16 J. Health Care L. & Pol'y 353 (2013)
Characteristics of Health Professionals in a Mandated Ethics Tutorial after Violating Sexual Boundaries with Patients

handle is hein.journals/hclwpo16 and id is 361 raw text is: CHARACTERISTICS OF HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS IN A MANDATED
ETHICS TUTORIAL AFTER
VIOLATING SEXUAL BOUNDARIES
WITH PATIENTS
S. MICHAEL PLAUT, PHD
JANET KLEIN BROWN, JD, MSW
MIRA BRANCU, PHD
REBECCA C. WILBUR, MA
KATHERINE RIos, BA*
I. INTRODUCTION
Most, if not all, health professions have ethical standards regarding sexual
boundaries between providers and clients or patients.' Such standards may also be
Copyright 0 2013 by S. Michael Plaut, Janet Klein Brown, Mira Brancu, Rebecca C. Wilbur, and
Katherine Rios.
* S. Michael Plaut is Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina
Wilmington (UNCW) and was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Student
Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine when the study began. Janet Klein Brown is
Assistant Attorney General, Health Occupations Prosecution and Litigation Division, State of Maryland
and Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Mira Brancu is a
Research and Clinical Psychologist at the Durham (NC) VA Medical Center and Assistant Professor in
the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Rebecca C. Wilbur is a Doctoral Candidate in Psychology at Pacific University. Katherine Rios is a
recent graduate of UNCW, with Honors in Psychology. Dr. Plaut may be reached at
smplaut@gmail.com.
Previous versions of this paper were presented at annual meetings of the Society for Sex Therapy and
Research, Palm Beach, FL, March 2011 and Chicago, IL, March 2012. It was also presented at the
Attorney Certification Seminar, Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB), Atlantic
Beach, FL, October 2012, and at the FARB Forum, San Diego, CA, January 2013.
The authors are indebted to Alex Kelsey Gibson and Taylor Dickinson for their assistance with data
collation and analysis, and to Christopher B. Anderson, Ann McCullough, Victoria H. Pepper, Judith M.
Plaut, Dawn L. Rubin, and Daniel N. Watter, for their assistance in the preparation of the manuscript.

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