206. How Far is Too Far: Helping Teens Set Healthy Boundaries and Self-control in Relationships

Friday, April 12th 1:30 – 3:00 PM ,, Relationships, Sexuality, and Online Safety, Workshops


Jason VanRuler, M.A.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit




The relationship skills that teens develop are vital to their long-term happiness and success. In this workshop, licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders will examine research that has shown that the ability to identify boundaries and maintain healthy relationships as a teen can also help them to make positive decisions about other aspects of their lives and set healthy expectations for marriage and success across the lifespan. Although the need for education is well documented, the reality is that many parents today were not given this type of information as teens and now face a challenge when addressing this subject. Participants will discuss the components of a healthy relationship, including boundaries and self-control, and ways to facilitate and discuss this information with teens and their parents. Tips, tools, and interventions will be addressed and supported by resources and evidence-based treatment models.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1. Describe the research on healthy boundaries and the importance of education regarding relationships and boundaries during teenage years.

2. Identify strategies for mental health professionals and ministry leaders to educate parents and teens on components of a healthy relationship, including boundaries.

3. Apply evidence-based treatment models and interventions that can be used in individual or family therapy to help teens make psychologically healthier choices around relationships.