This course is a small-group based programme which aims to help people in the caring professions improve their awareness and responsibility around establishing and maintaining professional boundaries.
Boundary issues may include: inappropriate relationships with colleagues, students or patients; probity issues such as dishonesty or legal breaches; inappropriate use of social media; inappropriate touch; misuse of physical examination; sexual boundary issues; excessive self-disclosure; financial issues; dual relationships etc.
Who is the program for?
The course is for practitioners who have a particular need to improve their professional boundaries. It may be helpful to professionals who have concerns about boundary keeping, or are in the early stages of disciplinary or conduct hearings or other professional processes. Participants may have admitted or have been subject to a finding of fact in relation to breaches of probity or boundary violations.
When would a referral to this program be appropriate?
Human resources departments can use the program as a preventative measure or as part of employee development plans. Practitioners can self-refer. Regulatory panels can refer participants as part of suspension or conditions of practice orders. Medical defence or professional organisations can refer people at any stage of proceedings.
The course aims to provide an educational and reflective space for participants to examine the roots of their problematic behaviour and to have assistance in making personal and professional changes. The course goals are:
·To increase responsibility and awareness of all aspects of professional boundaries
·To increase awareness and understanding of personal risk factors
·To identify contextual factors
·To put in place a personal plan
The completion of the boundaries plan, which is a series of measurable commitments around behaviour, is a core component and runs from beginning to end of the course.
By the end of the course, participants will:
·Improve understanding of personal history and antecedents to boundary and probity transgressions
·Consider needs for further professional assistance and personal development
·Understand the effect of boundary crossings on others
·Differentiate between boundary crossings and boundary violations
·Learn techniques for establishing and maintaining boundaries
·Improve understanding of professional boundaries
What makes the course effective?
· Openness and accountability in front of one’s peers
· Being open to feedback and input from others
· Deciding to make changes, take actions and communicate
· Writing a development plan
Expectations of participants
Participants are accepted for the programme following initial discussion by phone with one of the course leaders. The course requests access to any relevant documents in relation to professional conduct enquiries, and access to any other material that may be relevant, such as evaluation reports.
Participants commit to attendance in the three day course. The programme is unlikely to be suitable for people with untreated psychiatric disorders and we may ask permission to discuss any health problem with treating professionals. Participation is voluntary. However, we do not accept participants who wholly deny the existence of a problem. Participants are asked to take responsibility for contributing actively throughout. The course involves self-reflection, developing and maintaining insight and is informed by the values of accountability, transparency and respect. There are a range of course materials, reading and writing tasks and set knowledge transfers but a guiding principle is that participants bring with them a diverse range of knowledge and experience, and are likely to be able to contribute much to the course, both for themselves and for others.
The course is co-faciliated by staff and faculty, who have extensive experience of working with professionals in trouble.
The course can provide only one element of prevention or remedial plans. Completion of the course is not in itself seen as sufficient to determine fitness to practice, which may not be fully achieved unless additional elements are put in place (such as psychotherapy, practice supervision, or monitored re-training etc).
Clinic for Boundaries Studies
0203 468 4194
Venue and Pricing
The courses are run at one of a range of central London venues. The standard price for the full course is £950. Members of participating MDO’s are eligible for reduced fees. Sometimes the Clinic is able to organise payment options – please get in touch for details. Pay below or email to discuss options and to arrange the pre-course phone call.