Sustaining Wellness for Helping Professionals: Ethical Boundary Setting as Self-Care

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Sustaining Wellness for Helping Professionals: Ethical Boundary Setting as Self-Care

January 10 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CST

Helping professionals are driven to serve others but without clear boundaries, relentless giving can put our own wellbeing at risk. While creating and applying boundaries is not always natural to us, boundary work is essential for healthy, sustainable practice with clients, in our organizations, and in our communities.

This workshop will expand our concept of boundary setting and examine how we can use the NASW code of ethics to guide boundaries with clients, colleagues, supervisors, workplaces, communities, social media and in policy settings – balancing responsibility to self with our responsibilities to others. We will build skills in expressing and enforcing boundaries, as well as an ethical debriefing of traumatic experiences as a strategy to sustain our well-being and engage in proactive self-care.


Participants will be able to

  1. Define the boundary setting cycle and apply the boundary setting cycle to a current, difficult professional situation
  2. Identify potential boundary violations and describe the ethical standards necessary to apply to relationships with client, colleagues, communities, and workplaces
  3. Create an action plan for boundary setting as a self-care strategy in their career


Katie VonDeLinde, MSW, LCSW, energetically and creatively educates domestic violence advocates, social workers and helping professionals on economic justice, survivor-defined advocacy, and career sustainability to increase holistic safety for those impacted by intimate partner violence. Katie directed Redevelopment Opportunities for Women’s Economic Action Program, providing financial advocacy, developing curricula, and educating domestic violence advocates across the nation on economic advocacy. Ms. VonDeLinde currently is an award winning adjunct faculty member at Washington University, a Women’s Health Educator at the AWARE program at Barnes Jewish Hospital, and a co-director of KMCV consulting, LLC .



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