Ethics for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

Ethics for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists 

Speech-language pathologists, assistants, and audiologists are often confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas. Their decisions, including the failure to make a decision, can have long-range effects, both professionally and personally, for providers, patients, healthcare entities, and for society as a whole. Why does one value win over another? What does the decision process involve? How do these decisions impact those involved? This module will address ethical and moral dilemmas, the decision-making process, and present multiple ethical case studies.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Relias LLC

Intermediate Level; Related Area Level

0.20 ASHA CEUs

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 2.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-ESLPA
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Distinguish between morals, ethics, and the law.
Explain how advance directives can guide ethical decision-making.
Describe the main theories and principles of healthcare ethics.
Describe methods that help resolve ethical situations.
Apply the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s principles of ethics.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Ethics Overview

Case Study

Ethical Theories

Ethical Core Values



Section 3: Ethics in Speech Therapy and Audiology

ASHA’s Code of Ethics

ASHA’s Principles of Ethics

Applying the Code of Ethics


Section 4: Law


Case Study: Josie

When It All Comes Together



Section 5: Ethics Within Various Populations and Settings

Consent in Patient-Centered Dysphagia Care

Ethics in Telepractice

Treating Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Schools

Cultural Competence



Section 6: Methods to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas


Consensus Model

Active Engagement Model


Integrating Theory into Education

Section 7: Conclusion


Course Contributors





Instructor: Tara Blizzard, M.A., CCC-SLP

Tara attended the University of Connecticut, where she received her B.A. in Communication Disorders and her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology. She currently works for Care First/ Aveanna Healthcare, providing speech and language evaluations and treatments to pediatric patients in the home environment. She also has extensive experience in the school setting and skilled nursing facilities.

Disclosure: Tara Blizzard, M.A., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L
Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently the lead occupational therapy writer for the Rehab team with Relias. Disclosure: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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