OTD 701 Professional Ethical Reasoning

Professional reasoning describes the reasoning process used by therapists as they plan, direct, perform, and evaluate client care. Professional reasoning also can include reasoning conducted at a supervisory, managerial, or educational level regarding occupational therapy service delivery. In the current complex practice setting, not only do therapists require high levels of professional reasoning, but they are also challenged with many situations that require ethical reasoning. In addition, the changing expectations of clients require therapists to use shared decision making. This course will explore literature that examines and evaluates potential models for decision making by occupational therapists. Multiple case examples will be used to apply different types of professional and ethical reasoning and demonstrate methods for supporting professional development and ethical practice. (3)