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Clinical Interviewing with Children

Abstract:

The aim of this chapter was to provide a comprehensive overview of clinical interviewing with children. The chapter details the basic clinician competencies essential for obtaining the requisite breadth and depth of necessary information for case conceptualization, diagnosis, and responding to the referral. Clinicians must possess an extensive knowledge of developmental trajectories and symptoms of psychopathologies and medical disorders commonly observed in children. Clinicians must also be prepared to recognize and address a range of cultural influences that include language barriers, acculturation, the involvement of the family, and additional factors that influence information provided by the child and family members. APA and DSM-IV-TR guidelines for cultural formulation and practice are discussed. Review and suggestions for employing developmentally appropriate language and question format are also examined. Last, considerations and