Table Manners

Table Manners: Ethics and Building a Feeding Team

This course provides guidelines for inter- and intra-professional behavior in supporting a positive and dynamic Team-Based approach to assessing and treating Feeding and Swallowing Disorders keeping in mind the best interests of the client, but balancing them with the ethical, legal and professional concerns of the practitioner.

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Table Manners: Ethics and Building a Feeding Team

As the face of service delivery in feeding and dysphagia changes to accommodate payor considerations, legal stipulations, and staffing constraints, we are constantly challenged to find ways to work together with other professions to provide integrated top-notch therapy to the individuals we serve while maintaining our ethical, legal, and occupational integrity. But often we’re not sure which lines are okay to cross, which ones to blur, and which are etched in stone.

How do we build a team that includes the caregivers and other allied health practitioners, without compromising our ethical standards or licensed scope of practice? We need a firm grasp of the foundations of medical and therapy-based ethics and how to apply them to the novel and changing situations that we are encountering. We also need to hone our interpersonal skills to be able to apply these ethical principles in such a way that we build collaboration rather than alienation. And nowhere is this more crucial than when dealing with dysphagia assessment and treatment where lapses can lead to life-threatening consequences.

Using Powerpoint presentation, lecture, and discussion, this course will explore these issues providing guidelines and references to help guide our decisions in what seem to be gray areas. Participants will explore various scenarios using guidelines discussed in the course, practicing and clarifying their application in real-life examples via group discussion with the opportunity to ask both general questions and ones receiving assistance with specific situations they may be facing.


Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  1. Explain 4 foundational ethical philosophies and 5 key ethical principles as they relate to the practice of dysphagia management.
  2. Outline the scope of practice and areas of responsibility as it relates to Feeding and Dysphagia for SLP, OT, PT, Nutrition, Medicine, and the Parent/Caregiver.
  3. Differentiate Ethical standards versus Practice standards.
  4. Apply these ethical principles to specific case study questions discussed during the presentation.
  5. List 3 or more avenues to use in instances of professional disagreement in a Team environment in order to maintain ethical behavior and service delivery.



2 hours.


0 – 5 minutes Introduction
5 – 30 minutes Ethics FOR Practice – Foundational ethical philosophies, principles
30 – 45 minutes Ethics AND Practice: Purpose of the Team, Roles/Scope/Practice Acts of the Members
45 – 60 minutes Ethics VERSUS Practice – Where are they different and where do they overlap?
60 – 90 minutes Ethics IN Practice: Applying Ethical Principles to Specific Issues, Scenarios, and Case Studies
90 – 120 minutes Ethics IN Practice: What to Do When We Disagree – How to do it Ethically


Instruction Method:

Lecture, Powerpoint presentation, Case Study Analysis, Q&A

Instruction Method:

The video of this course presents Lecture, PowerPoint Presentation, Q&A, and Group Discussion.

Successful Completion:

Participants must correctly answer 16 of 20 quiz questions to successfully complete this course.


Presenter Disclosure:

Financial: Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P.C. in Denton, TX .
Non-financial: Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Additional Information

Attendance Type

In-Person, On-Demand

CEU Options

With CEUs, Without CEUs


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Presenter Name: Jennifer Meyer , M.A. CCC-SLP
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Presenter's Bio: Jennifer Meyer is a popular national speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 25 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE).