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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.

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Ethical Considerations of Therapist Self-Disclosure

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$59.99 Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW

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.

About the Presenter

Diane Bigler has over 25 years of experience in the mental health field as a clinician, Professor, and educator. Her clinical background includes outpatient and in-home therapy and early intervention. Diane has expertise in content development, continuing education training, and corporate wellness and leadership coaching. Diane is passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

Ethical Considerations of Therapist Self-Disclosure

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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.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

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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:

Defining and Outlining Self-Disclosure (20 mins)

  • Vignette: What would you do?
  • What is self-disclosure
  • Statistics and Perspectives
  • Case Study: Carl Rogers

Specifics of Self-Disclosure (30 mins)

  • Types of self-disclosure
  • Rogers results
  • Key Points
  • Matching Exercise

Ethical Considerations (15 mins)

  • NASW
  • ACA
  • AAMFT
  • APA

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

  • WAIT Dr Richard Shwartz
  • Video case studies: Improper and Proper disclosure
  • Case vignette discussion: Amanda

Perspectives and Considerations (30 mins)

  • Benefits and Guidelines
  • Risks
  • Appropriate situations for self-disclosure
  • Specific populations
  • Contraindications
  • Diversity considerations: two case studies discussion

The Skill of Self-Disclosure (30 mins)

  • Client feelings
  • Client cognitions
  • Client normalization
  • Client goals and confidence
  • Personal questions for clinician
  • Important consdirations
  • Case vignette discussion

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

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

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.


  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program. These credits are also accepted by the Maryland Boards for Professional Counselors, Psychology, and Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals, and many other states and disciplines.

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*exclusions apply for reasonable need and cause.