Co-sponsored with Center for Psychoanalytic Studies

March 4, 2023

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM (Central Time)

Zoom Virtual Event

3.0 CE/CME – Ethics


General acceptance of self-disclosure has become a reality in the analytic world. However, we remain ambivalent regarding its use. When is disclosure appropriate? What kinds of therapist disclosure are helpful or harmful? What about the research suggesting that some patients benefit while others do not? Clinicians are understandably confused, particularly amidst the steadfast warning that unseemly therapist gratification at the patient’s expense lies right around the corner. This presentation covers both a review of the research literature on therapist self-disclosure and an in-depth look at how guilt over our own vulnerabilities and desires, combined with an excessive fear of doing harm, has prevented us from articulating the therapeutic action of self-disclosure. Case reports will be presented for discussion by participants regarding the complexities and nuances of ethical use of self-disclosure.

Bio: Karen J. Maroda, Ph.D., ABBP, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin and in private practice in Milwaukee, WI. She is board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. The author of four books, The Power of Countertransference, Seduction, Surrender and Transformation, Psychodynamic Techniques, and The Analyst’s Vulnerability, as well as numerous journal articles and book reviews. She also sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She gives lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this program in it’s entirety, participants will be able to:

  1. List at least 3 reasons not to self-disclose
  2. List at least 3 situations when self-disclosure is ethically necessary
  3. Understand why affective disorders pose less of an ethical dilemma than disclosure of personal information


Maroda, K. (2010). Self-disclosure and advice: Understanding how and when the therapist’s disclosures are therapeutic. In, Maroda, K., Psychodynamic techniaues: Working with emotion in the therapeutic relationship. New York: Guilford.

Maroda, K. (2009). Less is More: An argument for the judicious use of self-disclosure. In, Bloomgarden, A. and; Mennuti, R. (Eds.) Psychotherapist Revealed: Therapists Speak About Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy. New York: Routledge.

Scarfone, Dominique. (2017). On “That Is Not Psychoanalysis”: Ethics as the main tool for psychoanalytic knowledge and discussion. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27:392–400.

Continuing Education: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and Austin Psychoanalytic. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

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