Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Kathlyn L. Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, MLIS
Peer Reviewer(s): Regina F. Doherty, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Item#: I6318
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Ethics Issues and Decision Making in Occupational Therapy

Price $29.95
Item # I6318
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Every year occupational therapy practitioners are cited by the AOTA Ethics Commission for violations of one or more of the principles and standards set forth in the AOTA professional code of ethics. The consequences of the violations may have a significant impact on their clients their reputation their careers and their livelihood depending on the severity of the violation. This basic-level course provides occupational therapy practitioners with an introduction to the study of ethical behavior and action as it is applied to occupational therapy practice education and research. It is designed to facilitate learning and using the ethical principles required to foster moral reasoning and to practice ethical decision making in occupational therapy.

Fulfills the Ethics requirement in the following states: GA (OT & OTA), NC (OT & OTA), OH (OT & OTA) and TN (OT & OTA).

AOTA Course Focus - Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues & Trends

Course Objectives
  • Recognize ethics terms theories principles and sources of ethical issues.
  • Recognize rationale for a professional code of ethics and the relationship to moral values.
  • Identify ethics principles used in the American Occupational Therapy Association Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards and the procedures used to enforce them.
  • Identify stakeholders and their role in ethical decision making.
  • Apply a decision-making process to resolve ethical questions and identify types of ethics issues occurring in occupational therapy practice.
Kathlyn L. Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, MLIS, is an associate professor emeritus in the School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, where she has taught since 1997. Dr. Reed received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, a master’s in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, a master’s in library studies and information from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in special education from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has published textbooks and peer-reviewed articles, and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, has presented the Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecture, and has received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association. In addition, she has received the Roster of Merit and Distinguished Service Awards from the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Reed served as Chairperson of the American Occupational Therapy Association Ethics Commission.
Regina F. Doherty, OTD, MS, OTR/L, is currently an associate professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of the occupational therapy program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Prior to joining the Institute in 2011, Dr. Doherty held a full-time academic appointment at Tufts University’s Boston School of Occupational Therapy in Medford and a full-time clinical appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Doherty is a nationally recognized speaker and the author of numerous peer-reviewed texts, articles, and chapters. Her books include Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions (5th Ed., coauthored with Ruth Purtilo) and Health Professional-Patient Interaction (8th Ed., coauthored with Amy Haddad and Ruth Purtilo). She has served as a contributing author to three editions of Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, is a founding member of the Dreamcatchers Consortium (an interprofessional consortium dedicated to rehabilitation ethics), and is a peer reviewer for the Interprofessional Education Collaboration of the MedEdPORTAL.

An active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Dr. Doherty currently serves on their program directors council. Her clinical background is in acute care occupational therapy practice, with an emphasis on clients with complex medical conditions, multiple trauma, and neurological dysfunction. Her primary research interests include ethical reasoning in the health professions, ethics pedagogy, and best practice for clients with neurological dysfunction. Dr. Doherty was the founding cochair of the Ethics in Clinical Practice Committee at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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  • 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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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.