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The debate regarding the use of therapist self-disclosure in therapy sessions has been a long-standing dilemma for many mental health therapists. With research studies primarily focused on the use of self-disclosure with adult clients, the verdict is still out as to whether self-disclosure is appropriate and when it might be helpful. Limited research is available regarding the use of self-disclosure with child clients, and play therapists are tasked with the ethical decision of whether to engage in self-disclosure, how much and in what context self-disclosure is appropriate and how this might look during a play therapy session with a child.
This training focuses on examining the research that is available, discussing ethical considerations in the use of self-disclosure as well as exploring the types of self-disclosure and the possible reasons for engaging in self-disclosure as a therapeutic tool. The training will focus on the play therapy model of Synergetic Play Therapy, discussing elements of resonance, window of tolerance and co-regulation. During this training, the facilitator will discuss anecdotal case studies pertaining to using self-disclosure - identifying both positive and negative experiences. Interventions and techniques will be discussed as to how to utilize appropriate experiential self-disclosure in the play therapy room.
6:00 –6:30 p.m. Educate participants on the basics of play therapy, exploring the research, rationale, and approaches. Provide an overview of ethical considerations when using play therapy.
6:30 –7:00 p.m. Explore existing research on the use of therapist self-disclosure in counseling sessions. Investigate studies specifically focused on self-disclosure within play therapy.
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Discuss ethical considerations when utilizing self-disclosure. Utilize an ethical decision-making model which has been used within the play therapy context.
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Identify techniques and strategies for appropriately and purposefully employing self-disclosure in play therapy sessions using the Synergetic Play Therapy model.
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Engage participants in specific interventions focused on utilizing self-disclosure and authenticity in a therapeutic, playful way.
8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Address questions from participants and engage in professional discussion regarding the controversial topic of therapist self-disclosure. Invite participants to share personal experiences of self-disclosure use and facilitate professional discussion.
- The participant will be able to describe existing research on the use of therapist self-disclosure pertaining to work with children and within the context of play therapy.
- The participant will be able to identify potential uses for self-disclosure as a therapeutic tool as well as identify potential pitfalls of engaging in self-disclosure with child clients and families.
- The participant will be able to explain strategies and techniques for ethically engaging in self-disclosure for the purpose of enhancing the therapeutic progress.
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- 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