Self-Disclosure in Teaching Abnormal Psychology: Wise or Problematic?
The teaching of abnormal psychology requires sensitivity in presenting cases, protecting the anonymity of patients as well as the sensibility of students who may be experiencing mental health issues. There is a fine line between self-disclosure and self-protection for both students and professors. I intend to discuss the role of teacher self- disclosure in the context of the Abnormal psychology class. I will present a video of the 2015 TEDx Charleston talk, “Secrets of a Wounded Healer”. The talk offers personal testimony for the need to de-stigmatize mental illness and how we can approach this topic with students. Discussion will center on the advantages and disadvantages of teacher self-disclosure.
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