Self-disclosure in clinical social work

James C. Raines, Jim Raines

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This article seeks to establish six guidelines for the use of self-disclosure in clinical social work. It examines the relationship between self-disclosure and countertransference, the timing of self-disclosure over the course of the therapeutic relationship, types of self-disclosure, the connection between assessment of the client and self-disclosure, and how self-disclosure is related to reality-testing. Objections to self-disclosure are also examined and clinical examples are used throughout.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
StatePublished - Dec 1996


  • communication
  • countertransference
  • self-disclosure


  • Social Work
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Psychology

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