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S21-502 Establishing Boundaries with Family Caregivers: An Ethical Discussion

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics |  800 Online
Stephanie Goldstein, LBSW
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Boundaries are the invisible line between the patient/family and the healthcare provider. It is critical to establish boundaries early, reinforce them often, and know if and when to make an exception. How do we balance offering empathic clinical services while maintaining professional appropriate boundaries? Join us for practical talk on how to improve your boundary skills with family caregivers of older adults as a clinician and manager.

Bibliography & References


Workers, N. A. (2008). NASW Code of Ethics (Guide to the Everyday Professional Conduct of Social Workers). Washington, DC: NASW.

NJ SW Examiners Statutes and Regulations

Capawana, Michael. (2016).Intimate Attractions and Sexual Misconduct in the Therapeutic Relationship: Implications for Socially Just Practice. Cogent Psychology, 3(1), 1-13.

Griffith, Richard. (2013). Professional Boundaries in the Nurse-Patient Relationship. British Journal of Nursing, 22(18), 1087-1088.

Tanzilli, Annalisa; Muzi, Laura; Ronningston, Elsa; Lingiardi, Vittorio. (2017). Countertransference When Working with Narcissistic Personality Disorder: An Empirical Investigation. Psychotherapy Theory Research & Practice, 54(2), 184-194.

Agenda & Learning Objectives



09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30


  • What are boundaries?
  • Signs and symptoms of crossing boundaries
  • Setting the boundaries
10:30 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 12:15

Lecture (Continued)

  • Families and Boundaries
  • Effective strategies for maintaining boundaries
  • Summary and conclusions
12:15 Questions & Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define professional boundaries in healthcare
  • Identify at least 2 ways boundaries are crossed with family caregivers of older patients.
  • List at least 2 best practices on how to set professional boundaries with family caregivers of older patients.
  • Explain why some family caregivers are apt to disregard boundaries.
  • Name at least 2 strategies on how to work with family caregivers of older patients who push past boundaries

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65 and includes CE credit. Registering after May 6, 2020 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3.0} Category I Continuing Education Units for {ethics}. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {3.0} continuing education {ethics} credits.


Please refer to the tab "Live Interactive Webinar Policies & FAQs" for UMSSW Office of CPE policies regarding all live interactive webinar related matters.

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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Live Interactive Webinar Platforms




The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.


System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

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