School Psychology Department
CLINICAL INTERVIEWING WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
This practice-oriented course will prepare students to conduct thoughtful and well-informed interviews with children, adolescents, and parents. Several types of techniques will be covered, including semi-structured interviews, structured interviews, and play interviews. Students will build skills in interviewing for different purposes, including initial psychotherapy sessions, diagnostic interviews, obtaining background as part of psychological assessments, and interviews done as part of the assessment of suicide and violence risk. Students will also attain competence with specialized interviews, such as the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) protocol done as part of the Massachusetts Children's Behavioral Health Initiative.