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18th February @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Working within a two-person psychology has been the major explorative work in relational psychotherapy, including Relational Transactional Analysis in recent years. For some therapists sharing their emotional responses was not considered part of the therapeutic relationship and kept apart from it. The therapist’s personal responses were traditionally considered as part of their supervision and personal therapy and it was seen as inappropriate to share these with clients.

In the last 30 – 40 years, there has been growing recognition that as therapists, our responses, including our vulnerabilities and fallibilities, are inevitably evoked and are co-created within the work. Self-disclosure of these phenomena is considered an important aspect in the pursuit of a relational understanding of ourselves and our clients together – moving towards the goal of the transformation of clients’ lives. This change of the therapist’s position in relation to the client is seen to enhance the experience of mutual dialogue and the dynamics of co-regulation and co-creativity.


The self-disclosure debate has brought important ethical questions which we will consider in this webinar. Accounting for power dynamics is central to ethical practice, thus we will consider the following questions;

What are the principles and ethics involved in the therapist’s consideration of whether or not to self-disclose?

How do we account for the asymmetry in terms of responsibility for the process?


Is the permission to be vulnerable a validation of the therapist’s humanity or an open gateway for oppressive practice?

Is self-disclosure an over-used technique?

How might the theories of self-disclosure be used defensively?



This workshop is targeted at all qualifications from the psychotherapy field.              

IARTA members £25 – Non-members £50

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18th February
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
£25.00 – £50.00

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