316. Professional Relationships: Blurred Boundaries and Ethical Conundrums

Sunday, October 27
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Grand Ballroom A
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149405

Nutrition and dietetics practitioners have a fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interest of the customers they serve, whether it be a client, patient, resident, participant, student, consumer, individual/person, group, population, or organization. Developing this competency requires the identification and maintenance of appropriate professional boundaries. Self-awareness and education are essential tools for determining the differences between the professional-patient/client relationship and non-professional relationships, as is an active understanding of the 2018 Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession.

This session will enable participants to obtain the required Continuing Professional Education in Ethics and demonstrate, via case studies, specific behaviors that may jeopardize the integrity of both the practitioner-patient/client and the instructor-student relationship, while providing strategies for preserving professional relationship boundaries.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply ethical decision making skills to the subject of professional relationships.
  • Explain the principle(s) and standard(s) of the 2018 Code of Ethics that apply to professional relationships.
  • Integrate ethically sound strategies into nutrition and dietetics practice when collaborating and communicating with other professionals, peers, and the public.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1050 Ethics
  • 1070 Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 6020 Counseling, therapy, and facilitation skills

Performance Indicator:

  • 2.3.5 Facilitates an understanding and appreciation of the differences among team members and how they each contribute to the team.
  • 3.1.3 Takes initiative to facilitate change.
  • 9.6.2 Obtains permission and informed consent for the provision of counseling as appropriate.


  • Susan Laramee, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND



  • Speaker(s)

  • Catherine Christie, PhD, RDN, LD/N, FAND

    Associate Dean, Professor

    Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida

  • Lisa Dierks, MFCS, RDN, LD

    Regional Director

    University of Minnesota Extension