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Professional Boundaries and Ethics

Minimize the risk of boundary-related issues at work


The relational nature of behavioral health work means that successful outcomes depend upon the quality of interpersonal alliances with people receiving services. The challenge in these relationships is to be supportive, empathic, and understanding – and yet professional and clinical at the same time. How is it possible to maintain this balance? This class explores the nature of boundary issues in human services by looking at the different levels of relationship that the worker has to maintain through the lens of risk, and offers best practices for reducing the risk of boundary problems in the workplace.


Learning Objectives

  • Define common boundary and ethics concepts as they relate to the human service field

  • Explore how relationships differ between themselves and their clients, co-workers, and supervisors

  • Evaluate the level of involvement in relationships at work

  • Assess risk of boundary-related issues at work and the harm these issues can create

  • Introduce strategies to prevent harm and what to do when risk is going up

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy   
     LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.ADC.018)
     LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.027)

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