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Navigating the Gray: Ethical Practice

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This course is FREE for ALL members of SpeechTherapyPD.com, unlimited memberships start at $89/year: Become a Member

Presenter:  Laurel Kirby, Ms CCC-SLP
Rehabilitation professionals are dedicated to working with human beings in complex academic and medical settings, which naturally results in conflicting priorities, unclear boundaries and overlapping relationships. In order to serve client populations well, and to maintain ethical integrity, the rehab professional must be able to recognize, navigate and mitigate ethical dilemmas to the best of their ability. This 2-hour course provides practical information for making ethical decisions while providing rehabilitation services to clients of all ages in academic and medical settings.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Find resources for ethical decision-making, in general and specific to areas of practice
  • Describe a model for ethical decision-making
  • Apply a model for ethical decision-making to various case studies
About Laurel: Laurel has 9 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, working in inpatient, outpatient, community reintegration and skilled nursing. Currently, Laurel treats adolescents and adults in an outpatient rehabilitation clinic in Portland, Oregon, where she specializes in providing cognitive-communication rehabilitation to patients with mild TBI, including concussion. She also specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Laurel has led the development of the Portland area Providence Concussion Management Program and is an adjunct professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at Portland State University. She is currently the board president for Brain Injury Connections Northwest, a local non-profit that supports those affected by acquired brain injury.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)

Course Timeline: 
15 minutes: Definitions and descriptions of ethics
30 minutes:  Discipline-specific resources for ethical decision-making
15 minutes:  Ethical decision-making model
60 minutes:  Application of model to case studies 

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Laurel Kirby is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exits. 

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