Boundaries

Professional Boundaries and Ethics (PB-24)

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Summary

This course is grounded in the premise that everyone has the potential to commit a boundary violation or violate professional expectations. Either sexual or non-sexual, these boundary issues occur when professional lines are crossed. The goal of the course is to address and remediate issues that are relationship-based. Participants arrive at the seminar primed by the pre-course readings, assignments, and self-assessment exercises—springboards for the process of introspection and self-critique. During the course, participants examine how and why their professional practices, responses to stress, and personal or situational factors initially put them at risk for exercising poor judgment or rationalizing improper behavior. Participants complete the course by producing and orally presenting a tiered Personalized Protection Plan to their classmates and the faculty for constructive critique. This Plan is designed to avoid future wrongdoing, safeguard patients and colleagues, and honor the reputation of their profession moving forward.

Editions

  1. PB-24 Essential
    • Three-hours of pre-course assignments
    • Three day live course
  2. PB-24 Enhanced
    • Thirteen-hours of pre-course assignments
    • Three day live course
  3. PB-24 Extended
    • Thirteen-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.

Professions this course is suitable for

Physicians, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, physician assistants, nurses, mental health providers, EMT's, physical therapists, students, and a wide variety of other clinicians. This course can also be adapted to be applicable for attorneys.

Causes for referral

  • Addictions
    • Chemical
    • Behavioral (i.e. gambling, pornography)
  • Dual relationships (including with coworkers or trainees)
    • Inappropriate financial, business, or non-sexual social relationships
    • Prescribing to friends, family, or coworkers
  • Failure to use a chaperone when indicated or requested
  • Inappropriate use of social media, text, or email with patients/significant third parties, coworkers, or students
  • Lending or borrowing money, or giving gifts to coworkers, students, or patients or their significant third parties
  • Practicing outside of scope
  • Sexual boundary violations
    • Examination of sensitive body areas without gloves
    • Sexualized language, looks, or physical contact even if consensual with current or former patients, coworkers, students, or patients’ significant third parties
  • Supervisory issues
    • Inadequate supervision/delegation
    • Insubordination

*Disruptive behavior, poor conflict management, inappropriate humor, outbursts, or other communication issues are best addressed in the Elevating Civility and Communication in Health Care Course.

Learning objectives

  • Express why and how healthcare professionals are held accountable for adhering to standards of practice, codes of ethics, and state statutes
  • Discuss attributes and behaviors that constitute professionalism in the context of health care, and identify specific lapses in their own professionalism
  • Explain how professional problems evolve, employing the model of a continuum of boundary impingements
  • Express how professional lapses can adversely affect clinical judgment and cause a range of other impacts and harms
  • Describe the components of the Formula© and apply them to their own violation potential and, if applicable, their infraction
  • Create and implement a Personalized Protection Plan that includes strategies, safeguards, and systems to reduce the risk of relapse and improve accountability
  • Detect early warning signs of professional problems in themselves and others in order to reduce the risk of future violations

Accreditation

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 46 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in activity.

Registration Options

Select Edition

Course Credits

24 CME (3 Pre-Course + 21 Live)

Course Costs

$2250.00 Doctoral/Advance Practice

$1850.00 Non-Doctoral/Nurse

Date: April 16, 2021 - April 18, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Seats Remaining: 0

Date: May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Central Time

Seats Remaining: 1

Date: June 25, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: July 23, 2021 - July 25, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: August 13, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Central Time

Course Credits

34 CME (13 Pre-Course + 21 Live)

Course Costs

$2450.00 Doctoral/Advance Practice

$2050.00 Non-Doctoral/Nurse

Date: April 16, 2021 - April 18, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Seats Remaining: 0

Date: May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Central Time

Seats Remaining: 1

Date: June 25, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: July 23, 2021 - July 25, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: August 13, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Central Time

Course Credits

46 CME (13 Pre-Course + 21 Live + 12 Post-Course)

Course Costs

$2950.00 Doctoral/Advance Practice

$2550.00 Non-Doctoral/Nurse

Date: April 16, 2021 - April 18, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Seats Remaining: 0

Date: May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Central Time

Seats Remaining: 1

Date: June 25, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: July 23, 2021 - July 25, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Pacific Time

Date: August 13, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Location: Virtual Live Classroom, Central Time

FAQ

Am I eligible to take a course in the Virtual Live Classroom?
How do I know if this course is approved by my regulatory agency or board?
What is the difference between the Essential (PB-24), Enhanced (PB-24EN), and Extended Edition (PB-24EX) of the Professional Boundaries Course?
My disciplinary order states that I need to take a course from a different provider, can I take a PBI course instead?
  • "I actually think the live-virtual format was superior to in-person in allowing open and honest discussions as all participants were able to join for their location of choice which provided a degree of familiarity that would not have been present if we had been in-person at a centralized location. I gained a tremendous amount of respect, knowledge and appreciation of all participants and the Instructor in this session and will be seriously considering taking more PBI courses in the future."
    - Professional Boundaries Course Graduate
  • "I felt being in my home environment that I was more comfortable discussing my personal history. Even though we were not all in the same room physically, there was a sense of everyone being present, I did feel close to everyone."
    - Professional Boundaries Course Graduate
  • "Certainly one of the most valuable (if not the most valuable) CME course in my professional career"
    - Professional Boundaries Course Graduate
  • "What I learned in the course was more than I've learned and implemented the past 2 years (of my probation) combined...I will be continually modifying and making changes to how I practice. This course and all the info contained is invaluable. "
    - Professional Boundaries Course Graduate
  • "A superb experience! Educational as well as therapeutic and gave me the opportunity to learn from others. I can make peace with my transgressions and begin to heal. Thank you!"
    - Professional Boundaries Course Graduate
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