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How Does ASHA's Code of Ethics Apply to the Private Practitioner? (PD102764)

Presenter(s): Debra Schober-Peterson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL; Katharine F. Meyer, Esq.
Course Description

Private practice has its own set of unique ethical challenges. While schools, medical facilities, and universities typically have processes, policies, and support systems in place to handle matters like documentation, reimbursement, marketing, personnel issues, and security of student/patient information, many private practitioners handle these responsibilities on their own. Therefore, private practitioners need to be aware of a host of potential ethical issues and create policies to ensure that they—and their employees—are making ethical decisions in every part of their practice.

This course is a recorded session from the 2023 online conference "Keys to a Successful SLP Private Practice."

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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:

  • identify ethical issues that can frequently arise in private practice
  • discuss how the provisions of the revised ASHA Code of Ethics (2023) affect private practice

Presenter Information

Debra Schober-Peterson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is a speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. Schober-Peterson serves as the Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at Georgia State University and oversees all aspects of Clinic operation. Schober-Peterson's areas of expertise are early intervention, pediatric language disorders, and speech sound disorders. Schober-Peterson is the co-author of a family center intervention program called Toddler Talk and is the current chair of the ASHA Ethics Education Subcommittee and former chair of the ASHA Board of Ethics.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Chair of the ASHA Ethics Education Subcommittee
  • Former Chair of the ASHA Board of Ethics

Katie Meyer, Esq. (she/her/hers) is the Senior Director of Ethics at ASHA. In this role, she is an ex officio member of the ASHA Board of Ethics. Prior to coming to ASHA, she worked as an attorney at GKG Law, P.C. in Washington, D.C., for 20 years, providing legal counsel to nonprofit and certification organizations. During this time, Katie assisted multiple certification clients with creating and maintaining disciplinary programs. This included drafting and revising Codes of Ethics and internal procedures, training ethics committees and investigatory panels on disciplinary processes, and providing general guidance regarding the complaint process. Katie has written numerous articles for trade association journals, including Association Trends and Associations Now. She has spoken nationally on issues including credentialing, ethics, and intellectual property for organizations such as the American Society of Association Executives and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Katie graduated from Colgate University (BA, 1993) and received her JD from American University Washington College of Law in 1998.

Financial Disclosures:

  • ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Ex officio of the ASHA Board of Ethics

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 the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: May 10–22, 2023, September 6–18, 2023
Start date: November 1, 2023
End date: November 1, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102764
Available Through: November 01, 2028