LASA 1—Create an Interview Guide

LASA 1—Create an Interview Guide

By Wednesday, October 29, 2014 complete the following assignment below.


During the first week of class you conducted your first
practice interview.  You have since had the opportunity to learn about
the formal process of interviewing and the techniques used in
interviewing. With this new information in mind, it is time to develop a
detailed plan for your second interview, which you may conduct
face-to-face or over the telephone. Your second interview is broken
down into two parts.

  1. The first portion, preparing for the interview, is due this week in Module 3 (LASA 1).
  2.  The second part of this assignment, conducting and analyzing the interview, is due in Module 5 (LASA 2). 

For this week you will be completing A. You will need to:

  1. Locate a Volunteer:
    He/she will play the role of “client” seeking help for
    persistent headaches and problems sleeping. The person you
    interview can be someone you know personally or you can contact
    your classmates through the Student Lounge to arrange to interview
    one another.
    1. The client believes that stress may be part of
      the problem with his/her symptoms.  Remember that this is a
      role play, and your volunteer should be aware that this is a
      practice interview and not a real psychological interview. 
    2. Prior to conducting your interview, ask your
      volunteer to think about stress that s/he can discuss related to
      the client’s problems (e.g., your client may think about stress
      from a job or stress related to a relationship with a significant
      other). However, DO NOT have your volunteer discuss this stress with
      you prior to the interview. You want to be able to explore
      this topic in depth during your interview. This scenario is
      intentionally left open-ended in order to allow students to
      maximize opportunity to utilize interview skills during the
  2. Create an Interview Guide:
    1. In order to achieve a quality interview, you
      will need to first plan your interview, which is this week’s assignment
      (you will conduct and analyze the interview in Module 5). 
    2. The purpose of your interview is to gather
      in-depth information to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning for the
      client.  You will need to gather detailed information about the
      symptoms being reported for both headaches and sleep problems (e.g.,
      How often are the headaches occurring?  How long do they last?  What
      do they feel like?  Has any treatment helped?  Is there any pattern to
      the headaches?).  You will also need to present a complete picture of
      the patient.  What is the patient’s gender, age, marital status, and
      employment status?  Be sure to go beyond these example questions, and
      provide an in-depth, highly detailed interview with your client. 
    3. Interview Guide Topics
      The Interview Guide should directly address the below topics.  Use each of these topics as headings within your paper to ensure that you directly respond to each.  You should respond with at least a paragraph for each topic/heading.

      1. Identify and summarize the purpose of your interview.  How will the information you gather be used?
      2. Explain how you will structure the
        interview and your reasoning behind the structuring of the interview.
        Include a list of topics you plan to cover.
      3. Compose the questions you will use to
        obtain the information (develop a minimum of 15-20 questions). Be sure
        that you develop a minimum of 5 open and 5 closed ended questions.
      4. Develop a minimum of 5 examples of paraphrasing, summaries, or
        reflections techniques that could be used during
        your interview (must have at least one of each paraphrase, summary,
        and reflection). When you conduct your actual interview, these exact
        examples you create may not fit depending on the responses of your
        interviewee, but it is important to start thinking now about how you
        will incorporate these techniques.  For this Interview Guide
        assignment, develop hypothetical examples of each type of technique.
      5. Identify the opening techniques you will utilize to build rapport with the volunteer/client.
      6. Identify types/examples of questions you want to avoid during interview.

Include an Analysis Summary:

In addition to the Interview Guide include an analysis
(2-3 paragraphs) of your own preliminary thoughts about this client
based on the limited information you have about this client. Have you
ever known a person with chronic headaches or sleep problems? What is
your “gut reaction” to hearing about a patient with chronic headaches
and problems sleeping? That the person is a complainer? Is he/she a
victim of terrible illness? Spend some time examining your thoughts and
attitudes. It is normal for all of us to make at least preliminary
assumptions about everyone we come in to contact with, and a good
interviewer has awareness of his or her preliminary assumptions. Include the following in your analysis:

  1. Identify your own beliefs (sympathetic,
    unsympathetic, or some mixture of both) and explain how these could
    affect your interview. Do you think that your beliefs are influenced by
    your own age, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity?
  2. Identify steps you can take to limit the impact of your own beliefs on the interview. Be as specific as possible.

Start planning now! Remember that you
will need a volunteer to role play your client in Module 5. Work on
identifying that person now and scheduling your interview well in
advance to avoid any possible scheduling delays. You will also need to
audio or video record the interview in Module 5 so that you can later
transcribe the interview. Make sure you have access to the equipment
you will need.

Submit your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Identified and summarized the purpose of the interview.


Listed the topics he/she
planned to cover during the interview. Explained how to structure the
interview and the reasoning behind the structuring of the interview.


Composed the questions (5 open ended and 5 closed ended) to be used to obtain the information during the interview.


Develop hypothetical
examples for at least 5 techniques (paraphrasing, summaries, or
reflections) that could be used during the interview.


Identified the opening techniques to be utilized to build rapport with the volunteer/client.


Identified types/examples of questions you want to avoid during the interview.


Identified and explained
how one’s own beliefs could affect the interview. Analyzed how beliefs
are influenced by one’s own cultural, gender, sexual orientation or


Identified steps to take to limit the impact of one’s own beliefs on the interview. 


Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and word choice
Organization (12 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
APA Elements (16 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style




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