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S23-603 Self Leadership and Management: Setting and Maintaining Priorities and Boundaries at Work

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CE

600 Leadership and Management |  800 Online
S.Colby Peters, PhD, MSW
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes



Can you say “no” to your supervisor? How do you decide what’s most important to work on and what you can save for another day? Do you spend so much time managing your employees that you don’t have enough time for your own work? How do you keep from getting burned out? In this workshop, participants will learn about self-leadership and self-management and when and how to do both to prevent burnout and be more successful at work. Participants will learn about the concept of emotional competence: Identifying their emotions and needs to inform effective decision-making and behavior at work. We will also learn about how to identify core needs and values as the foundation for developing healthy boundaries and priorities at work.


S.Colby Peters, PhD, MSW Related seminars and products

Colby has over 10 years of nonprofit experience in operations, development, technology and design, program development, and, most recently, organizational assessment using advanced research and analytic techniques with both quantitative and qualitative data. In addition, she has experience in policy research, development, and analysis, to include research and analysis of Maryland’s disability policies for Heather Mizeur’s gubernatorial campaign in 2014. Colby has shared her talents with many nonprofits in both professional and volunteer capacities, including the Y of Central Maryland, the Light House Shelter in Annapolis, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.


Colby received her Master’s and PhD in social work for the University of Maryland. For her dissertation, Colby developed the first multi-level leadership model and assessment tool rooted in social work values and created for human service organizations.


Colby’s passion for organizational and leadership skill development stems from her belief – supported by research and experience – that with the right communication skills, the application of human service-centered principles of leadership, and some creativity and open-mindedness, non-profit organizations can realize their goals while making the most of available time and resources.

Agenda & Learning Objectives



8:45 - 9:00 

Registration/Log on 

09:00 - 10:30 


10:30 - 10:45 


10:45 - 12:00 

Lecture Continued 

12:00 - 1:00 


1:00 - 2:30 

Lecture Continued 

2:30 - 2:45 


2:45 - 4:30 

Lecture Continued 


Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:


  • Differentiate between the concepts of self-leadership and self-management 

  • Identify professional situations that call for self-leadership and self-management 

  • Explain why setting boundaries at work is essential to burnout prevention, as well as personal and organizational success 

  • Describe an effective process for setting and maintaining effective priorities and boundaries in their professional life 

Bibliography & References


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Chiesa, A. (2013). The difficulty of defining mindfulness: Current thought and critical issues. Mindfulness, 4(3), 255-268.

Crisan, S., Canache, M., Buksa, D., & Nechita, D. (2022). A Comparison Between Self-compassion and Unconditional Self-acceptance: Interventions on Self-blame, Empathy, Shame-, Guilt-Proneness, and Performance. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 1-17.

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Peters, S.C. (2020). Model of Occupational Stress, Burnout & Turnover: Causes & Effects. Unpublished document, YouTube video

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Peters, S. C., & Hopkins, K. (2019). Validation of a measure of social work leadership. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 43(2), 92-110.

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Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {6} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after 4/28/23  will incur an additional $20 late fee.

*Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

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System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


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