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The First Helping Interview
Engaging the Client and Building Trust



September 1996 | 205 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This highly practical guide for both experienced and novice professionals and students reveals the steps involved in the crucial first meeting with a client. The authors approach the task of an initial interview by providing an overview of the therapeutic process and what to expect from clients. The book also explores the practical basics of therapy - counsellor-client roles, physical settings, communication dynamics, assessment and diagnosis, record-keeping, goals and contracts and trust-building. Individual chapters discuss specialist topics such as working with couples and families, the role of culture and ethnicity, when and how to refer clients with serious problems, and legal and ethical issues.
 
Introduction
On Writing about the First Helping Interview  
 
What Makes Therapy Happen?
 
Who Are Our Clients?
 
Getting Started
 
Getting to Know the Client
 
Communication Dynamics of the Helping Interview
 
On Rules, Goals and Contracts
 
Trust
 
Special Issues in Working with Couples and Families
 
Working with Clients Who Are Different
 
Serious Problems
When and How to Refer  
 
Legal and Ethical Issues in the First Interview
 
Afterthoughts

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