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Boundary Setting in Clinical Practice: The Best Ethical Practices

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Talisa Beasley, MA, LPC
6 Hours
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Oct 06, 2023
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Are you having trouble saying “No” to clients?

Do you struggle with establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries?

Do you avoid setting boundaries for fear of losing a client?

As clinicians, we come face to face with “gray areas” on a daily basis and skate around potential issues that could put our businesses, clinical work, or clients in jeopardy. We struggle with setting boundaries personally and professionally and it ultimately has a negative impact on the clients we serve.

Talisa Beasley, MA, LPC, will use activities, vignettes, and practical business experience to discuss the boundary issues and dilemmas that exist (and are often overlooked and swept aside) that could impact your business, your bottom line, and your clients. Develop the confidence needed to address complex boundary issues in clinical practice.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



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Change Counseling, LLC

Talisa Beasley, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Gottman certified facilitator. With over 25 years of experience working in the area of crisis management in public health as well as extensive training in the area of family violence intervention, substance abuse, and suicide prevention, Talisa specializes in helping clients overcome their struggle with depression and anxiety. Talisa is the owner of a busy private practice in the Atlanta area and teaches as an adjunct professor in the human services department at Shorter College. She also consults for nationwide businesses in the area of Leadership.

Talisa Beasley, LPC, received a Master of Arts Degree in professional counseling and certificate in marriage & family from Argosy University, as well as receiving her Bachelors of Administration with a business management specialty from Mercer University. Talisa is a standing member of Chi-Sigma Iota and is a well sought after speaker on women’s issues. Talisa has co-authored two books in this area.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Talisa Beasley is the owner of Change Counseling LLC and serves on the mobile crisis team for Behavioral Health Link. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Talisa Beasley serves as a board member of the Africa Children's Fund. She is a member of the American Counselors Association and the Professional Women's Network.


  1. Determine how the NASW, APA, and ACA Code of Ethics applies to boundary setting in private practice/clinical practice.
  2. Analyze ethical dilemmas clinicians face surrounding boundary setting with respect to utilizing technology with clients in clinical practice.
  3. Articulate the financial burdens clinicians experience that could cause ethical dilemmas in clinical practice.
  4. Utilize ethical practices to ensure client safety, maintain confidentiality and obtain informed consent when utilizing telemental health services.
  5. Determine how practitioner impairment influences the therapeutic relationship and identify ethical strategies to minimize the potential impact on the client.
  6. Formulate clear ethical guidelines to address the potential for a dual relationship with a client in a clinical setting.


Ethical and moral principles regarding boundary setting

  • Levels of ethical practice
  • Ethical decision making

The need for boundaries in a clinical/private practice setting

  • What is needed in a sound informed consent
  • Boundary crossing and the necessity of dual relationships
  • What healthy boundaries look like
  • Boundary tips

Technology and boundary setting

  • Keeping clients safe as you prepare for the use of telemental health
  • Social media myths and boundary setting
  • Marketing and boundary setting
  • Challenges business owners face in setting solid business enhancing boundaries
  • Client retention: When to refer and to whom

Ethical financial dilemmas and boundary setting

  • Addressing money: Relationship with money and money beliefs
  • The importance of ethical fee setting
  • Knowing your WHY and business planning

How practitioner impairment impacts the therapeutic relationship

  • Boundary setting in self-care
  • Critical stress factors clinicians face
  • Self-confidence and using the word NO to set boundaries
  • How burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue impacts the therapeutic relationship

Explore positive outcomes in private-practice/clinical work

  • Benefits of boundary setting to the clinician, client, community and the profession

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 5


Stephen B

"Great Job Presenting. Talisa Beasley was very professional."

Joann G

"Excellent and very timely and useful presentation. Thank you."

Crystal F

"Awesome presenter!!!! very adept at informing and very approachable."

Jo Ann C

"Terrific presenter!"

Rhonda A

"extremely helpful and interactive!"

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