I have said so much about Skidmore on this blog, yet I just realized that I have not said much on assignments that I have to complete or have been given. So I thought it would be nice to talk about one in particular that I find interesting this semester. This particular assignment is not only interesting but also my first big assignment of the semester. It is a Clinical Interview for my …. you guessed it !! Clinical Psychology course.
In the class we have been discussing methods and skills necessary for conducting clinical interviews, the appropriate relationships that a therapist/ psychologist can have with their client, the kind of information that is okay to keep completely confidential and that which is necessary to share with someone else. Now Professor Rye, who wears the best knitted sweaters I have ever seen, wants the class to practice everything we have learned in a mock clinical interview. I guess anything more real in practice than this would be talking to a real client. But I’m sure we can agree that there are ethical issues involved with that idea. Rye organized for us to each be assigned to a student from his Abnormal Psychology course. These students will be our “play” clients whom we would be meeting for the first time. I made sure to say for the first time because all the introductory aspects of the interview are expected. This includes the ‘Hi, I am..”, “Everything here remains confidential..”, “Now tell me what brings you in…”. The interview has to be recorded and the “best” 6 minutes of it will be presented to the class. Our grade also depends on the review form the “client” completes about our interviewing skills.
I just finished contacting my “client” about when is best to meet for our interview. I still have not decided where to do the interview. But I am so thinking by one of the fire places of the atrium in the Dining Hall.