Professional Ethics in Pediatric Practice Settings – OT

Mark Strait

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AOTA Course Number:DLAOTA084
Course Credits: 0.25 (2 hours 30 minutes)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the ethical issues that pediatric based physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants may face in regards to working in the pediatric setting.  The course focuses on defining the moral, ethical, and legal behavior of physical and occupational therapy professionals.  The information presented includes the APTA Code of Ethics, Guide for Professional Conduct for the PT and PTA, Standards for Professional Conduct for Physical Therapy Assistants, AOTA Code of Ethics, and hypothetical case analysis.  Application of a practical and useful Model for Decision Making is included as a helpful tool to use in the pediatric setting.  Strategies will be identified to address challenges to each profession’s scope of practice to ensure compliance with ethical and regulatory requirements.  Common ethical concerns will be discussed in relation to the pediatric setting.

Instructor Information

Kristen Murphy
Kristen Murphy, PT, DPT – Kristen has been practicing physical therapy in various settings in the Chicagoland area for 14 years, including the school-based setting, outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute and rehab, and skilled nursing care.  She joined EBS Healthcare in 2011 and currently is a supervisor for PT/OT school-based services in Southern Will County Illinois.  Kristen received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  As an EBS employee, Kristen has assisted in training EBS staff in foundational skills in the school-based setting, evidence-based practice for pediatric physical and occupational therapists and ethics/jurisprudence considerations in the school-based therapy setting.  Recent coursework has been completed in wheelchair modifications, consideration of adaptive equipment needs for the school setting and general evaluation/treatment strategies related to the school setting.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Kristen has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Kristen has no other non-financial information to disclose.
Cynthia Haynes
Cynthia Haynes, MBA, OTD, OTR/L – Cynthia is the Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare where she oversees therapist mentoring and designs training for continued competence and best practice strategies for school-based therapists. She is also an adjunct professor in the OTD program at Thomas Jefferson University and a regional trainer for the AOTA sponsored Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Cynthia has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Cynthia has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize all of the legal rights and responsibilities of physical therapy and occupational therapy licensure as defined by learner’s specific state PT or OT practice acts
  2. Define the meaning of ethics and explain the various theories that promote ethical behavior
  3. Recognize principles of APTA’s Code of Ethics/APTA Guide for Professional Conduct and AOTA’s Code of Ethics and apply them to practical situations for PT and OT’s
  4. Assess the ethical scope of practice issues and apply a Model for Decision Making in pediatric practice.
  5. Identify strategies to address challenges to each profession’s scope of practice to ensure compliance with ethical and regulatory requirements.

Agenda

  • 30 Minutes     Scope of practice: what services we provide and learning activities
  • 20 Minutes     Ethical Standards: The “What” and “why”
  • 20 Minutes     Overview of Current Codes of Ethics: OT;PT: The more we are different, the more we are the same
  • 30 Minutes     Instruction in and practice at Ethical Decision Making
  • 30 Mintues     Ethical Misconduct and Applications of COEs and RIPS model
  • 10 Minutes     Case studies
  • 10 Minutes     Post-test