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Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapists – Are CEUs Really Necessary?

Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP

Why Ethics?

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:

  • Accountability
  • Altruism
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion and Caring
  • Duty
  • Excellence
  • Integrity

The core values of the AOTA Code of Ethics are:

  • Altruism
  • Equality
  • Freedom
  • Justice
  • Truth
  • Prudence

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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Let's Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs

A 2.5 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – # 02517 

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2571

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-14

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NY, NJ)

Objectives to facilitate clinician ethical practice

 

1. Define ethics and the Code of Ethics of the APTA/AOTA to practice in an ethical manner

2. Analyze the boundaries of ethical priniciples for PTs/OTs to solve ethical dilemmas

3. Apply APTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

4. Apply AOTA ethical principles to professional practice through case studies

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Optimizing the Patient Experience

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02034

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Pending Approval by the NJ Board of PT – 2022 – 2024

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

1) Identify the components of bedside manner/ patient satisfaction and their link to healthcare outcomes

2) Apply strategies using social psychology to optimize the patient experience

3) Implement an organizational approach to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing the on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Improving Patient Adherence to Home Exercise Programs

 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02036

NY Board of Physical Therapy

The NJ Board of PT # 2111-80

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Identify the benefits of home exercise programs

2) Define differing theories of motivation/influence

3) Apply social psychology to HEP prescription/plan

A posttest/survey will be given following live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The Science of Bedside Manner and Patient Satisfaction

A 2 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02037

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2565

The NJ Board of PT # 2110-15

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition of approval from another state chapter of the APTA (Ohio PTA)

or another state board of PT (NJ, NY)

Objectives to facilitate patient/client goal achievement

1. Develop and improve empathy skills

2. Identify the link between bedside manner/patient satisfaction and health outcomes

3. Measure patient satisfaction in a valid/reliable manner

4. Apply social psychology techniques to improve patient satisfaction

5) Integrate organizational strategies to improve patient satisfaction scores

A posttest/survey will be give after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

Effective Leadership and Communication in Rehab

A 1 hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02299

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, WA, WI

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Define leadership and various leadership styles

2. Identify successful leadership styles in healthcare/rehab

3. Implement effective leadership communication strategies in rehab

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After purchasing an on-demand webinar you will be redirected to a webpage with the webinar and posttest links. A CE certificate will be emailed following posttest completion

The New World of Rehab: Addressing Burnout

A 1-hour webinar approved for CEUs by the

AOTA – #02035

NY Board of Physical Therapy

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,

MT, NC, ND, NH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

due to recognition by another state board of PT (NY)

Objectives related to professional development

 

1. Identify the causes of rehab burnout

2. Recognize the signs of rehab burnout

3. Apply strategies to prevent/reduce rehab burnout

A posttest/survey will be given after live and on-demand webinars. After on-demand purchase you will be redirected to a webpage with the video link/posttest link. A CEU certificate will be emailed following post-test completion