Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 357–375

Self-disclosure in clinical social work

  • James C. Raines

DOI: 10.1007/BF02190743

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Raines, J.C. Clin Soc Work J (1996) 24: 357. doi:10.1007/BF02190743


This article seeks to establish six guidelines for the use of selfdisclosure 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.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Raines
    • 1
  1. 1.Loyola University ChicagoSchool of Social WorkChicago