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Digital Seminar

The Ethics of Bringing Yourself to Your Work: The Ethics of Self-Disclosure and Countertransference

Kirsten LInd Seal, PhD, LMFT
2 Hours 51 Minutes
Mar 19, 2023
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Do you sometimes feel you must hide yourself in order to help your clients? What if there were a way to be your authentic self while still serving your clients’ best interests? This session will zero in on the most important aspects of “Self-of-Therapist" work, including practical guidance on self-disclosure and countertransference, as well as how to bring yourself fully into sessions in ways that ultimately move therapy forward. In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Three crucial countertransference pitfalls, including possibly rupturing the alliance
  • How to develop a clear method for managing countertransference in session
  • How and why therapist self-disclosure can deepen the therapeutic relationship
  • How to apply relevant ethical codes to therapist self-disclosure and countertransference situations that may arise in practice


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 3.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT, is adjunct associate professor of MFT Ethics at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and ethics faculty in the doctoral program at Chaminade University in Honolulu. She presents regularly on ethical issues while maintaining a virtual private practice. She’s a long-time regular contributor to Relationship Reboot, a relationship segment on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning Show in the Twin Cities.

Speaker Disclosures
Financial: Kirsten Lind Seal maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Chaminade University of Honolulu, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and is a contributor/creator of segments on Mid-morning WCCO TV. She receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kirsten Lind Seal is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.


  1. Develop a usable plan for deciding on self-disclosure in sessions.
  2. Differentiate between different self-disclosure orientations.
  3. Manage feelings of countertransference appropriately in sessions and through consultation.
  4. Integrate relevant ethical principles into managing countertransference.
  5. Create ongoing countertransference management plan.


  • The 4 most common types of self-disclosure
  • Developing a plan for deciding on self-disclosure in sessions
  • Different self-disclosure orientations
  • Strengthen your own capacity for managing countertransference
  • Integrating relevant ethical principles into managing countertransference
  • The 6 basic principles of ethical practice to countertransference issues
  • Create an ongoing countertransference management plan
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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