This is the ®rst of ®ve chapters exploring the components of what resilient therapists can call upon to make effective interventions. Basics introduces a critical dimension to therapeutic working and is central to a resilient approach. It encompasses fundamental needs and is designed speci®cally to tackle deprivation and the health inequalities associated with it. Getting to grips with Basics is crucial for therapeutic engagement and ef®cacy and can work synergistically with other components of RT. Our case example featuring Jason's family and the workers involved details how this work can be taken forward in practice.