The Interviewing Process

  • Samuel M. Turner
  • Nancy Heiser
  • Michel Hersen


The interview is the foundation for all clinical enterprises. During the interview, the clinician learns about the patient’s difficulties and establishes the rapport needed for a productive relationship. Also, during the course of the interview, the clinician obtains the critical information needed to make decisions regarding diagnosis and, in some cases, disposition. One cannot be a good diagnostician or clinician without proper interviewing skills. Indeed, a clinician with poor inter­viewing skills who makes critical decisions about a patient’s needs represents a threat to the health of those being served.


Mental Health Anxiety Disorder Ethnic Minority Mental Health Care Panic Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel M. Turner
    • 1
  • Nancy Heiser
    • 1
  • Michel Hersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.School of Professional PsychologyPacific UniversityForest GroveUSA

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