About Course #C6541
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Expiration Date: January 23, 2021
The number of older adults (age 65 and older) living in the United States is growing rapidly. Almost 60 million older adults were living in the United States in 2016. This number is projected to rise to over 72 million by 2030, when approximately one in five U.S. residents will be age 65 or older. The rapid growth of the older population results from multiple factors including medical advances, life-prolonging technologies, and the aging of the Baby Boom generation (whose members began turning 65 years old in 2011).
In coming years, healthcare professionals will face this aging population, along with the accompanying health and economic challenges. The purpose of this course is to highlight ethical issues that may confront healthcare and behavioral health professionals working with older adults and their families as these individuals near the end of life. The course will provide background on ethical frameworks and principles used in healthcare settings for guidance in resolving ethical problems. This course will also identify major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provide a model for addressing ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings.
This basic-level course is written for healthcare professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. Other healthcare professionals who work with older adults and on interdisciplinary teams will also find the information presented useful to their practice.
Counselors will receive 2 NBCC clock hours.
Counselors in Indiana and Nebraska - Fulfills Ethics requirement.
MFTs in Indiana and Nebraska - Fulfills Ethics requirement.
- 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
Tennyson Dodd, BS, MTHS
- 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.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
- 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.