International Students Visit Campus For Intensive Clinical Interviewing Course

Friday, August 3, 2018

International Students Visit Campus for Clinical Interviewing Course

More than a change of scenery was in store for a cohort of PAU international master’s students hailing from as far away as China, Mexico and India. The group of seven came to California last month for a week-long clinical interviewing class that included hands-on training and clinical site visits.  

The hands-on portion of the clinical interviewing class prepares students to enter their practicum and engage in clinical work. The students observed demonstrations of clinical applications, and practiced basic listening and inquiry skills, substance abuse and risk assessment, and treatment planning. They were assessed as they engaged in the clinical role-playing. The class also included discussion about the impact of culture and personal attitudes on clinical interviewing.

Visits to area clinical sites provided an opportunity to learn about different approaches to mental health service, and demonstrated, first-hand, how to create positive changes in the mental health field that could apply in their home countries. 

Upon graduation, the students will join other international alumni, including more than 40 in China, as well as alumni working in Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia. 

PAU international students attend courses online from their home country via PAU’s Zoom videoconference platform, which facilitates weekly live virtual remote classes for all online courses. Classes include real-time lecture, discussion and clinical skills training enabled by videoconference technology. Online classes give students the opportunity to interact with a diverse student body and learn clinical skills through real-time interaction with instructors.

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