Self-disclosures in research and psychotherapy

8th Biennial Conference "Curiosity, Authenticity and Generosity"

Date(s) 30 May 2015
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Event organised by European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy

About the event

Increasingly researchers are including self-disclosures as a core part of research studies. With the researcher inescapably embedded in a social, political and cultural matrix, a study of her or his authenticity can provide important insights in qualitative research. Similarly in psychotherapy, the therapist is part of the field with his or her authentic memories, feelings and body sensations playing an important role in the therapeutic process. Although some of the therapeutic trainings do not put much emphasis on how to use self-disclosures, many therapists make occasional self-disclosures and share details about their personal lives, feelings and body sensations with clients.
The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness of how to use the therapist’s own experiences adequately in psychotherapy and research. From ethical considerations about bridging the public and the private, to a discussion on the various ways of disclosing therapist’s experiences and the consequences this may have, participants will be invited to share, experience and try various ways of authentic relating and self-disclosing.
Theoretically this workshop will present an integration of insights from qualitative research methodologies such as autoethnography and relational-centered research with relational psychotherapy. Since every statement about ourselves is also a statement about our relationships, an introduction to relational ethics will constitute a part of this workshop.


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