The initial interview with diverse populations: An introduction to the special issue

John Sommers-Flanagan, Nicholas C. Heck

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Every initial clinical interview is a unique encounter between psychotherapist and client. This unique encounter typically includes interactions designed to build the therapeutic relationship, collect assessment data, develop a case formulation, and initiate psychotherapy. As the United States population has become more diverse, conducting an effective initial interview has become more complex and challenging. To meet this challenge, it is recommended that psychotherapists make cultural adaptations by seeking self-awareness, acquiring knowledge, and learning culture-specific techniques. This special issue includes six articles designed to stretch the way psychotherapists think about the initial interview and infuse greater multicultural sensitivity and humility into psychotherapy practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Adolescent clients
  • Asian Americans
  • Diverse clients
  • Ethics
  • First interview
  • Initial interview
  • Intake
  • LGBT clients
  • Latino clients
  • Multicultural
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy integration


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