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Healthy Boundaries for Direct Care Workers

How to help other people without getting hurt yourself

Direct Care workers build relationships with their clients that are both personal and incredibly complex. An essential component of maintaining a successful, healthy relationship is setting and respecting client boundaries. But what about staff boundaries? Through group discussion, small group exercises, and role-play scenarios, this interactive workshop will cover topics such as resetting and refocusing boundaries, acknowledging emotions, relatable experience, and self-care strategies. As a direct care worker, your own personal experiences and emotions are a part of the work. How you use those stories is incredibly critical in building a connection, establishing a boundary, and maintaining your own physical, mental, and emotional health.


Presenter: Dr. Marc Gershowitz, PHD

Psychologist – Cognitive & Behavioral, Psychologist – Clinical

Marc grew up in the Bronx, the son of a teacher and a school nurse.  Orginally planning to be a physician, he became fascinated by the study of psychology while at City College of New York. He loved the idea of helping people use their thoughts and feelings to find answers to what is troubling them. Understanding who people are, where they came from, what their goals, troubles, strengths and weaknesses are gave him his life’s direction. He then went to Michigan State University, receiving both a Masters and a PHD in Clinical Psychology. In his 35 plus years of private practice, he specialized in assessment and psychotherapy with children and adults, family therapy, marital counseling and consultation. He has taught at Western Connecticut State University, Pace University, Michigan State University, and University of North Carolina. As a consultant he worked with Head Start Program, Chronic Pain Treatment Program, and served as the Clinical Director for the Child Guidance Center, in Danbury, Connecticut. He has supervised social workers, psychologists and mental health support staff.


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