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Redirecting Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior - PT34

Redirecting Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior

by Ziadee Cambier, PT, DPT and Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT
(4.5 / 641 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Inappropriate patient sexual behavior (IPSB) is any verbal or physical act of an explicit or perceived sexual nature that is unacceptable within the social context in which it is carried out when committed by a patient and directed at a clinician, staff, or other patient in any healthcare setting. IPSB encompasses a spectrum of behaviors, including staring, propositions, genital exposure, and sexual assault. Professionals may experience ethical distress when attempting to balance their legal and ethical commitment to the health of a misbehaving patient with their own right to workplace safety.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physical therapists with information about the prevalence of inappropriate patient sexual behavior (IPSB) and to offer effective responses at the level of the individual and the profession. After studying the information 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
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 11/16/2018 to 6/11/2019.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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 for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 19S0562 for 1/8/19 to 1/8/20).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-343540 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-279 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/20).
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/15/16 to 03/15/20
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/31/17 to 07/31/19.
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: 3/24/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/24/2020


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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Alice L - San Rafael, CA  ·  Mar 06, 2019
information regarding strategies to redirect behavior were good.
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Ruth M - Santa Ana, CA  ·  Feb 20, 2019
It was the worse online course I've ever taken. Don't waste your time
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Janelyn D - Santa Clarita, CA  ·  Jan 25, 2019
It was very informative.
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Daniel L - West Orange, NJ  ·  Jan 08, 2019
At first I didn't take the course too seriously however it's good to have some tools for when something like this happens. Many professionals don't expect it to happen so it's paralyzing when these events occur. Having tools like the broken record or "I think, I feel, I want" all provide fall back techniques to protect oneself and prevent distractions from treatment.
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DANIELLE D - Langhorne, PA  ·  Dec 30, 2018
I learned some good ways to redirect patients who are being sexually inappropriate.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50