In a society of changing values and greater awareness of boundary violations, impacted constituents – patients, hospital corporations, and Medical Boards – no longer accept inappropriate behaviors by physicians or other healthcare providers. Santé Center for Healing and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are jointly sponsoring a continuing medical education course called “Maintaining Proper Boundaries,” This is a 3-day training course providing self-assessment, knowledge, awareness, skills, applicable tools and prevention strategies to healthcare professionals with difficulty maintaining proper boundaries with patients, colleagues and/or staff. The “Maintaining Proper Boundaries” faculty are a mixture of tenured mental health clinicians and seasoned medical experts who create and encourage a course environment conducive to open discussions, sharing personal experiences, and identifying next-best steps for protecting physicians, their work environment, and patients. The course utilizes a variety of lectures, multi-media inter-actives, and self-reflection to provide education, illumination and/or intervention that could save a license or a life.

Who Should Attend:

This course is recommended to any licensed healthcare professionals in safety-sensitive positions who experience difficulty establishing and maintaining proper boundaries. Hospitals, health systems, and professional peer health programs may refer to health care practitioners for the following reasons:

  • as a preventative measure for continuing medical education specialized for healthcare professionals
  • as a behavior intervention
  • or as an adjunct to a relapse prevention plan. Self-referrals are welcome.maintaining proper boundaries is important during recovery

At course completion, participates will be able to successfully:

  • Identify the types of unethical behaviors and boundary violations that result in litigation, difficulty with the medical boards and/or hospital corporations, or action by other licensure boards
  • Discern behaviors and situations where the healthcare professional is most vulnerable to inappropriate involvement with patients, colleagues and/or staff members.
  • Recognize and develop strategies to avoid high-risk situations and ethical dilemmas that leave the professional vulnerable to crossing boundaries.
  • Recognize high-risk patients and identify how to avoid problematic situations with them.
  • Identify methods to safeguard the hospital, the office, and other treatment settings.
  • Discuss the ethical and legal obligations for reporting and/or intervening on boundary violations of a colleague.
  • View and utilize the Physician’s Health Program as an advocate.

What attendees have said about this course:

“Where was this course when I was in medical school? These issues were never addressed until it was too late.”

“Learning that I need to set personal boundaries for myself as a physician is an essential take away from this class; the better I take care of myself the better I can take care of my patients.”


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this activity for 6 hour(s) in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility. The cost of the Maintaining Proper Boundaries course is $2,300. A $1,150 deposit is required to reserve a space. The balance is to be paid at least a week prior to the first day of the course. A cancellation fee of $250 will apply.

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Register online by visiting our Upcoming Events page and selecting the date in which you wish to register.


For further information or to register please contact: Nicole Miller at 214-444-7343 or


Please note: The “Maintaining Proper Boundaries” course is not available for NBCC credit.