1.What are some key things you would do in your first session with a client to get the therapy relationship started in a positive way? Be sure to include a least five communication skills from your text and discuss why they are so critical. How does the client’s culture impact the skills used as you develop the relationship? Include at least one scholarly reference in your response.

This discussion question is informed by the following CACREP Standards:
2.F.5.f. Counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process.
2.F.5.g. Essential interviewing, counseling, and case conceptualization skills.
5.C.2.j. Cultural factors relevant to clinical mental health counseling.

2.The textbook describes the importance of empathy and presence. What are two things that you could do to prepare yourself to be fully present with your clients? How does your response relate to GCUs Integration of Faith, Learning, and Work statement? What What role does psychological fitness play for a counselors presence? Without empathetic presence, what might a client infer? Include at least one scholarly reference in your response.
This discussion question is informed by the following CACREP Standard: 2.F.5.f. Counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process.

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