Honoring our Boundaries; Tending to Self in the Context of Serving Communities

Honoring our Boundaries. Tending to Our Wellness

It is often those who support the wellness of others who struggle most to create and protect conditions in their own lives that allow for optimal health. It is critical to understand boundaries and the significant role they play in establishing self-care practices that are re-fueling and re-energizing. By exploring how establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries strengthen our ability to support youth and our own wellness, our work becomes more sustainable as mental health professionals. 


This summer, join the Pacific Southwest MHTTC to explore the ways in which upholding healthy emotional boundaries can be trauma-healing and help strengthen our impact as school mental health service providers.


We will expand our self-care toolbox to heighten awareness regarding personal limits and recognize when we've reached them by becoming better equipped to enforce working parameters that stave off burnout and encourage regulation and restoration. Each session will provide an overview on what healthy boundaries are and offer dialogue and discussion on how to navigate challenges to our boundaries


Oriana Ides (she/hers), School Mental Health Training Specialist and Youth & Young Adult programming lead with the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, guides participants in investigating the many reasons one might find it difficult to hold boundaries.


Join us!  Register for one or both sessions by clicking through the links below.  Please note that the times and dates listed below are June 13 and 27th from 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. for those in CNMI.


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Part 1

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PT

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Part 2

Wednesday, June 26, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PT

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  • Supervisors, managers, directors, administrators, and leadership of school and mental health organizations, agencies, and agencies
  • Human resources professionals and mental health and school mental health providers (e.g., therapists, social workers, peer support professionals)
  • Technical assistance providers, coaches, and consultants who work in school mental health contexts
  • Trauma-informed professionals
  • And anyone else interested in boundary work!

Note: while the focus will be on the context of boundaries and school mental health provision, we invite anyone to join. 



  • Do I have to go to each of the two sessions? No (though we encourage you to!). Each session will be sufficient on its own.
  • Will there be homework? No, but we will offer podcasts to listen to or readings to sit with between sessions to enrich the learning.
  • What is the style of these sessions? These sessions will include a portion of teaching about boundaries, discussion (full group and breakouts), and some journaling and personal reflection. They are meant to be introspective and interactive.
  • Will these be recorded? No, to maintain confidentiality of each session.
  • Are there CEs? No, Continuing Education credits are not offered for this program.




Oriana IdesOriana Ides, MA, APCC, PPS (she/hers)

Oriana Ides is a School Mental Health Training Specialist at CARS (the Center for Applied Research Solutions) and approaches healing the wounds of trauma and oppression as core elements of social justice. She has worked with young people across the life course from elementary school to college, and has served as teacher-leader, school counselor, classroom educator and program director. She is committed to generating equity within school structures and policies by focusing on evidence-based mental health techniques and institutional design.

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