Ethical Challenges in the Academic and Clinical Settings
Physical therapists in academia and at the clinical sites are often challenged by ethical situations in their multiple roles as educator, consultant, researcher, clinician, and administrator. The intersection between the academic institution and the clinical sites adds further complexity to the challenges and may add legal issues to the mix. In this session, the speakers will present cases based on real contemporary situations and will challenge participants to reach decisions that lead to moral potency to benefit students, faculty, patients, clinical sites, and the profession. The APTA Code of Ethics, AAUP Statement on Professional Ethics, and legal constraints of FERPA and ADA will impact the discussion. Cases will cover a variety of topics, including clinical supervision, delegation, boundary issues, academic integrity, research, clinical practice, confidentiality, legal requirements, and secondary reporting. How do we all strengthen our profession by not only knowing what is right but ultimately doing what is right?
Meet our Speakers
Nancy Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, is a professor and program director at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is past president of the New Jersey Chapter, APTA, and served on APTA’s Ethics and Judicial Committee and Reference Committee. She currently serves on the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy and is on the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Cathy Hinton, PT, PhD, is professor of physical therapy at Belmont University. She is past president of the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association and served on APTA’s Ethics and Judicial Committee. She has worked on several task forces appointed by the Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy, and was consultant for the state in evaluation of complaints filed with the board.
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- Identify issues in the academic and clinical environment that are guided by the APTA Code of Ethics and AAUP Statement of Professional Ethics.
- Develop a plan of moral action to assist students and faculty in response to an ethical and or legal situation.
- Create cases to use to instruct students and clinical and academic faculty in the steps to follow to move from recognition to action.
- Determine when moral potency and moral action are blocked by a perceived or real power differential.
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