Exploring Boundaries in Social Work Practice: The Space In Between
2 ethics CEUs for social workers of all practice areas and experience
Friday, November 19 - 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. CST via Zoom
Presenter: Sarah Meisinger, MSW, LICSW
2 CEUs - may be counted as ethics
The development and expression of boundaries in the context of professional helping relationships is the primary focus of this two-hour webinar. Drawing on 25+ years of direct practice experience, the trainer will explore the importance of intentional boundary conversations in social work practice. Time will be spent reflecting on key foundational concepts that inform boundary development and expression, including the social worker’s role and practice setting, the client’s perspective, access to and use of professional supervision and support, and the social worker’s ongoing self-awareness practice. The NASW Code of Ethics’ standards, values and guiding principles will be emphasized as the primary foundation for boundary expression as a crucial component of ethical social work practice.
The risks of unbalanced boundary expression are reviewed along with the benefits of creating relationships that prioritize mutual understanding and expectations about boundaries in professional relationships. New social workers will benefit from the seminar’s content as it relates to professional development in the field. Seasoned practitioners will appreciate the opportunities to self-reflect on practice knowledge and expertise while enhancing self-awareness through pausing and evaluating boundary expression in practice.
About the Presenter
Sarah Meisinger is a licensed independent clinical social worker at St. Cloud State University’s counseling center. She completed her undergraduate degree in social work at St. Cloud State University and holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas. Meisinger has experience working in healthcare, education, nonprofit, and human service settings. During the past 15 years, she has taught social work courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at St. Cloud State University and Augsburg University. Meisinger’s areas of specialty include crisis assessment and response, veterans’ issues, trauma and substance abuse. She is the author of Stories of Pain, Trauma, and Survival: A Social Worker’s Experiences and Insights from the Field (NASW Press, 2009) and Exploring Boundaries in Social Work Practice: The Space In Between (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2021). Sarah proudly serves on NASW-MN’s board as the Central Minnesota Regional Representative.