Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Articulate his or her potential contributions to doctoral physical therapy practice in terms of personal and professional strengths, interests, and goals.
  • Examine the professional behaviors described in APTA’s Core Values in Physical Therapy and apply these to his or her practice.
  • Reflect on virtues and ethical constructs that guide decision-making in both society and health care.
  • Discuss strategies for the development and maintenance of expert practice and relate these to his or her goals for doctoring practice.
  • Discuss the role of APTA in promoting physical therapy as a doctoring profession, and develop strategies for advocacy of important issues identified by this organization.
  • Discuss the current and emerging competencies that are required of physical therapists as doctoring professionals.
  • Begin to explore the concept of mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into a discussion of core values and professionalism
  • Discuss the social contract and how it relates to  ethics from a philosophical and practical viewpoint.
  • Examine different strategies related to communication in health care, especially those  identified by expert physical therapy practitioners and how they relate to health care outcomes.

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