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October 26, 2018


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


5th Floor Forbes Tower


The Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program is hosting a clinical counseling skills workshop on Clinical Interviewing for undergraduate students this fall. This interactive workshop will be led by Pitt faculty and Licensed Professional Counselors. It is free of charge and will include lunch. Please register through the online form.

Clinical interviewing is a process in which one participant, the “interviewer,” attempts to achieve specific goals, while the other participant assumes the role of “answering” the questions. There are generally two goals of a clinical interview: 1) Establish sound engagement of the client in a therapeutic alliance, and 2) Gather data to develop an evolving and compassionate understanding of the client. A clinical interview consists of five phases – each with its own timeline, tasks, and methods – designed to help clinicians achieve these goals. This workshop will include mini-lectures and demonstrations related to each stage of the clinical interview, with ample opportunities for clinical skills practice and feedback.

Instructor: Jamie L. Kulzer, PhD, CRC, LPC, earned a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctoral Degree in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the graduate program in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Kulzer has been directly providing counseling services for 10 years.  She is the Clinical Director/Program Manager of the Cognitive Skills Enhancement Program (CSEP), a therapy program for adults with cognitive disabilities.  Dr. Kulzer designs and implements the program and supervises all staff and clinical responsibilities.  Dr. Kulzer teaches several courses, including the advanced HRS 2740: Clinical Applications course, which has a primary objective of training students to conduct a clinical interviews in which valid and reliable data is gathered and basic types of resistance are navigated.  


Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling


Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology