Why I Love Studying Ethics

Ari Ginsberg, PT, DPT, MSIOP

When I first decided to teach an ethics course I was very concerned. Every PT ethics CEU course I had taken in the past was painfully boring, to the degree that I found myself staring at my watch the whole time hoping the instructor would have mercy on us and end the CEU course early. How would I make ethics interesting? Was it even possible to make ethics interesting? Was I alone in being so disinterested in the courses I have attended? In trying to understand why I was so inattentive, I stumbled on some insight that helped me develop my ethics course to be unique and engaging.

One of the elements that was such a turn off to me was the moral clarity espoused by my past ethics CEU instructors. As a physical therapist and psychologist, I knew that ethics was not as clear cut as I had been led to believe. Many ethical principles lend themselves to multiple perspectives and the lines of demarcation are more fluid then perhaps we want to accept. I liken it to going over the speed limit. We all know that if the speed limit is 65 mph, we are supposed to drive 65 mph or under. How many of us are sticklers in religiously following the speed limit? Our justification for violating the speed limit is sound in our minds; the speed limit is for dangerous drivers, but I drive safely at high speeds. Another argument is that cops will only give you a ticket if you are at least 10 mph over the speed limit. As such, there is even speed limit ambiguity in the eyes of the law enforcers. It is imperative that we as PTs and OTs explore our viewpoints in similar situations in PT/OT professional practice. Further, how do we resolve dilemmas that involve conflicts between ethical principles? These are the questions I ask in Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs.

As opposed to previous ethics courses that I have attended, my role is merely to facilitate thought and ethical introspection amongst audience members. I don’t view myself as the moral police, rather, I am a learner who is ready and open to listening to the moral arguments of the attendees. In fact, I never give my opinion as to which perspectives are “right” or “wrong. ” As long as the arguments are logical and are not openly spelled out by the APTA or AOTA Code of Ethics, we are entitled to resolving these dilemmas as we see fit. If you are a PT/OT that is interested in debate and analyses, and want to receive CEU credits, check out Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Boundaries for PTs/OTs. It is a live or on-demand 2.5 hour CEU webinar that is approved by the AOTA, NJ Board of PT, NY Board of PT, and Ohio Physical Therapy Association. It fulfills the NJ Board of PT ethics requirements for PTs. Also eligible for PT CEUs in many other states. All the necessary info can be found at psychologyforthebodyceu.com or vimeo.com/ondemand/rehabethics. Looking forward to learning from you!

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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
Approved by the NJ Board of PT # 2016 – 85
Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association # 21S2571

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 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
Approved for live credits by the NJ Board of PT # 2103 – 19

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
Approved for live credits by the NJ Board of PT # 2010 – 009

Meets Requirements for PTs/PTAs in:

AL, AR, AZ CO, GA, IA, IL, KS, NC, NE, NH, ND, NM, OR, SC, 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
Approved for live credits by the NJ Board of PT # 2009 – 009

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
The NJ Board of PT (Live) #2103 -20

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