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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Reinforcing Your Ethical Decision Making

Lecture Name

Reinforcing Your Ethical Decision Making     $74.88

This lecture is part of the following course:
Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant


Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are required to make ethical decisions every day while treating patients. This course is designed to provide guidance for licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in ethical decision making, and to provide resources to help guide them in their decision-making process.

Participants will apply ethical standards and theories by considering how challenges present themselves in the realm of everyday physical therapy practice in a variety of settings. Nuances to ethics in healthcare as compared to other business settings will also be discussed while the course describes different methods on how to handle ethical cases. Participants will then apply those principles presented to a variety of case scenarios.

Contact Hours: 2.50


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the three stages of professional maturity in judgment and moral agency.
  2. Discuss ethical situations in different practice settings with diverse patient and employee populations.
  3. Interpret ethical concepts, principles and standards.
  4. Theorize how such ethical concepts, principles and standards would apply to four ethical cases.
  5. Explain how to recognize an ethical situation.
  6. Utilize the APTA Code of Ethics for PTs and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PTA in resolving ethical decisions.
  7. Given a theoretical patient description, determine the effect of unethical practice on the patient.
  8. Articulate the importance of ethical practice on the profession.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Ms. Sarfaty receives compensation as the professor of this course. She has also been employed by been with Select Medical for more than 20 years and has served in a variety of roles, including her current role as Vice President of Rehabilitation Services in Critical Illness Recovery Hospitals. Ms. Sarfaty has taught a variety of courses to healthcare professionals all over the country on such topics as leadership development, mentoring, communication, and ethics.

Nonfinancial: Ms. Sarfaty has been serving on the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners since 2012 and was elected President in 2015. She has served the American Physical Therapy Association as a Delegate-at-Large from the State of New Jersey from 2008 to 2010, and the Director of Government Relations for the New Jersey chapter of the APTA from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Sarfaty is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

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