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This chapter presents counseling ideas and strategies to promote family trust and confidence. These steps include getting the family into the office, the role of proper attire, displaying of credentials, seating arrangements, and the acquisition of informed consent. Also presented is the author's approach to a first family counseling session, with the goal of reducing anxiety and providing structure. This sample approach includes a discussion of entering the room, opening the session, getting to know the family, defining the issue, identifying family problems and secrets, and closing. (Contains 19 references.) (GCP)

Descriptors: Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Characteristics, Counselor Client Relationship, Family Counseling

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Author: Kaplan, David M.


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