Course Description

The stigma associated with mental illness is one of the most persistent problems people face. It is fundamental to discrimination in housing, employment, and health insurance. It prevents treatment, and it impedes recovery. In this monograph, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration examines the role self-disclosure plays in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. Current literature related to self-disclosure is reviewed and provides the findings from a series of key informant interviews to examine the factors that promote or hinder self-disclosure. Finally, this monograph examines techniques used by groups who have disclosed private issues. (SAMHSA, 2008).

Objectives. Participants will

  • Review  literature relevant to self-disclosure
  • Learn factors that facilitate appropriate self-disclosure
  • Learn about different considerations relevant to self-disclosure in different environments

Reference: Self-Disclosure and Its Impact on Individuals Who Receive Mental Health Services. (SAMHSA, 2008).  

Course Modality: This is an independent home-study course. Students will take the course according to their own timeline. 

Course Completion: To receive the course certificate, each student is required to agree to Student Learning Contract, read all text-based materials, view any media posted, complete and pass course examination, and complete and submit course evaluation. 

Note: Posted materials are free from SAMHSA and other public domain sites. 

Course fee applies for continuing education hours and a certificate of completion.

Senior Instructor

Diane Sherman, PhD

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II, and E-Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Diane earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. In 2015 was honored to receive the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    • Welcome Video.

    • Course Syllabus

    • Learner Agreement

    • How to Navigate this course

    • Ethics and Self Disclosure. Pre-Test

  • 2

    Chapter 2. Ethics: Self Disclosure and the Impact on MH Services

    • Ethics: Self-Disclosure and Its Impact on Individuals Who Recieve Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

    • Personal Values and the Counseling Relationship. Frances Patterson, PhD

    • The Ethics of Public Recovery Self-disclosure (Bill White, Bill Stauffer, and Danielle Tarino). Blog post

  • 3

    Chapter 3. Application to Practice.

    • Instructional Video for Completing Assignments

    • Ethics and Self Disclosure. Assignment 1.

    • Ethics and Self Disclosure. Assignment 2.

    • Ethics and Self Disclosure. Assignment 3.

    • Ethics and Self Disclosure. Assignment 4.

    • Ethics and Self Disclosure. Assignment 5.

  • 4

    Chapter 4. Course Completion

    • Course Examination

    • Course Review

    • Course Evaluation

Reviews

5 star rating

Ethics

larry hall

Another informative coarse, well presented and full of useful information.

Another informative coarse, well presented and full of useful information.

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ethics

Donald Gunther

great

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Self-Disclosure

GAYLE RUEVE

Very thorough! I appreciated the examples of situations in which the counselor will need to be aware of their own biases.

Very thorough! I appreciated the examples of situations in which the counselor will need to be aware of their own biases.

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5 star rating

Excellent

Marchell Frazier

Thank you for yet another informative course.

Thank you for yet another informative course.

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4 star rating

Thought Provoking

Zachary Ferer

The lesson presented some different views on what to share and disclose which was helpful in knowing what others viewed as helpful in providing the best trea...

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The lesson presented some different views on what to share and disclose which was helpful in knowing what others viewed as helpful in providing the best treatment to clients.

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5 star rating

Excellent reminder on when to and when not to utilize sel...

Jonathan Wells

Excellent learning process. Also it was a refresher class to realize that self disclosure is not always inn the best need for the client. I will continue t...

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Excellent learning process. Also it was a refresher class to realize that self disclosure is not always inn the best need for the client. I will continue taking Dr. Diane Sherman on line classes

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4 star rating

Shaniece Lewis

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    $55.00Ethics. Based on the NAADAC Code of Ethics.

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