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    Ethics in Clinical Practice: Speech-Language Pathology ecourse

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

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:
  • Computer with internet and working speakers/sound are required for this course.
  • Course must be completed within 30 days of activation (activate course within 6 months of purchase).
  • An online multiple-choice quiz (80% passing score) and submission of an online evaluation form are required for successful completion.
  • A certificate of completion will be available to print immediately after course is successfully completed.
  • SLPs - ASHA CEUs may be obtained by completing the online ASHA form and checking the "Report to ASHA" box.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define ethical terminology contained within the ASHA Code of Ethics
  • Identify and navigate ethical dilemmas in their practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical decision making using the framework and guidelines of the ASHA Code of Ethics

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.

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

Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online, on demand format.
  • Club CIAO - This online course is also available as part of our all-you-can-eat buffet of online courses – available at one low price. Club CIAO Members also receive 25% off of all Live Stream courses!

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


"great topic, thank you!"

- WAYNESVILLE, NC / Aug 2021

"Thank you. A well-organized overview of the topic involving professional ethics. A topic I was aware of, yet did not really have an appreciation for. "

- Las Vegas, NV / Nov 2020

"Great course. Engaging, and good course materials."

- West Plains, MO / Oct 2020

"Great presenters and exceptional knowledge of ethics."

- Longview, TX / Sep 2020

"Good information, however information about documentation practice is not appropriate for this course."

- Lima, OH / Aug 2020

"Thank you."

- Columbus, OH / Jun 2020

"Well organized and presented."

- Scotsdale, AZ / Apr 2020

"examples, provided, are always welcomed as a good review"

- Brook Park, OH / Apr 2020

"Well done!"

- Heber, UT / Apr 2020

"Excellent class."

- Lisle, IL / Apr 2020

"Course was well organized and delivered in an interesting and engaging manner"

- Texarkana , TX / Dec 2019

"Excellent course. No suggestions for changes. "

- Jackson, OH / Dec 2019

"Great course! I will recommend it to my coworkers."

- Hilliard, OH / Dec 2019

"Great course! I would retake it again. Its nice to be able to print the material when taking the course online versus in person! Also, being able to step away for breaks or to come back within a day to complete is very helpful. "

- Corpus Christi, TX / Dec 2019

"Best ethics course I have taken so far "

- Round Rock, TX / Aug 2019

"This was one of the best ethics courses for SLP's that I have taken. The information provided was very specific to the field."

- San Angelo, TX / Jul 2019


- Maineville, OH / Apr 2019

"excellent information"

- El Paso, TX / Dec 2018

"Very well presented; thank you!"

- Spring, TX / Nov 2018

"It would be good to make one course with the highlights of the updated ASHA code of ethics. "

- Ingleside, TX / Oct 2018

" completion of this course I think its helpful for ethical decision making"

- staten island, NY / Sep 2018