Interviewing with Open-ended Questions Course


Podcast length : 24 mins. Live Webinar Length : 35 mins

Read the CPD info below to learn whether you may earn credit for this course. In BC and MB some situations have test requirements.

  • Why ask clients questions?
  • Are the identified problems the client’s or the lawyer’s?
  • What about the concerns of other people and setting precedents in society?
  • What are open-ended questions?
  • What are examples of open-ended questions?
  • The problem of when the client’s tale raises issues outside of the lawyer’s area of practice.
  • Can some open-ended questions focus a discussion on a topic?
  • How do open-ended questions differ from other types of questions?
  • Can open-ended questions be used to direct an interview?
  • What are the benefits of open-ended questions?
  • What are the detriments of open-ended questions?
  • May open-ended questions and other forms be used during the same interview or counseling session?
  • When should open-ended questions be used during an interview?
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This course was written by: Cory Lewis, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., C.A.E., is a regulatory and commercial attorney with experience in Canadian multi-level marketing and direct selling law, Manitoba real estate, Canadian trade-marks and incorporation since 1985.

Groundpaperbits.com Accreditation Information

This document is updated as accreditation applications are submitted, as responses are received, and as we learn of changes to jurisdictional rules.

You are solely responsible for confirming the accuracy of these jurisdictional rules for your jurisdiction.

Accreditation jurisdictions (status shown in chart below)

Only BC, NB, and SK require accreditation of all courses.

ON requires accreditation of Professionalism topics but not Substantive topics. ON limits CPD hours via video and podcast to 6 hours per year.

BC, NB, and ON accreditation usually takes 30 days from submission.

SK accreditation requires the lawyer to check the database to learn whether the course is accredited and, if not, ask the law society to accredit it. Course providers may not request accreditation and SK does not notify us when they accredit. So, call Linda Euteneier at the law society (306) 569-8242 and she will address accreditation.

Non-Accreditation jurisdictions

Each of AB, MB, NL, NS, and PE have their own subject matter list of what may qualify for CPD and let the individual lawyers make the initial determination of whether a course qualifies. The law societies reserve final say on whether a course qualifies.

Format hour limits

ON limits CPD hours via pre-recorded video and pre-recorded podcast to 6 hours per year.

PE limits CPD hours via pre-recorded video and pre-recorded podcast to 4 hours out of 24 every two years.

Test requirements

MB requires lawyers to take tests to earn CPD credit from pre-recorded formats such as videos and podcasts.

BC requires lawyers to take tests to earn CPD credit from pre-recorded formats such as videos and podcasts if viewing or listening alone without another lawyer/articling student attended the archived Webcast session.

Here is the accreditation status of our courses:

V = video format

P = podcast format

W = live webinar format

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Course BC NB ON
Interviewing and counseling about moral differences V = Yes . 33 hrs Prof resp & ethics
P = Yes . 33 hrs Prof resp & ethics
W = not submitted
V = Yes .5 hrs
P = Yes .5 hrs
W = Yes .5 hrs
V = Yes .33 Hrs. Professionalism
P = Yes .33 Hrs. Professionalism
W = Yes .5 Hrs. Professionalism
Interviewing and counseling design and decor Not accredited as not among allowed topics. Not accredited as not among allowed topics. V = Yes .33 Hrs. Professionalism
P = Yes .33 Hrs. Professionalism
W = Yes .5 Hrs. Professionalism
Interviewing with open-ended questions V = Yes .33 hrs of Lawyer Skills
P = Yes .33 hrs of Lawyer Skills
W = not submitted
V = Yes .5 hrs
P = Yes .5 hrs
W = Yes .5 hrs
V = Yes .33 Hrs. Professionalism
P = Yes .33 Hrs. Professionalism
W = Yes .5 Hrs. Professionalism
Negotiation: Interests, issues, positions V = Yes .45 hrs of Lawyer Skills
P = Yes .45 hrs of Lawyer Skills
W = Yes .75 hrs of Lawyer Skills
V = Yes .5 hrs
P = Yes .5 hrs
W = Yes 1 hr
This program may be eligible toward the Law Society's CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours
Negotiation: Beyond interests, issues, positions V = Yes .54 hrs of Lawyer Skills
P = Yes .54 hrs of Lawyer Skills
W = Yes .83 hrs of Lawyer Skills
V = Yes .5 hrs
P = Yes .5 hrs
W = Yes 1 hr
This program may be eligible toward the Law Society's CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours
Negotiation: Alternatives 1 V = Yes .4 hrs of Lawyer Skills
P = Yes .4 hrs of Lawyer Skills
W = Yes .58 hrs of Lawyer Skills
V = Yes .5 hrs
P = Yes .5 hrs
W = Yes .5 hrs
This program may be eligible toward the Law Society's CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours
Negotiation: Alternatives 2 V = Yes .3 hrs of Lawyer Skills
P = Yes .3 hrs of Lawyer Skills
W = Yes .58 hrs of Lawyer Skills
V = Yes .5 hrs
P = Yes .5 hrs
W = Yes .5 hrs
This program may be eligible toward the Law Society's CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours
Negotiation: Alternatives 3 V = Yes .3 hrs of Lawyer Skills
P = Yes .3 hrs of Lawyer Skills
W = Yes .58 hrs of Lawyer Skills
V = Yes .5 hrs
P = Yes .5 hrs
W = Yes .5 hrs
This program may be eligible toward the Law Society's CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours