Ethics Issues and Decision Making in Occupational Therapy, 2nd Edition

About the Course:
The purpose of this basic level course is to provide OTs and OTAs with an introduction to the study of ethical behavior and action as it is applied to occupational therapy practice, education, and research. It is designed to facilitate learning and using the ethical principles required to foster moral reasoning and to practice ethical decision making in occupational therapy. Specific objectives include defining terms used in discussing ethics, describing the principles and values of ethics organized into the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, relating occupational therapy ethics to stakeholders in society, explaining a decision-making process for analyzing ethics issues, and discussing sample case studies. The case studies in this course are based on issues brought to the attention of the AOTA Ethics Commission (EC) members. All names and situations used in the case studies have been changed to avoid identifying any person or facility.

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize ethics terms, theories, principles, and sources of ethical issues.
  • Identify ethics principles used in the American Occupational Therapy Association “Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics” and the procedures used to enforce them.
  • Compare and contrast stakeholders and their role in ethical decision making.
  • Apply a decision-making process to resolve ethical questions and identify types of ethics issues occurring in occupational therapy practice.

About the Author:
Kathlyn L. Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, MLIS, is an associate professor emeritus in the School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, where she has taught since 1997. Dr. Reed received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, a master’s in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, a master’s in library studies and information from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in special education from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has published textbooks and peer-reviewed articles, and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, has presented the Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecture, and has received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association. In addition, she has received the Roster of Merit and Distinguished Service Awards from the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Reed served as Chairperson of the American Occupational Therapy Association Ethics Commission.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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