429 Making First Sessions Count

Robert TaibbiRobert Taibbi • Saturday Morning
In the era of brief therapy, every session counts—especially the first. In this practical, hands-on workshop, you’ll acquire specific tools to make the most of that initial session. You’ll learn how to make clients feel differently when they walk out from when they entered, and confident that you have a clear understanding of how to help them. We’ll explore the four vital features of the first session—tracking the process tightly, changing the emotional climate of the session and the client’s state of mind, defining and expanding upon the client’s core dynamic, and offering a concrete treatment plan. We’ll give you step-by-step pointers on how to track clients’ moment-to-moment responses, get them to question and rethink their faulty assumptions, recognize why their childhood coping styles no longer fit, and commit to a treatment plan.

Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W., trains nationally and is the author of more than 200 articles and five books, including the forthcoming Therapy Boot Camp: Brief, Action-Oriented Approaches to Anxiety, Anger & Depression.

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