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What to Ask

After clarifying with parents what our program offers, and learning who requested the consultation (for example, the parent, nurse, or social worker), the PACT clinician begins the discussion with the parents by inquiring about each child’s coping style and pre-illness functioning. Listed below are some general questions that help a clinician get to know a parent, and learn about each child individually:

  • What are your children’s names and ages?
  • Would you tell me a bit about each one’s personality and interests?
  • What have you told them so far about your illness and treatment? What words did you use?
  • How did your children respond to that conversation then, and later? Did their reactions surprise you, or were they consistent with reactions to other difficulties or challenges?
  • Are you planning to say anything more?
  • Do you have specific concerns about any of your children?