603 Therapist Self-Disclosure

Kenneth Hardy • Sunday All Day

Kenneth HardyIn the past, it was taboo for a therapist to use self-disclosure in therapeutic work. But in our more egalitarian era, many clinicians now share their experiences with clients to demystify therapy and reduce the power differential between them. This workshop will explore the benefits and risks of self-disclosure through case histories, discussions, and role-playing. You’ll:

  • Identify times when therapist transparency is legitimate and useful
  • Become aware of when self-disclosure can interrupt the flow of therapy, cross boundaries, or trigger a clients’ fears
  • Explore the difficulties of self-disclosure in couples or family therapy, when each person in the room may respond differently
  • Leave with guidelines for making self-disclosure a safe, clinically helpful part of the therapeutic process

Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in ethics and risk management.

Kenneth Hardy, PhD, is director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of marriage and family therapy at Drexel University.

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