Provocative interview technique

Confidants can make use of multiple interviewing techniques. The emphasis is usually immediately placed upon empathy and therefore the use of provocative conversation techniques is not usually the first option.

However, it can sometimes be useful to “hold a mirror up to” the person making the report to get them to think further about the situation. The same applies to clients: the provocative interviewing technique can allow them to view the problem from a completely different perspective (or, as a confidant, you are able to show them that you are capable of illuminating the problem from a completely different perspective). It can be a rather surprising and refreshing approach, especially when done with a smile, and a respectful attitude.

Because contrary to what is often thought, by ‘provocative’ we don’t mean ‘attacking’ or ‘offensive’. On the contrary: the technique is always based on respect for the conversation partner and his or her limits. Humour is also an important tool. The limits of ‘ridicule’ are thereby sought out, but never exceeded. The other person is challenged however to look at his/her own cognitions, and the resulting statements, in a different way.

Techniques from provocative coaching therefore provide an excellent addition to the intervention skills of the counsellor. They ensure that the clients are pleasantly surprised, touched emotionally, and able to get to the core of the issue more quickly. This can already be the case during the initial interview. The effect of this is trust. If you dare to challenge the conversation partner with respect, they will trust your expertise.

For this training, we work together with the Vendl agency. Here, an interview with a confidant who successfully uses this technique: interview Bregje Bullens

Target audience:

Confidants who have completed the basic training or who have acquired the required basic knowledge another way.


  • Supervision of the person who made the report: traditional or provocative?
  • The impartial confidant? Is that me, or not? Are you afraid of one or the other?
  • Introduction based on videos
  • Introduction to the ‘pillars’, through improvisations
  • Teaching the method ‘provocative conversation technique’
  • Limits of the method

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