Ethical Reasoning In Speech Pathology

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Ethics for Fresh Graduates

Despite the passion that speech language pathologists have for their patients and careers, there are some who feel stronger in other areas such as, greed, pride, or envy. This may cause a great therapist or employer to react unethically in a tough situation. In turn, the authoritative figure pushes their employees to commit illegal actions. Once a company, or a supervisor within a company begins to pursue unethical actions, she is then teaching every person under her supervision to also pursue these situations unethically. The people who jump into their careers as SLP-Assistants are excited and willing to get out there and put their degree to use. Employers know this and take advantage of these types of people
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“Over half the participants described feeling uncomfortable and unprepared to address ethical problems in the workplace. They attributed this uneasiness to a lack of insight into ethical issues.” (Kenny, Lincoln, & Belandin, 2007). Weather the situation involves a client, a parent of a client, or a colleague, it is imperative to understand what is acceptable in the speech language pathology field. Many times it isn’t until the therapist has gained experience and questioned employers that they realize maybe something doesn’t quite add up. “As they gained experience, new graduates perceived discrepancies between policies and practice” (Kenny, Lincoln, & Belandin, 2007). By this point it may be too late and her reputation, job, or even license could be a…show more content…
Not all supervisors are unethical but if the student runs into one who is unethical then having the intel over her rights would make a profound difference. “Effective preparation must equip graduates with the skills to resolve the current ethical dilemmas that confront the profession and the new ethical dilemmas that will emerge during their professional careers.”(Kenny, Lincoln, & Belandin, 2007). Not only for her future, but in services for existing and/or potential patients. Then, once the student is well informed on the appropriate codes she can start Applying an ethics course in the undergrad program would be a great way to educate students on the significance of ethics in this field, I am unaware of the university politics and what goes into forming an entire new class, but, if possible, an ethics course prior to graduation could help raise the amount of importance of what is right, and what to do when something isn’t right. Teaching students how to file complaints or how to remove themselves from an unethical situation before their license is at risk is key. ASHA offers a variety of opportunities for members to learn more over ethics. Students who are required to participate will gain a better understanding of the role of ethics in our field. Staff may not be able to require every student to become an ASHA member for academic reasons but maybe those who do go through the trouble of

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