Professional Boundaries in Social Work Practice

By Sarah E. Meisinger

Developed in collaboration with social worker Sarah E. Meisinger, this course focuses on the establishment and maintenance of professional boundaries in social work practice with special emphasis on telecare and virtual care.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 1 Credit
  • Timely Material
  • Expert Faculty

About the Course

After taking this course, you will be able to:


  • Identify the key components that define professional boundaries in the context of social work and telecare.
  • Explain the ethical considerations involved in maintaining professional boundaries in virtual settings.
  • Describe challenges and strategies for maintaining privacy and confidentiality in telecare.
  • Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate professional interactions in virtual platforms used for social work.
  • Differentiate between boundary exploration, risks involved, and the consequences of boundary crossings or violations within virtual social work practice.
  • Identify strategies and approaches for repairing boundary crossings to maintain professional integrity and promote client well-being.


You will earn 1 credit by completing this course.


Please note: Accreditation not available in New York, New Jersey, or West Virginia.


Sarah E. Meisinger is a licensed independent clinical social worker at St. Cloud State University’s counseling center. She completed her undergraduate degree in social work at St. Cloud State University and holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas. Meisinger has experience working in healthcare, education, nonprofit, and human service settings. For the past 15 years, she has taught social work courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at St. Cloud State University and Augsburg University. Meisinger’s areas of specialty include crisis assessment and response, veteran’s issues, trauma, substance abuse, and LGBTQ+ concerns. She is the author of Stories of Pain, Trauma, and Survival: A Social Worker’s Experiences and Insights in the Field.