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SLP Course Details

Course # 5021
Legal and Ethical Implications of Professional Practice: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Related; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

With renewed interest in ethical decision making and with mandates imposed by states and professional associations to acquire continuing education in the area of ethics, the need has arisen to provide practitioners with practical information regarding ethics education. This course utilizes scenarios and hit songs to illustrate the ethical decision making process as it relates to professional practice, with special emphasis on delineating differences between those violations that represent code of ethics issues, those that represent legal infractions, and those that involve elements of both legal and ethical problems.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on July 19, 2011


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to differentiate similarities and differences between legal tenets and ethical principles.
  • After this course, participants will be able to analyze situations that constitute potential legal and/or ethical violations as they relate to professional associations and state licensing statutes.
  • After this course, participants will be able to delineate the key elements for resolution of dilemmas.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Background on legal and ethical principles
10-20 Minutes Overview of federal reporting requirements and data relative to SLPs and audiologists
20-55 Minutes Analysis and decision-making relative to SLP and audiology ethical and legal scenarios
55-60 Minutes Summary/questions and answers

Average Rating

(757 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 757 reviews

Review by: Morgan on April 18, 2015
The course gave specific examples, which I liked.
Review by: Joy on April 16, 2015
The examples were interesting and made the material easier to understand.
Review by: Dana on April 13, 2015
Great examples to demonstrate principles!
Review by: Claudia on April 13, 2015
Practical application in the use of Code of Ethics
Review by: Daniela on April 12, 2015
The course is very interesting, and it has a lot of examples.
Review by: Anna on April 12, 2015
Clear and detailed information.
Review by: Valerie on April 10, 2015
clear and informative. great examples
Review by: Michele on April 7, 2015
increases awareness to have more ethical and legal thinking during everyday work situations
Review by: Ashanty on March 27, 2015
Very informative and provided us with lots of good examples and explanations.
Review by: Julie on March 26, 2015
Information was presented in an interesting way.
Review by: Whitney on March 24, 2015
More interesting and easier to recall information with the song titles!
Review by: Debra on March 15, 2015
Well organized; very engaging and informative
Review by: Beth on March 14, 2015
The speakers had credentials to back up the presentation. They incorporated a number of situations to consider.
Review by: Vanessa on March 11, 2015
I really enjoyed the examples they discussed at hand
Review by: Sabrina on March 8, 2015
I enjoyed discussing examples provided during presentation,
Review by: Anna on March 5, 2015
It was well organized and provided pertinent information regarding several types of scenarios to assist in determining legal, illegal and ethical actions/practices.
Review by: Angela on March 2, 2015
I liked the case studies to work through.
Review by: Leah on February 25, 2015
examples and breakdown of info
Review by: Amy on February 24, 2015
The information was provided in a clear and concise manner. The examples were helpful.
Review by: Jennifer on February 24, 2015
it was very informational and interesting.
Review by: Aime on February 17, 2015
Extremely informative. The scenarios were a great asset to the presentation.
Review by: Janis on February 14, 2015
It reminded me of the different illegal and unethical practices and ramifications. Also , it explained the consequences according to severity and frequency of occurance. By explaining the different variations of legality and morality it helped define different situations. Mostly, we get very busy sometimes and may forget certain things that could end of hurting patient and practitioner. It was a good reminder and provided a lot of new information and perspective. The examples and discussions were interesting.
Review by: Selina on February 5, 2015
I could do it at my leisure, at home.
Review by: Ana on February 5, 2015
Clear and real world examples as well as opportunity for audience participation
Review by: Alisha on February 5, 2015
great examples and definition of key terms
Review by: Diana on February 4, 2015
The information was valuable and the scenarios were thought provoking.
Review by: Dianne on January 30, 2015
The scenarios provided the audience the opportunity to apply the information that was presented in the first half of the presentation.
Review by: Tamara on January 30, 2015
More specific examples that were not so obvious would have been helpful.
Review by: Jessica on January 30, 2015
informative and well organized
Review by: Sara on January 29, 2015
Good pace, nice examples
Review by: Lori on January 29, 2015
Presenters provided great current/real world examples which challenged ethical decision making in response to the new "social networking" age.
Review by: Gina on January 28, 2015
Nice pace, great examples
Review by: Amir on January 27, 2015
The organization and content of the presentation, as well as the discussions raised.
Review by: Lynn on January 22, 2015
presentation of case studies
Review by: cynthia on January 20, 2015
presentors were knowledgeable
Review by: Sandra on January 16, 2015
Well-presented, organized, thorough information.
Review by: yvette on January 14, 2015
case scenarios were helpful
Review by: Glenda on January 12, 2015
Timely examples that reflect real world issues related to new technology.....including Telehealth practice and Facebook.
Review by: Marco on January 11, 2015
broad range of examples and scenarios provided
Review by: Sibyl on January 9, 2015
Several applicable examples to choose from.
Review by: Ashley on January 4, 2015
It was well organized and gave good example situations
Review by: Shirley on January 4, 2015
The knowledge of the presenters, examples provided and comprehensiveness of written materials.
Review by: Sophie on January 3, 2015
Good layout of material- song titles and examples made the course content more interesting.
Review by: Erin on January 2, 2015
