The Ethics of Authentic Connections and Healing Boundaries

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Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM—3:00 PM ET

Format: Webinar

Cost: FREE

Contact Hours: 1.75 (Certificate of Attendance and Social Work/Counseling CEUs provided by the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) Training Institute)

Target Audience: Professionals or organizations; Community members (members of a community or consumers); Students or educators (including faculty, administrators, supervisors, etc.)

Developed for: SAMHSA Region 3


For many of us, Ethics and Boundaries have been taught, or interpreted, as walls of disconnection between providers and those they serve. However, we know that authentic connections and unconditional positive regard are both Trauma Informed and powerful offerings to people struggling with Substance Use Disorder. This training explores the intersection of ethical practice with authentic engagement and therapeutic alliances with vulnerable clients. Join us as we reflect on what we have been taught and the ways it supports and hinders the therapeutic alliance and how we can integrate our ethical mandates into strategies for more effective practice outcomes in the field of Behavioral Health.



  • List the examples of how ethics inform appropriate and strong boundaries in our work relationships with clients who experience Substance Use Disorder
  • Identify how the historic instruction on ethics and boundaries and how that teaching threatens clinical engagement and client outcomes
  • Name 5 ways a provider can hold appropriate and ethical boundaries



Laura Hinds headshotLaura Hinds, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with experience in medical, behavioral and mental health settings.  Laura has had the pleasure of working with high acuity special needs populations and their providers for over 22 years.  An alumna and instructor at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice for 13 years, and Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work and Social Research’s for the past 4 years, Laura has supported the learning and education of new social workers, veterans in the field, and their interdisciplinary partners.  With a focus on trauma, human and gender development, racial equity, and crisis intervention Laura supports special needs populations and those who serve them.                                                                 




In order to be eligible for the contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

Starts: Feb. 21, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: Feb. 21, 2024 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
February 19, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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