Fri, May 28 | Online Event

ETHICS - Spring Workshop 2021

Presented by Lei Sun, Ph.D., CCC-SLP & Pei-Fang Hung, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
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ETHICS - Spring Workshop 2021

Time & Location

May 28, 2021, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Online Event

About the Event

This presentation will focus on the application of ethical principles and evidence-based practice (EBP) in the clinical decision-making process and the possible challenges faced by speech-language pathologist (SLPs). Clinical frameworks used to manage ethical dilemmas will also be discussed. This workshop also includes small group activities and discussions about ethical issues across clinical settings.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The attendees will explain the role of ethics and evidence-based practice in the clinical decisionmaking process.
  2. The attendees will identify challenges to ethical decision-making and commonly encountered ethical dilemmas across clinical settings.
  3. The attendees will describe the frameworks that may be used to manage ethical dilemmas.

Presentation Description

According to the Code of Ethics published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA, 2016), individuals shall honor their responsibility to achieve and maintain the highest level of professional competence and performance. One of the ethical rules is to engage in lifelong learning to maintain and enhance professional competence and performance. By implementing evidence-based practice (EBP), speech-language pathologists (SLPs) not only provide best services to people in need but also "demonstrate a commitment to the scientific rigor of their profession” (Apel & Self, 2003). Ethical principles form a critical ground for clinical decision-making and provide context for EBP and professionalism (Chabon, Moris, & Lemoncello, 2011). Similarly, EBP integrates clinical expertise, the best available scientific evidence, and client/patient/caregiver values to provide high-quality services and a scientific foundation for clinical work (Timmermans & Mauck, 2005). Therefore, the optimal decisions are made when the clinicians apply ethical principles to decision-making process and utilize EBP to ensure the best quality service is provided.

This workshop intends to discuss ethical dilemmas that challenge SLPs in various clinical settings, such as public schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practices. Ethical principles, professionalism, and evidence-based practice will be reviewed to provide a foundation for the discussion on ethical issues and its management. To address practical ethical issues across clinical settings, the attendees will participate in group discussions and activities to share their own experience and brainstorm possible resolutions to manage these ethical issues. Several clinical frameworks proposed in different health care disciplines and their application to the field of speech-language pathology will also be discussed.


Lei Sun, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include developmental language disorders and language-based learning disability.

Pei-Fang Hung, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests are aphasia and related neurogenic language disorders and cognitive-communication disorders due to acquired brain injury. She is a trilingual speech-language pathologist who holds certificates and licenses in both the U.S. and Taiwan.


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