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Boundaries and Ethics in Health and Community Settings

Develop an understanding of significant ethics and boundaries concepts. Learn to make decisions that protect people’s rights while minimising the risks to the healthcare worker, and use an ethical dilemma problem-solving framework.



Working in health and community services can involve complex and challenging personal and professional situations. This workshop explores the complicated notions around ethical practice in relation to recognition of ethical dilemmas and responding safely to same. It will also delve into the multifaceted world of professional boundaries guiding contemporary practice in health and social service community settings in Aotearoa.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Understand the importance of professional boundaries and ethics in human service practice

  • Explore health-related ethics and the complexity around them

  • Discuss ethical dilemmas and strategies and protocols that can be applied to reach safe responses

  • Gain a working knowledge of acceptable boundaries in health and social service delivery

  • Explore problematic issues associated with boundary violations 

  • Learn how to contextualise boundaries, regardful of the uniqueness of the relationship

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

4. Working within communities

6. Applying law, policy and standards

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua 

PhD, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around New Zealand and Australia.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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