Social Work Client Interview

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Introduction As part of our preparation for placement, we were required to make a role play on a given scenario in pairs. Each of us had to play the role of the social work student and the service user. We chose to use Miss Allen’s scenario, because we both had experience of working the adults. In preparation for this task, we met twice to clarify our roles and discussed the scenario as we understood it. We also discussed how we were going to assess Miss Allen, and what help we would offer her. The preparation was an important part of our task because it challenged us to think of the interview within its widest context, taking into account the particular needs of Miss Allen, agency policy and procedure and ourselves as student social …show more content…

I also used open questions during the interview. Koprowska(2005) describes open questions as being designed to give freedom of choice, enabling service users to express their thoughts and feelings in their own words. I used these open questions as a follow-on to closed questions to develop a conversation and gain an understanding of Miss Allen’s feelings. Asking her, “who is Mr Smith?” followed by “why does he want you out of the house”, helped establish what she felt about

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