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Boundary Setting in Clinical Practice: The Best Ethical Practices

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Latasha Matthews, MA, LPC, CPCS, CPLC
5 Hours 58 Minutes
Dec 16, 2019
PESI Publishing
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Are you having trouble saying “No” to clients?

Do you struggle with establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries?

Do you avoid setting boundaries for fear of losing a client?

As clinicians, we come face to face with “grey areas” on a daily basis and skate around potential issues that could put our businesses, clinical work or clients in jeopardy.

We struggle with setting boundaries personally and professionally and it ultimately has a negative impact on the clients we serve.

Latasha Matthews, MA, LPC, CPCS, CPLC, will use activities, vignettes and practical business experience to discuss the boundary issues and dilemmas that exist (and are often overlooked and swept aside) that could impact your business, your bottom line, and your clients.

Develop the confidence needed to address complex boundaries issues in clinical practice.



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



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Latasha Matthews MA, LPC, CPCS, CPLC, specializes in private practice development and counselor development. She is the author of The Dumping Ground: A Guide to Gaining Powerful Skills to Set Life-Changing Boundaries. In addition, Ms. Matthews is an adjunct professor at Shorter University, Atlanta, and the owner of Illumination Counseling and Coaching, LLC. She is the co-founder of Pieces that Fit, Inc. a 501(3)(c) organization that provides support for cultural diversity, mental health, academic success, and life skills.

With over 20 years of experience in the human services field, Ms. Matthews has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion that she loves to share with the world. She develops and conducts several workshops and educates counselors across the nation. She provides consultation, mentorship, and internships to clinicians as often as she can. She serves as a committee member on the board for certified professional counselor supervisors from the State of Georgia.

Ms. Matthews earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from the University of Akron and her MA in Professional Counseling and Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. Her professional memberships include: the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, and Chi Sigma Iota.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Latasha Matthews is the owner and director of Illumination Counseling and Coaching, LLC. She is an adjunct professor at Shorter University and Messiah College. Ms. Matthews receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Latasha Matthews is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association of Marriage and Family therapists (AAMFT), and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA).


  1. Apply the ACA Code of Ethics to boundary setting in private practice/clinical practice.
  2. Determine ethical dilemmas clinicians face surrounding boundary setting with respect to utilizing technology with clients in clinical practice.
  3. Articulate the financial burdens clinicians experience that could cause ethical dilemmas in clinical practice.
  4. Apply ethical practices to ensure client safety, maintain confidentiality and obtain informed consent when utilizing telemental health services.
  5. Determine how counselor impairment influences the therapeutic relationship and identify ethical strategies to minimize the potential impact on the client.
  6. Utilize clear ethical guidelines to address the potential for a dual relationship with a client in a clinical setting.


Ethical and Moral Principles Regarding Boundary Setting

  • Levels of ethical practice
  • Ethical decision making
The Need for Boundaries in a Clinical/Private Practice Setting
  • What is needed in a sound informed consent
  • Boundary crossing and the necessity of dual relationships
  • What healthy boundaries look like
  • Boundary tips
Technology and Boundary Setting
  • Keeping clients safe as you prepare for the use of telemental health
  • Social media myths and boundary setting
  • Marketing and boundary setting
  • Challenges business owners face in setting solid business enhancing boundaries
  • Client retention: When to refer and to whom
Ethical Financial Dilemmas and Boundary Setting
  • Addressing money: Relationship with money and money beliefs
  • The importance of ethical fee setting
  • Knowing your WHY and business planning
How Counselor Impairment Impacts the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Boundary setting in self-care
  • Critical stress factors clinicians face
  • Self-confidence and using the word NO to set boundaries
  • How burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue impacts the therapeutic relationship
Explore Positive Outcomes in Private-Practice/Clinical Work
  • Benefits of boundary setting to the clinician, client, community and the profession

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.3

Total Reviews: 20


Gayle R

"Excellent Presentation!"

Susan K

"This was a GREAT learning experience!"


"This was an amazing online course!!! I learned more than I expected and I now feel more confident in my professional practice. I would gladly share this to other professional colleagues to enhance their both personal and professional approach and delivery. "

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