VIRTUAL TRAINING – Professional Boundaries for the Direct Service Professional

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Event: VIRTUAL TRAINING – Professional Boundaries for the Direct Service Professional

Date: 1/20/21

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am


Cost: Free


About the Course

This training, oriented to direct service professionalsaddresses 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 appropriate.
  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 & Family therapists
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists
  • 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 log in promptly at the beginning of the training and remain for the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits.

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

Penn Foundation, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists, and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Penn Foundation, Inc. certifies that this seminar is free of commercial and/or other conflicts of interest.


About the Presenter

Amy Maurizio, MBA, MS, CAADC, has over 20 years of experience working in the behavioral health field with 21 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, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.  Ms. Maurizio’s professional interests include leadership, trauma and behavior change.

Lu Mauro, M.Ed., CPRP is a Professional Development Specialist at Penn Foundation.  As former Penn Foundation Associate Director of Mental Health Rehabilitation Services, she oversaw 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 35 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, was named a Dincin Fellow by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association in 2014, and received Penn Foundation’s Vernon Kratz Service Award in 2019.


For more information contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or


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.



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