Clinical Interviewing is a form of developmental interviewing first developed by Jean Piaget and later refined by Lawrence Kohlberg. It's different from other forms of interviewing in that it is specifically designed to probe into the ways in which individuals understand and work with knowledge and ideas. Skilled clinical interviewers not only help respondents show how they are thinking by asking for explanations, but listen with interest and respect to what a respondent is saying. The former challenges the respondent; the latter makes them feel heard. All in all, a well-conducted clincal interview is a positive experience for both interviewer and respondent.
CLIP is a six-module certification course in Clinical Lectical Interviewing for Certified Lectical Consultants, Educators, and Coaches, as well as parents, educators, and developmental researchers. In these cases, certification is available, but not required.
Upon successful completion of the course, Certified Clinical Lectical Interviewers will be able to deliver Lectical Assessments as interviews.
Clinical interviewing is a form of developmental interviewing first developed by Jean Piaget and later refined by Lawrence Kohlberg. It has been used in hundreds, perhaps thousands of studies over the last 90 years. If you plan to study mental development, clinical interviewing is an essential skill.
At Lectica, most of us have conducted developmental research that has involved clinical interviewing. Those of us who are parents have also found clinical interviewing skills useful for understanding how our children are thinking, what they are interested in learning, and how robustly their minds are developing.
Teachers and school counselors can use Clinical Lectical Interviewing to build a deeper understanding of student learning. Clinical interviewing techniques can be used one-on-one for diagnostic purposes or in class discussions to help students articulate emerging understandings or ideas and develop their explanations.
Most coaches learn how to conduct a form of interviewing designed for therapeutic contexts as part of their training. Clinical Lectical Interviewing provides a set of complementary skills focused on reasoning. Clinical interviewing helps coaches surface their clients' learning needs and is required for conducting Lectical Assessment Interviews.
Interview assessments have both advantages and disadvantages. For example:
CLIP is a 6-meeting online practice-based course (with a final qualifying assignment for those seeking a certification). Every fortnight, participants meet for two hours. Between meetings, they complete, transcribe, and submit short interview segments. Most class time is spent in small-group sessions in which participants learn the basics of good clinical interviewing while critiquing one another's interview segments, participating in role-plays, and working with other participants to explore solutions to common clinical interviewing challenges.
In this module, we cover CLI basics. You'll learn:
In these modules, participants will critique one another's interview segments and engage in role-play to build CLI skills.
In these modules, participants will continue to critique one another's interview segments. They will also play the interviewer as facilitators model 10 challenges that can affect the quality of interview responses. Participants will work together to develop and implement strategies for managing these challenges.
For the final assignment, those seeking certification will conduct and record a minimum of one interview and write a detailed self-critique. The interview will be reviewed by your facilitator, who will provide detailed comments and suggestions and determine if you have achieved an adequate level of skill for certification. If the instructor decides that you need additional practice, you may be asked to conduct a second interview as part of the certification process.
CLIP is open to anyone who would like to learn how to conduct clinical interviews. However, CLiP certification is only available to participants who meet certain requirements.
If you register for CLiP, but are unable to complete coursework in a timely fashion or are unable to participate effectively in class activities, we may ask you to complete the course at a later date.
CLIP is delivered in six bi-weekly practice-based sessions. The course fee is $1,600 for participants seeking certification and $1,100 for non-certifying participants. Sessions are generally held from 10 AM–12 PM or 5:00–7:00 PM US ET (New York time). The next CLiP course is tenatively scheduled to start in January 2024.
IES (US Department of Education)
The Spencer Foundation
Dr. Sharon Solloway
The Simpson Foundation
The Leopold Foundation
Glastonbury School District, CT
The Ross School
Rainbow Community School
The Study School
Long Trail School
The US Naval Academy
The City of Edmonton, Alberta
The US Federal Government