What are professional boundaries?

Professional boundaries define effective and appropriate interaction between professionals and the public they serve. Boundaries exist to protect both the professional and the client.

What is a boundary violation?

Any behavior or interaction which, damages the patient, the professional, and/or the therapy is a violation. It is the victimization and exploitation of a patient by the professional. It is a betrayal of the sacred covenant of trust. This includes sexual and non-sexual misconduct.

Who is harmed by boundary violations?

Boundary violations harm the patient and the professional. The ramifications are widespread. Damage usually extends to marriages, families, other patients, communities, clinics, institutions, and the profession in general.

Why is professional boundaries training so important?

The legal environment demands and the public expects strict adherence to professional boundaries. No conscientious professional sets out to violate standards of appropriate, professional relationships with clients or patients, yet violations continue to occur. It can happen to those that are dedicated, moral and highly professional in the overall conduct of their practice. Smart Boundaries™ training is essential for professional protection.

Who should consider professional boundaries training?

Anyone in a fiduciary relationship is at risk, especially those in the professions of medicine, psychotherapy, law, education and ministries.

Who benefits and how?

Implementation of Smart Boundaries™ fosters healthy and safe boundaries. This improves interpersonal skills, which in turn, reduces the risks for boundary transgressions. Patients, clients, professionals, clinics, hospitals, institutions and corporations are safeguarded.

Where can I read more about professional boundaries?

You can read stories of professional boundary violations and recovery, advice for maintaining healthy boundaries and more in our newsletter, The Practical Professional.

What continuing education courses do you offer?

We offer a variety of courses that provide CME, CE, CEU, or CLE credit. Click here to see a full listing of our medical professional courses, or use the navigation bar at the top of the page to find the courses we offer for your profession.