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Clinical Considerations for Competency and Ethics in Dysphagia Management
Clinical Considerations for Competency and Ethics in Dysphagia Management
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Ethics is an often-forgotten portion of evidence-based practice. Although not a distinct part of the triad, ethics play an important role in every decision. This session provides practical applications of the tenets of the ASHA Code of Ethics, with focus on the concept of competence.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 online conference “Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management.”

Learning Outcomes
After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • State four tenets of the ASHA Code of Ethics
  • Name four components of competence and list essential areas of knowledge needed to develop it
  • Summarize the role of questions in critical thinking


  • Evidence-based practice and ethics 
  • ASHA Ethics: What is competence?
  • Autonomy: An ethical dilemma
  • The building process: Critical thinking
  • The evidence for swallowing therapy
  • Back to the basics

Related Courses

View all courses from the Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management online conference.

Ethics Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for Ethics. See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Presenter Information

Ed M. Bice, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist currently working as a Clinical Consultant for IOPI Medical. He has experience in various settings, including acute care, outpatient, home health, and skilled nursing. He has held various leadership positions such as a Regional Manager, Vice President of Clinical Services, and Chief Operating Officer. Ed has been a guest on national and international dysphagia podcasts, written blogs concerning dysphagia and dysphagia-related topics for Dysphagia Café, and published in peer-reviewed journals. As adjunct faculty, he teaches the swallowing course at the University of Maryland. Ed has been an invited speaker for university, state, and national conventions on various topics.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Full-time salaried employee of IOPI Medical, LLC
  • Adjunct faculty at University of Maryland and East Tennessee State University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by April 30, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 2022
End date: April 30, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Continuing Education

4/30/2022 to 4/30/2027

Product Information

Item #(s): PD102476
Client Age: Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
Language: English
Author: Ed M Bice, MEd, CCC-SLP

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