PROBE: Ethics & Boundaries Program – Canada

A Non-Profit Program for All Canadian Healthcare Professionals

THE PROBE PROGRAM: PROFESSIONAL/PROBLEM-BASED ETHICS – Canada

PROBE Canada is an ethics and boundaries course specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Canadian healthcare professionals. Like its US counterpart, PROBE Canada (Professional, Problem-Based Ethics) is a non-adversarial ethics and boundaries program for all healthcare professionals – not just physicians.

Intensive small group sessions target participants’ unprofessional or unethical behavior, such as:

  • Misrepresentations
  • Boundary crossings
  • Financial improprieties, and other lapses

Discussions and case analyses facilitate participant “probing” into why they went astray and recommitting to professional ideals.

This course is designed to fulfill regulatory college or credentialing requirements for remedial education. To date, participants have come from seven Canadian provinces and have included dental professionals, pharmacists, physiotherapists, physicians, trainees and others.

What You Need to Know

Where is PROBE Canada offered?

The PROBE Canada program is offered in Toronto, ON, and Vancouver, BC at different times throughout the year. In the U.S., PROBE is offered in Denver, CO, Raleigh, NC, Newark, NJ, and Boston, MA. Please Click Here for a complete list of available sessions. A list of upcoming courses is at the bottom of this page.

When is PROBE offered?

There will be 5 PROBE Canada sessions offered in 2017. Please Click Here for a complete list of available sessions. A list of upcoming courses is at the bottom of this page.

How do I enroll in PROBE?

Enrolling in PROBE is easy. Simply Click Here to access the registration page.

What do past participants say about PROBE?

“The faculty were excellent. They… were very educated about the material they presented.  I didn’t feel judged or embarrassed about why I was here.”

“The faculty… allowed us to express ourselves, helped us to find words, never were condescending or judgmental, always were clear and concise and easy to understand and follow.”

“The course offers an excellent framework in objectively assessing transgressions.”

“It gave me a chance to appreciate my regulatory body’s/society’s perspective.”

Who is eligible for PROBE?

PROBE is open to all healthcare professionals and trainees. This includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and dental assistants, physical therapists, chiropractors, medical students, residents and others. Every session is multi-disciplinary and are never restricted to one specialty or degree.

What’s the cost?

$2,095 US plus HST 13% – For doctoral level training or an advanced or independent practice clinician, such as: Physician, Dentist, Chiropractor, Doctor of Pharmacy, Veterinarian, Chiropodist, Advanced Practice Nurse, Psychologist, and any other healthcare professional with doctoral level training (e.g., Ph.D.)

$1,795 US plus HST 13% – Nurse (RN, LPN), physiotherapist, registered pharmacist, allied health professional, student, and resident

If you have any questions regarding which tier to select, please contact CPEP education professional at
(303) 577 – 3232 or email info@cpepdoc.org.

Are PROBE proceedings confidential?

Participation in PROBE is confidential. CPEP does not discuss a participant with any parties except those for whom a participant-signed release is on file. Note: Most licensing boards or credentialing bodies will require participants to sign a release.

While sharing and addressing confidential information among participants and faculty during the PROBE sessions is essential to the success of the Program, any acknowledgment or discussion of confidential information outside of the meeting room is explicitly prohibited by mutual agreement at the outset of the session.

What types of violations or infractions are addressed by PROBE?

Participants are referred for a variety of types of ethics violations or unprofessional conduct. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Boundary violations in the practice of health care including, but not limited to, sexual misconduct, drug diversion, and inappropriate use of social media
  • Misrepresentation or falsification of credentials
  • Financial irregularities
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Civil or criminal violations
  • Failure to adequately inform patients in obtaining consent
  • Medical record-keeping deficiencies

What to expect after enrollment?

  • After your initial registration, you will receive a confirmation of enrollment within 24 – 48 hours
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the start of the seminar, you will receive an e-mail with a link to the syllabus, which must be read prior to the seminar start date
  • The e-mail will also contain links to two assignments that must be completed in advance of the seminar
  • The seminar itself begins with a two-hour evening session, followed by a full day, then a final half-day session
  • A post-session final essay is due two weeks following attendance at the program.  An exact due date will be provided

What are the possible outcomes?

There are three possible outcomes for participants in the PROBE program:

  1. Unconditional Pass: Participant has demonstrated the ability to think ethically about their reasons for referral
  2. Conditional Pass: Participant has largely demonstrated the ability to think ethically about their reasons for referral, but the faculty believe there are still certain areas that could benefit from additional work.
  3. Fail: Participant has not demonstrated the ability to think ethically about their reasons for referral

Note: Many licensing boards and credentialing bodies will require a grade of Unconditional Pass in order to fulfill the requirements of their orders.

Additional Resources

PROBE Plus

PROBE Plus is a personalized follow-up module to the PROBE Program. PROBE Plus offers a year of continuing interaction between a PROBE participant and a PROBE faculty member. PROBE Plus provides an option for any referring entity that determines a longitudinal follow-up to the PROBE Program is appropriate for license or privilege reinstatement.

What You Need to Know

Who qualifies?

US and Canadian PROBE Program participants who earned either an unconditionally or conditionally passing grade qualify for PROBE Plus. While participants who failed the PROBE Program do not automatically qualify, they may qualify if they repeat the PROBE Program and earn an unconditionally or conditionally passing grade the second time.

What is the process and timeline?

Upon enrollment, the participant will receive materials describing the year’s activities and expectations. The participant and the assigned faculty mentor will establish the dates for three scheduled conference calls over the course of the year.

  1. Call number one: The participant and the mentor develop a work plan with specific goals to be accomplished over the course of the year, including the method and frequency of their ongoing communications (usually via email).
  2. Call number two (at six months): The participant and mentor review completed written work to date and adjust the plan for the remainder of the year if needed. The mentor will prepare a brief interim report for the referring entity.
  3. Call number three (at 12 months): The participant and mentor discuss the participant’s progress over the course of the full year’s work, with special attention paid to attainment of the goals established at the outset and the original reason for referral to ProBE.

The faculty mentor will then prepare a written report that evaluates and assesses the participant’s overall level of success in meeting their goals and applying what they have learned to their daily practice. The report will provide a final grade of either pass or fail.

What’s the cost?

The fee for PROBE Plus is $950.

What do past participants say about PROBE?

“The faculty were excellent. They… were very educated about the material they presented.  I didn’t feel judged or embarrassed about why I was here.”

“The faculty… allowed us to express ourselves, helped us to find words, never were condescending or judgmental, always were clear and concise and easy to understand and follow.”

“The course offers an excellent framework in objectively assessing transgressions.”

“It gave me a chance to appreciate my regulatory body’s/society’s perspective.”

How do I enroll in PROBE Plus?

Enrolling in PROBE Plus is easy, but is done separately from the PROBE seminar registration. Simply Click Here to access the PROBE Plus registration page, or call 303-577-3232 and speak with one of our education professionals.