Ethics-Related Articles and Other Information

ASHA Publications

The ASHA online journals, Perspectives , and The ASHA Leader are excellent resources for ethics-related information.

Access Audiology

Multiple Professional Ethics Standards: A Challenge for Practitioners
Some practitioners know about the ASHA Code of Ethics while others are familiar with their state board of examiners' code of conduct or ethics; it is important for all practitioners to be well versed with both sources of professional obligations. (March 2012)


Ethics Compliance: Enforcing ASHA's Code of Ethics
This article describes the key components of ASHA's ethics program, including the special responsibility of ASHA's members and certificate holders in the enforcement of the Code. It was written for publication in the November 2010 issue of Special Interest Group 4's Perspecitives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders (Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 71–75).

Ethics: A Model Curriculum for Teaching Professional Issues in University Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs
This article presents a model for educators to use in developing or supplementing professional issues courses. It was written for publication in the March 2010 issue of Special Interest Group 11's Perspectives on Administration and Supervision (Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 20–34).

Ethical Implications of Using Outdated Standardized Tests
This article addresses concerns and issues related to use of older versions of standardized tests after newer editions have been published. The article was written by two members of the Board of Ethics for publication in the June 2008 issue of Special Interest Group 16's Perspectives on School-Based Issues (Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 79–83).

The ASHA Leader

Doing the Right Thing After School
Thinking of taking on private clients outside of school? Follow these steps to start an ethical and legal practice. (7/2016)

Can I? Should I?
New rules in ASHA's Code of Ethics (2016) provide guidance to clinicians in a variety of situations. (7/2016)

Sorting Through the Gray
Ethical questions in audiology practice seldom have black-and-white answers; several scenarios identify trouble spots. (7/2016)

9 Upsetting Dilemmas
What happens when someone believes a CSD professional has violated one of the core principles of the ASHA Code of Ethics? (11/2012) 

Navigating Medicaid Services in Schools
When providing services to Medicaid-eligible students, SLPs should consider these documentation and billing aspects. (4/3/2012)

Ethics, Equity, and English-Language Learners: A Decision-Making Framework
This articles addresses challenges related to clinical decision-making in intervention with English-language learners and their families. (8/3/2010)

Watch Out for These Ethical Traps in Private Practice
See examples of situations that could present ethical dilemmas for private practitioners. (8/11/2009)

Ethics and Patient Management: ASHA Guidelines Support Clinicians' Choices
Learn about the ASHA guidelines and other resources that help support clinician judgments about patient management. (1/20/2009)

Triangulated Ethics: The Patient-Student-Supervisor Relationship
Learn about the potential ethical issues that may arise within patient-student-supervisory interactions and the importance of helping future professionals anticipate and respond to ethical challenges. (2/12/2008)

Uses and Abuses of the ASHA Code of Ethics
Learn about the role of a profession's code of ethics and how audiologists and speech-language pathologists can use ASHA's Code of Ethics in their varied roles and work contexts. (2/7/2006)

Recognizing When Strings Are Attached
Learn how to maintain integrity and objectivity and to avoid a conflict of intrest. (1/17/2006)

Ethical Considerations in Patient Discharge
Learn about the resources available to assist audiologists and speech-language pathologists in making ethical decisions related to patient discharge issues. (11/2/2004)

A Consensus Model for Making Ethical Decisions in a Less-than-Ideal World
Learn about a process for addressing ethical dilemmas by considering a number of questions that address real-world issues. (2/17/2004)

Employers, Employees, and Ethics
Learn how employees can meet their ethical responsibilities in light of employer demands, workplace practices, and regulatory requirements, and how employers can foster a work environment that promotes ethical practice and behavior. (10/7/2003)

The Ethics of Competence
Learn how the Code of Ethics provides guidance on meeting one's ethical responsibilty to provide competent services in the dynamic professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. (6/24/2003)

Supervision of Student Clinicians: Modeling Ethical Practice for Future Professionals
Learn about the supervisor's role in mentoring student clinicians in the areas of professional behavior and ethical decision making. (5/27/2003)

Ethical vs. Legal Jurisdiction
Learn the distinctions between association and regulatory agency jurisdiction over matters involving complaints of ethical misconduct. (2/4/2003)

When Clinician and Parent Disagree
Learn how the Code of Ethics is applied to situations where clinicians and parents disagree about recommendations for treatment. (11/19/2002)

ASHA Code of Ethics and Research
Learn how the Code of Ethics is applied to research and scholarly activities. (9/24/2002)

Loose Lips: Confidentiality in Relationships with Colleagues
Learn about the ethical considerations related to maintaining confidentiality in relatonships with colleagues, students, and allied professionals. (8/6/2002)

Serving Diverse Populations
Learn more about ethical considerations in providing services to diverse populations. (4/2/2002)

ASHA's Board of Ethics—Let's Get Acquainted
Learn more about the composition, operation, and activities of the Board of Ethics. (2/19/2002)

Pleading with Fingers Crossed
Learn how the Board of Ethics views complaints involving individuals that have pled guilty in criminal or licensure proceedings. (9/11/2001)

Articles by Other Authors

Billing Policies: What's Legal, What's Not
Basic reimbursement guidelines to help practitioners develop successful office billing practices (The ASHA Leader, 9/5/06)

Documentation Requirements Related to Reimbursement for Audiology Services
Key elements and importance of accurately documenting patient encounters (The ASHA Leader, 9/5/06)

Clinical Documentation in Speech-Language Pathology
Essential information on clinical documentation for successful SLP practice (The ASHA Leader, 9/5/06)

ASHA Website

Ethics in Research
Links to ethics-related resources for researchers.

Ethics Q&A for Schools-Based SLP Practice  
Information to assist school-based SLPs in dealing with ethical issues in the school setting.

Ethical Issues in Swallowing
Links to articles from Special Interest Group newsletters and ASHA journals.

Managing Employer Demands in Health Care
SLPs working in health care settings may face requests from employers that may or may not be ethically and professionally appropriate. Common "employer demand" scenarios and related resources are provided to help the SLP navigate the ethics of the situation.

Multiple Professional Ethics Standards: A Challenge for Practitioners
Some practitioners know about the ASHA Code of Ethics while others are familiar with their state board of examiners' code of conduct or ethics; it is important for all practitioners to be well versed with both sources of professional obligations.

Negligent Misrepresentations
Clarification regarding application of Code of Ethics in situations involving misrepresentation, whether intentional or not.

Statements Regarding the AuD
Statements from 1997 by the ASHA Executive Board and Ethical Practice Board regarding use of the AuD designator.

Student Supervision FAQs
Frequently asked questions about student supervision.

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