Beginning the Interview and Confidentiality
The first interview is generally the initial contact between client and therapist and sets the stage for the relationship. This chapter advises the practitioner about how to initiate the interview in a variety of clinical settings with regard to structure, conduct, and how to develop the therapeutic relationship. It approaches the initial interview in a straightforward and comprehensive manner. What is presented is not intended to be a "cookbook" of interviewing, but rather a guide to certain techniques. The ethical and legal issues of confidentiality, which are critical to any therapeutic relationship, are also examined. Further, this chapter explores the importance of a sense of trust between client and therapist.