"Self-Disclosure:" Clinical Considerations for Behavioral Health Professionals and Recovery Support Workers

with Barry S. Timmerman, LCMHC, MLADC

  A 6 hour training event on Friday, June 16, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301  


PRESENTATION:  Self-disclosure is discussed as one of a wide range of topics in Ethics trainings. This workshop will focus exclusively on self-disclosure. Self-disclosure is a topic that is debated about and generally mis-understood. During the course of this workshop we will explore the history of self-disclosure from a variety of perspectives. Depending on training and discipline, self-disclosure is viewed as an asset or a liability in terms of clinical effectiveness, ethical practice and client well-being. We will look at the history of self-disclosure in the addiction field as well as the mental health and social work fields as a means to understand the different perspectives. We will explore agency policies regarding self-disclosure and the rationale behind these policies. We will explore the codes of ethics around self-disclosure. We will explore when and how self-disclosure can be used as an effective tool in the counseling/mentoring relationship. We will explore how self-disclosure can be harmful to clients. We will explore self-disclosure in clinical supervision and the phenomenon of counter-transference. In the mental health field, self-disclosure to clients is generally discouraged. In the addiction field, historically, self-disclosure to clients has been encouraged and often practiced. To goal of this workshop is not to condemn or condone self-disclosure, but rather engage in an exploration of the pros and cons, so participants can leave with a better understanding of their conscious and unconscious motivations to self-disclose and be more effective in their work with clients.   As a result of this training participants will Gain a better understanding of how self-disclosure is viewed from a variety of disciplines; Understand how self-disclosure can be harmful to clients; Understand the importance of self-disclosure in clinical supervision and how clinical supervision is different from therapy; Understand how and when to use self-disclosure effectively and appropriately; and Understand how to manage situations where clients are asking for self-disclosure.  


ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  Barry S. Timmerman, LCMHC, MLADC is the Clinical Director of Seacoast Youth Services in Seabrook, NH. He utilizes a strength-based and relational approach to supervision, consultation, training, assessment and counseling that incorporates mindfulness, respect and mutual solution-focused exploration.  Barry has worked with adults, families, adolescents and children for 29 years in a variety of settings including residential programs, outpatient agencies, schools and community-based programs.   Barry is dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Barry has dedicated many years advocating for access to effective and affordable substance abuse treatment for those suffering from addictive disorders, as well as reducing the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness.  In addition, Barry has been part of several state initiatives to develop integrated treatment to effectively address the complexities of those suffering from mental health and substance use disorders.


Fee:  NHADACA Members $50.00.  Non-Members $60.00.  NBCC add $5.

Lunch will be on your own.  For registration information contact:  603-225-7060   traininginstitute@nhadaca.org


6 Contact Hours Available

Certified Prevention Specialist Domains:  6

LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 3, 7, 11, 12

CRSW Performance Domains:  2 & 3    

NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A (NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 08:30
NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301