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Ethics and Personal Loss: Using Self-Disclosure in Grief Support

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Litsa Williams, LCSW-C
1 Hour 06 Minutes
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Apr 29, 2022
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So many professionals drawn to grief work have experienced their own personal losses. And a growing body of research shows us that self-disclosure can be a tremendous asset in our work with clients. But handled incorrectly it can do more harm than good. In this recording, Litsa Williams, LCSW-C, grief expert and co-founder of, explores personal loss, countertransference and how to ethically use self-disclosure to enhance your work with grieving clients.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Litsa Williams, LCSW-C, is co-founder of What’s Your Grief, one of the country’s largest online grief and bereavement support communities, providing support to millions of grieving individuals and professionals seeking education around grief and loss. Litsa has worked in the field for over a decade and had been featured as a grief expert for The New York Times, USNews, NPR and the Huffington Post. She is the co-author of What’s Your Grief? Lists to Help You Through Any Loss set to be released in September 2022.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Litsa Williams is the co-founder and program director of What’s Your Grief. She has an employment relationship with Columbia Addictions Center. Litsa Williams receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Litsa Williams is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling Member and the National Association of Social Workers Member.

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  1. Investigate potential positive and negative clinical impacts of self-disclosure.
  2. Analyze common types of counter transference in end of life and grief support.
  3. Use techniques to appropriately respond to and manage counter transference in end of life and grief support.
  4. Apply guidelines for ethical therapist self-disclosure to normalize grief and increase collaborative work with grieving clients.


  • Assessing the impact of personal grief on clinical work
  • Current research, risks and limitations
  • Guidelines for ethical self-disclosure
  • Addressing counter-transference
  • Missteps and related problems

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals


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