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Self-Disclosure in Practice and Ethics...What Can Go Right?

This course will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of the therapist’s use of self-disclosure in the therapy session.  Participants will understand the compelling feelings that cause therapists to disclose information to clients, the idea of role-reversal that accompanies it, and other motivators to self-disclosure. This course will empower clinicians to make ethically backed choices in the use of self-disclosure.  Themes discussed will include: the risk of role reversal, manipulation, companionship that takes place in deliberate self disclosure, as well as the healing components that occur in judicious self-disclosure. 

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Self-Disclosure in Practice and Ethics...What Can Go Right?

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Moshe Norman, LCSW SIFI

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to: Identify 3 types of detrimental self-disclosures
  2. Participants will be able to: Recognize how to use discretion in the process of self disclosure for ethical and appropriate therapeutic gains
  3. Participants will be able to: Identify at least two therapeutic circumstances in which self-disclosure is indicated

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

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This course will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of the therapist’s use of self-disclosure in the therapy session.  Participants will understand the compelling feelings that cause therapists to disclose information to clients, the idea of role-reversal that accompanies it, and other motivators to self-disclosure. This course will empower clinicians to make ethically backed choices in the use of self-disclosure.  Themes discussed will include: the risk of role reversal, manipulation, companionship that takes place in deliberate self disclosure, as well as the healing components that occur in judicious self-disclosure. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to: Identify 3 types of detrimental self-disclosures
  2. Participants will be able to: Recognize how to use discretion in the process of self disclosure for ethical and appropriate therapeutic gains
  3. Participants will be able to: Identify at least two therapeutic circumstances in which self-disclosure is indicated

Agenda:
  • Defining self-disclosure:
    • What is a self-disclosure?
    • Definitions based on literature
    • What are the four types of self-disclosure?
    • What are things that compel the therapist to disclose?
    • What ethical challenges can arise in self-disclosure?
    • Video
(40 minutes)
  • Four types of deliberate self-disclosure 
    • The four motives 
    • Exploitation in self-disclosure
    • What is Judicious self-disclosure?
    • Understanding our Reactions
(60 minutes)
  • Video role plays and actual session video clips highlighting different forms of disclosure
(20 minutes)
  • Reacting more effectively
    • Choice of wording
    • Timing of self-disclosure
    • Which clients can benefit and when
(30 minutes)
  • Concluding the intervention - follow up plan
(20 minutes)
  • Review and Summarize
(10 minutes)


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.

Refund Policy: Full Refund until 48 hours before scheduled date.
48 hours before: full refund less $5.00 processing fee. After event no refund will be given.
*exclusions apply for reasonable need and cause.