i guess you could always fib and say she refused to talk about sex. you didn't hear that from me. do you have a list somewhere of the developmental tasks that your 17 year old should be achieving that you can refer to in writing your paper?
i think what you are looking for with the communication relates to therapeutic communication skills? i have a bunch of links on that that you might want to look at. review some of the principles of therapeutic communication and you will get plenty of ideas of the ways you can respond back to patients that will take care of your small talk! it will also give you ideas of what to write in your clinical log regarding the area of communication where you are weak or strong in talking and responding back to people.
- a really nice slide show on therapeutic communication. includes techniques, scenarios and blocks to communication.
- therapeutic communication. a discussion about therapeutic communication that includes a nice listing of examples of appropriate open-ended responses to make to patients to get them to talk.
- a slide show on therapeutic communication. talks about the components, goals, therapeutic and non-therapeutic techniques.
- communication. a slide show (18 slides)
- therapeutic communication skills tutorial - page of links to subjects covered
- therapeutic communication. some online information and practice modules from the university of north carolina chapel hill school of nursing. click on the links on the left side of the page to access activities.
- a lecture series on therapeutic communication and the nursing process on cds that you can access at this website from education resources, inc. you need a real player to view the video.