As you may recall from Week 1 of this course, the purpose of interviewing in the human services profession is to gather information from interviewees about their perceptions, situations, strengths, and struggles. This information is instrumental to human services because it provides insight into individuals’ needs and challenges, and it allows professionals to determine the most appropriate resources and strategies for assistance. Also, the information gathered through interviewing can be a valuable tool in creating social change. You might ask how helping individuals can affect societal change. In this Discussion, you will explore the connection between human services interviewing and social change. You also will consider how the skills and effective interviewing strategies you have studied in this course might contribute to your role as an agent of social change.
To prepare for this Discussion:
With these thoughts in mind:
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