This course is designed to begin preparing you as a professional therapist by providing you with a full introduction to key theoretical and evidence-based foundations of therapy. We will review the basic theories underlying different therapeutic orientations, as well as the literature on evidence-based therapeutic practice, including common factors of effective therapy and specific techniques that have been shown to be effective with a range of conditions. We will also explore how therapist and client identity can interact in therapy, and how to effectively broach sensitive issues (e.g., sexual history and preferences, substance use, experiences of racism and oppression) with clients. This course will utilize several modes of learning, including readings, lecture, discussion, personal reflections, example video/audio recordings, homework, and role plays. May not be repeated for credit.