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ANCDS Continuing Education Webinar: Promoting Autonomy in Individuals with Communication Disorders: A Clinician Primer to Decision-Making Capacity, Informed Consent, and Health Literacy
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT
Category: Webinars

Promoting Autonomy in Individuals with Communication Disorders: A Clinician Primer to Decision-Making Capacity, Informed Consent, and Health Literacy


Annette N. Askren, CScD, CCC-SLP
VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Live Broadcast:

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM Central

Registration is now closed.

For those unable to attend the live broadcast, an archived webinar will be made available shortly thereafter.


While speech-language pathologists are not the primary determiner of one's capacity to make healthcare decisions, they do assist care teams with such determinations.  In this course, clinical decision-making capacity, the process of informed consent, and health literacy will be reviewed.  Additional topics surrounding ethical considerations will be discussed, including: principles of ethics, dignity of risk, and ethical obligations that expand our moral lens.

Learner Outcomes:

The learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the Principlist Paradigm, its shortcomings, and (3) additional ethical obligations healthcare providers should consider.
  2. Describe the (4) abilities that comprise decision-making capacity and how this is assessed.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Askren is a staff speech-language pathologist at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.  She serves a comprehensive patient population and is an integral member of their ALS Care Team Center of Excellence; additionally, she serves on the medical center's Ethics Committee.  She received her Master's degree at San Diego State University and earned her clinical doctorate in medical speech-language pathology at the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Askren teaches at the graduate level for West Virginia University's Speech-Language Pathology program in the School of Medicine.  She is published on the topics of ethics & considerations at end-of-life and has been invited to speak nationally.  Among her many professional interests, she especially enjoys clinical education.  Dr. Askren is a member of the ANCDS Communication Committee.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Askren has no financial disclosures.

Non-Financial: Dr. Askren is a member of ANCDS.


ANCDS Members: No charge!
Non-Members: $50


Live Webinar Attendees:

If you would like to receive credit for attending, please complete and submit the program evaluation form after the webinar by Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

Please note: CEU information is submitted to ASHA on a monthly basis.  Therefore, it may take 6-8 weeks for your course to show up on your ASHA CE transcript.  If it has been more than 8 weeks since you took a course and you have not seen your course posted, please contact [email protected].

Recorded Webinar:

The recorded version of this course will be available 9/6/2022 - 12/31/2022.