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Ethics in Schools: It's More Than Reading and Writing (PD102726)

Presenter(s): Lizbeth J Dooley-Zawacki, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
Course Description

Even the most seasoned school-based SLP experiences moments when they stop and say, “Am I doing the ‘right’ thing?” The question may refer to their adherence to ethical standards or to the legal and clinical expectations of clients and employers. Determining what is “right” should emerge from the SLP’s legal and ethical knowledge, so this session focuses on legal and ethical problem-solving across common school-based challenges.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022/2023 online conference “Assessment, Eligibility, and Dismissal in Schools: Strategies, Tools, and Decision-Making.”

Ethics Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for Ethics. See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Construct a decision-making flowchart to analyze and solve a caseload/workload problem 
  • Compare ethical and legal responsibilities in school-based practice 
  • Evaluate your current employment for potential ethical or legal issues

Lizbeth Dooley-Zawacki, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is an SLP currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University in New York. She is licensed to practice in both New York and South Carolina. She was employed for over 25 years as an elementary (K-5) school-based clinician, and for over 30 years as both an adjunct faculty member and clinical instructor. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes across the communication sciences and disorders curriculum, including those related to phonetics, early childhood development, language development, speech-sound disorders, and SLP services in the school setting. She served on ASHA’s Advisory Council, Legislative Council, the Council for Academic Accreditation Nominating Committee and the Editorial Review Committee for SIG 16. She is currently a member of ASHA's Board of Ethics-Ethics Education division, having served as the 2020 Chair of the Board of Ethics. Lizbeth has served as the president of a regional association as well as a member and elected member to related boards and committees. She has completed over 50 presentations on topics related to character education, child language, collaborative teaching strategies, ethics, RtI, school-based issues, and training methodology for school-based clinicians.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Travel and lodging expenses are paid for by ASHA for in-person attendance at ASHA Board of Ethics meetings

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA's Board of Ethics, currently serving on the Ethics Education Subcommittee 
  • 2020 Chair of the Board of Ethics 
  • Has presented several workshops on this topic, including a presentation currently available through the ASHA Learning Pass

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by April 11, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: October 12–24, 2022, February 1-13, 2023
End date: April 11, 2028

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.15
Item #(s): PD102726
Available Through: April 08, 2028