Conducting a successful professional interview is more than an exercise of technical skills. The specific approach an interviewer takes with any client should be informed by the interviewer's understanding of the client's needs and preferences exhibited within the developing relationship. Interviewing for the Helping Professions promotes a theory-driven, relational approach to professional interviewing across disciplines. The author's aim is to organically illustrate the theories and techniques of interviewing within the context of building and utilizing the therapeutic relationship.
The author uses example interviews to illustrate the variety of settings, clients, and issues interviewers encounter. Each interview is fully annotated with the theory and practice skills being exhibited. The emphasis on theory allows the reader to fully understand the underlying principles of interviewing, encouraging them to be present and in-the-moment with their clients. This comprehensive book is an indispensable resource for practice courses in counseling, human services, psychology, and social work programs.