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Peer Ethics and Personal Disclosure

Balancing self disclosure in a Peer Specialist role


The tools of a Peer Specialist are meant to inspire clients (and coworkers!) and demonstrate that recovery is not only possible, but probable. Working with clients from the position of a peer and using the specialized tool of personal disclosure creates rapport and helps destigmatize people seeking services by focusing on the client as a unique and valuable person. This form of human connection allows clients to feel safe and reach their potential, but it also fosters potential for boundary crossings and risk of ethical dilemma. This class will create self-awareness, and provide practical methods for the professional Peer worker to minimize risks of emotional burnout that often accompany personal disclosure as a therapeutic tool.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the unique boundaries and ethical risks for a Peer Specialist

  • Practice the components of effective self disclosure

  • Identify how to stay in scope and work as part of an integrated care team

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work   
     2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)

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