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Introduction to Ethical Decision Making in Speech-Language Pathology

Author: Helen Sharp

CEUs offered: 0.2

CEEs offered: 2

Introductory Level; Professional Area

Activity Description

This course will introduce the core concepts and principles of biomedical ethics and apply these to the practice of speech-language pathology. Case examples will be used to illustrate the application of the principles of ethical decision making across practice settings with practical solutions and using cases to develop preventative steps in various settings.

Activity Audience

This course is for Speech-Language Pathologists.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Discuss an approach to resolving ethical questions in practice with focus on the concept of shared decision-making.
  • Define and describe the core principles of bioethics that define and guide clinical practice in any health-related field.
  • Define informed consent, informed refusal, clinical decision-making capacity, and legal competence.
  • Describe how these principles and issues apply to the practice of speech-language pathology and the role of the speech-language pathologist as a member of the decision-making team, particularly for individuals with communication disorders.
  • Discuss approaches to decision making when the individual lacks decision-making capacity including the application and limitations of advance directives and decision-making for children.

Author Biography

Helen Sharp, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, earned a bachelor of science in human kinetics at the University of Guelph in Ontario. She completed her masters in speech pathology at the University of Pittsburgh with a primary interest in cleft lip and palate. She worked at Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California and became interested in biomedical ethics. She pursued this interest by attending a fellowship program in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago. Helen then completed her Ph.D. in speech and hearing science at the University of Iowa. She is currently associate professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she teaches ethics and counseling, cleft palate, and introduction to communication sciences and disorders. Helen's research interests blend her clinical experience in cleft palate, head and neck cancer, acute care, and pediatric rehabilitation with her training in bioethics. She is interested in how patients (clients) define quality of life and how patients and clinicians approach the process of shared decision-making, for example, decisions related to tube feeding for patients with dysphagia.

Helen has published research, scholarly articles, and book chapters together with national and international presentations related to the application of bioethics to the field of speech-language pathology.

Helen Sharp, Introduction to Ethical Decision Making in Speech-Language Pathology, employed by Western Michigan University


Financial - Helen Sharp received a stipend from LinguiSystems, Inc. for writing Introduction to Ethical Decision Making in Speech-Language Pathology.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

LinguiSystems, Inc., publisher of products for SLPs, funded this self-study online course, Ethical Decision Making in Speech-Language Pathology, in its entirety.

Certified members of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with LinguiSystems, Inc.  One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE.  All CASLPA members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.  CASLPA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.