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Ethical Dilemmas in SLP Clinical Education

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Clinical education processes provide a wealth of opportunities for ethical conflict to occur. Balancing the needs of students and clients, demonstrating impartiality among supervisees, addressing cultural differences, and tensions between what is taught in the classroom and what occurs in clinic are just a few of the common ethical problems faced by clinical educators. Knowing how to apply and make decisions that are in harmony with the ASHA Code of Ethics can be challenging. This session addresses ethical principles and applying them to clinical education using guides for ethical decision-making.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe an ethical decision-making model.
  • Apply essential functions to an ethical decision-making model.
  • Analyze a case study using an ethical decision-making model.


  • 15 minutes – Ethics vs. Morality; Ethics vs. Values
  • 15 minutes – Ethical Decision-Making Models
  • 15 minutes – Essential Functions and Ethics
  • 10 minutes – Case Study
  • 5 minutes   – Q and A


Michael Bamdad, M.A.
Director of Clinical Education
The George Washington University

Michael J. Bamdad has worked with TBI patients and their families for over 20 years. He has been published and speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of executive functioning deficits and pragmatic disorders. He is currently working in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The George Washington University.

Financial: Salary George Washington University; Received honorarium for this course
Non-financial:Current CAPCSD Board President-Elect

Katie Strong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Central Michigan University

Katie Strong, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University's Department of Communication Disorders. Katie is currently CAPCSD's Treasurer. She is the owner of Strong Speech Consulting, Inc. Her research interests are in aphasia and the use of personal narratives in identity renegotiation as well as SoTL.

Financial: Central Michigan University; Received honorarium for this course
Non-financial: former CAPCSD Board Member


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