This course provides an introduction to the clinical world of the psychologist. Students are introduced to the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Standards and other content that distinguish psychologists from other mental health professionals. A review of basic clinical skills is provided with an emphasis on developing and refining the skills related to the relationship between clinician and client (respect, warmth, genuineness, empathy, concreteness, potency, self-disclosure, confrontation, and immediacy). Work in small groups will allow an opportunity for students to role-play and receive feedback concerning their skills. This course is taken during the first year of the doctoral program and is foundational to the curriculum. As such, subsequent coursework builds upon the knowledge, concepts, and skills introduced in this course.