We may have been trained differently clinically and we may have different expectations from our licensing boards, so as with all the scripts in this course, put it through your does-this-fit filter.
“I’m so glad to be meeting with you today. Please, have a seat!
“I want to go over some housekeeping stuff before we dive in. This was all in the consent forms you signed, but if you’re like me you probably didn’t read them word for word.
“First off, I want you to know that everything you tell me will be held confidential unless you talk about current child or elder abuse or if you are at imminent harm of seriously hurting yourself or someone else.
“I don’t provide on call services, so I’ve supplied you with a couple crisis lines. If you have a crisis, please call me, but at night my phone is off or on silent so I’ll return your call in the morning.
(if you take insurance, you may be responsible for on call. Read your contracts carefully and consult an attorney just to be safe)
“The Financial Agreement is another form you signed. The basics of what it said is that you are responsible for payment at the time of service. I keep your credit card on file so if you forget it, it’s no big deal. If you need to cancel a session for any reason make sure you do so more than 24 hours before your session. This gives me a chance to contact the people who may have wanted a session this week but couldn’t get in. If you cancel within 24 hours or don’t show up for the appointment you are financially responsible for the full fee of the session, which is $XXX. [it’s important for you to lay out the price here. That way if the client is using insurance or on a sliding scale they understand that it’s not their $20 copay or sliding scale amount]. If you let me know within 24 hours and I’m able to get someone in that slot, I won’t charge you. I’ll use the credit card I have on file for any no show or late cancellation fees and will charge it during the session you’re missing. Do you have any questions about that?
“I strongly encourage you to use me as practice for things like assertiveness throughout our work together. If I’m barking up the wrong tree, let me know. If I’m asking about things you aren’t ready to talk about, let me know. I tend to have a good gauge on these things but I want your input not just so I can do the best job possible, but also so you can have experience using your voice and setting boundaries with someone who will respect that.
“At the end of this session, I’ll check in with you to see how our ‘fit’ feels.
Do you have any questions about this kind of stuff? Shall we dive in?”
Then get into your clinical interview.