Ethical Decision-Making In Practice: Approaches and Tools

Description:  Ethical decision-making is a critical professional skill.  The inherent desire to do good for patients, colleagues and the public can be challenged by complications of the work environment, personal perspectives and patient circumstances.  This interactive webinar will address clinical and professional ethical assessment, problem-solving approaches and introduce tools to support practice.

Instructor:  Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP, HEC-C, Chief Learning Officer, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Chair, Ethics Advisory Committee, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, MGH Institute for Health Professions Faculty Associate, Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics

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

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

  • Describe the shared decision-making process in clinical care and paradigms for managing values conflict
  • Identify ethical duties unique to various patient populations
  • Define how to apply problem-solving approaches and tools to complex circumstances in practice

Note: 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 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 3: Professional Issues – Contemporary Issues and Trends 

Physical Therapy

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

Speech-Language Pathology

Logo for The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education Units (CEU) program

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. OH-362, 12/01/2020-113on KAS

This CNE activity is being offered for 1.5 contact hours


Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; receives a salary from Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; receives a salary from MGH Institute for Health Prof

Non-Financial: Certified as a HealthCare Ethics Consultant by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; Member and former SIG Coordinator for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association; Faculty Associate for the Harvard Medical School – Center for Bioethics

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.


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