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WEBINAR The American Physical Therapy Association Code of Ethics in the 21st Century

 Export to Your Calendar 4/4/2019
When: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
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Toward an Ethics of Societal Transformation: The American Physical Therapy Association Code of Ethics in the 21st Century

Important decisions about “right” and “wrong” are made daily in physical therapy clinical settings. Every time we make a decision based on what is right, we are choosing to act ethically.

The APTA Code of Ethics was initially adopted in 1981 as a way to summarize the physical therapy profession’s commitment to the public good in a specific manner. The current model fits episodic, fee-for-service, and clinic-based practice settings, but consideration of our ethical reasoning may change as we embrace population health. The values of the APTA Code of Ethics should continually guide - and be guided - by the vision and values of the physical therapy profession as it continues to develop. Along these lines, reconsideration of our ethical thinking in physical therapy will help us refocus our efforts to transform society and embrace new practices and practice settings.  The purpose of this session is to describe social justice, human rights, utilitarianism, and deontology in physical therapy, and to explain how we can work to shape our practice towards realizing our vision of transforming society.  The talk will be framed around 4 proposed “big ideas”:

  • Big Idea #1, Proposed: The APTA Code of Ethics Must Affirm An Individual’s Right to Be Healthy.
  • Big Idea #2, Proposed: The APTA Code of Ethics Must Focus Our Attention on the Importance of Prevention Through Movement System Assessment and Treatment......Rather Than Bury It In the Fine Print.
  • Big Idea #3, Proposed: The APTA Code of Ethics Must Inculcate Our Profession’s Commitment to Address Differences in Health and Health Outcomes that are Avoidable...And Then Work to Make All Differences Avoidable.
  • Big Idea #4, Proposed: The APTA Code of Ethics Must Emphasize the Core Belief That Physical Therapists Act to Ameliorate or Eliminate the Root Causes of Movement System Dysfunction......Including Social, Political, and Economic Root Causes.

About our presenters: 

Sean F. Griech, PT, DPT, COMT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Griech serves as an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at DeSales University in Center Valley Pennsylvania, as well as adjunct assistant professor in the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Shenandoah University.  He earned his BS in physical therapy from Daemen College and his transitional DPT from Shenandoah University. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his Ph.D. studying the interface between ethics and social justice in healthcare. Dr. Griech is a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) and a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT).  In addition to his clinical research, Dr. Griech has presented on the topic of ethics as well as authored a book chapter on societal ethics in physical therapy.  Currently, he is working on several projects in this same area.  In addition to his academic background, Sean continues to practice clinically in outpatient orthopedics as well as at his universities pro bono clinic. 

 

Todd E. Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Todd E. Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS serves as a tenured Professor and Program Director in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Dr. Davenport is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s DPT and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency programs. He is a past clinical research fellow at the Warren G. Magnusson Clinical Center at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Davenport is a graduate of the Master of Public Health program at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. He has been continuously recognized as a Board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2005. Dr. Davenport is the 2018-2019 Faculty Administrative Leadership Fellow in the Office of the Provost at University of the Pacific. Dr. Davenport has been a member of several writing and review teams related to clinical practice guidelines. In addition to his teaching, scholarship, and service work, Dr. Davenport practices clinically at the Kaiser Permanente offices in Stockton, California.

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