Professional Ethics for the School-Based SLP

Mark Strait

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ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level

A professional code of ethics provides guidance for speech-language pathologists confronting conflicting information or differing opinions that may lead to ethical misconduct. Participants will be presented with a brief overview of the ASHA Code of Ethics followed by a discussion of examples of ethical misconduct, with specific focus on those confronting school-based practitioners. Participants will discuss the concept of willful blindness, the process of solving ethical dilemmas, learn to identify supportive resources when facing ethical dilemmas, and how and when to report ethical violations.

Instructor Information

Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, is an SLP Director at The Stepping Stones Group, ASHA Fellow, and Distinguished Fellow of National Academies of Practice (NAP). She served on ASHA’s Board of Directors as Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council (2016-2018), the Board of Ethics, and the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators. Melanie’s publications include “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 4th edition” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013; Plural Publishing, 2018), and 5th edition (Hudson & DeRuiter, 2019, Plural), chapter author for “The Clinical Education and Supervisory Process in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,” (McCrea & Brasseur, Slack, Inc., 2019). She served as President of the Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Association and on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Melanie was a candidate for ASHA’s President-elect for 2021.

Financial Disclosure: Melanie Hudson is an employee of The Stepping Stones Group and receives a salary for her position.  She has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists

Learner Objectives

As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose and function of a professional code of ethics.
  2. Discuss how to avoid several common ethical dilemmas, and where to find guidance when faced with same.
  3. Identify specific elements of their respective Codes of Ethics to solve an ethical dilemma.


  • 15 minutes: Ethical Standards: The “what” and “why” and Overview of 2016 ASHA Code of Ethics
  • 45 minutes: Recurring Themes in Ethical Issues
  • 20 Minutes: Ethics Terminology
  • 45 Minutes: Group Activity with Case Studies
  • 20 minutes: Willful Blindness
  • 25 minutes: Ethical Dilemmas: How to Avoid; Finding Guidance; Reporting Ethical Violations
  • 10 Minutes: Questions/Discussion/Wrap-Up