Module 6 Outcome C: The student will show understanding of professional boundaries.
- They ensure program participant safety
- Help to avoid children putting themselves into perpetual rescue mode, assuring empowerment (agency)
- Children and youth are vulnerable
- Staff are in a position of power
- Boundaries assist staff in developing appropriate relationships with program participants
- Model healthy behavior for young people
- Good intentions are not a sufficient guideline for responsible practice
- Use assertive communication skills
- Say something caring/affirming
- Use the word no
- State your decision or suggest an alternative
- Story telling can be very useful
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Professional boundaries protect the well-being of children, families, and staff. They define the work that staff and families will do together, honor the differences in the roles they will play, and preserve the objectivity of staff.
Many people have trouble setting boundaries, even at home! Consider how you define and maintain boundaries in your personal life.
Imagining how another person is feeling or thinking gives you an opportunity to think objectively about their behaviors and interactions with you.
The day-to-day work with children and their families can move fast! In the rush, it can be hard to consider your work. How do you feel about your work and what do you think about? Are there interactions that are worrying or nagging at you ? When you recognize early signs that a situation is getting uncomfortable, it is easier to address those issues.
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