The Use of Self

This morning workshop occurs on Monday, June 4, 2018, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM on the Columbia River Campus of Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.  3.75 CEUs are available.

The effective use of self is one of the most powerful tools that practitioners deploy in the therapeutic relationship. Most clinicians are exposed early in their education to this idea, which includes the strategic use of self-disclosure to deepen the client’s sense of safety as well as the unspoken ways our bodies resonate with the client’s inner experience.

Emerging ideas from the field of trauma and interpersonal neurobiology provide another lens for practitioners to consider–perhaps even re-think–their boundaries and their use of personal stories.


What thoughts go through your mind when you contemplate sharing personal or vulnerable information with clients? How do you use your own unique story–which is really your humanness–in service to them? What is the link between self-knowledge and self-compassion, and how do you model this to the people you help?

Wayne Scott Favicon yellowBy the end of this half-day workshop, using a combination of personal reflection and dialogue, participants will:

  1. Review the current wisdom about the use of self within the therapeutic relationship;
  2. Apply emerging knowledge about trauma and interpersonal neurobiology to their understanding of boundaries and self-disclosure;
  3. Explore the intentional use of self, both autobiographical story and body memory, to identify and neutralize threats related to power differences, mitigate anxiety and uncertainty, and enhance the human experience within the therapeutic relationship; and
  4. Use implicit and body memory as a guide to the client’s inner experience as well as to the therapist’s own self-knowledge and self-care.

GRADUATE STUDENT DISCOUNT: If you are currently in graduate school in a clinical discipline and wish to register, there is a half price discount. Contact Wayne through the website using your school email address to inquire about the special promotional code.