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Redirecting Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior - PT34

Redirecting Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior

by Ziadee Cambier, PT, DPT and Mary Ann Wilmarth, DPT, PT, OCS, MTC, Cert.MDT, CIDN, CEAS
(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 New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 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 California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2016.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy 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), the Florida Physical Therapy 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 Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education 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 Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (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); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 185-2012 for 02/13/12 to 01/31/14; 183-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 01/05/12 to 01/05/16; 03/15/16 to 03/15/20 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 02/28/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy 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 Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois 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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David W - Medical Lake, WA  ·  May 02, 2016
This course has given me good alternative for dealing with inappropriate sexual behavior in patients.
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Scott D - Sunnyvale, CA  ·  Apr 30, 2016
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Sharon H - Lake Balboa, CA  ·  Apr 28, 2016
Good coping strategies and information on what can be done to limit inappropriate comments and behavior.
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sara v - westerly, RI  ·  Apr 17, 2016
Great suggestions how to handle an inappropriate patient.
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Jesse B - Pointblank, TX  ·  Feb 28, 2016
This course is very empowering and beneficial for clinicians of all demographics. I appreciate the content greatly.
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