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Healthy Boundaries 101: Online Course (Fall, 2021)

COURSE DATES: October 4-November 6, 2021 This five-week course allows participants to examine the complex roles and situations of ministry in a thoughtful, reflective way.

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  • Clergy Ethics & Healthy Boundaries
When Oct 04, 2021 09:00 AM to
Nov 06, 2021 05:00 PM
Presenter Rev. Lydia Mulkey
Contact Name
Contact Phone 206-634-1903
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Instructors: Rev. Lydia Mulkey & Lauren Sawyer, M.A.

Class Dates: October 4-November 6, 2021

This five-week course allows participants to examine the complex roles and situations of ministry in a thoughtful, reflective way.

Description: This course will equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships.

Course Overview:

Weekly feedback between the instructors and students, along with online discussions with fellow classmates, provide each student with an interactive and enriching learning environment.

Through the forum topic discussion, weekly assignments, video curriculum and lectures, you will gain and share knowledge and resources needed to understand the fundamentals and best practices around healthy and appropriate boundaries in spiritual teacher/student relationship; the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective teaching; and guidelines for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies.

Required Curriculum (included):

  • Healthy Boundaries 101 - Fundamentals Course Workbook

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this course, participants will:

  • Establish an informed and ethical foundation for an understanding of healthy boundaries
  • Understand the importance of an awareness of power and vulnerability within teaching relationships
  • Examine dating, friendships and dual relationships and the challenges therein
  • Examine transference and touch boundaries in teaching relationships
  • Consider the importance of self-care and peer support as preventive measures

Participants who complete the course satisfactorily will receive a certificate of course completion.

Who Should Participate? This course is recommended for:

  • Pastor or Associate Pastor
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Faith or Spiritual Leader
  • Child/Youth Pastor, Teacher, or Leader
  • Denominational or Judicatory Leader who oversees pastors

Course Structure: The course consists of an initial live session during Week I and then five consecutive weeks of sessions that can be viewed on-demand self-paced, and a final writing assignment:

Week I: Live session introduction; Power, Vulnerability, and Healthy Boundaries
Week II: Dating, Friendships and Dual Relationships 
Week III: Transference and Touch Boundaries 
Week IV: Emerging Issues in Maintaining Healthy Boundaries; Personal Needs and Self Care
Week V: Responding to Clergy Misconduct: Best Practices (NEW TOPIC!)

Fees and Registration: $249.00

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Training Materials Included: The required course book will be mailed to you upon receipt of course registration fee.

If you have questions, please call 206-634-1903 or email training @

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