Continuing Education | Jan 13, 2018 | Registration Info >>

Managing the Slippery Slope or the Fall Off the Ethical Cliff:
There is a Principle or Standard for That . .

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
Location: The course will be hosted by the University of Mary in Bismarck and live-streamed to the University of Jamestown in Fargo and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
6 Contact Hours- This course will count for 6 certified units of continuing competency for North Dakota licensees.
Registration deadline is 1/4/18. There will be a $50 late fee for registrations received after January 4th.

The profession of PT has evolved rapidly from technician to a doctoring profession with the accompanying privileges and responsibilities associated with the expectations that we function at a higher professional level. All clinicians face more complex ethical challenges as a result of personal risk factors, setting specific encounters, and payment debacles. This course will explore how to avoid, when possible, and/or manage and conquer ethical and professional issues that confront each of us in every day practice situations. Ethical issues often result in unforeseen legal (licensing) or malpractice circumstances that are best to avoid.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Slippery Slope, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply the Code and Standards to real practice situations.
  • Analyze situations from the perspective of different stakeholders and different settings.
  • Disseminate knowledge about how the core documents assist with professional decision-making.
  • Relate the applicable ethical principle to real life situations.
  • Evaluate their own ethical risk factors and how they impact practice.

Course Schedule

Saturday, January 13, 2018

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:00 Ethics: Not a bunch of rules rather a whole lot of practical guidance for busy clinicians.
10:00-11:00 Ethical Decision Making: Practical wisdom and guidance for every day practice

11:00-11:15 BREAK

11:15-12:15 What were they thinking when they did that? Exploring what you would never consider doing . . . would you?

12:15- 1:15 LUNCH (on your own)

1:15- 4:15 What were we thinking when we did that? Exploring cases in which any one of us could easily be involved

Course Faculty

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, is a professor of physical therapy and Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She currently serves on the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, Division of Consumer Affairs in New Jersey. She is President of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and previously served as Chair of the National APTA Reference Committee and APTA Ethics and Judicial Committees. Most recently, she served on the Imaging in PT Task Force and Scope of Practice Task Force. She is on the faculty of ProBE, a national ethics remediation program.

Dr. Kirsch presents on topics in ethics and risk management on the national level at APTA and other professional meetings.

Her academic and research interest is professional behavior and ethical decision-making. She is determined to help the professional community become engaged in this dialogue.

Dr. Kirsch writes a monthly column in PT in Motion Magazine called Ethics in Practice