Ethical Considerations in Private Practice


This course explores ethical considerations specifically tailored to private practice settings. Participants will explore ASHA's ethical principles and frameworks, through real-life case studies, and discuss best practices for ethical decision-making in various practice scenarios.

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1.5 PDH (certificate issued after passing score on assessment)

Beginning with certificate holders in the January 1, 2023–December 31, 2025 maintenance interval: Out of 30 required PDHs for certification maintenance, at least 2 hours must be in cultural competency, cultural humility, culturally responsive practice, or diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

What does ASHA say about PDHs? They are activities that contribute to your professional development and will lead to acquiring and enhancing skills and knowledge required for independent audiology and SLP practice. Learn More.

Who is this course designed for?
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What supports are offered?
Built-in support is not offered to complete this course.

How long will colleagues have access to the course content?
Enrollment expires 12 months from the initial purchase.

Extensions are not offered for short courses.

Are refunds offered?
Because this is an information product and knowledge delivery cannot be reversed, a refund cannot be offered.

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When is enrollment?
Enrollment for this course is ongoing.

Why is this course important?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in private practice require a comprehensive understanding of ethics. Ethics is an indispensable component of SLPs’ professional development, as it enables them to maintain the highest standards of practice, ensure compliance with legal regulations, provide superior-quality care to clients, while building trust, and promote their ongoing growth and development as ethical practitioners. Having a clear understanding of ethical principles guides practices and equips clinicians with the skills to manage ethical dilemmas that may arise in the course of their work. 


Ethical behavior is fundamental to maintaining professional integrity and trustworthiness within our field. Adhering to ethical principles ensures that SLPs prioritize the well-being and best interests of their clients, colleagues, and the broader community.

Legal Compliance

Understanding ethical guidelines helps private practice SLPs comply with laws, regulations, and professional standards governing their practice. By following ethical principles, SLPs can avoid legal liabilities and protect themselves and their clients from potential harm.

Quality of Care

Ethical practice promotes the delivery of high-quality services to clients. By considering ethical principles in decision-making, SLPs can ensure that their interventions are evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and tailored to meet the individual needs of each client.

Client Trust and Satisfaction

Clients are more likely to trust and feel satisfied with the services provided by SLPs who demonstrate ethical behavior. Ethical practice fosters open communication, mutual respect, and collaboration between SLPs and their clients, enhancing the therapeutic relationship and facilitating positive outcomes.

Professional Development

Learning about ethics encourages ongoing reflection, self-awareness, and continuous improvement in professional practice. SLPs who engage in ethical decision-making develop critical thinking skills, ethical reasoning abilities, and a deeper understanding of their ethical responsibilities as healthcare providers.

Ethical Decision-Making

Private practice SLPs often encounter complex ethical dilemmas in their daily practice. Understanding ethics equips SLPs with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate these challenging situations thoughtfully and ethically. By understanding ethical principles and frameworks, SLPs can make informed decisions that prioritize the well-being of their clients while considering the broader implications of their actions on the profession and society. Ethical decision-making enhances the professionalism and credibility of private practice SLPs and ensures that they uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in their practice.

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