Ethical Considerations for Specialty Certifications

Speaker Bio:

Derick D. Deweber, PhD, CCC-SLP, received his Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University in 2003, and his PhD in Psycholinguistics from the University of Oklahoma in 2015.  Dr. Deweber has over 16 years of clinical and research experience.  Dr. Deweber has worked in a variety of health and education settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, home health, university, and he has owned his own outpatient clinic.   He is currently employed by INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation as a Rehabilitation Development Consultant.

Course Description:

This three-hour course introduces learners to an ethical decision-making framework to help them determine if earning a specialty certification provides them with the appropriate knowledge and skills required to promote and practice specific clinical skills within the scope of their professional license and discipline specific practice act.  The course will examine specialty certifications obtained by rehabilitation professionals as well as guidance from state and national associations.   The course content will be discussed in relation to the APTA Guide for Professional Conduct and the APTA Code of Ethics, the AOTA code of Ethics, and the Code of Ethics of ASHA.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

1.  Summarize multiple ethical decision-making models that can be used to inform clinical decision making.

2.  Identify ethical considerations related to obtaining and practicing specific specialty certifications.

3.  Connect ethics framework with clinical decision making as it relates to the rules and expectations set forth by governing practice bodies.

Time Ordered Agenda:

5 minutes Introduction of speaker

10 minutes Introduction of topic

45 minutes Review of  APTA Guide for Professional Conduct and the APTA Code of Ethics, AOTA Code of Ethics, and the Code of Ethics of ASHA

40 minutes    Review of Ethical decision making models

40 minutes    Review of currently available certifications and minimal practice requirements

30 minutes     Case study

15 minutes    Post course quiz