To disclose or not to disclose, ethically that is the question.

Jun 21, 2023 01:00pm -
Jun 21, 2023 04:15pm

Event Description

To disclose or not to disclose, ethically that is the question.


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.



  • Arrival time is 12:50pm; Training is 1:00pm - 4:15pm EST. 
  • This is a live virtual training. A link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the training.



Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C

Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after training)

NASW Member    $50
Non-Member       $72



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



If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.


Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.


If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.



Individuals who require assistance under the ADA for participation in this training should contact NASW-VA at least 30 days prior to the start of the training.  Please call the Chapter office at 804.204.1339 to discuss your needs or any concerns with a member of the staff.  


Children under the age of 18 are not permitted into any NASWVA sponsored trainings or events, without prior written consent by the chapter. For special situations and/or circumstances, please call or email the chapter office.    


Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on May 02, 2023.
Regular registration starts on May 03, 2023 and ends on Jun 19, 2023.
Late registration starts on Jun 20, 2023.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 3 CE Hours
Member Fee: $50.00$50.00$50.00
Non-Member Fee: $72.00$72.00$72.00