Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP
Many states require CEU courses on ethics for physical and occupational therapists in order to maintain your physical and occupational therapy professional license. Why do states require that physical and occupational therapists take ethics CEU courses? Before we answer that questions, there is a more fundamental question: what is ethics? Ethics is the systemization of right and wrong principles. Ethics for physical and occupational therapists define what actions and behaviors are considered right and wrong for physical and occupational therapists. Ethics for physical and occupational therapists also provide guidelines on how to resolve ethical dilemmas in physical and occupational therapy practice. Ethical principles for physical therapists are defined by the APTA Code of Ethics. The Mission Statements of the APTA Code of Ethics are:
- Define the ethical principles that form the foundation of physical therapist practice in patient and client management, consultation, education, research, and administration
- Provide standards of behavior and performance that form the basis of professional accountability to the public
- Provide guidance for physical therapists facing ethical challenges, regardless of their professional roles and responsibilities.
- Educate physical therapists, students, other health care professionals, regulators, and the public regarding the core values, ethical principles, and standards that guide the professional conduct of the physical therapist.
- Establish the standards by which the American Physical Therapy Association can determine if a physical therapist has engaged in unethical conduct.
The AOTA Code of Ethics Mission Statements are:
- It provides aspirational Core Values that guide occupational therapy personnel toward ethical courses of action in professional and volunteer roles
- It delineates ethical Principles and enforceable Standards of Conduct that apply to AOTA members
Core Values of Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapists
The ethical principle in the APTA Code of Ethics and AOTA Code of Ethics are based on core values. These core values are foundational to ethics for physical and occupational therapists. The APTA core values are:
- Compassion and Caring
The core values of the AOTA Code of Ethics are:
Why Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapists is so Important
Ethics for physical and occupational therapists is required because ethical dilemmas occur frequently in professional practice. Guidelines are necessary in order to practice in an ethical manner. The core values provide physical and occupational therapists aspirational concepts to help decide how to act. In Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs, ethics is approached through the lens of moral psychology. Intuition is viewed as the key concept in determining how to resolve ethical dilemmas in practice. The webinar is also designed for both physical and occupational therapists. To learn more about why ethics is so critical for physical and occupational therapists, check out Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs.
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