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Self-disclosure may play an important role in developing trust or understanding and instilling hope. Trust is the stepping stone that allows an individual to contemplate making changes. Self disclosure can establish and maintain an empathic relationship that gives the participant the sense of being understood. Staff must exercise discretion when contemplating self-disclosure. Appropriateness is best tested if all three of the following questions are answered as "yes":

  1. Is the intent of the self-disclosure to enable positive change in others?
  2. Will it create an environment that fosters trust and hope for the participant?
  3. Are the appropriate professional boundaries being maintained?


Congrats, Jossue Rubio!

The Inspiration of Uncompromising Service Award is given to a Social Model Recovery Systems employee who has demonstrated extraordinary efforts of uncompromising service. We invited our colleagues to recognize their peers for their outstanding work by submitting a story. A panel of colleagues in the community chose their favorite story and the winner was presented the award at last January's All-Agency staff meeting. We would like to congratulate Jossue Rubio (nominated by Sonia Casas) for his hard work and dedication!



Staff and participants contribute by bringing their strengths and weaknesses into their interactions with one another. Although some have many years of education, some have not finished the ninth grade, some come from wealth, and some come from homeless shelters, education and life experiences are equally valued. We think as individuals and succeed collectively. We see the individual as an integral part of our social system. Social model is the unique interaction of individuals and their experiences.


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Advocacy is the process of learning more about oneself and the communities that surround us while promoting mutual change. As we learn more about our relationship with the communities we serve, we are better able to contribute to growth and change.