Boundary Awareness Training – 2019

Community Presbyterian Church

220 Main Street, Chester, New Jersey

Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:30 am to 4 pm

A Workshop Especially for Teaching Elders, But Open to all Church Leaders

Workshop Overview:

Historically, Boundary Awareness workshops focused only on sexual boundaries in ministry.  This training will also include:

  • Financial boundaries
  • Conflict of interest
  • Complications of social media.

Why are boundaries so difficult to set and maintain?

The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why this is so difficult, and the ways issues of the self interact with issues of the system.

Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention by helping us examine our own issues, as well as how we are impacted by the system dynamics within our congregations.  Special attention will be placed on:

  • improved levels of differentiation of self,
  • improved emotional intelligence,
  • and steps to begin to develop both.


9:30        Registration and Coffee

10:00       Workshop Part One

12:30       Lunch

1:30-4:00    Workshop Part Two


There is no cost to participants and lunch will be provided.


Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a Senior Therapist and former Director and CEO of Council for Relationships.  Dr. Treat received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976. He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981. In addition to being an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, he is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling.

Registration for Boundary Awareness Workshop

Presbytery of Newton Policy

It has been a long-standing policy of the Presbytery of Newton that all clergy in active service whether in parish setting (full time or part time), member-at-large, or another form of validated ministry, must participate in a Boundary Training/Prevention of Sexual Misconduct Training Workshop once every three years.