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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.
- 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.
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.
Certificates Provider -This Webinar Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.
- CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program.
This presentation is open to:
- Behavior Analysts
- 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
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- Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
- Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
- There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.