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The PBI Primer-16

16 CME Credits

Teleconference-based Seminars

Professional Boundaries & Boundary Violations: A Primer

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Upon registration you will receive a password and you may immediately begin the course.

Developed by

Gregory E. Skipper, MD, Course Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Alabama Birmingham in Montgomery
Director of Professional Health Services, Promises Treatment Centers

Stephen J. Schenthal, MD, MSW

Founder and President of Professional Boundaries, Inc.

The PBI Consultant Team

Course Content

This is a concise overview of the subject of professional misconduct derived from PBI's flagship live program, the PBI Professional Boundary Course (PB-24), produced by Professional Boundaries, Inc. and provided by the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. The PB-24 is offered multiple times a year in Atlanta, GA, and both Sacramento and Irvine, CA.

 The Primer-16 is written with two purposes in mind:

  1. To serve as an independent, telephonically enhanced CME activity to reduce your risk for boundary violations.
  2. To better prepare the reader for participation in the comprehensive version of the PBI Professional Boundary Course (PB-24).

This course requires completion of readings, assignments, a post-test and course evaluation.

Pre-approval: Many regulatory boards require that board ordered CME programs for disciplinary purposes receive pre-approval. If you are taking this course to fulfill such a requirement, please contact your board or regulatory body for approval. If a boundary course is required, most boards expect a live (face-to-face) classroom experience such as the 3-day program, the PBI Professional Boundary Course (PB-24).

Audience: This course is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals that are dealing with:

  • Professional misconduct
  • General boundary/ethics violations
  • Sexual misconduct issues/violations
  • Harassment in the workplace

Format: The following teaching formats are utilized to achieve the objectives:

  • Online reading
  • Textbook – provided by PBI in hardcover or podcast
  • Written assignments
  • Telephonic discussions and reviews with PBI faculty

$995.00 (16 CME Credits)

Additional CME credits are available following the Primer-16 to compliment this educational experience. Please call us at 904-800-1237 to learn more.

Course fees may be paid by credit card or financing may also be available through PayPal Credit. When choosing PayPal Credit look for the financing offer from PayPal like this one: "No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more.

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The goal of this course is to prevent boundary and ethics violations by developing and implementing a Stratified Boundary/Ethics Protection Plan to protect patients, practice, and the professional.

Course Objectives
  • To increase awareness to the spectrum of boundary crossings which place a professional at risk for a boundary violation or an accusation of misconduct.
  • To obtain a basic understanding of boundary theory and the dynamics which underlie boundary violations in order to assure that it does not occur or happen again.
  • To develop a vigilance for early warning signs of potential boundary problems with patients to prevent their occurrence.
  • To be able to gain insight into professional risk factor and personal vulnerabilities by relating the information gained from the course to a boundary crossing or violation which you may have experience.
  • To understand the multiple sources of professional power and how such power can be knowingly / unknowingly abused, resulting in a violation
  • To develop a Protection Plan to safeguard your practice, patients, and yourself.
Content Time-line
  • Primer Reading: 2 hours
  • Primer Post-test: 45 minutes
  • Textbook Reading: 6.5 hours
  • Textbook Post-test: 10 minutes
  • Essay: 2 hours
  • Telephonic review: 1 hour
  • Boundary Formula: 1.5 hours
  • Develop Protection Plan: 1 hour
  • Telephonic review: 1 hour
  • Course Evaluation: 5 minutes
  • Total CME hours: 16 Hours

All tests and the written assignment can be emailed directly to, faxed to (305)723-0888, or mailed to Professional Boundaries, Inc., 1301 Riverplace Blvd, Suite 800, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

If you prefer, you may register by phone and have the material mailed or faxed to you. Please call us at 904-800-1237 to learn more.

Following completion, a course evaluation is required. Include your name and address so that the University of Alabama, School of Medicine, Division of Continuing Education, can send your certificate of completion directly to you by mail, email, or fax.

Required Software & Hardware

After registration, the course material is available online for you to view or download. The course material is accessible from Windows, OS X, GNU/Linux and any other operating systems capable of viewing Adobe Acrobat files. If you do not have direct access to a personal computer, we will mail you the textbook portion of the course material and it is possible to download and print additional materials and participate from a library terminal or similar remote access.

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CME Information

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education provided by the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Professional Boundaries, Inc. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates these live activities each for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the University of California CME Consortium to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Full disclosure of conflicts and conflict resolutions will be made prior to the activity in writing via handout materials, insert, or syllabus.

California Assembly Bill 1195

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and definitions of cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CME website at