2019 College-Selected Activity: Have You Achieved the Learning Objectives?

  •   August 9, 2019

The DO.LEARN.GROW. 2019 College-Selected Activity provides a structured format on what physiotherapists can DO to help LEARN about and apply the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct practice standard and education guides to their practice. We don’t know how long it takes to achieve the 2019 College-Selected Activity learning objectives but …. the bottom line is by renewal you need to fully understand:

  1. “Who is a patient” as defined by the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Standard of Practice.
  2. Why and how the Standard of Practice and guides for protecting patients from sexual abuse or misconduct are relevant to your practice.   

What can you DO to achieve the learning objectives?  Review the following resources:

To help with GROWth and applying the information in the Standard and the Guides to your practice, take time to consider, either on your own or with co-workers, the following guiding questions.

Standard of Practice: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

  • Do you understand when an individual you have treated would be considered to still be your patient, even though you have not seen them for treatment recently?
  • Are there situations where you encounter patients, as defined by the Standard, in social situations? What steps might you take to mitigate any risks that such encounters may pose to you?

Guide for Physiotherapists. Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse or Misconduct: expectations for physiotherapists

  • Were you surprised by the reported prevalence of sexual abuse in Canada? How will this knowledge affect how you interact with patients or others in the clinical environment?
  • Looking back on past patient interactions, can you think of a time when a patient did not react as expected to something you said or did in the context of physiotherapy care? Could a patient history of sexual abuse explain the patient’s reactions? What would you do differently if faced with the situation again?
  • Are there activities you engage in in your clinical practice which could re-traumatize a patient who is a survivor of sexual abuse? With this realization, how will you modify your approach to avoid re-traumatizing your future patients?

Guide for Patients. Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse or Misconduct: what can patients expect from their physiotherapist

  • What factors in your practice contribute to the power imbalance between you and your patients? What do you do to try to minimize the imbalance?  
  • What strategies could you implement to make your patients feel less vulnerable, and thereby minimize the power imbalance between patient and physiotherapist?
  • Are there clinical practices that you engage in that could be misinterpreted by a patient? What steps have you taken to ensure that the physiotherapy purpose of these activities is clear to the patient and that you have the patient’s consent to engage in the activity?

Webinar. College Selected Activity: Understanding Bill 21, An Act to Protect Patients

  • What can you learn from lawyer Leanne Monsma’s tips to avoid complaints related to sexual abuse or sexual misconduct?

Reporting to Physiotherapy Alberta at Renewal

  • At renewal you will be asked to make a declaration respecting achievement of the learning objectives set out for the 2019 College Selected Activity

Questions? Participation Issues with the College-Selected Activity? Contact Audrey Lowe, Manager Continuing Competence Program competence@physiotherapyalberta.ca or 780.702.5349, 1.800.291.2782