Interviewing public child welfare adult clients

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Interviewing Adults and Children in Public Child Welfare: beyond Basics

Interviewing Skills:

Whole Day Module

Participant Manual



K1. Trainees will know a range of techniques for responding to anxious behavior from adults or children.

K2. Trainees will be conscious of interview phases and the need to move from the general to the specific.

K3. Trainees will know that the responsibility for maintaining the focus of the interview belongs to them.

K4. The trainees will know the elements of a suicide assessment, pertinent to adults, teens and young children.

K5. The trainees will be familiar with motivational and solution focused interviewing techniques.

K6. Trainees will be conscious of some of the issues that present in cross cultural interviewing, and the importance of respecting other cultures.

K7. Trainees will know that they act with their supervisor in making conscious casework decisions.


S1. Trainees will demonstrate how to prepare for an interview with a parent or child.

S2. Trainees will demonstrate how to engage parents and children from diverse backgrounds in the interview process.

S3. Trainees will apply universalization techniques to respond to a parent’s frequently asked questions.

S4. Trainees will demonstrate how to gather the information required during an interview.

S5. Trainees will apply summarization techniques to bring an adult or child interview to closure.


V1. Trainees will be oriented to the “shift” in using a strengths based approach in DCFS assessment of families.

V2. Trainees will anchored to Adoptions and Safe Families Act (ASFA) core values of safety, permanency, child well being, and stability of children in foster care as guides for their interview practice.

V3. Trainees will understand the state’s right to intervene when child abuse is suspected, and their role in that endeavor.

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