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Boundary Practice: Patterns of Relating, Self-care and Somatic Awareness for Family Support Professionals


Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Thursday, May 28, 2020

1 PM - 2 PM


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Many of us who choose to work in human services have big hearts and generous spirits. We develop our practice skills and communication, but don’t always consider boundaries, especially when the needs to those we work with so often exceed our own. 

Boundaries are essential to practice in the helping professions, as they make caring sustainable, and protect skilled workers from compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout. They ensure that we’re bringing our best selves to the work we love so much. During this challenging period of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is especially important for social service providers to be aware of boundaries practice

Boundary practice encourages us to consider our own energy and how we’re spending it, and to understand pre-existing patterns of relating that attract us to the helping professions, while also making boundary practice more difficult. In this one-hour introductory workshop, participants will learn about boundary practice, the three main boundary styles, and how to recognize them at work. 

About the Facilitator

Jodie McDonald is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, working in crisis and suicide intervention, family support, and mental health. She has an MSW specializing in Community Development and is particularly interested in the impact of frontline human service work on the worker, the traits and experiences that draw workers to this field, and how to best support these valuable people in their essential work. Jodie teaches in the Studies in Women and Gender Department at Vancouver Island University, and is also an Integrative Body Psychotherapist in private practice.


Please note that this free workshop is an introduction to topics discussed in a day-long workshop. We are in the process of planning a full-day workshop for the fall of 2020.