview techniques that are influenced by the goals and philosophies of those approaches. However, it has been suggested that there are common underlying factors in the interaction of clients and practitioners that may supersede theoretical differences, including building rapport and engaging the client in the interview process. Social work, counseling, psychotherapy, and other helping professions are closely related in regard to the interviewing skills and techniques they all draw on.

Article.  6557 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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