Walking the line: The power and impact of self-disclosure by modern sex therapists (4 CE Hours)

$160.00

Friday, September 20, 2024

Presenter: James C. Wadley, Ph.D., CST-S.

4 CE Hours

Live Via Webinar OR Via Video Recording following the live class

AASECT Category:

Section F

Course Description:
Depending upon one’s clinical orientation, the use of disclosure has a number of positive and negative implications.  On one hand, disclosure may be seen as too personal as it is merely a projection onto the client and has the potential to cause harm if not managed appropriately and timely.  On the other hand, when used properly, disclosure may allow for an enhanced sense of trust as the client and therapist are able to contextualize thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as humanize all participants within a therapeutic session.  Modern sex therapists need to be aware of some of the potential challenges that may exist in making decisions about self-disclosing to clients.  When disclosure happens in sex therapy or in supervision, there exists the possibility of creating a more impactful and meaningful experience for clients to see the reflection of themselves and develop the capacity for empathy, compassion, and deeper understanding of the presenting issue and their role.

The same holds true when supervisors make decisions to self-disclose to supervisees.  Sex therapist supervisors have the opportunity to join with supervisees in profound ways that may enable the supervisee to re-enact disclosure and process clients feelings.  Conceptualizing, embracing, and using countertransference can be tool of empowerment for supervisors and supervisees. Two case studies will be presented that highlight the impact of self-disclosure in therapy and in sex therapy supervision.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

• Discuss clinical settings where disclosure can be transformative and impactful for clients
• List 2 benefits for engaging in self-disclosure
• Describe 2 challenges for engaging in self-disclosure
• Explain one affective experience when discussing sexuality issues

Speaker Bio:

Dr. James Wadley is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Human Services Program at The Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). He is also the founder and Principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and his professional background in human sexuality education and educational leadership has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.

Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his BA in Psychology from Hampton University. Finally, he holds a clinical postgraduate certificate from Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and several other state certifications that enable him to be one of the nation’s best marriage, family, and sexuality clinicians.

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