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Environmental Considerations in Ethical Physical Therapy Practice

Recorded On: 10/18/2023

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This course will be presented live virtually on Oct. 18, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET). The course recording will also be available for On Demand access.

Healthcare organizations and clinicians are paying increased attention to environmental issues.  How important is it for PTs and PTAs to consider health implications of the environment and what they do? In this course, we’ll consider how climate change and other environmental concerns impact ethical decision making regarding clinical care, service delivery, and resource allocation.  APTA Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct and other guidance from within and outside of APTA will be applied to physical therapy situations.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe connections between climate change and beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, advocacy, and duty within healthcare.
  • Defend environmental stewardship as a component of ethical physical therapy practice.
  • Apply an environmental lens when considering ethical situations within case scenarios.

Cindy Lane Moore


Cindy Lane Moore, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and Staff Development Coordinator for Rehabilitation at Redeemer Health Home Care and Hospice.  She is co-founder of the Environmental Physical Therapy Catalyst Group within APTA’s Academy for Leadership and Innovation and an active member of APTA’s geriatrics and home health academies.  Cindy serves as a PT member on her state’s professional licensing board and is on track to complete Yale’s Climate Change and Health Certificate program September 2023.

Maral Hassanshahi


Maral Hassanshahi, PT, DPT, is a clinician based in San Francisco and co-founder of the Environmental PT Catalyst Group within APTA’s Academy for Leadership and Innovation. She has over 12 years of extensive work and leadership in the environment, global health, and peace sector, collaborating with esteemed international organizations such as the United Nations.  Maral co-chaired the DEI committee in APTA Maryland and currently serves as the chief representative to the assembly within the California Physical Therapy Association. Beyond her APTA involvement, she serves on the Board of Directors at Physicians for Social Responsibilities-Los Angeles Chapter and is the climate and health ambassador for the PSR.

Course Instructions

  1. Attend the live virtual event on Oct. 18 to participate in the course live.
  2. Live and virtual participants can click on the Contents tab to watch the course recording.
  3. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
  4. Click Fill Out Survey under the Evaluation listing to provide valuable course feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
  5. Click the View/Print Your Certificate button under the Certificate listing. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the APTA Learning Center and clicking the CEU Certificate/Transcript link on the left-hand side of the page. 

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Environmental Considerations in Ethical Physical Therapy Practice
10/18/2023 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/18/2023
10/18/2023 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 10/18/2023
20 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  15/20 points to pass
20 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  15/20 points to pass
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CEU Certificate
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