Boundaries and Sexual Abuse

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FAQs: Relationships & Boundaries

  • I don’t understand why PTs can’t date their patients. If we’re all consenting adults then what’s the big deal?

  • What should I do if I suspect one of my co-workers is dating one of his or her patients?

  • I know I cannot date a current patient, but what if a former patient asks me out?

  • One of my patients is very flirtatious. I think she likes me. What should I do?

  • A PT student on a placement with me has been regularly having coffee with one of the patients. What should I do?

  • How should I explain the mandatory reporting requirement to a patient who has been abused?

  • What happens to the mandatory report after it is made to the College?

  • I see patients for years and sometimes get invited to attend birthday parties and other events. If professional boundaries are maintained, are there any other ethical issues I should consider?

  • Can I accept a gift from a patient?