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The Student Ethics Essay Award (SEEA) program is conducted as part of ASHA's efforts to create awareness of the importance of ethical decision making as individuals prepare to start careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech, language, and hearing sciences. Recipients of the SEEA are listed below, and essay titles are available to read for the last three years.

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2014 SEEA Recipients

Topic: Despite what appears to be a successful graduate training experience in audiology or speech-language pathology, issues with ethical implications may arise during the supervisory relationship in your clinical education. Select one potential conflict from the situations below. Using the ASHA Code of Ethics, identify one or more Principles and the corresponding Rule(s) that you believe have been violated and provide a rationale for your choice(s). Next, describe your decision-making process to resolve the ethical dilemma.

Audiology

  • During your 4th-year clinical placement, you discover that your immediate supervisor's ASHA certification is not current. You understand that the time spent acquiring knowledge and skills in this clinical experience will not be accepted toward completion of your ASHA certification requirements. When you inquire about this issue, your supervisor says, "Don't worry. I'll have someone with certification sign."
  • During your clinical education program, you believe that your immediate supervisor fails to provide you with adequate supervision to meet your and your client's needs; you believe, therefore, that the accuracy of the audiology services is compromised.

Speech-Language Pathology

  • During your clinical fellowship, you discover that your immediate supervisor's ASHA certification is not current. You understand that the time spent acquiring knowledge and skills in this clinical experience will not be accepted toward completion of your ASHA certification requirements. When you inquire about this issue, your supervisor says, "Don't worry. I'll have someone with certification sign."
  • During your clinical education program, you believe that your immediate supervisor fails to provide you with adequate supervision to meet your and your client's needs; you believe, therefore, that the quality of services you provide is compromised.

1st Place

Christine DelfinoChristine R. Delfino
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Essay Title: Ethical Practice: Self Advocacy as Client Advocacy


2nd Place

Kelsey RobertsKelsey Roberts
Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
Essay Title: Ethics: A Challenge, A Necessity


3rd Place

Elizabeth StepanskyElizabeth Stepansky
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Essay Title: Thoughts on Trust & Responsibility: Choosing to Act Ethically in the Absence of Compelling Consequences


2013 SEEA Recipients

Topic: Persons in our profession are as likely as anyone else to experience workplace dilemmas that might compromise their professional ethics. The term workplace dilemma may apply in situations where power abuse between employer and employee exists when the employee is asked by the employer to perform tasks beyond his or her educational training and experience, or when the workload expectation cannot be completed within the contract day. It may also include a situation when the employee is asked by the employer to complete documentation that he or she knows is inappropriate. Students are asked to write an essay in which they consider the ethical issues raised by the problem of workplace dilemmas.

1st Place

Karen Cuthbertson
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Essay Title: Scope of Practice Workplace Dilemma: Navigating Difficult Terrain Gracefully

2nd Place

Rachael Bauleke
Minnesota State University – Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota
Essay Title: Dilemmas in the Workplace: A Guide to Ethical Decision Making

3rd Place

Margaret Searcy
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Essay Title: Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace: Can We Determine What is Most Ethical?

2012 SEEA Recipients

Topic: Persons in our professions are as likely as anyone else to suffer from mental illnesses of varying degrees of severity or to suffer from various forms of addiction and substance abuse. The term "impaired practitioner" is widely used to refer to professionals when such illnesses and addictions adversely affect their ability to carry out their responsibilities. Write an essay in which you consider the ethical issues raised by the problem of impaired professionals.

1st Place

Kendra Schmitt
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Essay Title: Impaired Practitioners: A Collective Call for Action

2nd Place

Alison Brady
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Essay Title: Compassion and the Impaired Practitioner: Considerations for Prevention, Judgment, and Action in Ethics Violation Cases

3rd Place

Emily Norman
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Essay Title: The Role of the Individual and National Association in the Prevention of Compromised Patient Care Due to Impaired Practitioners

2011 SEEA Recipients

Topic: Describe an ethical dilemma that might arise for a student or a supervisor in a clinical setting, addressing various aspects of the dilemma such as the pressures that might push the involved professionals toward unethical behavior; how a student would know whether client well-being is being put at risk and whether clinical supervision is adequate; how students should address a situation in which they have doubts about the ethical acceptability of their supervisor's conduct; and how an ethically acceptable outcome might be achieved.

1st Place

Monique King
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Essay Title: A Domino Effect of Unethical Decisions

2nd Place

Ambily Abraham
Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
Essay Title: Clinical Clash of Cultures

3rd Place

Emily Riddle
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Essay Title: Providing Effective Treatment in the Face of Power Differential: A Clinical Situation

2010 SEEA Recipients

Topic: Within the context of the ASHA Code of Ethics, how has the emergence of technology impacted the issues of confidentiality, privacy, and security of individuals' records and protected health information?

1st Place

Keith Hosokawa
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Essay Title: The False Security of Technology and Its Impact on Protecting Client Confidentiality

2nd Place

Amelia S. Rachal
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
Essay Title: Safety in Numbers: Technology's Impact on Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security

3rd Place

Suzannah Marie Allen
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Essay Title: Implications for Confidentiality In an Increasingly Technological World

2009 SEEA Recipients

Topic: The meaning and importance of Principle IV of ASHA's Code of Ethics (2003).

1st Place

Megan Thurber
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Essay Title: The Importance of Collaboration and Character: Principle of Ethics IV

2nd Place

Jennifer Wallace Knapp
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Essay Title: Principle IV

3rd Place

Victoria Hatzelis
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York
Essay Title: Overcoming Professional Challenges in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology: A Lifelong Commitment

2008 SEEA Recipients

Topic: The meaning and importance of Principle III of ASHA's Code of Ethics (2003).

1st Place

Heather S. Petrusa
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Essay Title: A Framework for Care That Encompasses Our Professional Characteristics

2nd Place

Kimberly S. Judlin
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
Essay Title: Principles of Ethics III

3rd Place

Melinda J. Simon
Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia
Essay Title: Professional Integrity of Student Clinicians

2007 SEEA Recipients

Topic: The meaning and importance of Principle II of ASHA's Code of Ethics (2003).

1st Place

Carolyn Stephenson Gosse
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Essay Title: Developing Professional Competence During the Clinical Fellowship

2nd Place

Sarenne Sutton
Teachers College-Columbia University, New York, New York
Essay Title: Principle of Ethics II

3rd Place

Elissa M. Larkin
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Essay Title: The Ethic of Competence

2006 SEEA Recipients

Topic: The meaning and importance of Principle I of ASHA's Code of Ethics (2003).

1st Place

Victoria Carlson-Casaregola
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Essay Title: Doing Well by Others: Thoughts on Idealism and the ASHA Code of Ethics in Practice

2nd Place

Laura Guengerich
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Essay Title: ASHA's Principle of Ethics I in Action

3rd Place

Sarah Reid
University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina
Essay Title: Ethics: Holding the Person Paramount

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