When striving for autonomy and the push for clinical beneficence clash, service providers need sound advice based on current best practice. Values, morals and professional codes related to a variety of challenging situations that occur in everyday practice will be examined and discussed. Participants will learn a comprehensive model of medical ethics and how this can be successfully applied to their practice in order to better manage complex cases. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1 Contact Hour.
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•Values, Morals and Ethics
•Medical Ethical Principles
•Relevant Professional Publications
•Support From Professional Bodies
Courses may be taken in sequence or individually.
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Paula Leslie, PhD, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP, is a professor and director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. She maintains full clinical licenses in the USA and UK where she is a Specialist Adviser to the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy in swallowing disorders. She provides support to researchers and provides continuing education from grassroots to international level and across the health professions on complex clinical decision making, ethics, and end of life decisions in vulnerable populations. Her honors include the Honors of the Association Southwestern Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association DiCarlo Clinical Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Clinical Achievement Award, and Fellow of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (UK).
Financial — Paula Leslie is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Paula Leslie has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion:
On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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"I liked the clear definitions and strong presentation of ethics as well as the examples provided for the clinical settings with values and bias." – W.M. (Apr. 2020)
"Reviewing personal differences and taking into consideration morals, values, and ethics was most beneficial. I found all of it very interesting and a good review for decision making." – S.S. (Mar. 2020)
"I found the inclusion of APTA and AOTA codes of ethics interesting. I believe that increased interdisciplinary information and communication will strengthen our work and our profession." – R.B. (Feb. 2020)
"The discussion of patient autonomy was most beneficial. I liked the involved discussion of ASHA code of ethics around patient refusal of thickened liquids." – A.B. (Jan. 2020)
"I appreciated the refresher on ethics and clinical documenting. It was brief and informative." – M.A.M. (Jan. 2020)
"The deeper look at discerning the differences/meanings of values, ethics, and morals was excellent. I like the reference to other disciplines and consulting/collaborating with another discipline as well as talking with patients to investigate their understanding/preferencdes." – K.T. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the cases and examples presented. The issue of autonomy comes up on a daily basis and is good to keep in mind as well as how we document patient/family education. We need to document the teach-back concept and how the patient then used the info to successfully perform goals." – J.E. (Nov. 2019)
"I found the discussions on how to implement best practices most beneficial. The presenter explained the material in a manner that was easy to understand." – W.C. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated her going over the code of ethics for decision making." – L.H. (Aug. 2019)
"The information on patients who refuse to comply with recommended Dysphagia diet textures of liquid consistencies was most beneficial. I liked the case studies." – M.H. (July 2019)
"I found the presenter's clinical examples and personal expressions regarding personal bias refreshing; she presented "real" feelings as many of us as therapists may encounter." – J.D. (July 2019)
"Going over autonomy, beneficence, and justice were most beneficial - helped with setting goals." – K.D. (June 2019)
"The discussion about support from all professional bodies was valuable." – D.C. (May 2019)
"I really appreciated the discussion on what Professional Code of Ethics is and it being internally defined! Paula Leslie does an excellent job unraveling the complication area of Ethics! I purchased and completed Ethics I & Ethics II, and will be getting Ethics III in the Summer of 2019. There was many resources to review and get an even better and more thorough understanding of the Professional Code of Ethics! Thank you so much for these workshops on-line!!! It was extremely educational and provided an excellent understanding of Professional Code of Ethics! It was Perfect! It was a fabulous workshop!" – L.F. (Mar. 2019)
"The explanation about how our own personal bias can impact our clinical decisions was helpful. I liked the relevancy of the material and timelessness of it as well." – T.S. (Feb. 2019)
"I loved all the information and how it broke things down. I think it was very informative. I liked how she gave examples in order to use the principles taught." – S.V. (Jan. 2019)
"I appreciated the realistic clinical examples that accompanied the discussion throughout the presentation. I found these examples most beneficial. I liked the explanation of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice." – K.I. (Dec. 2018)
