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Workshop: Student-Teacher Boundaries in the School Community (LA)



Date: October 23, 2018
Time: 9:00-3:00
Where: The Oaks School (map)

Fee: $275 members; ($425 non-members)


Student-Teacher Boundaries in the School Community (LA)

Independent schools thrive on student-teacher relationships. With school-missions that focus on developing the whole child and promoting a nurturing community, teachers serve in a variety of roles in addition to their classroom teaching, including advisor, coach, recess/lunch attendant, club coordinator, retreat leader, and more. Given the variety of interactions that faculty have with students, understanding and maintaining appropriate boundaries between student and teacher is crucial.

This workshop is founded on the premise that establishing transparency, competency, and inclusivity through boundary skills reduces stress and creates a healthy school community for students, teachers, school leaders, and parents. Participants will be introduced to deep listening skills from Stanley King Counseling Institute, and use role playing and case studies to allow participants opportunities to practice in challenging situations that they may face in their schools.

Participants will explore and develop strategies around boundary issues as they relate to:

  • Promoting diversity, equity and inclusivity among and between students and teachers
  • Communicating over time, and physical and digital spaces
  • Navigating social boundaries on and off campus
  • Differentiating between confidentiality versus secret-keeping

This workshop is aimed at upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers, advisors, counselors, coaches, and anyone else working with students.

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Melanie Drane

Melanie Drane

Melanie Drane, MA, MFA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She currently consults to independent schools and nonprofits. She was formerly a counselor at the Southern California Counseling Center and the Jung Institute of LA. She also has served as the Writer-in-Residence at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Ellen Porter Honnet

Ellen Porter Honnet

Ellen Porter Honnet, Ed.D., Stanley King Counseling Institute Director, is a psychologist with expertise in cross-cultural issues, adolescent sexuality, and listening skills. Working with teens and young adults, her training was at the Harvard and Wellesley College Health Services. She was for several years a residential dean and Assistant Dean for Co-education/Sexual Harassment Hearing Officer at Harvard College.
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