Role-Play Practice in Active Listening Skills and Identification of Theme


Monday: Role-play Practice in Active Listening Skills and Identification of Theme
â—ŠConduct a short videotaped role-play on any client or staff issue. Find adult volunteers to do this role-play practice with you.
â—ŠThe interviewer (you) should focus on the active listening skills learned so far: minimal encouragers, reflection of content, and reflection of feeling.
â—ŠObserver will count the number of reflections of feeling and reflections of content made by the interviewer and will operate the video camera.
◊The interviewer may also stop and ask the observer(s) for help if he or she becomes “stuck.”
â—ŠFeedback will be given briefly at the end of role-play.
◊After the role-play, review the videotape and observe the accuracy and timing of the responses. Identify themes or patterns in the participants’ stories. Observe nonverbal behavior.
â—ŠYour client, observer and you should fill out the Role Play Checklists and post them to your Individual Forum.
â—ŠReminder: Retain videotape for future use or review. Complete uploaded Role-Play Checklist. Send a short summation of short videotaped role with the completed copy of Role Play Checklist.


Active listening is very important for any conversation to take place. This is more important in an interview where one has limited time to obtain as much information from the interview with a high level of accuracy (Reed, 1985).