Know Your Boundaries: Balancing the Personal and Professional when Working with Youth



Vibrant Emotional Health (formerly MHA-NYC) - Case Management


To be determined

NY 10004

NY, US, 10004

Know Your Boundaries:

Balancing the Personal & Professional When Working with Youth

Monday, November 18th, 2019  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Target Audience: Program staff, case managers, program directors, and supervisors working in DYCD-funded programs that provide case management services.


Description:  Have you ever had a client “friend” you on Facebook or other examples of social media? Or invite you to “hang out” outside of work, or ask for personal contact information? These are challenges you may encounter when attempting to foster a purposeful relationship that’s open and trusting, but sometimes the boundary between “personal” and “professional” can be hard to determine. A lack of clear professional boundaries can be harmful to the positive progress being made with clients within your program and organization. 

This workshop will focus on navigating the complexities of a range of boundary situations which can blur client-staff relations and compromise the integrity of service delivery. Emphasis will be placed on such issues as giving and receiving gifts from clients, decisions about self-disclosure, entering mutual social space via technology or in-person, and extending or accepting invitations from clients. Come learn tools to help your clients, and yourself, to establish healthy boundaries and learn how to develop strong and respectful client-staff relationships.


Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of situations that may blur personal and professional boundaries

  • Establish a definition of a quality client-staff relationship that addresses the client’s needs while also maintaining professional boundaries

  • Learn tools and techniques to use with clients in order to ensure a professional relationship

  • Identify the limits and responsibilities of your role as a service provider and the negative effects that unclear boundaries may have on you, your clients, and your organization.


Facilitated by: Dr. Andrew Hamid

Dr. Andrew Hamid holds an MSW (University of Toronto), M.Mus (Royal Conservatory) and Ph.D. in Social Work & Psychology (University of Michigan). He has been on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of Social Work for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of substance abuse, motivational interviewing (MI) and international health and social development.


Please note that the workshop begins at 9:30 am. Lunch will NOT be provided.  Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch, and there are many lunch options near the training site.

In order to participate in this workshop it is important to arrive on time. Anyone arriving after 10:00 am will not be allowed to join the workshop.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations for this training must be submitted within 48 hours prior to the training date through the EventBrite registration page in order to allow waitlisted registrants an opportunity to attend.

This professional development opportunity is provided at no cost to you but has a value of $120-150 per person for DYCD.  If you register for and are subsequently unable to attend this session you are responsible for cancelling your registration or risk being waitlisted for future events.  

Please contact Cristina Harris (charris@vibrant.orgwith any questions.