Clinical interviews and assessments often involve asking deeply personal information around sensitive topic areas. Disclosing details of substance use, sexual activities, compulsive or habitual behaviors or involvement in the criminal justice system may invoke shame and clients may face practical, economic and interpersonal risks by sharing this information. This course offers a framework for gathering information needed to complete thorough assessments with sensitivity and compassion. Using elements from both harm reduction and Internal Family Systems models, these sessions will walk you through how to formulate standardized questions to reduce stigma, how to manage your own internal judgments, how to evoke acceptance and self-compassion in the client and how to create a space for support, kindness, transformation and hope.
*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.
Approved for 2 contact/clock hours of continuing education credit by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine for the following professions: