ACE Foundation Programs

Sunday, January 21, 2024

This 3-hour CE course meets the NYSED Office of Professions requirement for Ethics and Appropriate Boundaries for LCSWs, LMSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Licensed Psychoanalysts and Licensed Psychologists


Program Description

The New York State Board of Regents recently mandated that, effective April 1, 2023, licensed psychologists, licensed social workers and licensed mental health practitioners, such as LCATs, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Licensed Psychoanalysts, complete a three-credit continuing education course on the maintenance of professional boundaries with patients as part of each licensed professional’s continuing education hour requirements every three years. The reason for the new requirement is concern about the number of professional disciplinary proceedings by the State’s licensing boards against mental health professionals where boundaries have allegedly been violated. This course has been designed to meet the State’s mandatory CE requirement for both boundaries and ethics: courses on boundaries that cover New York laws, rules and regulations related to unprofessional conduct may also be counted toward the ethics requirement.

Topics to be discussed will include the ethical, professional, legal and clinical backgrounds for boundaries; discriminating between boundary crossings and violations; the establishment and maintenance of boundaries at the outset of and during psychotherapy including issues of multiple relationships, at- risk patients and social media; the challenge of vulnerable patients and therapists; and maintaining clinical creativity and flexibility within the therapeutic frame. The potential harm and legal consequences of boundary violations will also be reviewed.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Sunday, January 21, 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm

Course Number



Bruce Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D.

Program Originator:

ACE Foundation


Live Online via Zoom

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.


To take advantage of early bird prices, please register by November 30, 2023. On December 1, registration price will increase.

Registration will close on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

Program Details

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine how legal, ethical, and clinical standards necessitate the setting of boundaries in psychotherapy
  2. Define multiple relationships
  3. Assess the difference between boundary violations and boundary crossings
  4. Determine the factors in how to make ethically and clinically sound decisions regarding boundaries during psychotherapy
  5. Identify at least three circumstances that arise during therapy where boundary issues are implicated
  6. Identify vulnerability of therapists and patients that might lead to boundary violations
  7. Understand the possible consequences of boundary violations for therapists, with a particular focus on New York laws, rules and regulations related to unprofessional conduct
  8. Understand the impact on patients of boundary violations
  9. Review means for preventing boundary violations

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Bruce V. Hillowe, JD, PhD, is a psychologist-psychoanalyst and mental health care attorney, who has defended hundreds of mental health practitioners in professional disciplinary proceedings in New York State, many of them for alleged boundary violations.

Bibliography/References – DOWNLOAD PDF
Zoom webinar with Q & A

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Debbie at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
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