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Professional Boundaries for the Direct Care Professional—STAFF ONLY

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Event: Professional Boundaries for the Direct Care Professional—STAFF ONLY

Date: 3/28/18

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am

Where: Penn Foundation – Loux Center (Univest Community Room)

Cost: Free


About the Course

This training, oriented to direct service professionals, addresses the unique aspects of maintaining professional boundaries in community mental health and substance abuse services. The training will explore areas, such as, self-awareness/counter-transference, dual relationships, self-disclosure, use of social media and the process of ethical decision-making. Participants will have the opportunity to explore case examples through small group discussion.

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define the concept of professional boundaries with persons served.
  2. Participants will engage in self-awareness exercises to identify transference/counter-transference responses.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least four examples of dual relationships.
  4. Participants will be able to define when self-disclosure is appropriate and when self-disclosure is not inappropriate.
  5. Participants will be able to list at least three steps to the process of ethical decision-making.

Target Audience

Target audience includes psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, recovery coaches, peer specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors for this intermediate level of instruction.


  • 2.0 PCB Approved Education Credits
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family therapists
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

All attendees must arrive promptly at the beginning of the training and remain the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits. Please have license number available when signing in.

Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact the registrar for further information.

About the Presenter

Amy Maurizio, MBA, MS, CAADC, has 19 years’ experience working in the behavioral health field with 17 years focusing on substance use and co-occurring disorders. Ms. Maurizio has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Health Education and an MBA. Additionally, Ms. Maurizio is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). Ms. Maurizio has received specialized training in several evidence-based practices including Seeking Safety, Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model and Motivational Interviewing. Ms. Maurizio’s professional interests include leadership, trauma and behavior change.

Lu Mauro, M.Ed., CPRP is the Associate Director of Mental Health Rehabilitation Services at Penn Foundation. In this role, she oversees several community based programs designed to address the employment, education, wellness, social, residential needs and desires of individuals with psychiatric diagnoses as well as those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Ms. Mauro is the former director of Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse and she has 32 years of experience and leadership in community behavioral health services. She has served on the Board of Directors for both the PA Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, PA Clubhouse Coalition, and the International Clubhouse Advisory Council. She has presented on psychiatric rehabilitation and the Clubhouse Model at numerous local, state, national and international conferences and was names a Dincin Fellow by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association in 2014.

For more information, contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or kkern@pennfoundation.org
If you do not receive the professional benefits described in our program materials or you have some other professional complaint, please let us know in writing within 7 days of the training and we will honor your request for a refund.