Setting Yourself up for Success from your First Session

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Jacob Martinez, MA, LPC | Setting Yourself up for Success from your First Session (1 CE hour)

The initial session with a client is one of the most critically important moments in the therapeutic process, it has the potential to make or break the relationship between client and therapist. In many clinical settings the most common number of sessions is one, meaning clients attend one session but never return! This talk will provide key strategies for setting yourself up for success in the first session. Learn how to increase the likelihood that clients will be engaged in the work, generate their own achievable goals for therapy, and be excited to complete homework from the very first visit. Participants will learn how to set up expectations for the first session for newcomers to therapy, how to set the stage for ongoing clinical work, and how to use a collaborative treatment planning tool called the ACT Matrix to sidestep unworkable treatment goals and generate highly achievable therapeutic goals for treatment while also making assigning homework a breeze.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the three types of clients that seek out therapy.
  2. Structure the initial session to ease clients into the therapeutic context.
  3. Facilitate the ACT Matrix activity for collaborative treatment planning.

Our Presenter

Jacob Martinez, MA, LPC

Jacob Martinez, MA, LPC is an expert in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and the past president of the Texas Chapter of ACBS.


Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.