Describe the interaction between therapist and
the patient from the initial meeting in the lobby to the conclusion of the initial interview. Pay attention to the description of proxemics, office set up, and informed consent.
Waiting Room: Greet client, introduce yourself, make eye contact but don't shake hands. Escort patient to office from waiting room by either walking side by side patient or behind to observe behavior of patient (gait, ability to follow directions).
Office: Put place holder on therapist's chair to indicate which chair patient should sit in. Therapist should sit accross patient. Make sure that you're not sitting too close to patient(too close if both set of legs stretched out an touch each other's feet. Should be a desk, chairs, bookcase w/ gender neutral/ culturally diverse books, & artwork should be neutral, open to interpretation so that impression of strong opinion is not given out. Door should have window pane with blinds.
Informed consent Discuss limtis of confidentiality, length of therapy, payment, theoretic approach, cancellation/no show policy & after hours/emergency contact protocol/risks & benefits/cellphone use
Information: Get background info, referral question (what brings the patient in), family history, medical/developmental history, educational history, social (friends), spiritual & other factors, patient's treatment goal (pick 2, doable/specific/measurable/objective