• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy

3 Contact Hours

Author(s): Sherry M. Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH
  • Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS
Item#: B4167
1 Course Book (56 pages)

Ethical Practices with Older Adults, Updated 1st Edition

Price $29.95
Item # B4167
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

As healthcare professionals work to address the medical and economic challenges of a rapidly aging population, advances in technology are leading to increasingly complex end-of-life choices. This basic-level course presents ethical issues that may confront healthcare professionals working with older adults and their families as these individuals near the end of life. The course identifies some of the major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provides the framework and set of principles used to address ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings. This course includes relevant material from the NASW, APA, ACA, APTA, AOTA, and ANA codes of ethics for clarification on the various professions' principles.

Social workers will receive 3 (Ethics) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Course Objectives

  • Identify frameworks and principles commonly used in healthcare settings for resolving ethical problems.
  • Recognize the steps used in resolving ethical dilemmas.
  • Distinguish between capacity and competence.
  • Describe the concept of advance care planning.
  • Identify the hierarchy used in surrogate decision making.
  • Recognize ethical concerns that commonly arise related to the use of medical technologies.
Sherry M. Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA, is associate dean and professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work, in Nashville, TN, where she has served on the faculty since 1998. Dr. Cummings holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia, Athens, an MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a master’s degree in theology from Villanova University, Philadelphia. She has written and published extensively, including journal articles, books, book chapters, and government reports, and has presented papers nationally on the mental health needs of older adults, the impact of these needs on their caregivers, and the ethical dilemmas in working with older clients. Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in the development of curriculum materials for gerontological training in graduate social work education and has worked closely with government agencies to promote programs addressing the mental health needs of older adults.
Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH, is an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, and is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. Dr. Black obtained her doctorate from the University at Albany-SUNY, a master’s degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Black has worked with older adults and their families as a nurse, social worker, and geriatric case manager for more than 25 years in acute care and long-term care in home-based and community-based settings. She has also taught courses in ethics and served on the bioethics committee of a large integrated healthcare system.

Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS, is vice-chair and professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). She holds a BS in physical therapy from Southwestern Medical School (1971), an MA in college teaching from the University of North Carolina (1976), and a PhD in academic administration/health education from Texas A&M University (1989).

Dr. Lovelace-Chandler served as chairperson for the University of Central Arkansas and Chapman University programs in physical therapy and as associate director of the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University before joining UNTHSC. She has taught ethics for more than 30 years to professional and post-professional physical therapy students. She has over 40 years of experience in pediatrics and has twice recertified as a pediatric specialist.

Dr. Lovelace-Chandler has served in numerous APTA elected leadership positions, teaches advanced clinical practice courses for the APTA, and has published articles and book chapters in pediatrics. She delivered the 2011 Linda Crane Memorial Lecture at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, and she won the CAPTE Distinguished Service Award in April of 2014.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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