Full course description
Working with youth and families in child welfare and the juvenile justice system can be stressful; it is important for us to understand how this impacts us on a personal level and be active in taking care of ourselves. We will examine the importance of maintaining boundaries and self-care for youth service providers in staying effective as helping professionals and maintaining our personal well-being. Personal issues are discussed that impact our work including emotional boundaries, the zone of involvement, client transference, and staff counter-transference. We will also review ethical practice issues and guidelines for professional helping relationships.