CEU Course Details


Ce-Classes.com

1355

Misuses and Misunderstandings of Boundary Theory in Clinical and Regulatory Settings

credit limit =
total earned credit = +
Credit Value: 1
Exam Questions: 9
Passing Grade: 7 correct
Course material preview

Buy now to get full course material







Course Description: This course is based upon material published in the American Psychological Association and is available as an open access article via the web link http://kspope.com/payton/gutheil-gabbard.php

OBJECTIVE: This paper outlines a number of misapplications of boundary theory in both regulatory settings and clinical situations. METHOD: The authors review clinical vignettes that illustrate the difference between boundary crossings, which lead to productive work in psychotherapy, and boundary violations, which are harmful to the patient and exploit the patient’s vulnerable position. They also discuss developments in the field that have led to an excessively rigid and defensive posture on the part of some clinicians that may lead to less than optimal psychiatric treatment. They survey recent developments in the wording of state statutes that broadly define sexual misconduct in psychotherapy. RESULTS: This review of the current status of boundary theory in both the law and clinical practice suggests that an overreaction has occurred that requires correction. CONCLUSIONS: The critical role of context must be considered whenever a boundary problem has been alleged, and boundaries must be regarded as flexible standards of good practice rather than lists of generically forbidden behavior.

This course on boundary theory misapplications is designed for social workers, professional counselors, and psychologists who do clinical work.  This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of the proper Boundary Theory application. The course material includes a literature review of misapplications of the boundary theory in both regulatory and clinical settings.  It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.  

The course is based on a journal article which includes research.  It contains statistical analysis and data that some clinicians enjoy reading and others do not.  A major benefit of reading research based articles for continuing education is they provide practitioners with the latest findings in their field. 

Authors:  Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D. & Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the relationship between TV and electronic games and psychosocial adjustment in children.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Describe the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations.

  • Identify developments by rigid and defensive clinicians leading to less optimal psychiatric treatment

  • Recognize recent developments in the wording of state statues defining sexual misconduct.

Citation:  Gutheil, T.G., & Gabbard, G.O., (1998). Misuses and Misunderstandings of Boundary Theory in Clinical and Regulatory Settings. The American Psychological Association Vol 155 pages 409-414. Retrieved from http://kspope.com/payton/gutheil-gabbard.php

buy = 0


Credits: 1 Exam Fee: $11.00 Format: Online
Course Preview


Ce-Classes.com is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org Approved Continuing Education Program (ACE). Approval Period: 1/5/17 – 1/5/19. (Provider # 1142) Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for the program. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

  • The National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Provider #96981. Expires 9/1/2017
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit


  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2019
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Ce-Classes.com is approved to provide continuing education by the following professional organizations: ASWB and APA. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by these nationally recognized certifying bodies to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) Provider Number OS-12-174-1116 Expires 11-2019
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2017.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider – 1622 expires 2/28/2018.
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 1355
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2017
  • New York Social Work Board NYSED Provider #120


  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2018 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2018.


All courses are available for Homestudy. For information about Homestudy courses and about our
Administrative policies visit our About Us page.

If you would like to take this course for your CE program, it is recommended that you:

1. Print this page

2. Log In

3. Click the “Get Course Materials” link above, if you do not currently possess the course material

4. Answer the questions on this page as you study your course material

5. Return to this page

6. Click the Take Exam link above to purchase this course

7. Submit your exam and score 75% – if you score lower, review your errors and retake exam.

8. Click on the Print Certificate link

9. Complete the course evaluation, (all items must be completed)

10. Print your certificate


Some courses require Adobe Acrobat reader to be installed. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader,

Download it here for FREE!









© 2012 ce-classes.com – All rights reserved