This artile relates the personal story of one of the authors (referred to in the text as “the author”); the other author contributed to research and provided editorial assistance.
OBLIGATED CLINICAN SELF-DISCLOSURE: JONE THERAPITS'S INTERVENTIONS FOLLOWING A FAMILY MEMBERS'S PUBLICIZED MURDER*
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 41–52, January 1996
How to Cite
Lewis, J. L. and Stokes, D. R. (1996), OBLIGATED CLINICAN SELF-DISCLOSURE: JONE THERAPITS'S INTERVENTIONS FOLLOWING A FAMILY MEMBERS'S PUBLICIZED MURDER. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 22: 41–52. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1996.tb00185.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
This article describes a family therapist's management of the sudden collision between profesional and personal boundaries following the publicized murder of her spouse. Reasons are offered to explain why it is becoming difficult for all clinicians to control the process of self-disclosure in therapy. Strategies used to meet the demands of affirming professional distance while maintaining therapeutic effectiveness are described. Brief recommendations are proposed for therapists in group, medical, rural, inpatient, and underserved settings. It is hoped that this case study will generate further discussion and assist health care providers who may face this challenge in the future.