Human Social Functioning


Module 2 – Interview Skills and Process

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  • To outline interview skills that are unique to HSF
  • Explain the elements that contribute to the skills
  • Describe the process involved in the HSF method of counselling



Other Methods

EH It is not claimed that the interview in social functioning is new or original.

In recent years, arising from Rogers’ early work people such as Kagan, Carkhuff and Egan have produced Developmental Counselling models, which have close similarities to HSF. Furthermore they have outlined the process in clear stages with a series of skills required.

Carkhuff outlines a schema showing 6 stages of an interview and the different skills needed at each stage. He also points out that counselling today needs the integration of insight (the more psychodynamic approach) and action (the more behavioural), a view long held in HSF circles. Egan has developed a model outlining three stages of counselling, the last being action. Inskipp has developed Egan’s model for a BBC series on counselling. And the peer relationship is as central to Heron’s Co-Counselling as it is to HSF.

While these developments within the more client centred world have been taking place, a more flexible use of behaviourist method has been practised by Ellis and others with the Rational-Emotive approach, as well as the increasingly widespread Cognitive Therapy. More recent years have also seen the development within this of Cognitive Schema and an accompanying practice very akin to the HSF process of the Fragmenta Vitae (or Slice of Life).

All these developments further underline Heimler’s contention. This being so, what has HSF interviewing to offer? Below are outlined the more unique aspects and the particular HSF contributions.
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What is Unique to HSF?

The Peer relationship

While other methods attempt to befriend the client, at the end of the day the therapist brings his/her expertise to bear in a way that denies the client having the answers from within.  (Co-counselling does have the peer relationship, but not as between a professional worker and client.)

Both Positive and Negative

This has two aspects:
a.  While similar methods give a lot of encouragement and support to the client, they do not actively seek to establish what is going right.
b.Nor do they have a positive view of the negative.  HSF sees the negative as a potential rather than something to be ‘got rid of’’.

Written summaries by the client

These are not unknown, but they are not integral to other methods

Not Interpreting

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