In the last post I talked about 5 types of personal and professional boundaries. In this post I’m going to cover a few key protective strategies you can use to protect yourself :
1. Documentation: When something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable, such as a student tries to cross one of your boundaries, document it and tell colleagues about it so you have a record.
2. Prepare Responses: Prepare responses for when students attempt to cross one of your boundaries.
3. Double Coverage: When working with a student that may attempt to violate boundaries (especially physical or sexual boundaries) make sure you are never alone with that student.
We’ve included more detail on each of these in ParaSharp’s Insight Sheet on Personal and Professional Boundaries.
What are some other ways you ensure that boundaries are maintained?