March 2022--Monthly Meeting

DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Monthly Member Meeting

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

“Sharing Personal Information with Clients: When it’s a Good Idea, When it Isn’t, and Why.”

In day-to-day life, connecting with others often means sharing details of our personal lives. Being open about who we are can highlight commonalities, stimulate mutual interest, foster empathy and build trust. But how does self-disclosure fit into our roles as helping professionals working with clients in emotional distress? What is the potential impact of self-disclosure in a relationship that, while mutually important, is asymmetrical? The answers are never clear-cut. Each of us brings the norms and ethics of our discipline to our Collaborative work, as well as our personality and unique style of working. And there are other many contextual factors that determine the impact of self-disclosure, such as how well we know our client/s, timing, and who else is in the room. Then there’s the most important consideration: our own motivation. How can we get better at understanding the potential impact of sharing (or not sharing) about our non-professional selves with our Collaborative clients? Together we’ll unpack this complex, rarely discussed and ubiquitous question.

Presented by Kate Scharff, LICSW, LCSW-C