Assent vs. Consent

Description: This on-demand webinar is designed to provide the interdisciplinary team member with hands-on training to identify and address the ethical concerns that can arise when trying to obtain assent from a patient who cannot give full consent. This training will also highlight negotiation skills and techniques that can be used when trying to obtain assent from patients.

Instructor: Preya S. Tarsney, JD, Bioethicist, Donnelley Ethics Program Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Lecturer, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Faculty Lecturer, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago.

Audience:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists

Objectives Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical and practical differences between obtaining assent vs. consent from patients
  • Summarize the ethical concerns that arise when trying to obtain assent from a patient who cannot give full consent
  • Discuss negotiation skills and techniques that can be effective to obtain assent

Successful Completion: After viewing the 1 hour pre-recorded webinar, you will complete a course evaluation and take a short assessment. You may download copies of your certificate from the Academy Learning Portal.

You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits


Occupational Therapy
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1.0 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Client Factors
Physical Therapy
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

 Speech-Language Pathology

 This course is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Financial -  Receives an honoraria from  the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-Financial -  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.



Online Learning Nurses Occupational Therapists Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists