Self-Disclosure and its Impact On Individuals Who Receive Mental Health Services

About the Course:

This course is based on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services monograph that addresses the risks and potential rewards of self-disclosure on people who are receiving mental health services. It addresses situations in which self-disclosure may take place, and the risks involved in choosing to disclose. Much of the information presented is based upon literature review of self-disclosure in the employment arena. Findings from a series of “key informant interviews” are also included, as are recommendations regarding self-disclosure.

Publication Date:

2008

Author

Hyman, I.

About the Author:

Center for Mental Health Services staff.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about self-disclosure among individuals who are receiving mental health services. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Assess and apply material presented when determining the appropriateness of self-disclosure advice for circumstances in which your clients/patients are involved.

  2. Define the concept of self-disclosure among mental health services recipients.

  3. Describe the types of circumstances in which self-disclosure may take place and ways to appropriately disclose mental health status information.

  4. Distinguish between the potential effects of self-disclosure in mental health services delivery settings and in other life situations.

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