Boundary management may be one the most universal challenges in modern relationships. Healthy boundary setting requires elucidation and insight of ones values, knowledge of the skills necessary to transfer those values to others, and the courage to assert related needs in the face of frequently unhappy recipients, often people we care about. If the frequent lack of, or discomfort with boundaries as an issue of concern during BHC visits is any indication, boundary management might also be one of the most vital set of skills for managing emotional health. Coincidentally the same set of skills may be the key to managing professional fatigue and burnout, a growing concern and topic of discussion in medical circles. Where do we learn boundary management? In school? Work? At home? Perhaps brief touch points may occur in these places. However there are few known systematic models of dissemination of these skills in the general public, to those experiencing emotional distress or to our hardworking, consummately overburdened medical workforce who are faced daily with boundary-related decisions and a medical culture that rewards lack of boundaries (e.g., the Hero Story, the doctor that never took a day off). It is posited that adding systematic training in boundary management to patient treatment offerings as well as medical provider training programs, and wellness initiatives may serve as one buffer for the impact on stress levels, work-life balance, and personal satisfaction. The session will introduce the common components of boundary management curriculum. Session participants will be led through an interactive look at their own boundary needs to carry back home. Additionally, results data will be presented describing the findings on the impact of applying this intervention to clinic patients and medical providers Participants will be assessed prior to intervention to examine the level to which this issue contributes to distress or symptom presentation. Examination of level of provider burnout and confidence in setting healthy boundaries will be measured pre and post intervention, as well as related considerations of work-life balance, work satisfaction, stress reduction and burnout across both populations. Finally, it is this author’s hope that participants will leave with a better understanding of the impact boundary management skill building can have on stress management, symptom reduction, and general well-being for both patients and providers, in addition to building their own action plans, increased comfort in setting boundaries in their personal and professional lives, and an understanding of the potential benefit boundary management as a solo intervention can have on patients and providers alike, perhaps inspiring the addition to clinic offerings and medical provider wellness initiatives.
- Understand the common components of boundary management as a solo intervention for distressed patients and medical providers at risk of burnout.
- Leave the session with a personalized action plan and understanding of their own boundary setting needs with increased confidence to implement them.
- Describe presented findings and possible benefits of introducing boundary management for improving patient improvement provider wellness.