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Boundary Setting: Modeling and Coaching for Clients
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When: Saturday, March 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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Clients can experience traumatic and shame-inducing boundary violations that have long-term physiological and psychological consequences. Therapists themselves may have trouble setting boundaries with demanding or aggressive clients. Being able to model and coach people to be able to enact self-advocacy through verbal boundary setting is a key skill set to supporting clients to identify, communicate, and have their boundaries respected.


This workshop will offer experiential training to help clients change inhibited, frustrated, and ‘frozen’ aspects of self while increasing somatic awareness and addressing defensive body stances. Participants will learn how to help clients transform fear or shame-based vulnerability into an experience that is an embodied sense of empowerment and confidence.


Participants will gain greater compassion towards their own and their clients’ damaging psychological and physical experiences. They will experience and observe how people can benefit from practicing activation of voice and empowered stances, somatically embodying the experience of defending one’s boundaries. Participants will also be able to help patients better identify when emotional boundaries are crossed, identify strategies used by manipulators, assess power structures to help determine levels of response, and review realistic options to defend various boundary violations.


The workshop will cover boundary setting skills, management of adrenaline and emotional overwhelm, threat assessment and threat management, and examination of the social context for violence. 



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Coach body language including posture, breath, and voice to help clients regulate affect and communicate effectively and congruently
  • Help clients identify strategies used by manipulators and coercive people when boundaries are being crossed
  • List ways that social context and power dynamics in relationships impact vulnerabilities, protective factors, and response options
  • Provide clients with strategies and scripts to enable them to have challenging conversations and set boundaries to protect their emotional and psychological well-being and safety



NASW Member: $120 | Non-Member: $210


6 SW CE Contact Hours





Karen Chasen, JD is Vice President of Prepare Inc. and a certified IMPACT self-defense instructor and trainer. She serves as IMPACT International’s Chapter Development Committee Chair, the umbrella organization for IMPACT personal safety programs. She is a Board Chair of Emerging Strategies for Learning and Leadership Inc. and is nationally recognized for her collaborative research with other experts in the fields of safety and preparedness, education, communication, trauma recovery, and intervention.


Ms. Chasen earned her BA at SUNY Albany and her JD at Boston College Law School. She has completed a certificate program at the International Trauma Studies Center at NYU.





Patrick J. Paglen, LMSW has worked in service areas of developmental disability, homelessness, and foster care. He is also a martial artist, dancer, and photographer and provides self-defense and self-advocacy training to adults and Teens for Prepare Inc.


Mr. Paglen received his MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and received his BA from Bard College.








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NASW-NYC is happy to try and fulfill any special accommodations requests submitted in writing to at least fifteen business days prior to the workshop date. Requests received after the deadline may not be able to be processed or fulfilled in time for the event.


NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate, is not allowed admittance into the workshop and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. Please ensure that your registration information is accurate (name, e-mail, license type and number) as this will impact your continuing education certificates. NASW-NYC is not responsible for the accuracy of your registration information. To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Certificates will be e-mailed within 30 calendar days after workshop evaluations have been completed.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to accounting.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than three business days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than three days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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