Therapeutic Boundaries

Therapeutic Boundaries 

As a behavioral health professional, you may find yourself in situations where the therapeutic boundary between you and your clients is blurred, whether during the session or outside of it. In some cases, boundary crossings may strengthen the therapeutic relationship and enhance treatment effectiveness. However, overstepping the therapeutic boundary can pose a serious risk, as it can also harm the individuals you aim to help. For this reason, it is crucial that behavioral health professionals are aware of the potential risks and danger signs of these harmful boundary violations. This course explains the concept of a professional therapeutic boundary and how it differs from a personal relationship. You will learn about the ethical role of the clinical practitioner in establishing appropriate roles and boundaries, the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations, how to appropriately use social media and other technology, and how to recognize situations with high potential for harmful boundary violations. As you master these skills, you will become more effective in maintaining an appropriate relationship between you and your clients. 

$15.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-HHS-0-TB-V2

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District of Columbia Board of Nursing

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DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

South Carolina Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-[Custom_Code]

West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

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American Psychological Association

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Relias, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Board of Registered Nursing

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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

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Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Association of Social Work Boards

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Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, posttests. This module is Reading-Based.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.00 Ethics continuing education clock hours.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

1.0 HOURS


Relias LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Relias LLC designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Florida Board of Medicine

1.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Medicine CE Provider #: 50-290

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

1.0 HOURS


Provider #50-290 This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Florida Board of Psychology

1.0 HOURS


Florida Physician Assistants

1.0 HOURS


New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Social Work Unit

1.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0009.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules.

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Social workers will receive 1.00 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Counselors (MHC)

1.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0011

As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias, LLC are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.

This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)

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Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0009

As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.

This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

National Board for Certified Counselors

1.0 HOURS







Relias, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Relias , LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours

Ohio Marriage and Family Therapist Board

1.0 HOURS


Provider # RTX050401 290
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Ohio Professional Counselor Board

1.0 HOURS


Provider # RCX100502 290
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators

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Relias Learning is an approved provider of Continuing Education. Provider number: CP40 910 H 0318 for 1.00 CEHs.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

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Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider number 1S-06-729-0220 for 1.00 CEH's

Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority

1.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals

1.0 HOURS


Education hours MCBAP-R
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

1.0 HOURS


This course has been approved by Relias LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1.00 CE. NAADAC Provider #86124, Relias, LLC is responsible for all
aspects of their programming.

Missouri Credentialing Board

1.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Breining Institute for Registered Addiction Specialists

1.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

1.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours. Content Area: P7, C9

California Association of DUI Treatment Programs

1.0 HOURS


New Mexico Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)

This course awards 1.00 contact hours upon successful completion.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Ohio State Medical Board

1.0 HOURS


State Medical Board of Ohio CE Provider #: 50-290

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

1.0 HOURS


Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure

1.0 HOURS


Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-TB-V2
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Define the meaning of a therapeutic boundary in behavioral health practice.
Describe the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations.
Explain how to avoid the red flags of boundary violations.
Define current standards for use of social media and other technology pertaining to maintaining therapeutic boundaries.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: What Is a Therapeutic Boundary?

Meet Greg and James

What Is a Therapeutic Boundary?

Boundary Violations

Personal Relationships vs. Professional Therapeutic Relationships

Establishing Therapeutic Boundaries

Avoiding Dual Relationships

Unavoidable Dual Relationships

Revisiting Therapeutic Boundaries

Review

Summary

Section 3: Boundary Crossings and Violations

An Unexpected Introduction

A Continuum of Boundary Transgressions

Boundary Crossings

Considerations with Boundary Crossings

Client Requests

After a Boundary Has Been Crossed

When Boundary Crossings Go Wrong

Boundary Violations

Review

Summary

Section 4: Avoiding Boundary Violations

Meet Rebecca and Zack

Red Flags of Boundary Violations

General Preventative Measures

Appropriate Use of Language

What About Boundaries with Former Clients?

Ethical Decision-Making Regarding Professional Boundaries 

Review

Summary

Section 5: Boundaries with Social Media and Other Technology

Social Media in the Clinical Context

Challenges Facing Social Media Use

General Guidelines on Social Media Use

Personal and Professional Accounts

Review

Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

Resources

References

Congratulations!

Exam and BrainSparks

Instructor: Gabriel Maeck, L-CSW

Gabriel Maeck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has served over 3,000 clients as a diagnostician and psychotherapist. He has worked with children, teenagers, high-risk adults with comorbid mental and substance use disorders, refugees, and members of the geriatric population. He has provided services in school, community, long-term care, and inpatient substance abuse treatment settings. He has experience advocating for Somali- and Swahili-speaking communities, becoming fluent in Swahili and highly proficient in Somali to do so. He has presented at TedX and mental health symposium events. He is now pursuing a Master of Business Administration to focus on healthcare reform.

Disclosure: Gabriel Maeck, L-CSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry level Professional Counselors; entry level Psychologists; entry level Social Workers; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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