What is The Clinic for Boundaries Studies?

The Clinic for Boundaries Studies was registered in September 2009 following the closure of the charity WITNESS, which had begun in the late 1980s as POPAN (Prevention Of Professional Abuse Network) when a small group of people who were concerned with abuse within the talking therapies got together. The Clinic for Boundaries Studies is the trading name for Professional Boundaries CIC, a Community Interest Company registered with Companies House and regulated by the CIC Regulator. Company Number 07032196.

What are professional boundaries?

A professional boundary is a framework within which a client can feel assured that his or her best interests will be paramount. Professional boundaries can be thought of as a guard rail, providing security. A professional boundary differentiates professional relationships from personal relationships by ensuring that openness and vulnerability are not exploited. It follows that when a professional boundary is broken the client will feel betrayed and violated as a result of the breach of trust itself, and quite apart from whatever else has occurred. The most well-known form of boundary violation is when professional/public relationships become sexualized; however there are other forms of violation, including breaches of confidentiality, excessive personal disclosure, role-reversal, financial exploitation and breaches in attitudes of respect. When a professional boundary is violated a client is likely to find it difficult to trust another professional and may therefore find it difficult to seek help.

Where are services delivered?

Training services can be provided anywhere in the UK when they are commissioned. Our open courses are held in London and in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Please see the Training pages for details of forthcoming courses.

Public support services can be provided by phone, in person and by Skype, where feasible. Currently in-person counselling services are available at venues in the South-East of England.

How is the Clinic funded?

As a social enterprise the Clinic aims to be self-funding. Any surpluses will be re-invested into the organisation, and we aim to ensure that a wide range of people have access to our services by subsidising a proportion of our work.  We can organize contracts for services on a case by case basis as well as through block contracts.