Ethical Practices with Older Adults, 2nd edition


About the Course
Many issues behavioral health practitioners face in working with an increasing aging population are related to advances in medical technologies that have occurred over the past several decades (and that continue to be developed) and have led to increasingly complex choices. The course will provide background on ethical frameworks and principles used in healthcare settings for guidance in resolving ethical problems. This course will also identify major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provide a model for addressing ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings.  

This basic-level course is written for healthcare professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, respiratory therapists, and occupational and physical therapy practitioners. Other healthcare professionals who work with older adults and on interdisciplinary teams will also find the information presented useful to their practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify frameworks and principles commonly used in healthcare settings for resolving ethical problems.  
  • Recognize the steps used in resolving ethical dilemmas.  
  • Distinguish between capacity and competence.  
  • Describe the concept of advance care planning.  
  • Identify the hierarchy used in surrogate decision making.  
  • Recognize ethical concerns that commonly arise related to the use of medical technologies. 

About the Author/Presenter
Jameca Woody Cooper, MA, PhD, holds a PhD in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri Columbia. Her company Emergence Psychological Services has served the St. Louis community for the past 17 years. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award/Fellowship in Global Health. Dr. Woody-Cooper was awarded the Salute to Excellence in Health Care award by the St. Louis American newspaper (St. Louis, MO; April 2014) in honor of her dedication to healthcare for African American individuals in the community. She has been featured in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, NBC, ABC News, WebMD, and USA Today. She is a dynamic mental health expert with a unique perspective on the topic of race, urban mental health, and community intervention.  

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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