Presenter: Paula Leslie, PhD, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP
When striving for autonomy and the push for clinical beneficence clash, service providers need sound advice based on current best practice. This course will examine and discuss values, morals and professional codes related to a variety of challenging situations that occur in everyday practice. 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. Course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 Contact Hour.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:11:05
– J.N., prior course participant
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. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I liked exploring the individual ethics questions and range of options. The presenter was straightforward and maintained my interest." T.R. (Sep. 2023)
"The definitions of values, morals, and ethics was beneficial. I liked the case studies." M.C. (Sep. 2023)
"The discussion on cores of medical ethics was helpful." H.W. (Sep. 2023)
"Documentation suggestions were beneficial. I liked the personal bias section and presenter's stories." G.F. (Aug. 2023)
"Learning how best to document sessions with clients. Lovely to listen to this speaker." T.O. (Aug. 2023)
"The topics of Bias and Patient Autonomy were helpful. I liked the discussion that treatment interventions should not be top-down dictated by SLP, rather options should always be explored between pt/caregiver and SLP." J.M. (Aug. 2023)
"I was extremely impressed and grateful about the fact that the patient's input was a large focus of this presentation. I really appreciated the thorough manner in which this information was explained." M.K. (Aug. 2023)
"Excellent. I liked the speaker's style, rate of presentation and handouts." J.Z. (Aug. 2023)
"Importance of elaborating on teach-back to support clinical decision-making was beneficial. I liked that the course covered ethics criteria." A.D. (Jul. 2023)
"Talking about how to document properly was beneficial." A.M. (Jul. 2023)
"This serious material was presented in a kind, even-handed manner." J.A. (Jul. 2023)
"I found it helpful to sort out the differences between values, morals and ethics. I agree that it is necessary to understand that you have biases and need to understand when and how they may impact your treatment delivery." S.P. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked the discussion of autonomy, beneficence, justice, and maleficence. The suggestion to consider use of these terms in documentation was interesting. I need the practice to do that accurately and effectively." S.P. (Jul. 2023)
"Discussing the distinction between values, morals, and ethics was beneficial." M.G. (Jun. 2023)
"I really liked the specific definition of terms. I thought this course was concise, relevant, and to the point." A.J. (Jun. 2023)
"The topic on unmotivated patients was beneficial. I liked the video presentation and appropriate handouts." K.M. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the discussion of bias." C.S. (Jun. 2023)
"Autonomy discussion was beneficial. I liked the presentation of relevant cases." N.H. (May 2023)
"Discussion of documentation and its importance! I liked the specific examples." M.C. (Mar. 2023)
"This course had detailed explanations and examples. I liked the practical application, critical thinking, decision making, and metacognitive aspect of learning." L.M. (Mar. 2023)
"This helped me reframe some of the language I use in documentation, especially eliminating "appeared to be" altogether and only reporting on actions and statements. Ex. I might typically say, "patient appeared agitated as evidenced by throwing a book across the room," and instead, just state what happened, "patient threw a book across the room and spoke in an elevated volume." I liked the digestible concepts." K.D. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked that this course discussed some specific scenarios and what to do/say." B.D. (Mar. 2023)
"Direct and concise course. Defining the difference between values, ethics, and morals and highlighting personal bias was beneficial." A.Z. (Mar. 2023)
"The presenter used realistic and reliable examples. I liked learning about personal bias." L.W. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the clarity of information and discussion of personal bias." E.G. (Feb. 2023)
"Course was a nice and brief review of what ethics is. The “how” of clinical notes was a very good reminder." C.M. (Feb. 2023)
"Easy to follow slides and clear definitions of values, morals, and ethics. I liked the examples given of patient's beliefs and values that might be different from SLP's." N.O. (Feb. 2023)
"Mention of use of existing patient preferences in decision making. Inclusion of general scope of practices." L.L. (Feb. 2023)
"Clear and concise content. Learning about bias was helpful." R.M. (Feb. 2023)
"Understanding that it's imperative to understand the role of ethics, morals and values while treating the patient as a whole, and providing evidence based intervention, while respecting patient wishes and practicing justice in the system. Liked that I can go at my own pace and not feel rushed with the test!" A.E. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the review of Values, Morals and the subsets of Code of Ethics. And the examples given." D.L. (Jan. 2023)
"I deal with these issues discussed often. I liked the ease of taking this course from home." S.K. (Jan. 2023)
"Thorough course. Ethical presentations always bring up scenarios for a clinician that are thought provoking." K.W. (Dec. 2022)
"Speaker was knowledgeable and easy to listen to. Understanding the patient perspective." M.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Short, to the point, good information. Discussing noncompliance with the patient was beneficial. I liked the opportunity to be thoughtful about these issues. I am grateful to the speaker for the research she had to do to put this course together." M.G. (Dec. 2022)
"Emphasizing the importance of listening to patients, and "meeting them where they are". I liked the discussion of personal bias, and how that can affect one's perception of an individual." S.F. (Dec. 2022)
"This whole course was a nice refresher on ethics. I liked the ease of access of the course." C.B. (Dec. 2022)
