Navigating Professional Boundaries: Practicing an Ethical Standard | 3 CEUs
October 6 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm$75
About the Speaker: Kristen Atchley, LMFT, CSC
Kristin Atchley is Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Certified School Counselor. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kristin has spent the past 8 years in public education as a school counselor in Elementary and Secondary schools. Currently she is serving as Norman High School Student Advocacy Coordinator. In her current role, she is an advocate for students who have experienced bullying, harassment, sexual assault, and other types of trauma. She also serves on the district’s Crisis Team, as well as the Trauma and Resilience Executive team while the district implements trauma-informed educational practice. Kristin is devoted to helping students find success through hard times and difficult circumstances. Likewise, she strives to encourage other counselors while highlighting the importance of healthy professional boundaries and self-care of the professional.
Counselors put most of their effort and work into helping others. They work hard to facilitate change their clients, encourage families, and support others in difficult times. The counseling relationship and process is invaluable to those receiving services. Clinicians are helpful in helping others navigate boundaries and healthy living practices. All the while, at times, professionals overlook the importance of taking care of themselves and recognizing their need to practice healthier boundaries.
This presentation is focused on the “self of the therapist” work all counselors need from time to time. This workshop will allow the counselor to concentrate on taking care of personal concerns and seeking help when needed, acknowledging areas of growth, and maintaining appropriate therapeutic relationships with clients.
Kristin’s journey as a counselor as been anything but simple, and she honestly shares difficult lessons that have helped her learn how to navigate professional boundaries. She is a constant work in progress but is passionate about helping other clinicians have a healthy professional and personal life.
1. Outline the indicators of when a clinician should seek appropriate professional help for their own personal problems.
2. Highlight the importance of staying informed of new developments and research in your counseling scope of practice.
3. Discuss the role of the therapist and the process of allowing clients to own their own decisions and understand the implications of the decisions.
4. Explore and acknowledge professional perspective and limitations that may influence the therapeutic process, and how to appropriately refer to other counseling resources.