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Course Overview

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. 

About the Course Author

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. Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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.

Gabriel Maeck, L-CSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Nurses will receive 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours after successfully completing this course.
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    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer co-sponsored psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators

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  • California Board of Registered Nursing

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    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

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

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

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    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
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    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours
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    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Provider # RCX100502 (CEBroker Provider: 50-290)

    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
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    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)

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    1.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    1.00HOURS

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    1.00HOURS


    Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

    Content Area: C9
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    1.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours. Clinical supervision courses may only be used to satisfy CE requirements for individuals who are already Board-Approved Supervisors. They may not be used to meet the 30 hour requirement found in minn. Rule 5300.0160.
  • Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

    1.00HOURS

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  • Illinois Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association

    1.00HOURS

    Categories Counselor II, Preventionist II, CARS II, CODP II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP II, CRSS II, CPRS II, MAATP II, NCRS II, CFPP II, CVSS II This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
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    1.00HOURS

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    Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based.
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    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. As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. 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. Social workers will receive 1.0 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
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    Florida Board Of Psychology (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Psychologists will receive 1.0 hours.
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    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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    South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Physicians will receive 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
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    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation

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    1.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by the North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board for 1.0 hours of CEU credit.
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    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
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    1.00HOURS


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

    Physicians will receive 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
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    1.00HOURS


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

    Physicians will receive 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
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    1.00HOURS


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

    Physicians will receive 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
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    1.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)

  • Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors

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  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.00HOURS

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  • American Psychological Association

    1.00HOURS

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  • National Board for Certified Couneslors

    1.00HOURS

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  • NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

    1.00HOURS

    N/A
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    1.00HOURS

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Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-HHS-0-TB-V2
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-08-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-06-30
  • Learning Objectives:

    Define current standards for use of social media and other technology pertaining to maintaining therapeutic boundaries.; 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.
  • 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
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Beginner level Social Workers; Entry level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; Entry level Marriage and Family Therapists; Entry level Professional Counselors; Entry level Psychologists; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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  • Disclosures:

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