Live Webinar for ASHA Continuing Education Credit

September  28, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm EST on Zoom

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Attendance is free for GSHA members, $25 for non-members



Professional Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Presented by:  Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP F-ASHA F-NAP BCS-CL

A professional code of ethics provides guidance for speech-language pathologists and audiologists 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. Participants will discuss common types of ethical complaints, the process of solving ethical dilemmas, learn to identify supportive resources when facing ethical dilemmas, and how and when to report ethical violations.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Participants will describe the purpose and function of a professional code of ethics.
  2. Participants will discuss at least 2 common ethical dilemmas using case studies.
  3. Participants will explain the process of solving an ethical dilemma.

Instructional Level: 


ASHA Continuing Education Credits: 

Members who attend this one-hour course are eligible for .1 ASHA CEUs


10 Minutes: Ethical Standards: The “what” and “why” and Overview of the ASHA Code of Ethics
25 Minutes: Common Types of Ethical Complaints with Case Studies and COVID-19 Considerations
5 Minutes: Ethics Terminology
15 Minutes: Ethical Dilemmas: How to Avoid; Finding Guidance; Reporting Ethical Violations; Sanctions
5 Minutes: Questions/Discussion/Wrap-Up


Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP is National Director at EBS Healthcare. She has over 30 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in public schools, private practice and university settings. She currently serves on the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees and served on the ASHA Board of Directors as the Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council from 2016-2018. She also served on the ASHA Board of Ethics, the Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators as the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision, and on ASHA’s Ad Hoc Committees on Governance Review in 2018, and Supervision in 2013. She is co-editor and chapter author for the 4th edition of “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013) and the 5th edition (Hudson & DeRuiter, Plural Publishing, 2020). She is a former President of the Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Association and received their Honors of the Association Award in 2014, and the Hull Leadership Award in 2016. She served on the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from 2013-2020. Melanie is a Board-Certified Specialist in Child Language and Disorders and presents on topics related to school-based services, autism spectrum disorders, clinical education (supervision/mentoring), and professional ethics.

Financial Disclosures:
Melanie receives royalties from her textbook “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 5th Edition” (Hudson & DeRuiter, Plural Publishing, 2020)

Non-financial Disclosures:
Melanie is a former President of GSHA
Melanie served as a member of the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Melanie served on ASHA’s Board of Ethics
Melanie served on ASHA’s Board of Directors
Melanie serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Speech-Language Hearing Foundation


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