Types of Interpretation
“Levy (1963) classifies interpretations into two categories: semantic and propositional” (Hepworth, p. 514).
Semantic interpretations: describe clients’ experiences according to the social worker’s conceptual vocabulary
“By ‘frustrated,’ I gather you mean you’re feeling hurt and disillusioned.”
-> Semantic interpretations are closely related to additive empathic responses.
Propositional interpretations involve the social worker’s notions or explanations that assert causal relationships among factors involved in clients’ problem situations
“You have a tendency to worry about problems down the road and lose focus on dealing with your anxiety about taking the exam.”