Boundary Setting for the Helping Professions – with John Vassello

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Develop the skills you need to gain people’s trust and positively influence situations.

Fee $80, includes light refreshments


Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

Often in human services, ethical decisions aren’t black or white. How do you make decisions in the gray area? How do use professional values as a guide? Is there a systematic method for determining – and embarking – on the most ethical course of action?

This workshop for health and human services professionals will review and discuss the values and ethics that guide professional practice. Applying some concepts from social work, it will provide participants with practical, useful tools for ethical decision making.

Attendees will:

1. Learn the definitions of values and ethics
2. Discuss what happens when different professional ethics conflict with each other
3. Discuss real world ethical dilemmas and how they would handle them
4. Learn about tools to assist with decision-making in ethical dilemmas
5. The importance of utilizing the word NO
6. Develop skills for boundary setting around self-care

About the Presenter

John Vassello, MSW, LCSW is the Associate Director of Field Education and Admissions in the Binghamton University Department of Social Work. He also serves as the Continuing Education Coordinator.

Prior to his current position, he worked as a medical social worker. He provided social work services in the emergency department, taught crisis prevention and management, and served on the hospital diversity and inclusion council. John provided crisis intervention and support to displaced individuals and families at several local shelters during the 2011 Broome County flood.

As Community School Coordinator in the Broome County Promise Zone, John worked with diverse students and families to create new and meaningful school and community partnerships. He also developed a successful summer arts program for local at-risk youth in partnership with a local theater. John earned his BA and his MSW from Binghamton University.

Registration and Payment

Register online at If you are unable to register and pay online please call 607-273-8686 or email

Cancellation Policy

All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed sessions.  At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.


Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.

The Human Services Coalition is a United Way of Tompkins County funded partner.

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