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Ethical Considerations of Therapist Self-Disclosure

What were you taught about self-disclosure to clients in grad school?

Are you wondering whether or not to disclose "something" to your clients ?

Self-disclosure in therapy is complex and dynamic. During this workshop, we will have our eye on ethics as we explore considerations for clinician self-disclosure to clients. Self-disclosure has a number of dimensions, including clinical, therapeutic, technical and-in some cases-legal or regulatory. We will examine the nature of self-disclosure, including potential benefits and risks. Attention will specifically be given to ethical considerations, namely relevant ethical principles and a typology of self-disclosure through the use of case vignettes. Finally, key recommendations will be given for clinicians to consider in their course of self-disclosure opportunities. Clinicians will be encouraged to "know thyself" and their ethical responsibilities to best utilize the avenue of appropriate self-disclosure.

https://frumtherapist.com/workshops/EthicalConTherSelfDisc/view

Ethical Considerations of Therapist Self-Disclosure

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 10:00 AM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to comprehend and describe key aspects of therapeutic self-disclosure, including potential benefits and risks.
  2. Participants will be able to examine and articulate key ethical considerations of self-disclosure.
  3. Participants will be able to apply best practices for ethical and therapeutic self-disclosure.
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What were you taught about self-disclosure to clients in grad school?

Are you wondering whether or not to disclose "something" to your clients ?

Self-disclosure in therapy is complex and dynamic. During this workshop, we will have our eye on ethics as we explore considerations for clinician self-disclosure to clients. Self-disclosure has a number of dimensions, including clinical, therapeutic, technical and-in some cases-legal or regulatory. We will examine the nature of self-disclosure, including potential benefits and risks. Attention will specifically be given to ethical considerations, namely relevant ethical principles and a typology of self-disclosure through the use of case vignettes. Finally, key recommendations will be given for clinicians to consider in their course of self-disclosure opportunities. Clinicians will be encouraged to "know thyself" and their ethical responsibilities to best utilize the avenue of appropriate self-disclosure.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to comprehend and describe key aspects of therapeutic self-disclosure, including potential benefits and risks.
  2. Participants will be able to examine and articulate key ethical considerations of self-disclosure.
  3. Participants will be able to apply best practices for ethical and therapeutic self-disclosure.

Agenda:
  1. Defining and Outlining Self-Disclosure (20 mins)

 

Introduction to the concept of self-disclosure in therapy.

A vignette presenting a self-disclosure scenario.

Explanation of what self-disclosure entails.

Providing statistics and various perspectives on self-disclosure.

Case study discussion on the significance of self-disclosure using Carl Rogers as an example.

  1. Specifics of Self-Disclosure (30 mins)

 

Discussion on different types of self-disclosure.

Presentation of results based on Carl Rogers' work.

Key points to consider when employing self-disclosure.

Interactive matching exercise to reinforce understanding.

III. Ethical Considerations (15 mins)

 

Examination of ethical guidelines from professional organizations such as NASW, ACA, AAMFT, and APA.

  1. Proper and Improper Use of Self-Disclosure (25 mins)

 

Introduction to the WAIT strategy (Dr. Richard Schwartz).

Video case studies illustrating improper and proper self-disclosure.

In-depth case vignette discussion focusing on ethical dimensions (e.g., Amanda's case).

  1. Perspectives and Considerations (30 mins)

 

Exploration of the benefits and guidelines for self-disclosure.

Analysis of potential risks associated with self-disclosure.

Identifying appropriate situations for self-disclosure.

Discussion on self-disclosure considerations in diverse client populations through the examination of two case studies.

  1. The Skill of Self-Disclosure (30 mins)

 

Delving into the impact of self-disclosure on client feelings, cognitions, normalization, goals, and confidence.

Exploring pertinent personal questions for clinicians.

Highlighting important considerations when practicing self-disclosure.

Case vignette discussion emphasizing the skill of self-disclosure.

VII. Grand Case Studies Roundtable (breakout rooms if possible) (20 mins)

VIII. Closing, Q&A, Resources (10 mins)



This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: intermediate
Level of Clinician: intermediate
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

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