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Ethical Considerations in Speech-Language Pathology

Connie Porcaro, PhD, CCC-SLP

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathology CEUs

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Audio

Course Abstract

Ethical Considerations in Speech-Language Pathology is a 1-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that examines ethical issues that SLPs may encounter in clinical practice.

Participants will review the types of mistakes made and the importance of honesty and rule-following in practice. The course highlights the differentiation between ‘Principles of Ethics’ and the ‘Rule of Ethics’ and discusses the four general principles of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Code of Ethics.

Participants will look at the ethical responsibilities they have to themselves, colleagues, students, and clients as they consider their role in clinical practice (including tele-practice), research, and supervision. The course further discusses the link between research and ethical clinical practice, highlighting criteria that may help the clinician distinguish between scientific and pseudoscientific treatment claims.

The course gives an overview of the factors that may drive dishonest or unethical behavior and describes how to use the Consensus Model for decision making. Finally, the participant is given the opportunity to apply their learning as they review case studies, ponder possible solutions to the ethical dilemmas presented, and review answers to common questions regarding the case.

Course #11-41 | 2021 | 53m audio + 40p handout | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List the four principles of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Code of Ethics
2. Define three challenges to ethical behavior encountered in clinical practice, research, or supervision
3. List four potential reasons for making unethical choices
4. Describe the Consensus Model for Decision Making, as it can be used when faced with ethical dilemmas

ASHA CE Approved Provider
Introductory Level | 0.1 ASHA CEU | ASHA credit is available until 04/30/2026. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the monthly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider (#AAUM5171). 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 audio course provides instant access to the mp3 audio file, the course handout, and the CE test. The CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while listening to the course presentation).

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)

Connie Porcaro, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. She has worked in all settings of the field, including educational, medical, and university settings and has supervised hundreds of students and clinical fellows. Past positions included serving as a full-time university clinic supervisor and clinic director at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Porcaro has presented dozens of state and national level workshops on supervision and has published on supervision theory and practice. Dr. Porcaro was a teaching assistant for a doctoral course entitled, " Survival Skills and Ethics". She received fudning from the University of Pittsburgh to attend the 14th Annual Training the Trainers Survival Skills and Ethics Conference. Dr. Porcaro served a two-year term as Chair of the Ethical Practice Committee for the Arizona Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Porcaro currently teaches a course for graduate students on the topic of supervision that includes hands-on practice of self-supervision.


Financial: Connie Porcaro receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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