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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours

Kathlyn L. Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, MLIS

Peer Reviewer(s): Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L
Item#: I6399
Contents: 1 Course Book (68 pages)
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Ethics Issues and Decision Making in Occupational Therapy, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # I6399
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Expiration Date: January 2, 2021

The purpose of this basic level course is to provide OTs and OTAs 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. Specific objectives include defining terms used in discussing ethics, describing the principles and values of ethics organized into the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, relating occupational therapy ethics to stakeholders in society, explaining a decision-making process for analyzing ethics issues, and discussing sample case studies. The case studies in this course are based on issues brought to the attention of the AOTA Ethics Commission (EC) members. All names and situations used in the case studies have been changed to avoid identifying any person or facility.


Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee & Utah OTs & OTAs - Fulfills your Ethics requirement.

AOTA Content Focus - Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Issues

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize ethics terms, theories, principles, and sources of ethical issues.
  • Identify ethics principles used in the American Occupational Therapy Association “Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics” and the procedures used to enforce them.
  • Compare and contrast 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.

Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L, attended Duquesne University and graduated with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2004. In December of 2009, she completed her doctorate of occupational therapy degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her clinical experience is broad, yet primarily physical disabilities – working in diverse hospital settings such as acute-care, transitional care, and hospital-based outpatient. She has wide-ranging experience, working within the adult to geriatric life span with a variety of medical patient populations, including, but not limited to, orthopedics, oncology, neurology, and cardiopulmonary. Dr. DeIuliis is the assistant department chair and academic fieldwork coordinator at Duquesne University, an entry-level doctorate program. Dr. DeIuliis was awarded the 2014 Creative Teaching Award through Duquesne University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2016 University Student Learning Outcome Assessment Award, and the 2017 Academic Educator of the Year via the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. DeIuliis is also the sole author of the new textbook, Professionalism Across Occupational Practice, published by Slack, Incorporated.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.