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