Skills and Strategies for Conducting Excellent Clinical Interviews

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site


This morning I had the honor of spending two hours with counselors from the Western Tidewater Community Services Board in beautiful Virginia. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in Virginia, but the magic of Zoom made the connection and collaboration possible.

The presentation focused on how to integrate assessment and relational factors into an initial clinical interviews. The powerpoints are here:

Before signing off, I want to emphasize how much I enjoyed the short and Zoom-based interactions I had with the Western Tidewater clinicians. They were focused, interested, and engaged. Being with them (over 120 people) increased my belief that there are good people in the world. Thanks!

3 thoughts on “Skills and Strategies for Conducting Excellent Clinical Interviews”

  1. Dear Dr. Sommers-Flanagan,
    Am I able to show these clips and your PowerPoint to my students? I am teaching an undergrad class on interviewing skills. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

    1. Hi Wendy,

      You’re welcome to use the ppts. I hope they’re helpful. The main content in these involve the stages/structure of the clinical interview. I’m not 100% sure the videos will open in/on your computer. If they do, you’re welcome to use them. I edited them and inserted them into the ppts, but sometimes they don’t transfer to other computers.

      Good luck and have fun.


      1. Thank you. I was able to view the videos and I thought they would be great to illustrate reflective listening, which is the concept I’m teaching right now, as well as the appropriate use of questions. Enjoy your weekend!

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