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Ethics Topic—Duty to Warn: An Ethical Responsibility for All Practitioners, 3rd Ed
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SKU: OL4951

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2016

Basic Member Price
Non-Member Price: $55.00

Product Overview

Presented by:

Deborah Yarett Slater, MS, OT/L, FAOTA

Ethics Consultant

Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDUs/1 contact hour).

Course Description

NEWLY UPDATED for 2020 Code of Ethics
The purpose of this course is to assist participants in understanding their professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities in the identification of safety issues in ADLs and IADLs as they evaluate and provide intervention to clients. In addition, the importance of utilizing data from both objective and subjective sources to determine risk of harm in performing daily activities is stressed. Once identified, the probability of risk must then be communicated through written and verbal methods to the client and others on a need-to-know basis, in compliance with applicable laws and ethical principles. This may include families, caregivers, and other professionals as well as reporting to state and local agencies. The example of driving is discussed in detail to illustrate how deficits identified in a general occupational therapy evaluation can translate into potentially serious driving safety issues, not only for the individual client but also for the public at large, and cannot be ignored or left for a therapist specializing in driving, in this case, to identify. The material includes not only lecture format but also interactive case studies and resources to enhance learning on this topic.

Learning Objectives:

Following this presentation, the practitioner will:

Recognize the professional and ethical obligation of practitioners to identify performance deficits that may affect safety in activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).

Recognize the Principles in the 2020 Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics  (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2020) that support the ethical responsibility of practitioners to identify and communicate the potential for harm to clients and relevant stakeholders.

Identify factors that indicate the probability of safety risks and both the related legal requirements to report the risks and the ethical obligations to warn when considering the occupation of driving.

AOTA Occupational Therapy Classification Code for Continuing Education
Category 3: Professional Issues, Contemporary Issues and Trends

Learning Level

Target Audience
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants