ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND CASELOAD MANAGEMENT – RECORDED EVENT

Dates: Available July 1-31, 2024
Speaker:  Darrell J. Dern, SLP.D, CCC-SLP

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Dern has over 40 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and educational leader. He has worked in medical and school-based practices as a clinician, supervisor, and principal. He has served as a Clinical Fellowship Mentor for numerous Clinical Fellows. He is active in the Arizona Speech Language and Hearing Association (ArSHA) having served on several committees. He is a former treasurer, convention chair, and president of the association. Dr. Dern just finished a three-year term as Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology with ArSHA. He is a graduate of the SLPD program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession. The title of his dissertation was “The Effect of Using Social Thinking® and The Self-Concept Framework Methodologies on Accurate Sense of Self in Neurodiverse Adolescents”.

Information Level:  Introductory

Abstract:
This presentation provides the CSD practioner with the skills to view the special education eligibility process through the lens of ethics and effective decision-making processes. The participant will engage in scholarly discussions around ethical predicaments that can occur during the special education referral and assessment process. The participant will identify the role-speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may play in over-identifying students for special education services using biased assessment procedures. Finally, the presentation will provide the practioner with tools to effectively guide special education eligibility decision making and mitigate ethical predicaments.

Learner Outcomes:
After completing this course, participants will:

  • Identify the potential ethical predicaments that can occur when applying legal criteria and local procedures to special education referral and assessment procedures.
  • Describe the role speech-language pathologists (SLPs) may play in over-identifying students for special education services using biased assessment procedures.
  • Review a case study through the lens of ethics and decision-making processes to guide clinical decision making regarding determining eligibility for speech-language services.

Time Ordered Agenda:

5   minutes      Introduction and Disclosures
10 minutes      Overview and key concepts – ASHA Code of Ethics (COE)
15 minutes      Predicaments in special education eligibility process
15 minutes      Ethical Concerns related to ethical predicaments-relating predicaments to ASHA COE
15 minutes      Risks of failing to ethically resolve predicaments – BIPOC and CLD populations
20 minutes      Mitigating Risks using the Three-Prong Test and Design Thinking
25 minutes      Case studies-hypothetical and actual case studies.
15 minutes        Wrap up and Q&A (recorded)

Registration for Recording: (Available July 1-31, 2024 only)
https://www.arsha.org/membership-form/#/event-registration/webinar-1176-rec
https://www.arsha.org/membership-form/#/event-registration/thankyou-1176-rec

Pricing:
ArSHA Member: $25
Non Member: $50
Students: $10

Disclosure Statements:

Non-Financial Disclosure: Darrell Dern serves and has served in many volunteer positions on the ArSHA Executive Board.

Financial Disclosure: Darrel Dern will be receiving an honorarium from ArSHA for this presentation.  He currently works as a speech-language pathologist in the Tolleson Union High School District and serves as adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and will be referencing case studies from his place of employment.