This practical handbook prepares professionals for a critical moment in their training: the first time they meet alone with a new client.Knowing how to conduct the first interview is fundamental to the foundation of a trainee's clinical skills, but is often overlooked in professional training. This practical resource will be useful to trainers, supervisors, and teachers in the helping professions--especially those who are working intensely with several interns and want to provide them with basic clinical practice instruction.What colleagues are saying aboutMaking Contact. . ."The discussion points are wonderful." --Dr. David D. Hoff, University of Nebraska, Kearney"Seasoned veterans could certainly benefit from reminders that are raised in this book regarding good strategies for working with any clientrs"s first session." --Toni Tollerud, Northern Illinois University"I think this text offers students at a beginning developmental stage concrete information which allows for greater ease into the field placement process." --Dr. Adam Hill, Sonoma State University"Great section on crisis, especially the reminder to check with a supervisor regarding procedures in crisis situations and the definition of what a crisis actually is and how to respond differently than in a regular interview." --Aimee H. Moles; Louisiana State UniversityDeSole, Leah M. is the author of 'Making Contact The Therapist's Guide to Conducting a Successful First Interview', published 2005 under ISBN 9780205419357 and ISBN 0205419356.