MCAT ShopTalk 10/23 (Mercer County Certified Athletic Trainers only) - "When Boundaries Blur"

Event Title: MCAT ShopTalk October 2018 (1.0 free NATABOC CEU)

"When Boundaries Blur" - Michael Goldenberg, MS, ATC

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 23rd from 11:00am-12:30pm

Who can attend?: Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers who either work or live in Mercer County (all professional settings welcome!)

Event Location: New Jersey Athletic Club, 4152 Quakerbridge Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Sponsored by: RWJ Hamilton Rehab

Event Schedule:

  • 11:00 - 11:45 – “When Boundaries Blur" – Michael S. Goldenberg MS, ATC (Athletic Trainer, The Lawrenceville School)
  • 11:45 - 12:30 – Lunch + Open floor discussion of current events, concerns, issues in athletic training

Invited Audience: Any Certified athletic trainers who either work or live in Mercer County, NJ

Overview: As athletic trainers and healthcare providers, we develop special relationships with our patients. However, concern comes when an athletic trainer crosses that professional boundary with their charges, no matter what the setting or age. There can be serious consequences for this act, especially if the patient is under the age of consent. Penalties include, but are not limited to, an athletic trainer being arrested or losing his/her job or license. This presentation will investigate some of the factors that might cause someone to cross that boundary, as well as some of the warning signs associated with this situation. The presenter will discuss how some secondary schools handle the situation where an athletic trainer comes forward and admits that they are having feelings for a student, and likewise, when the athletic trainer senses that a student is having feelings for them. In both situations, the athletic trainer has not acted on their feelings. Legal and ethical issues will also be discussed along with suggestions on how to set up a proper boundary.

Educational presentation details for Tuesday, October 23rd

1. Describe why boundary issues occur and what some of the warning signs are.

2. Describe the legal and ethical issues surrounding boundary crossings.

2. Develop professional responsibility strategies to manage situations involving boundary crossing and sexual misconduct.

3. Develop professional responsibility policies that minimize the risk of boundary crossing and sexual misconduct.

Contact Info: athletictraining@rwjbh.org

RWJ Rehabilitation Center New Jersey Athletic Club (NJAC)

4152 Quakerbridge Road

4152 Quakerbridge Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08646

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648


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