Providing a Verbal Plan for the Consultation

A useful strategy to use at with an adolescent is to explain at the beginning what is going to happen during the consultation. This is particularly pertinent for both the adolescent and their parent when young people are ready to be seen independently. Asking permission to ask sensitive questions as well as explaining why such questions are being asked is also useful, for example, "I want to ask you some personal questions now. This is standard practice with all the young people I see, and it helps to give me a picture of your overall health and who you are. Is that OK?" Intrinsic to these introductory strategies is the inclusion of an explanation and assurance of confidentiality, as discussed earlier.

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