4/21 UPDATE: This training will be for ordained clergy only. Space is limited; registration will close once max capacity is reached. Boundary training is mandatory for all presbytery clergy. Future trainings will be offered for church staff and leaders. Please check our neighboring presbyteries (Northwest Coast & Olympia) for other upcoming training workshops. Seattle Presbytery clergy, contact our stated clerk to report that you've completed training elsewhere.
Boundary Awareness workshops typically focus on sexual boundaries in ministry, but this training will also include: Financial boundaries, conflict of interest, complications of social media.
The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why it is so difficult to set and maintain boundaries in a church system, and the ways issues of the self interact with issues of the system.
Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention by helping us examine our own issues, as well as how we are impacted by the system dynamics within our congregations. Special attention will be placed on: improved levels of differentiation of self, improved emotional intelligence, and steps to begin to develop both.
Presenter: David C. Olsen, PhD
David Olsen has served as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region (Albany, NY) since its inception in 1985. He holds an M.S. in counseling from Oneonta State University College, an M.S.W. from the University of Albany, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in psychology and religion from Drew University. He has done extensive post graduate work in family therapy.
David recently co-authored "Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2015).