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Event date: 6/21/2023 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM Export event
NASWDC Chapter
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To disclose or not to disclose, ethically that is the question.

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Self-disclosure is an ever present and unavoidable aspect of clinical and macro social work.

So how does one determine when to disclose and when to not disclose? Ethically what helps someone determine their answer? According to Frederic Reamer, Many social workers are reluctant to disclose personal information to clients because doing so may stir up complicated transference and countertransference issues that may be counterproductive clinically. Yet sometimes self-disclosure is inevitable, and therefore it is imperative to skillfully handle self-disclosure to avoid or reduce ethical dilemmas. When self-disclosure is not handled effectively it can lead to boundary issues and/or dual relationships. This workshop will explore the importance of understanding and exploring the ethics of self-disclosure. We will examine the intersection between ethics, self-disclosure and boundary seeting. A focus will be on analzying various ethical codes:  Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (Title 10, .03, .04 & .05) to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (1.01, 1.04, and 1.06 a-h)  This is an interactive workshop where cases vignettes will be presented, and participants will work in a group setting to further maximize their understanding of the concepts presented.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this intermediate course, participants will be able to:

1. Increase their knowledge of various direct and indirect service situations and the importance of balancing ethical responsibilities to ethically manage self-disclosure.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of self-disclosure and the intersection with boundary setting, countertransference, and transference.

3. Explore the four types of self-disclosure: deliberate, unavoidable, accidental and client initiated.

4. Analyze and deconstruct an array of case examples utilizing various ethical decision-making models, to reduce or eliminate ethical violations.

5. Summarize key elements of balancing ethical responsibilities in relationship to the concepts of self disclosure and boundary issues.

Upon completion of this course attendees will earn 3 Category I Contact Hours, including 3 Ethics Hours.


  1. Arrival time is 12:50pm; Training is 1:00pm - 4:15pm EST. 

  2. This is a live virtual training. A link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the training.

PRESENTER: Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C

REGISTRATION FEES - includes CE certificate (emailed after training)

NASW Member    $50

Non-Member       $72

LOCATION: This will be a live virtual training. A link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the training.

Registration deadline: June 19, 2023

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