Applied Ethical Reasoning

Applied Ethical Reasoning

Take a deep dive into ethical decision making


This course complements existing knowledge of ethical principles, values and frameworks to explore more specific methods and concepts of ethical decision-making in physiotherapy.  It takes a deep dive into more defined situations where ethical dilemmas may occur and explores concepts to surmount these. There will be a strong element of analysing real life scenarios in the discussions, so be prepared to share your thoughts and experiences with others, this will allow us to explore our own professional values, to learn from and with others on this course.


Utilising knowledge of ethical values, principles and decision-making frameworks, the aim of this course is to develop more complex professional ethical reasoning skills by exploring practice scenarios.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Ethical Reasoning
  2. Rules and Regulations
  3. Autonomous practice
  4. The Disability Paradox
  5. The Ethical Reasoning Bridge
  6. Narrative Reasoning

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.