Communication and Civility

PBI Elevating Civility and Communication in Health Care (CC-30)



$3000.00 Doctoral Degree and Advance/Independent Practice Rate (MD, DO, PA, DDS, Pharmacists, Advanced Practice Nurse, DC, DPT, DVM, DPM, Ph.D., Psy.D, etc.)

$2500.00 Non-Doctoral Degree and Nurse Rate (RN, LPN, PT, RT, OT, mental health, allied health, etc.)

Course Credit

30 CME/CE hours


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 or disruptive clinicians who employ a broad range of unproductive or challenging communication behaviors. The course aims to return clinicians to meaningful careers properly equipped with the tools they need and a Personalized Protection Plan for communicating effectively and professionally in the future.

Prior to arrival at the seminar, participants begin our course with online pre-course assignments that include a personal essay and a Communication Self-Assessment Test. Our confidential and non-judgmental small-group seminar format creates a safe environment for honest disclosure and self-assessment. Through the use of the PBI Incivility Formula ©, participants are guided by faculty to openly examine their own personal vulnerabilities, risk factors, and resistance to self-assessment. Through this process, participants will begin to understand the harm their incivility may have caused to those around them, begin to accept responsibility for their actions, and develop a program of change. 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.  

*Note: This course, previously abbreviated as CC-32, has been revised as of January 2020 to be known as CC-30. 


  1. Pre-course component: Online written assignments and readings (six hours)
  2. Live component: Three days (24 hours)
  3. 30 CME hour certificate for pre-course + live course distributed upon successful completion of course at the end of day three.

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.

This course addresses issues such as:

  • Ineffective, unproductive, or uncollegial team or clinical communication
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Poor conflict management
  • Difficulty in showing sensitivity or empathy
  • Lack of awareness about how one comes across to others
  • Management of frustrating situations or individuals
  • Red flags that indicate potential communication breakdowns in oneself or others
  • 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.

Course reviews and testimonials

"Very valuable course and excellent presentation."

"The faculty was wonderful and effective as both a teacher and group leader!"

"I will be much more aware of how I communicate with others and how to avoid potential outbursts or unnecessary conflicts."

Learning objectives

  • 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.

Registration Options

Date: August 7, 2020 - August 9, 2020

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Eastern Time

Seats Remaining: 4

Date: November 6, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Eastern Time


Am I eligible to take a course in the Virtual Live Classroom?
Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to basic computer literacy, a computer with webcam, audio, and microphone/headset (smartphones are not acceptable) and a private space with strong, reliable internet
What is the difference between standard edition (CC-30) and the Extended Edition (CC-30EX) of the Elevating Civility and Communication in Health Care Course?
The standard edition (CC-30) includes only the pre-course and the three day course while the Extended Edition (CC-30EX) includes the live course and 12 hours of post-course teleconference faculty-led seminars know as Maintenance and Accountability Seminars.
How do I know if this course is approved by my regulatory agency or board?
Most PBI Education courses are already approved, but we always recommend you send our course agenda to your agency for pre-approval before you register. Just click the "course agenda" button at the top of the page to download a copy of the agenda.
My disciplinary order states that I need to take a course from a different provider, can I take a PBI course instead?
Yes! PBI courses are considered equivalent to many courses from other providers and can be approved by submitting an agenda to your regulatory agency or organization. You can download the agenda by pressing the "course agenda" button at the top of the page. Our courses compare to similar courses from providers like:
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