In order to be an effective counselor, we must learn how to have meaningful inte

In order to be an effective counselor, we must learn how to have meaningful interactions with
individuals and be able to hear and discuss any topic. The art of listening is imperative, and this
assignment gives you the opportunity to intently listen to another individual, digest information
that may be sensitive, interpret non-verbal communication, mood, etc. You also have the
opportunity to reflect with the individual and ask more questions that may naturally arise. The
interview is practice for you not to impose your own opinions or judgements prematurely but
maintain an unbiased, subjective point of view listening, and asking clarifying questions while
applying insights and prior learning.
Conduct an interview (this is NOT a counseling session) of at least 10 questions with ONE
person/couple that currently classifies themselves as the following:
● Married
● Separated
● Divorced
● Divorced and Remarried
● Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor
**You may also observe Family Court answering at least 10 questions via observation.
When formulating questions, think of information that may be beneficial to know as a counselor
working with individuals in a marriage and family session. The questions must be open-ended
considering implications such as the role of religion, cultural influences, environment, family of
origin, finances, children, etc. You may use information from our texts/videos to help you
formulate questions (remember to cite/reference information using current APA format when
Explain the Interview Assignment requirements to potential interviewees before conducting the
interview giving an example question. Remember to be sensitive to your interviewee as some
discussions may elicit painful or strong emotions.
The body of the Interview Assignment paper must be 3-5 pages and contain a general summary
of the interview along with your personal reaction/what you’ve learned.
● First 2-4 pages- Include an introduction of the person interviewed (marital status,
occupation, education, etc.) with permission of the interviewee. This portion should be
no longer than half a page and does not count as part of your 10 questions.
The bulk of your paper will highlight key points of the interview. Ensure that your paper
is not merely a list of answers, but a well thought out, organized summary of your
After your summary, conclude by reflecting upon and analyzing the interviewee’s
statements/experiences to identify a common theme within the interview (i.e. loss,
miscommunication, loneliness, perseverance, faith, etc.) explaining how and why you
chose this theme. Include Biblical support.
Reaction Page-The last, FULL page of your paper will consist of your reaction to the
interview including what you deem as beneficial information as a counselor, what you
learned through this process, and how faith has an impact on your reaction.
**The full transcriipt of the interview (questions and answers) must be TYPED as an appendix to
the paper. Proper current APA format must be followed; however, a Title Page and Reference
Page are not required for this Interview Assignment.

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