Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
First Reader/Committee Chair
The use of self-disclosure in clinical practice has been a controversial issue among professionals across many helping professions, including social work. The guidance on self-disclosure from the National Association of Social Workers, via its code of ethics, has been arguably vague. As a result, the topic remains ambiguous within the social work profession. Using a Grounded Theory approach, this study aimed to obtain the perceptions of 137 graduate social work students on the use of self-disclosure in practice. Through three major themes and six sub-themes, the results confirmed the lack of clarity pertaining to the use of self-disclosure in social work practice. A thorough discussion of the implications of the findings for theory, research, and social work are provided.
Keywords: self-disclosure, social work practice, National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, Grounded Theory
Alsina, Kevin, "THE USE OF SELF-DISCLOSURE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE: EXPLORING GRADUATE SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS" (2020). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1020.