"Openly communicating to patients and families about their wishes and reasons for doing and not doing things was most helpful. The course was very interesting and easy to listen to. I liked that it talked about being able to see things from many different perspectives." – C.W.C (Dec. 2018)
"The discussion of personal bias is important on a daily basis as it influences not only decision making but our relationship to the patient which is the most powerful part of treatment. I liked using real-world examples to demonstrate the concepts discussed and taught. The complexity of the issues appears more relevant given examples that reflect the realities of our practice." – J.V. (Nov. 2018)
"Entire presentation was excellent -- very thought-provoking on all levels. Completely relevant professionally and personally." – L.S. (Nov. 2018)
"Going over how important it is to document thoroughly and effectively in order to justify your clinical and professional decisions was most beneficial. I liked how the speaker illustrated her own personal biases and how those could negatively affect her clinical practice. I found this helpful in thinking critically about my own personal biases." – K.S. (Oct. 2018)
"I was extremely interested in the entire "medical ethical principles" section. It is great to know that I and my colleagues are following these principles and did not know it." – C.D. (Aug. 2018)
"I appreciated the clarification of medical legal terms versus values, morals, and ethics. Good examples showing application of the concepts that were taught." – J.W. (July 2018)
"Just a nice overview of ethic with my patients. I liked the ease of being able to take at my leisure." – J.M. (May 2018)
"It was very well structured with examples and reference to the ASHA Code of Ethics." – J.K. (Apr. 2018)
"I appreciated the discussion regarding differences in morals, values, and ethics." – R.C. (Dec. 2017)
"I enjoyed the scenario/case studies. The speaker was very pleasant." – S.B. (Oct. 2017)
"The explanation of the distinction among morals, values, and ethics. The presentation was well organized and clearly presented." – C.O. (Sept. 2017)
"I liked finding out that there are discussions about patients and how to best proceed with care addressing autonomy, values, ethics, etc." – A.F. (July 2017)
"The portion on medical ethical principles was most beneficial. I like that the course explained ways and systems in place for best outcome for patients and the protection on patients and clinicians." – D.S. (May 2017)
"I appreciated the discussion on bias, and I thought the course was more practical and interesting than Ethics 1." – V.B. (Mar. 2017)
"I enjoyed understanding bias and how to document education. I liked the easy format and speaker's accent." – J.P.B. (Jan. 2017)
"I thought the presenter did a great job explaining her personal examples of bias and how they impacted her practice. She showed how to reflect on our own bias and how to not let it prevent us from providing ethical treatment for our patients. I thought the thorough explanation of medical ethical principles was most valuable. I have been exposed to these terms but it was helpful to have them explained and broken down in a functional way." – M.J. (Jan. 2017)
"The specific ASHA links for Ethical decision making issues was very helpful. I liked that the course makes me think and reflect on how I practice daily... and a good reminder. While I do not breakdown what I do in all the 'technical terms,' I practice them all and consider them all with every patient I see." – S.W. (Dec. 2016)
"I particularly value learning the medical ethics components and how using this supports my decision-making. I liked the teacher's style of teaching - including specific examples of real-life situation encounters." – K.W. (Dec. 2016)
"I like the case studies that were explained and analyzed how they apply to the code of ethics." – J.S. (Dec. 2016)
"All of it was beneficial! I liked the real world examples, as well as questions to ask of yourself with respect to clinical practice and morals/values." – R.P.M. (Nov. 2016)
"This was my first attempt to do CEUs via computer. I got more than my money's worth by doing this." – K.A. (Nov. 2016)
"I found the review and application of the basic principles of medical ethics for improved communication between patients and caregivers of other disciplines very useful." – C.W. (Sept. 2016)
"The concept of autonomy was most helpful." – T.T. (Aug. 2016)
"I appreciated the discussion of documentation suggestions." – K.L. (Aug. 2016)
"I like that it includes the importance of documentation as relates to ethics." – S.D. (July 2016)
"I especially enjoyed the discussion on personal bias effecting patient care." – M.K. (July 2016)
"All components were beneficial actually. I liked the practicality of the course, too." – V.K. (June 2016)
"The examples of how to document different scenarios in SOAP notes was really helpful." – C.E. (June 2016)
"Understanding self bias was the most impactful takeaway for me, but I liked the entire course." – M.V. (June 2016)
"I appreciated the medical ethical principles." – L.M. (June 2016)
"Really great information and I appreciate her straight-forward presentation of the information as well as case study examples. Her style of presentation was refreshing. I enjoyed this course very much." – C.Q. (Apr. 2016)
"Great job helping to break down the difference between the areas in a way that is clear and easy to recall." – N.S. (Mar. 2016)