Ethics isn't necessarily the most exciting topic to sit through but I really enjoyed how the speakers incorporated song titles and plenty of scenarios throughout the course that helped others interact.
Review by: Penny on December 31, 2014
The presented examples of situations were very helpful.
Review by: Laura on December 30, 2014
Material was presented clearly and succinctly
Review by: Ellen on December 29, 2014
the thought provoking presentation Good examples and scenarios tackled a tough topic
Review by: Andria on December 29, 2014
The content was very informative. The scenarios/discussion of each was interactive and allowed each person to consider individual situations and their views on them.
Review by: Danielle on December 28, 2014
they presented a situation then we had time to think about it prior to the answer being discussed
Review by: Marissa on December 28, 2014
examples and discussion of action
Review by: Roselia on December 27, 2014
The case scenarios used in the presentation were excellent.
Review by: Ellen on December 23, 2014
Many good examples of possible ethical violations.
Review by: Shannon on December 19, 2014
I really liked the division of audiology and speech. The presenters were organized, knowledgable, and engaging. Wished they could have used the music.
Review by: Julie on December 17, 2014
Discussion of case examples was helpful.
Review by: E. Frances on December 15, 2014
Concise and applicable...
Review by: Susan on December 13, 2014
Presenters knew their content.
Review by: Amy on December 12, 2014
I appreciated the real life examples of ethical situations.
Review by: Lisa on December 9, 2014
Presenters were both very good speakers, provided interesting examples
Review by: Sarah on December 8, 2014
It was informative and easy to follow.
Review by: Bridget on November 26, 2014
The course was very informative. Using examples/scenarios of different ethic/legal violations was very helpful.
Review by: Nancy on November 25, 2014
Review by: Melissa on November 23, 2014
The examples were relevant and the discussion regarding the violations, implications and sanctions helped solidify the concepts presented.
Review by: Gail on November 21, 2014
it really made me think about ethics in terms of everyday clinical experiences that we all face.
Review by: Julie on November 19, 2014
Great examples and nice variety in presentation.
Review by: Katherine on November 13, 2014
Addresses realistic aspects and different topics that may or may not be ethical issues and classifies the two.
Review by: Rachel on November 8, 2014
I enjoyed the case examples.
Review by: Lillian on November 4, 2014
Presentation of scenarios and explaination.
Review by: Julia on November 1, 2014
Great information about the data banks and scenarios.
Review by: Rosemary on October 30, 2014
The presenters provided great examples of legal and ethical situations during the presentation. The examples they used were of situations you may actually witness in daily practice. It helps to have a discussion to inform individuals of possible pitfalls in practice.
Review by: Susan on October 24, 2014
The video had many examples of violation examples and the suggested results.
Review by: Veronica on October 14, 2014
God information esp. with perspective. Good case examples.
Review by: Angela on October 11, 2014
I liked the reference to different songs when discussing specific ethical situations! That made the issues register in my mind easily and with a touch of humor. :)
Review by: Barbara on October 10, 2014
It was excellent to hear and review all the scenarios and info.
Review by: Linette on October 7, 2014
very informative. This course touch based on items that I was unaware of as for as reporting databases.
Review by: Linda on October 6, 2014
Case studies were a great way of giving examples.
Review by: Sanda on October 5, 2014
I always love when instructors provide case stories.
Review by: Adrianne on October 2, 2014
nice variety of examples shared
Review by: Chris on September 25, 2014
information was quite dry, but necessary. The examples helped.
Review by: Erin on September 24, 2014
good info and examples
Review by: Amelia on September 19, 2014
Review by: Anna on September 18, 2014
From this course, I learned that something can be ethical but immoral. That was eye opening to me. As was the realization that we each bring our own set of morals that may differ from one another, but is not necessarily unethical. I tend to hold myself and others to a very high standard that I am realizing is not necessarily part of the code of ethics. Thank you for this informative course.
Review by: Diana on September 15, 2014
I enjoyed the straight and forward manner of presenting the information on this gray area. The presenters gave great examples!
Review by: Evelyn on September 15, 2014
Great examples of real life scenarios. Interesting information about the Healthcare and Protection Data Bank

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Course Presenters

theresa rodgers

Theresa Rodgers, M.A., CCC-SLP

Theresa H. Rodgers, a speech-language pathologist and supervisor of special education, is currently Secretary of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB) and a member of the Louisiana licensure board.  She is an ASHA Fellow and a member of ASHA’s Continuing Education Board as well as the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council.  Theresa is a former Chair of ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification, is a former LSHA President, and former President of the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP).  She has presented numerous workshops and shortcourses on the national and state levels in the area of ethics.

glenn m waguespack

Glenn M. Waguespack, MS, CCC-A

Glenn M. Waguespack is a private practice audiologist and is also on the clinical faculty of the LSU Medical School.  He has served six terms on the Louisiana licensure board including six years as Chair, and is a former state association president.  He is a board member, the current Editor and a former president of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB).  Glenn is an ASHA Fellow, former Chair of ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation, and former Chair of ASHA’s Continuing Education Board.  He has presented numerous workshops and shortcourses in the area of ethics on the national and state levels. 

Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Related; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

Please Note: The exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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