August 24, 2020

10:30AM - 5:00PM EST

VIRTUAL--One-day Training on Ethics: Understanding Boundaries

About the event

This training is designed to gain an understanding of the concepts of Boundaries both in our personal lives and professional roles. Boundaries help us to judge what is acceptable and unacceptable in daily interactions. Boundaries are our protection from pain and harm. Respecting other’s boundaries helps us from causing harm to others either intentionally or unintentionally.

Boundaries can be seen as an invisible filter in which one uses to control what goes in and what goes out. Therapists are responsible for both the safety of the therapeutic relationship and the client and therefore responsible for protecting both the client’s boundaries and therapist’s boundaries. Boundary crossings are anything that steps outside the traditional setting of therapy. When a therapist crosses a boundary for the benefit of the client and therapy, it may be a way to enhance the therapeutic relationship. When therapists’ cross boundaries for their own personal gain, misusing their power, it is a boundary violation and unethical. A boundary crossing that many therapists use to create a bond with their client is self-disclosure. Many times, in addictions therapy, a therapist who is in recovery may share his/her story with the client. This may allow the client to relate to the therapist and feel he/she will not be judged. The safety and benefit of the client should always be the priority when deciding to cross boundaries.

• Examine and Identify the types of boundaries (Physical, Emotional/Spiritual, Intellectual, Material, Time, Sexual)
• Demonstrate an understanding of boundary characteristics such as open, rigid or flexible, that create Healthy vs Unhealthy Boundaries.
• Distinguish between a Boundary Crossing and a Boundary Violation and when it is considered either a negative or positive undertaking
• Determine the extent and what information therapists should self-disclose as well as the purpose of why they are disclosing.
• Recognizing the importance of role modeling healthy boundaries for the safety and benefit of the client.

About the trainer

Dianna has been in the Behavioral Health field for 20 year, as a Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Executive Director of Substance Use/Mental Health agencies. Dianna holds master’s degrees in Addiction Studies and Clinical Psychology. She is licensed as an LCPC, LMHC and a LCAC. She is also certified as a CRADC, SAP and CEAP. She is currently the owner of D.Feeney Counseling & Consulting, a private practice since 2018 in the Western Suburbs of Chicago Dianna has been an adjunct professor in the Addictions Studies and Psychology Programs at Governors State University since 2005 and a subject matter expert and adjunct at Northwestern College in Illinois since 2018. In her consulting role, she conducts clinical training to agencies and groups, as well as Clinical Supervision. As a CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional) she offers EAP services to local businesses in her community and is an on-site EAP for a global company.


This event is open to the public. Registration fee is $149.00/person and includes a copy of The ASAM Criteria 3rd Edition. For more information, please contact: or call 1-775-434-1562

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