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The Daily Grind: Professional Boundaries in Human Services

It’s imperative for human services professionals to adhere to boundaries when working with clients. However, it isn’t always black and white. Professionals are faced daily with ethical dilemmas and questions regarding boundaries.

This can be additionally challenging when working with different populations. Many of our own beliefs about the population we serve, experiences with our own family members or social expectations about the treatment of our clients all inform our ability to adhere to boundaries.
• Does one of your clients remind you of your beloved grandparent?
• Have you been hurt by painful things a client or patient has said to you?
• Have you been presented with a gift from a client who expresses aggressive insult when you politely decline the gift?

These are just a few of the scenarios that are possible when providing services to vulnerable populations.

In this 1-hour overview workshop, we will examine the definition of professional boundaries and work through case studies to help enhance your awareness of boundaries in everyday practice.


licensed social workers (beginner, intermediate levels of practice)

# of CE Contact Hours: 1


1:00pm - 1:15pm: Boundaries Defined
1:15pm - 1:30pm: Boundaries with Vulnerable Populations
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Case Studies


After completing this webinar, you will be able to:

1. DEFINE and DESCRIBE professional boundaries
2. IMPLEMENT strategies for maintaining boundaries with clients and colleagues


live webinar

COURSE FEE: $15 for 1 CE Contact Hour


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Dawn Shedrick, LCSW-R, is the founder and CEO of JenTex Training & Consulting, a professional development company that designs and delivers live and online continuing education workshops to social workers, mental health professionals and human services organizations.

Dawn is a licensed clinical social worker, trainer, consultant and certified life/business coach with a broad range of experience that includes community organizing, case management, clinical practice, community health education and executive administration.  Her interests and expertise lie in mental health equity for LGBTQ and gender nonconforming people across the lifespan, culturally competent trauma-informed treatment and healing models for LGBTQ trauma survivors, feminist social work practice, anti-oppressive social work practice and holistic approaches to clinical and administrative social work supervision.

In addition to her training and consulting in the health and human services, she has also designed and delivered mental and emotional wellness and LGBTQ inclusion seminars in corporate workplaces in including Travelers Insurance, JP Morgan Chase, GE, NY Mets Administration, Office Depot, GlaxoSmithKline, National Grid, Office Depot, Barnard College, St. John’s University and Canon USA North American Headquarters.

Dawn serves on the Board of Directors of the Network for Social Work Management and is an adjunct instructor in the Columbia University School of Social Work and St. Joseph’s College (NY) Department of Human Services.


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  1. Refunds are only awarded if you cancel your registration within 36 hours of registration. Should you wish to cancel after 36 hours of registration we will issue you a credit to be used toward a future workshop. Please email to cancel or receive a credit.

  2. In order to receive a completion/CE certificate you are required to be present for the entire webinar. Our webinar technology indicates your engagement throughout the webinar. At the end of the webinar you will receive a link to complete the evaluation. Upon completion of the full webinar AND submission of the evaluation, you will receive your completion certificate via the email addressed you used to register within 5 days.

  3. Please visit this link for information about our Grievance Policy and how to submit a grievance if necessary:


For New York State licensed social workers: JenTex Training & Consulting, LLC, SW CPE 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 #0136.

For social workers licensed in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and most of CanadaJenTex Training & Consulting, LLC, #1441, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. JenTex Training & Consulting, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/28/2017–2/28/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Please click here to verify if your jurisdiction accepts CE hours from JenTex Training & Consulting.