Ethics in Clinical Practice: Speech-Language Pathology ecourse

This is an introductory level course covering the essentials of clinical ethics in Speech-Language Pathology based on the latest version of the ASHA Code of Ethics. Speech-language pathologists across all service areas are faced daily with higher demands for productivity in a "do less with more" environment. Fundamental ethical terms, definitions and principles will form the basis for providing a guideline in order for SLPs to make informed, ethical decisions in their clinical practice or research endeavors. Ethical dilemmas will be discussed.

This is a recording of a live stream presentation.

Course Requirements:

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Roger Cole


Roger D. Cole, MD, MA, FACS is Chief of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and is the Clinical Ethics Fellow for the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC in Salisbury, Charlotte and Kernersville, North Carolina. He attended medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine/Wake Forest University and completed his Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. After completing his military service in the United States Navy, Roger was in private Otolaryngology practice for 12 years in Hickory, North Carolina. He has served as the physician representative to the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologists form 2002-2005. He joined the Veterans Health Administration in 2009 and was selected by the Veterans Administration to complete the Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship at The University of Chicago in May 2011 and has served on the Ethics Committee of the AAO/HNS-F since that time. He received his Masters of Arts in Bioethics from Wake Forest University in 2013 and holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Otolaryngology at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Assistant Professor Department of Surgery-Otolaryngology at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is active in teaching medical ethics to medical students, residents and providing continuing medical education throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Financial Disclosure: Roger receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Roger is the Clinical Ethics Fellow for the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC.

Susan Mayfield-Cole


Susan Mayfield Cole, MA CCC-SLP, NDC has been a VitalStim user as well as a CIAO instructor team member since 2003. She brings to our team an extensive teaching and clinical resume. Susan continues to serve as a a VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program instructor, an online instructor for the MBS: The Clear Picture course and is also a webcast designer/presenter. She holds the NDC certification for NMES. Susan previously held clinical and administrative positions at Frye Regional Medical Center, Graystone Ear, Nose and Throat Associates and Carolina ENT Head and Neck Surgery Center. She is currently the owner of Specialized Therapy Consulting and contracts with a variety of educational and clinical settings, including Twin City Medical Mobile Diagnostics, PLLC. Susan has held faculty positions at Appalachian State University and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute where she taught courses in Ethics for the SLP-A program. She and her husband share a large family and when not working they enjoy fly fishing around the country.

Financial Disclosure: Susan receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course. She also receives royalties for the purchase of her recorded course(s)
Non-Financial Disclosure: Susan uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

Course Agenda

60 Minutes
Ethics terminology, principles and the ASHA COE
40 Minutes
Ethical dilemmas: case studies
20 Minutes
2.0 Hours

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 2.0 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.2 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

Introductory Level