Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training for Medical Professionals
All healthcare settings share the desire for staff and patients to feel free from unwanted intrusions of a sexual nature. It is also required by law that workplaces have an organized approach to prevent, investigate and remedy situations in which unwanted sexual invitations, comments, innuendos and pressures are experienced.
Yet the workplace, and in particular, the medical setting, is where all manner of people and personalities – with differences in authority – spend considerable time in a range of roles, inviting all the issues and ambiguities that arise whenever adults interact. In addition, the clinician-patient relationship is unlike almost any other form of professional situation.
While sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior make people uncomfortable in any situation, they are particularly important to address in the medical setting in order to ensure both the best working conditions and the provision of safe and high-quality care to patients.
In this webinar – which has been designed to meet the re-licensure mandate set forth by the state of Illinois – clinical psychologist and medical educator, Daniel O’Connell, PhD, will dive into this complex and delicate topic. Successful completion of this program allows healthcare professionals to attest that they have met the state’s new one-hour continuing education requirement on sexual harassment prevention.
At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:
- Define sexual harassment, including its forms and types
- Summarize the responsibility to behave in a way that does not cause others to feel uncomfortable
- Explain the importance of behavior that is free of ambiguity and respectful of others
- Describe how the "reasonable person test" functions as society's standard for both sorting out the grey areas of offensive behavior and as a guide to remediation
- Identify what actions should take place if you experience or witness sexual misconduct
- Describe what is required once a complaint is made in the workplace
- Summarize whistleblower protections
Physician and clinician policyholders
There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Illinois Nurse Practice Act rules deem CME credit provided by approved sponsors as acceptable to fulfill nursing continuing education requirements for licensure. Nurses may claim one contact hour per unit of CME in the state of Illinois.
The recommendations contained in this resource are not intended to define conduct that is appropriate in every case, should not be considered as establishing any standard of care, and do not constitute legal advice. Physicians, clinicians and healthcare providers should take care to ensure that all care rendered reflects the best clinical judgment and complies with the laws and regulations of the state or location at which the care was provided.
Daniel O'Connell, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Medical Educator
Daniel O’Connell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who lives in Seattle, WA. Over the past 35 years, Dr. O'Connell has worked as educator, consultant, clinician, department chair and executive director in medical, behavioral health and educational settings. He is a consultant to The Institute for Healthcare Communication and serves on the faculty of the Foundation for Medical Excellence. He works with providers at the University of Washington and UCLA Schools of Medicine and maintains a coaching and consulting practice working primarily with health care organizations and individual providers on all aspects of the psychology of medicine, leadership in health care settings and professional interactions. Dr. O’Connell develops educational programs for health care providers, groups and institutions and has led more than 600 workshops on various topics in the psychology of relationships and communication in health care, change processes and the emotional intelligence aspects of effective leadership.
Meets State-Mandated Requirements
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Participation Credit