Being Ourselves: The use of transparency and self-disclosure in therapy
Friday January 18, 2019
1:00pm - 4:15pm
3 contact hours total:
- 3 NBCC credit hours
- NCSAPPB approved substance use specific (SS)
Who are we as clinicians? As people? Our code of ethics, our clientele, our agency policy, and our training all combine to inform our approach to using transparency and self-disclosure as therapeutic tools - yet rarely do they provide definitive answers. We are human beings with real lives, thoughts and feelings, sitting across from other human beings who are struggling. Sometimes clients can feel validated and uplifted to know that their therapist struggles too. Other times, glimpses of our own internal lives can be used as weapons against us. This is a classic dilemma in the addictions field - does a clinician share their own journey of recovery? What motivates that sharing - ego or empathy? And how does agency policy inform this decision? This workshop will draw from professional guidelines and other resources, and will focus strongly on discussion of shared experience with boundaries and disclosure, successes and mistakes.
- Review the therapeutic purposes of transparency and self-disclosure
- Discuss levels of safety and comfort with disclosure
- Practice transparency, self-disclosure, and redirection
- Refine and confirm professional boundaries, in compliance with professional and agency guidelines
Snacks, coffee, water, and tea are all included!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Papillon DeBoer is an LPC in private practice in Asheville, and provides counseling for survivors of sexual trauma.