Vistas Online 2011

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Increasing Intake Interview Skills: A Creative Approach

Melissa N. Freeburg and Joseph L. Van Winkle


Recognizing that counseling students, and even professionals practicing in the field, could use an additional set of vignettes to interact with, and more comprehensively express challenges in the intake interview, the current authors pose ten new ones in this article. In Irvin Yalom’s book, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (2005), he includes a chapter dedicated to problem patients. In this chapter he presents general client types with a description, effects on the group, and therapeutic considerations. Modeling his theoretical design, the ten vignettes each represent a “type” of client that represents different and unique challenges in the intake interview process. Furthermore, to reduce anxiety commonly connected to assessment based activities (Centra, 1993), and to make the interaction more creative, the use of commonplace storybook characters have been used.

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