connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Workshop: Professional Boundaries in Therapeutic Work

Maintaining professional and personal boundaries can be challenging for social, community and health professionals who want to do everything possible to help clients. This workshop will explore the professional and personal boundaries of helping roles, why professionals need them and why it’s important for them to regularly reflect on their practice.

Professional boundaries are the legal, ethical and organisational frameworks that protect both clients and workers from physical and emotional harm, and help to maintain a safe working environment. Maintaining these boundaries is sometimes difficult. For example, if a client offers gifts, wants to extend the relationship beyond the service provided or divulges information not relevant to the therapeutic goals. Situations such as these require workers to clearly understand their role, and how to manage the organisational and personal risks.

Personal boundaries are the physical, emotional and mental limits people use to protect themselves from being drawn in too much to clients’ lives and from being manipulated or violated by others. They allow professionals to maintain psychological safety for themselves and their clients and make objective decisions about the therapeutic process to most effectively assist clients in achieving their goals. This workshop will discuss strategies to maintain these boundaries, and the importance of self-care.


Participants will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Setting clear expectations with clients about the therapeutic process and their role
  • Understanding the boundaries of professional roles and when to refer to other services
  • Managing ethical dilemmas and client expectations
  • Maintaining physical and psychological safety
  • Reflective practices
  • Self-care strategies.

Ideal for

Therapeutic workers such as counsellors, psychologists, social workers, youth workers, health and mental health workers, and social program facilitators. 

About the presenter

Lilia Szarski is a clinical supervisor and experienced trainer at Relationships Australia Victoria and a qualified, registered psychologist. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society, International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the International Association of Applied Psychologists.

Read our tip sheet for information about maintaining personal and professional boundaries. 

  • RAV Training Team
  • (03) 8573 2222
  • 1183 Toorak Road, Camberwell, VIC 3124
    • Starts 9:30am Wednesday 13 May 2020
  • Half-day workshop from 9:30am to 1pm.
  • $200
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