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

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Litsa Williams, MA, 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, MA, LCSW-C, is the co-founder of the online grief community What’s Your Grief and a grief therapist with 15 years of experience specializing in sudden and traumatic loss, substance abuse, and ambiguous grief. Drawing on personal and professional experience with grief, she cofounded WYG as a resource offering concrete, practical, creative, down-to-earth, and relatable support for death and nondeath losses, founded on the values of psychoeducation and creative coping. WYG has grown to serve more than 5 million visitors each year online and thousands more through its educational materials provided to families by funeral homes, grief centers, hospice, and hospitals. Litsa received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, as well as a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Warwick (UK). She has been interviewed as a grief expert for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and New York Times. She is co-author of the book What’s Your Grief: Lists to Help You Through Any Loss.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Litsa Williams is the co-founder and program director of What’s Your Grief and has an employment relationship with Columbia Addictions Center. Litsa Williams receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties 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, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Alliance for Children's Grief.


  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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