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Professional Boundaries When Working with Justice-Involved Individuals

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Live Virtual Workshop

Do you currently work in a job which requires relationship development with your client?  Are you also trained to avoid situations with your clients that could be perceived as relationships due to ethical and safety considerations? Have you felt conflicted by this dichotomy or had trouble navigating the fine line that it requires? This contradiction is often especially true when working with justice involved individuals. We will define and discuss each side of this divide, as well as ways to manage it. This workshop will be:

  • A review of the importance of professional boundaries in working with justice involved individuals
  • An exploration of common ethical and boundary issues that arise while working with those involved in the criminal justice system.
  • A discussion of common vulnerabilities and risk factors that predispose participants to violations.
  • A comparison of therapeutic relationship development versus boundary violations

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will gain familiarity with the concept of power differential
  • Participants will gain a better understanding of central themes in which boundary issues may arise
  • Participants will gain knowledge about multiple role relationships
  • Participants will engage in discussions about ethical decision making and safety considerations

About the Presenter:

Jaime Richardson worked at the Connecticut Department of Correction for more than 20 years, retiring in 2019.  She worked in various treatment and supervisory capacities, and with multiple diverse populations at several facilities within the CT DOC.  Jaime has a BA in Sociology and Minority Families with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Connecticut and holds a Masters in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University.  She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical social worker in Connecticut, as well as a licensed certified social worker in Massachusetts and licensed independent clinical social worker in New Hampshire.  Jaime was selected by Brown University in 2013 to be trained as a trainer for several of the national SAMHSA Addiction Technology Transfer Center products and was involved in the New England ATTC criminal justice regional advisory efforts.  In 2017, she began teaching at Three Rivers Community College as an adjunct faculty member.  In 2018, she began working with Reentry Resources Counseling as a trainer and providing clinical supervision to those providing treatment services to justice involved individuals.


Tuesday, December 14, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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