Ethics & Ethical Decision Making



This course covers all aspects of ethics, from a historical perspective through to examples of the Codes of Ethics used in Disability Management and Vocational Rehabilitation today. Explore the role that ethics plays in defining a profession, professional practice and protecting both the professional and their clients. Learn the necessary skills to identify an ethical dilemma, apply a decision-making framework, and resolve the issue in the most effective and appropriate manner.

Course Content

Candidates will learn:

  • The definition of ethics

  • The role of ethics in professional practice

  • The foundation of ethical practice

  • Ethics from a historical perspective

  • Applying ethics

  • Various ethical theories

  • Branches of ethics

  • Codes of ethics, purpose and structure

  • Discussion of values

  • Ethical dilemmas

  • Ethical decision making / framework

  • Various tests to determine compliance

  • Complaints and discipline

  • Guidance on staying safe

  • A quiz to facilitate learning and understanding

    We use case studies and examples throughout.

Course Design


About the Instructor

Gail Kovacs

Gail Kovacs

Director of Education and Professional Development

In her role as KMG’s Director of Education, Gail brings 44+ years of international experience in health care, disability management and vocational rehabilitation.

Her extensive teaching experience includes recent projects such as developing and delivering training courses to Foreign Trained Health Professionals in Ontario, creating the Study Guide, workshop and on-line training for the 8 professional domains of the Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE) exam,  and developing training for front line construction supervisors in British Columbia in collaboration with WorkSafe B.C.

Gail is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP). She is a Past President of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) and of the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS). She has also been on the Board of Directors for the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP). She was a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) in the UK and has been directly involved in the development of practice standards with the VRA in Canada, the UK Rehab Council, and the British Standards Institution.

Gail has a certificate in Human Resources Development and professionally practices as an Ergonomist. She is also a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (CCRC), a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), and a Consensus Based Disability Management Auditor (CBDMA). She has been awarded the Fellowship of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, the Award of Excellence from CAVEWAS, and a lifetime membership with the VRA UK all in recognition of her professional achievements in Vocational Rehabilitation and for her dedication and commitment to professional development.