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Disciplines: Speech-Language Pathology
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS
  • Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS
Item#: O2505
Contents: 1 Course Book (46 pages)

Advance Care Planning: Information for the Speech-Language Pathologist

Price $19.95
Item # O2505
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: June 1, 2017

Expiration Date: August 29, 2019

Speech-language pathologists, as members of the healthcare interdisciplinary team, should educate themselves about the issues involved in advance care planning so that they can assist patients who may come to them with questions and make appropriate referrals to other professionals, as necessary. SLPs may also benefit from this information personally, as the issues discussed are not limited to their professional role. This course identifies ways to improve advance care planning, including helping patients choose a proxy and encouraging preparation of advance directives. The course discusses documents such as a living will, Five Wishes, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders. Finally, the course will address ethical principles at the end of life, such as terminal sedation and physician-assisted suicide.


This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate-Level, Related Area) 

Course Objectives

  • Understand the role of the speech-language pathologist in end-of-life discussions.
  • Explain the importance of considering health literacy in advance care planning.
  • Describe the significance of informed consent during advance care planning.
  • Discuss advance directive issues and type
  • Compare formats used to convey end-of-life wishes, including living wills, Five Wishes, and POLST.
  • Discuss types of life-sustaining and non-life-sustaining medical treatments that can be used at the end of life.
  • Discuss ethical issues related to the end of life.


Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a BS in psychology and an MA in community health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress, Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Certified Bereavement Specialist, and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy Award-winning docu-mentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer to the book Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and the Open to Hope Foundation’s publication Fresh Grief. Her keynote speeches on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resilience. Barbara’s website is

Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Amy obtained her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia and accepted a position in a hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she provided services to children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She then worked for 11 years at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), where she assisted in the development of resources for speech-language pathologists on a variety of clinical and professional issues. Amy earned a second master’s degree in communication (with a focus on health communication) from George Mason University, and now teaches as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University and a local community college, and contributes to continuing education programs for speech-language pathologists.



Financial - The authors received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work. 

Nonfinancial - The authors have no other relevant financial or nonfinancial interests to disclose.


Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a bachelor of nursing science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate of nursing science from the Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an advanced practice reg-istered nurse – clinical nurse specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief resolution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy



Financial - Dianne Hutto Douglas received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work. 

Nonfinancial – Dr. Hutto Douglas has no other relevant financial or nonfinancial interests to disclose.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course to earn ASHA CEUs and/or receive a certificate of completion.
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