Ending the Interview
The first clinical interview is a dynamic, interpersonal process. At its core is a human relationship. A universal description of the process is as impossible as it is impractical. Nonetheless, this chapter attempts to provide a pragmatic overview of what is involved in ending the first interview. The list of issues addressed is by no means exhaustive; nor are the suggestions intended to be absolute prescriptions. The goal is simply to introduce some of the more critical elements of the closing phase. The changing needs of the client and therapist will determine to what extent the suggestions are applicable and the manner in which they are followed.