"Real-life clinical scenarios - liked the discussion of autonomy, non-maleficence, justice." S.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Very detailed and thorough course. I liked the discussion of patient autonomy and beneficence." C.G. (Dec. 2022)
"I found it interesting the discussion of personal values and biases and the need to recognize those in my own practice." B.D. (Nov. 2022)
"I enjoyed the discussion regarding personal bias, as well as the presenter's illustration of ethical issues through case studies. Easy to follow and good use of examples." K.B. (Nov. 2022)
"The course was easy to listen to." M.D. (Nov. 2022)
"Good overview of ethical issues." H.B. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the examples of ethical decision-making and the information on Medical Ethics. The presenter used inflection, maintained the flow of the presentation, and gave personal examples." L.S. (Nov. 2022)
"Broad and specific examples." S.M. (Nov. 2022)
"This was a good review of medical ethics. I enjoyed the instructor's personal experience, examples and case studies." A.O. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the convenience and cost." J.G. (Oct. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." M.L. (Oct. 2022)
"The definitions and differentiation of values, morals, and ethics were good topics. The course was clear and concise." H.K. (Sept. 2022)
"This class was great! Navigating how ethics can influence choices in treatment - it is not something that was available to me as a practicing clinician. I really enjoyed the content and the way the instructor presented it." K.C. (Sept. 2022)
"Presenter was clear and natural in her presentation." I.K. (Aug. 2022)
"Liked the concise nature. Good overall coverage of the topic." D.R. (Aug. 2022)
"The slides were clear and helpful. Liked hearing about Justice and how other disciplines describe specifics in this - i.e., PT, OT." M.S. (Aug. 2022)
"The importance of patient autonomy - I always enjoy Paula Leslie's presentations - she is such a good presenter." J.S. (July 2022)
"Direct and informative. The discussion on values was interesting." J.G. (July 2022)
"Specific examples of beneficence and how to avoid harm by lack of action. Good case examples, along with the use of not just ASHA, but also AOTA and APTA codes of ethics and Medical Ethics." K.C (July 2022)
"Liked the skilled nursing dilemmas in swallowing. Use of experience in teaching." K.C (July 2022)
"Dr. Leslie was very easy to listen to. Very clear in her explanations." J.G (July 2022)
"I liked the discussion regarding unmotivated clients, and values and personal bias. Clear information and good examples to make you think and evaluate your own personal biases and values." T.K. (June 2022)
"I liked the discussion of values vs morals vs ethics, and the conversational nature of the course with many examples." L.A. (June 2022)
"I liked discussion on medical ethics. The course was concise and easy to apply to daily practice." J.C. (June 2022)
"I enjoyed the real-life examples of ethical dilemmas that allowed the listener to go through critical thinking of how different situations may be best resolved. I enjoyed the interdisciplinary content in this course looking at the ethics in several organizations (e.g., ASHA, AOTA)." J.C. (June 2022)
"The course was straightforward and clear." L.G. (June 2022)
"Clear and easy to follow with reasonable/relatable examples." M.B. (June 2022)
"The presenter offered information in a clear manner. The handout and resources were helpful." D.G. (June 2022)
"This course helped to remind me that our code of ethics is not there to hurt us or scare us but to help and support us. We can refer to it when we have questions or concerns and it can defend or justify our course of action in treating our patients." A.H. (May 2022)
"I liked that course discussed real life situations, and that it was self-paced." R.R. (May 2022)
"I liked the order of the issues. The presenter was nice and thorough and efficient." A.A. (Apr. 2022)
"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. 2022)
"The complex interaction between our own clinical and personal biases, general principles of ethics, and professional ethical codes were good. I liked the simple definitions of ethics vs. morals vs. values. Also liked the cases studies - MORE!" C.J. (Apr. 2022)
"It was beneficial understanding the difference between values, morals and bias in relationship to working with clients who may come with differing beliefs or culture. Dr. Leslie speaks very clearly and concisely, making her very easy to listen to. Her wealth of knowledge and love of our profession was also very apparent. I liked everything about the course." J.N. (Mar. 2022)
“I enjoyed the speakers clear, well-paced, style of presentation.” D.B. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the case scenarios that she presented and how she worked through what her role was." S.B. (Jan. 2022)
"I loved the presenter. She had a very nice way of explaining the content." C.C. (Jan. 2022)
"Great info and course was easy to navigate." C.M. (Jan. 2022)
"Considering what my values and bias might be and how I will need to consider how it effects my treatment and treatment plan considerations based on the client and family needs." S.B. (Jan. 2022)
"The entire presentation was clearly explained." C.R. (Jan. 2022)
"Understanding personal bias and how it impacts decision making regarding service delivery." S.S. (Dec. 2021)
"The discussion about the 4 principles. Helps you understand how to respond appropriately to various patients." B.P. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the personal perspectives and examples provided by the presenter." C.B. (Dec. 2021)
"The sections focused on values versus morals and the personal bias portions will benefit my daily practice. I also was encouraged what she had to say about keeping accurate records." H.M. (Nov. 2021)
"The course was an excellent review and reminder and it was easy to access." M.K. (Oct. 2021)
"The documentation of education for patients provided and how to word it was helpful." C.M. (Oct. 2021)
"The entire course was useful. I liked the flexibility - ability to complete course at my own pace." E.N. (Sept. 2021)
"The presenters presentation was well paced, informative, and easy to understand." B.K. (Sept. 2021)
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.
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