Conference for mental health professionals on boundaries and multiple relationships

April 2 2008

An upcoming conference on April 7 will help mental health professionals in all fields learn how to deal effectively with boundary issues and multiple relationships.

The free, day-long conference titled, “Boundary Issues and Multiple Relationships: Challenges, Dilemmas and Practical Solutions,” will be held Monday at Maryland Community Church, and is presented by Indiana State University’s departments of social work and psychology, in conjunction with Hamilton Center Inc. and the West-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Since much of mental health professionals’ work as psychotherapists, teachers, mentors, supervisors, consultants and researchers falls in the grey areas when it comes to boundary issues and multiple relationships, more guidance is needed, say conference organizers. This conference will provide that, and offer practical strategies and suggestions for resolving ethical dilemmas in this important area of practice.

The presenter is Jeffrey E. Barnett, a licensed psychologist who is a professor on the affiliate faculty in the department of psychology at Loyola College in Maryland. He also maintains a private practice in Arnold, Md., where he specializes in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Barnett is a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Thanks to a grant from AHEC, the conference is free of charge. Continuing education credit hours are available.

To pre-register by April 5, contact the ISU Department of Social Work at 812-237-3611; by fax at 812-237-8441; or by e-mail at lcarlisle1@isugw.indstate.edu. Registration also is available on-site from 8-8:30 a.m.

For more conference information and travel directions, go to: www.indstate.edu/socwork/conferences.htm

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CONTACT: Lauren K. Carlisle, social work academic service specialist, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3611 or lcarlisle1@isugw.indstate.edu

WRITER: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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An upcoming conference -- presented by ISU's departments of social work and psychology, in conjunction with Hamilton Center Inc. and the West-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) - will help mental health professionals in all fields learn how to deal effectively with boundary issues and multiple relationships.

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