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  • Issue 22: How To Start a Helpful Open Question

    Written by Tara MacGregor on 22-Oct-2015

    As mentioned in the wrap up of last issue, this editorial will be exploring in more detail the formulation of open questions and we'll get some practice in converting closed to open questions using handy word stems. 

    'Word Stems' for Open Questions

    Typical choices for getting your questions off to an open start include:

    • What
    • Why
    • How
    • Where
    • When
    • Which

    This is in contrast to these typical closed question openers:

    • 'Do you......'
    • 'Did you.....'
    • 'Can you....'

    Read the rest of the issue to consider some examples of using these word stems in effective open question formulation

    Read Issue 22

  • Issue 21: Open or Closed? That IS the Question!

    Written by Tara MacGregor on 26-Sep-2015

    For a stunning 'Captain Obvious' I'll start with this definition of a question from The Oxford Dictionary:
     
    a sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information.

    Pretty straight forward. But do we stop to think what kind of information is most beneficial to our client to elicit?

    Most health professionals receive lengthy training in assessment and are well rehearsed in asking questions. But what about asking questions with purpose beyond our intake form?  If a primary focus of client centered work is to explore our client's ideas and experience, how can we be aware of the type of questions that can open up exploration and those that can close it down?                    

    To answer this, it can be helpful to consider questions in two basic classes: Closed and Open. Let's take a quick tour of the difference and pros and cons of each. Download this issue to find out more

     

    Read Issue 21