Psychological and sociological Interviewing

LCRIM2301  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Psychological and sociological Interviewing
3.0 credits
15.0 h + 15.0 h

Frankard Anne-Christine ;
Main themes

Theoretical and technical aspects of the method are examined from the viewpoint of the psychological machinery involved in the interrelationship and of methodological limitations.

The following points are covered : defining support criteria in the clinical field; teleology; observation and listening techniques; statement of need; assistance techniques.

During the practical work, the students are invited to engage in support role playacting, in small groups, on the basis of scenarios taken from actual criminological settings.


Psychological and social support is a clinical observation method used in the field of research, for individual examination and for helping others. The course seeks to provide a critical knowledge of the method and to familiarize the criminology student with the method.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.



Definition of interviewing. Interviewing in the field of the clinical social sciences.

Principal ideal models of reference : the psychoanalysis, the systemic theory, the cognitivo-behavioral theory, the approach of Rogers.

Chapter 1 : Contexts of talks in the criminological practices and their objectives.

Chapter 2 : Interviewing : a professional and spoken meeting; the asymmetrical professional position, the spoken communication and its misadventures, characteristics of the meeting with the child, withe the teenager, with families of different culture.

Each part of the subject is exposed with clinical illustrations.

Teaching methods

Teorical course : 15h

A broad place(15h) is reserved for the dialogue with the students.

Talks and role plaies by small groups under the supervision of an assistant. The scenarios of the role plaies are collected near criminologists experts starting from situations really met.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Master [120] in Criminology