Practical Ethics for Physical Therapists

Course Description:

Physical therapists make ethical decisions on a daily basis. In routine practice PTs are also faced with tough situations known as ethical dilemmas. Understanding bioethics and the APTA Code of Ethics can help therapists make decisions regarding ethical issues in an informed way. The purpose of this course is to help therapists recognize the ethical makeup of their clinical practice and to help them feel more confident in their ethical decision making.

At the completion of this continuing education course the physical therapist will:

  • Differentiate morals and ethics
  • Explain the relationship between ethics and professionalism
  • Describe bioethical principles and analyze ethical dilemmas involving the principles
  • Review the APTA Code of Ethics for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Compare and contrast ethical issues from ethical dilemmas and codified conflicts
  • Apply the RIPS model to clinical examples
  • Discuss the ethical implications of current events and examples from clinical practice

Registration fee: $50.00

Course Approvals:
Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy - approved for 2.0 hours

***ALL PA LICENSED Physical Therapists are required to complete 2 hours of Law and Ethics for this licensing period***

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About the Instructor:

Brigette Cuffia, PT, JD

Brigette Cuffia is an Assistant Professor at Neumann University and teaches in the Physical Therapy Program. She is also one of the Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education responsible for student clinical placements. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy and her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Temple University.

Brigette worked for Moss Rehab Hospital from 1995 through 2010. While at Moss she was
integral in developing a CARF accredited spinal cord injury program, bariatric program and also reviving the sexuality and disability education committee. Brigette was awarded a grant to develop Moss Muscle Builders, a maintenance group for persons with disabilities, which is still active today.

At Nemnann Brigette developed and implements the service-learning curriculum which allows students the opportunity to participate in public health initiatives throughout the community. She
is also currently participating in the Center for Commtmity Leadership Development and
Entrepreneurship at NU. Brigette chairs the Philadelphia Area Clinical Education Consortium a nonprofit group providing continuing education in the region: