CSD 600 Professional Issues and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
This is a 3 credit hour course for 2nd year graduate students majoring in Speech-
Language Pathology. The course starts August 24, 2012 and will be completed by
December 3, 2012.
Class time: Friday, 9:00 am to 11:50 am Location: Room 325 Ferguson Building
Course Instructor: Robert Mayo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor
Phone: 336-334-3022 E-mail: email@example.com
Office hours: Friday 12 noon to 2:00 pm or by appointment. Located in 342 Ferguson.
Communication: I will respond to your email correspondence within 24 hours when
submitted between Monday and Thursday. If your message is sent on Friday,
Saturday, or Sunday, I will respond to you by the following Monday.
Purpose and Description
Issues related to employment settings, job exploration/preparation, credentialing, trends
in service delivery, ethics, legal considerations, and professional advocacy in the
profession of speech-language pathology will be introduced. Content is in accordance
with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Scope of Practice,
Code of Ethics, Preferred Practice Patterns and guidelines for credentialing. The
graduate student taking this course will be introduced to information and resources that
can be used for a professional lifetime. Professional activity, including advocacy for the
profession and the clients/patients one serves, will be encouraged.
Required Textbook and Related Readings
1. Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 3rd Edition by
Rosemary Lubinski, Lee Ann Golper and Carol M. Frattali.
2. ASHA Code of Ethics: http://www.asha.org/docs/pdf/ET2010-00309.pdf
3. ASHA Scope of Practice in SLP: http://www.asha.org/docs/pdf/SP2007-00283.pdf
4. Statement of the ASHA Board of Ethics: http://www.asha.org/Practice/ethics/BOE-
5. ASHA Preferred Practice Patterns for the Professions of Speech-Language
Pathology and Audiology: http://www.asha.org/docs/pdf/PP2004-00191.pdf
6. North Carolina Board of Examiners: http://www.ncboeslpa.org
a. Article 22 (under the 'Statutes' link)
b. Scope of Practice Statements
7. ASHA Membership and Certification Requirements:
Optional Reading Resources:
Web Links for Ethics Information:
http://search.asha.org/default.aspx?q=+http://www.asha.org/about/ethics. These may
be useful for your case studies.
Academic Honor Code: Each student is required to read the UNCG Academic Integrity
Policy on the web page and the Student Conduct Policies and each student will affirm
that s/he will honor those policies with a signature on all major work submitted for the
Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes unless they have an
excused absence. Two unexcused absences will result in lowering of the final grade by
Learning Differences/Disabilities: Students with documented learning differences or
disabilities must meet with the instructor prior to the second class to discuss any
accommodations that may be necessary. Please consult the UNCG Office of Disability
Services for guidelines on documenting a learning difference/disability at
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Contrast professional and business practices in different speech-language work
2. Evaluate service delivery systems (e.g. educational, private practice).
3. Analyze diversity issues and practices in the work setting.
4. Identify opportunities to re-invent oneself over the course of a professional career.
5. Advocate for the profession by educating the public and other related professions.
6. Complete the initial process of applying for ASHA certification and state licensure.
7. Identify predictable ethical risks and prevention strategies for ethical violations in
each job setting.
8. Formulate ways of protecting one's professional reputation through understanding of
professional competency, liability, and employment-related litigation matters.
TEACHING METHODS AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR ACHIEVING LEARNING
Multiple strategies incorporating direct instruction, face-to-face guest lectures,
collaborative learning groups, group discussion, and student guided problem solving.
We will also use one-hour guest tele-lectures delivered by professionals from a variety
of work settings to enhance your learning.
EVALUATION AND GRADING:
Students are expected to check Blackboard and email regularly to ensure that they are
fully aware of all assignments, announcements and other class related information.
Failure to do so may limit the ability to complete the assignments and receive full credit
for class participation.
ASSIGNMENTS/PROJECTS (300 points): Students will be evaluated on the
completion and quality of their products. Each assignment is deemed to be functional
and beneficial to the student's preparation for the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). There
are four assignments.
(1) Preparing for the Clinical Fellowship Year (100 points)
There are two (2) parts to this assignment and they involve you identifying one (1)
ideal/desired potential employment site for your CFY and:
i. Prepare a brief summary for the site (1/2 page) with pertinent information that may be
beneficial to you during your interview (see the rubric for this assignment). You do not
need to provide the name of the site.
iia. Generate a letter of interest/cover letter for your potential employment setting.
iiib. Construct a resume to accompany the cover letter. Samples of resumes for SLPs
are provided in the Course Documents area of Blackboard and Mr. Craig Pickett of
the UNCG Career Services Center will bring sample resumes for you view and critique
during his guest lecture.
WORK SETTING SUMMARY, RESUME & COVER LETTER Due: September
NOTE: SUBMIT THESE TO ME AS ONE MS WORD DOCUMENT VIA E-MAIL
ATTACHMENT---DO NOT SEND ME THREE SEPARATE WORD DOCUMENTS.
(2) Ethical Article Summary (100 points):
The purposes of the article summary are to critically evaluate and synthesize the
content of peer reviewed journal articles, use APA formatting in writing, and offer an
opinion on the content of the article by defending, rejecting and/or reflecting on the
Assignment: Students will read all of the articles in the 2011 Seminars in Speech and
Language, Volume 32. Students will then decide which one (1) article to summarize.
The written summary will include a detailed overview of the main issues/content. In
addition, students will provide a personal reflection and may disagree or agree with the
content of the article. The personal reflection will demonstrate engagement with the
ethical issue(s) and show growth in student’s knowledge of class content. The student
will draw upon class discussion and/or readings to synthesize and expand on their
Students will show excellent usage of Standard English (grammar, vocabulary, etc.)
The format of the paper must be APA style with 1 inch margins, double spaced and size
12 Font (Times New Romans, Calibri, or Arial.) The paper should be at least 500 words
Ethical Article Summary Due October 26, 2012
(3) Ethical Decision-Making Case Studies (100 points)
This is a group assignment (no more than three students please). Each group will be
assigned an ethical dilemma case study and will role-play the scenario in front of the
class. Each group member will take on a role in the scenario. Following each case
study, class members will react to the ethical dilemma portrayed and offer their insights
on (a) what exactly is the dilemma, (b) which principle(s) of the ASHA Code of Ethics
was violated or at risk for violation in the case study, and (c) how it should be resolved.
For each of the ethical dilemmas presented, groups should compile no more than a 1-
page response detailing steps for making an appropriate ethical decision (single-spaced
and 12 point font). Use the steps outlined in the Chabon (2004) ‘Consensus Model for
Making Ethical Decisions Flowchart and your textbook as a guide. Be succinct and be
sure to include support from the ASHA Code of Ethics to justify your decisions.
Presentation Dates November 30, 2012
Grading Scale: A = 300-290, A- = 284-279, B+ = 278-269, B = 268-255, B- = 254-
240, C+ = 239-230, C = 229-219, C- = 218-210, Below 209 = F.