Ethics and Personal Loss, Countertransference, and Self-Disclosure in Grief Support
While historically psychology, counseling, and social work discouraged self-disclosure, in recent years researchers and clinicians have adopted a far more nuanced approach to the use of self-disclosure. Unfortunately, there still remains limited education and training around countertransference and self-disclosure in clinical practice. These topics are particularly important in grief practice and therapy, as clients often seek clinicians with a shared personal grief experience. The last 2.5 years have seen an increase in clients seeking grief support and an increase in the number of clinician...Read mores who have experienced personal loss and are navigating its impact in their professional work.
Through the lens of professional ethical standards and current research, this workshop will outline considerations for assessing the clinical value and appropriateness of self-disclosure through examination of context and content. It will review types of countertransference and the intersection between countertransference, self-disclosure, and personal loss, specifically in end-of-life and grief support. The session will provide clinicians with self-assessment tools to better identify countertransference in their client work. It will also offer concrete strategies to improve clinical competence when utilizing self-disclosure, monitoring the impact of disclosures, and responding to unintended or unexpected client reactions. Less...
- Describe two common types of counter transference in end of life and grief support and techniques to appropriately respond and manage these reaction to clients
- Identify at least one ethical principle related to the use of self-disclosure in end of life and grief support.
- Identify at least two potential positive clinical impacts of self-disclosure and two potential negative clinical impacts of self-disclosure.
- Describe at least three recent research findings regarding self-disclosure and countertransference in grief support.
Friday, October 20, 2023
01:00 PM EDT - 04:15 PM EDTRegister for this Webinar
About the speakers
Litsa Williams MA, LCSW-C
Eleanor Haley, MS
1:00-1:45 Defining concepts
- Self-disclosure definitions and types
- Counter-transference definitions and types
- Specific relevance to grief and end of life support
- Relevant ethical principles
1:45-2:30 The impact of personal losses – client and clinician perspectives
- Client perceptions of self-disclosure
- Clinician awareness of counter-transference and self-disclosure
2:45-3:15 Assessment of personal loss management
- What does it mean to have sufficiently “processed” personal loss?
- Assessing the impact of personal grief on clinical work.
3:15-4:00 Tools and interventions
- Guidelines for ethical self-disclosure
- Personal work and targeted self-care
- Addressing counter-transference
- Addressing missteps and related problems
4:00-4:15 Application to practice
- Relevance to specific clinical experience.
- Questions and close
CE Information - Earn 3 CE Credit Hours
American Psychological Association
New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology
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