Elevating Civility and Communication in Health Care (CC-30)Back
Breakdowns in communication, within teams or with patients, can occur in many ways. Common examples include outbursts of anger, misunderstandings of tone or volume of voice, cultural differences, inappropriate humor, the use of touch, and others. All of these breakdowns can result in stressful work environments, costly turnover in staff, and poor clinical outcomes. This process-driven, highly interactive, three-day course is designed to remediate distressed clinicians who employ a broad range of unproductive or challenging communication behaviors. Our confidential and non-judgmental small-group seminar format creates a safe environment for honest disclosure and self-assessment. Participants' insights drive the composition of their own stratified Personalized Protection Plan, which they present at the conclusion of the course as their final oral examination to the faculty and class in a peer-review-type format.
- 7.5 hours of pre-course assignments
- Three day course
- CC-30 Extended
- 7.5 hours of pre-course assignments
- Three day live course
- 12 hour post-course faculty-led group conference calls (MAS). One hour weekly for 12 weeks.
Causes for referral
- Ineffective, unproductive, or uncollegial team or clinical communication
- Disruptive behavior (i.e. verbal outbursts, belittling/bullying, harassing emails, passive aggression)
- Inappropriate humor or communication with patients or staff
- Poor interpersonal conflict management
- Difficulty in showing sensitivity or empathy
- Lack of awareness about how one comes across to others
- Poor management of frustrating situations or individuals
- Note: This course is not intended to substitute for anger management treatment or to address or remediate substance abuse, undiagnosed or untreated mental health conditions, or physically abusive behavior. Should these sorts of issues emerge during the course, the faculty will discuss with the participant and the referring entity the need for a formal assessment.
Professions this course is suitable for
All healthcare clinicians, including trainees. Also suitable for those in a supervisory role wishing to foster and role model civility within their teams.
- Explain how incivility and inappropriate communication can adversely impact clinical care
- Employ heightened self-awareness and empathy to improve their professional interactions
- Demonstrate that civility and professional communication practices are instrumental in attaining greater meaning in their work, reducing frustration, and counteracting feelings of burnout
- Formulate and implement a tiered Protection Plan to maintain civility and professional communication in the workplace and to include relapse prevention strategies
- Detect the early warning signs indicative of potential communication and professionalism breakdowns in themselves and others
- Create systems to support ongoing and widespread civility and professional communication practices in their workplace
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Professional Boundaries, Inc. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates these live activities each for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in activity.
"I thought the course was excellent, the materials were very helpful and allowed hands on work and actionable plans and monitoring. I also really felt it beneficial to discuss the cases and personal challenges with colleagues. Hearing their perspectives and group insights on my own challenges was the most helpful aspect. "
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