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First Interview: Establishing an Effective Helping Relationship


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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.

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A counselor's or therapist's initial contact with a client can be crucial to the course of treatment and its importance daunting to both beginners and professionals. Fine and Glasser combine their psychology and social work expertise to create a handbook summarizing some of the cornerstones of assessment, diagnosis, and communication dynamics in the interview process. The salient word here is practical: how to set up goals and contracts, arrange an office setting, keep records, minimize risk with volatile clients, and when to refer people. The volume is suitable for anyone in the "helping professions" with a particular emphasis on child protective services, crisis intervention, and corrections. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95.
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Fine, Sara F.
Sage Publications (CA)
Fine, Sara
Psychology : General
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