Addressing Self Disclosure and Other Boundary Issues


I need the four questions below answered and the terms defined and one’s own understanding…The answers only need to be short answers only 2 – 4 sentences long. Please answer each part of the question entirely and label it. Please refer to book the book “Interviewing in Action in a Multicultural World fifth edition by Bianca Cody Murphy and Carolyn Dillon”. Chapter 12, Addressing Self-Disclosure and Other Boundary Issues.

1. How comfortable are you about revealing personal information to others? Is this related to your family or cultural values? Have you ever disclosed something to a person and later wished you had not? What did you disclose and why did you regret it? How has the experience affected your comfort with self-disclosure?

2. Discuss a time when someone found out information about you that you didn’t directly share with him or her. How did it feel? What were the consequences?

3. From your reading in this chapter about boundary maintenance, discuss the benefits and risks of getting to know client in non-work-related ways.

4. How should a clinician respond if a client directly raises his or her romantic feelings toward the clinician?

Define these terms in own words:
-Limit setting
-our-of-office contact
-professional boundaries
-proscribed conversation


Question one

Revealing personal information to other people is quite uncomfortable for me. This has been greatly influenced by my cultural and family values which stress the importance of privacy. There was a time I disclosed to my best friend the fact that I had been adopted. She went ahead and shared the information which made me regret my decision. Since then, trusting someone with my personal information has been difficult.


Question two

Nevertheless, people can still find information about someone without directly being told by them. For instance, one of my friends found out that my parents had been killed in an accident few years ago in a newspaper article. I felt unsafe and insecure because anyone could accidentally or intentionally find out my personal information.This situation made me realizethat people cannot keep all their private information private no matter how hard they try.

Question three

Getting to know clients on a personal level has helped in building some trust between the client and clinician especially when the formal relationship makes the client uncomfortable (Murphy and Dillon 339). This is beneficial in that the client is able to share information that will help the clinician in examining their condition. However, getting to know clients on a personal level might lead to romantic attractions between them hence violation of the ethical conducts of a clinician.

Question four

Clients may express their romantic feelings towards the clinician from time to time. This is normal and human, especially during therapy. However, clinicians are advised to consult with their superiors in such circumstances in order to know how best they can handle the situation (Murphy and Dillon 341).


Definition of terms

Limit setting refers to setting standards that moderate how clients behave around clinicians and enable them to work in a comfortable environment. Our-off-office contact refers to meetings between clients and clinicians outside the office either purposefully or unintentionally. Professional boundaries are lines of differentiation that govern the clinician-client relationship. Proscribed conversations on the other hand refers to conversations in which cliniciansare not allowed to discuss some issues with clients. Lastly, self-disclosure is when a clinician discloses personal information with their clients in order to build trust in their relationship or encourage them.

Works Cited

Murphy, Blanca, and Dillon, Carolyn. Interviewing in Action in a Multicultural World (4thEdition). Belmont: Cengage Learning,2011. Print.

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