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Ethical Considerations in Speech-Language Pathology


Ethics for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Laura More, MSW, LCSW; Edie Deane, MS-CCC, CCM; Lisa Fuellemann, MS, CCC-SLP

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathology CEUs

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Ethics for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines ethical issues that SLPs and audiologists may encounter in clinical practice.

Ethical decision-making is based on awareness, intent, judgment, and behavior. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) or audiologist must be aware that an issue has ethical significance. Then a judgment must be made with the intent to make the ethically correct decision, and action taken. Ethics is about deliberate decisions made to benefit the people involved or to have the least harmful repercussions if a positive outcome is not possible.

SLPs and audiologists encounter ethical issues across the spectrum of practice settings, from pediatric treatment to care of elders in skilled nursing facilities. This course will present an overview of ethical issues that arise in speech-language pathology and audiology practice, including barriers to ethical thinking, evidence-based ethics, economics, discrimination, abuse, bullying in the workplace, boundaries, confidentiality, social media, and infection control. Updates on the Codes of Ethics are included and discussed.

Course #21-45 | 2021 | 41 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Define the terminology used in ethics discussions
2. Describe a barrier to ethical thinking
3. Define currency in relation to ethics
4. Identify three warning signs of child abuse, elder abuse, and intimate partner violence
5. Describe a cause of boundary violations in professional practice
6. List one change to the ASHA or AAA code of ethics relating to work with other professionals

ASHA CE Approved Provider
Introductory Level | 0.2 ASHA CEUs | ASHA credit is available until 11/30/2025. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the monthly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider (#AAUM5168). Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the month in which the course was completed.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Laura More, MSW, LCSWhas been a licensed clinical social worker for over 40 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings, including: rehabilitation, oncology, trauma, skilled nursing, education, and management. She founded Care2Learn, an online continuing education resource for post-acute healthcare professionals. She has co-authored psychology and nursing books as well as authoring hundreds of online courses. Laura is currently a healthcare author/editor of online continuing education courses, specializing in evidence-based research review. She is the recipient of the 2010 Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Financial: Laura More receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

Edie Deane, MS-CCC, is a creative leader who infuses all her work with an entrepreneurial spirit. Edie’s career spans healthcare areas from hands-on service to e-business. Her portfolio of experience includes:  leadership, strategic and business development as online education company Care2Learn’s founder/owner; operations, administration, and education/training in national rehabilitation companies; and development of an e-learning department in a prominent healthcare software company. Edie currently owns ED Consulting & Coaching, focused on services for the LTPAC ecosystem. 

Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Lisa D. Fuellemann, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with experience in the acute and long-term care settings. Her specialties include dysphagia and cognitive language disorders.

Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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