Clinical Interview: What to Ask a Child About Family and Home Worksheet

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Interviewing a child about their family and home environment requires a sensitive approach. This worksheet is designed to help clinicians and social workers engage with children in a way that is comfortable and non-threatening to the children. The aim is to gather important information while making the child feel safe and respected.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

This worksheet is based on several key theories and concepts, including:

  • Attachment Theory explores the importance of secure attachments in early childhood and how they affect development and behavior.
  • The child-Centered Approach emphasizes creating a safe space where children feel heard and valued.
  • Play Therapy states that engaging with children through play or creative activities can help them express themselves more freely.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

By following this worksheet:

  • You’ll Build Rapport: Engage children in a way that makes them comfortable and open to sharing.
  • Gather Key Information: Collect important details about the child’s family dynamics and home environment.
  • Identify Potential Issues: Recognize signs of distress, neglect, or other challenges that may require further attention.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

Approach each interview with patience and understanding. Adjust the questions based on the child’s age, maturity, and comfort level. The prompts provided will help you navigate conversations while ensuring you address key topics.

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