Maintaining Appropriate Professional Boundaries: Exploring Ethical Obligations of Mental Health Professionals

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Maintaining Appropriate Professional Boundaries: Exploring Ethical Obligations of Mental Health Professionals

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

10:00am to 1:00pm ET


Presenter: Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W.

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Member: $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

This workshop meets NYSED requirements for mental health professionals to recieve 3 hours of training on maintaining appropriate professional boundaries (effective April 2023)

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Workshop Description
Can mental health professionals work with clients that they know from outside of the job? Can you barter with clients for your services? Mental health professionals are charged with the legal and ethical responsibility to maintain professional boundaries, but the obligation isn’t always so easy to discern. This course brings real-world context to ethical concerns often experienced by professionals in practice in maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. This course will provide a framework to contemplate ethical dilemmas and make informed decisions that insulate professionals from legal liability while protecting clients from harm.

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Describe the ethical and legal responsibility of mental health professionals to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with their clients.
2.    Define dual relationships.
3.    Apply a framework to avoid dual relationships whenever possible.
4.    Apply a framework to minimize potential harm to clients and the professional whenever dual relationships are not avoidable.
5.    Explain how to demonstrate that a client has not been exploited or coerced, intentionally or unintentionally.

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W. 

Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant, is an expert on the professional ethics, and the intersection of ethics with legal responsibilities. She has years of experience consulting with government and community based organizations to develop policy & practice standards..  


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May 31st, 2023 from 10:00 AM to  1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $30.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $60.00
Non-Member $75.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00