Therapeutic Boundaries

Project Description

Learning Alchemy developed this course for a behavioral health organization that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Due to unique aspects of treatment, all staff—including those in non-clinical roles—interact with clients in ways that lead to boundary dilemmas and crossings. An existing recorded lecture used to train staff proved ineffective at reducing incidents of boundary issues.

Learning Alchemy engaged with subject matter experts in the organization to develop new learning content with the original presentation as a foundation. We collaboratively identified common problems with boundaries among staff and focused on skill building based on those common problems. The course uses a combination of descriptive images, text and narration to ease the learning process. Learners engage in interactive scenarios to practice boundary setting in common challenging situations.

How it's used

This course is now delivered to all staff in locations across the US in new employee orientation, and is also used in live training to support discussions on boundary setting.

Skills on display

  • Clinical Knowledge
  • Collaboration with Agency Experts
  • Instructional Design
  • eLearning Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Voiceover
  • Audio Production

Toolset utilized

  • Articulate Storyline
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Audition

Sample Elements

Simple Models

Use of simple models allows learners to easily understand concepts and adapt the information to their own work contexts

Real Situations

Information is presented in concrete, common situations that are easy to recall in workplace situations

Realistic Contexts

Common issues and how they should be addressed are presented in realistic contexts to support recall and application to the job


Content encourages reflection on the learner’s own experience and context

Realistic Scenarios

Scenarios help the learner to practice new skills and reinforce what to do if they make the wrong choice


Feedback in quiz questions reinforces main concepts

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