Redirecting Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior - PT34

Redirecting Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior

by Ziadee Cambier, PT, DPT and Mary Ann Wilmarth, DPT, PT, MS, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT
(4.5 / 329 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Physical therapists can face a difficult situations when attempting to address patient behavior. They must balance their responsibility to the patient and his or her rehabilitation with their own rights to a safe workplace. The principle of beneficence commits medical professionals to improve the health and well-being of their patients. The APTA Code of Ethics instructs therapists to show compassion and caring and requires therapists to provide notice and referrals to patients prior to terminating service. It is each PT’s professional responsibility to attempt to maintain the therapeutic relationship when it is reasonable to do so and to be actively involved in transfer of care when it is not. However, these ethical obligations do not include tolerating inappropriate sexual conduct.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physical therapists with information about the prevalence of inappropriate patient sexual behavior and to offer effective responses at the level of the individual and the profession. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to —
  • Construct assertive responses to IPSB using three techniques.
  • Identify five resources for support when IPSB creates a hostile work environment.
  • Describe three actions the physical therapy profession can take to reduce the negative effects of IPSB.

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by the OH PT Association (approval no. 12S0229 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 13S0165 for 01/02/13 to 01/02/14; 14S0418 for 01/03/14 to 01/03/15; 15S0759 for 01/04/15 to 01/04/16; 16S0786 for 01/05/16 to 01/05/17; 17S0138 for 01/06/17 to 01/06/18), the FL PT Association (approval no. CP120018306 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130018727 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140022313 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150023684 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27233 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16); the TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 4169 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/13, 4813 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/14; 5497 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/15; 6096 for 02/01/15 to 01/31/16; 2016-31 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/17); the PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE002927 for 02/19/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003883 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007141 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010056 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 185-2012 for 02/13/12 to 01/31/14; 183-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-830 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 01/05/12 to 01/05/16; 03/15/16 to 03/15/20 and by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 02/28/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437-4133 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4607 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit. .
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 2/13/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/13/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2016


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jacqueline K - Endwell, NY  ·  Jan 22, 2017
Excellent course. Lots of new information for me! Im much more prepared in the work place with this information
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Linda F - Shohola, PA  ·  Jan 15, 2017
Very informative with many options available to deal with IPSB in the work place.
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Cindy L - Waterford, PA  ·  Dec 08, 2016
Good info happens all the time
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lisa w - moon twp, PA  ·  Dec 08, 2016
This was an interesting course.
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Christopher M - PHILADELPHIA, PA  ·  Dec 05, 2016
Sensitive subject that needs to be discussed more openly.
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Price: $19.00
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