This presentation includes three parts. The first one is a critical mapping of empirical studies on broaching. We found 18 empirical studies exploring types, dimensions, and their impacts on the clients’ satisfaction, alliance and outcomes in clinical practice. Main findings included that clinicians of color and/or other minority backgrounds broached more than clinicians with white and/or other dominant backgrounds did about cultural factors and their impact on clients’ presenting issues and cultural differences between the client and clinician. Despite the clients’ experience of the apparent cultural misunderstanding and racial microaggression, the clients reported that there was little discussion around the matter, which impacted their premature termination and dissatisfaction with the services. The second one is theorizing why and how broaching in cross-cultural clinical practice is critical in conducting socially just practice, using critical theories such as epistemic injustice, critical race theories, and whiteness studies. Regardless of broaching, a presence of multiple identities and related marginalization and prejudice is apparent in the client’s experiences and in the clinical dyad. When this experience is dismissed and related discussions are ignored, both testimonial and hermeneutic injustice occur. Combining the current scholarship on cultural competence with critical theories, we develop a model of broaching and bridging in cross-cultural clinical social work practice and illustrate various pathways of broaching and their contexts. Given the empirical studies and our collective clinical social work experience, this concluding section illustrates selected micro-skills of how social workers foster broaching and bridging in cross-cultural encounters in clinical social work practice. The selected skills – clinicians’ self-disclosure, cultural immediacy, and reflective listening – will be presented with case illustrations.