English Summary

Ethical guidelines for members of Norsk Logopedlag
(The Norwegian Association of Speech and Language Therapists)

A. Definition and Consequences

1. Norsk Logopedlag (NLL) is an association for speech and language therapists, and works in accordance with the laws and rules of ”The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics” (IALP). According to these the members of NLL shall, by teaching and giving treatment, work for the benefit of persons who have difficulties with speech, language, symbolic communication skills, voice or swallowing.

The field of logopedics is the study of these subjects, including the study of communicative processes, preventive work, diagnostics, research and developmental work.

A member of NLL has the right to use the name ”Logoped MNLL”, and is thereby a practitioner of logopedics.

2. Professional practice that conflicts with the ethical guidelines, is considered to be

unethical.

3. When a member of the association has done professional work that is considered to be unethical, this can be the object of  evaluation from the association´s Board of Ethics.

B. Qualifications

1. A member who practises logopedics must have an approved training in accordance with the association´s rules.

2. A member who has not finished her/his training as a speech and language therapist, must not do any logopedic work, except for work done as part of the training, and then only under the supervision of a speech and language therapist with practical experience.

3. A member should work to increase her/his knowledge and competence in the field of logopedics.

C. Conditions concerning pupil/patient/client

1. A member must not guarantee, orally or in writing, the results of any form of logopedic diagnosis, teaching, treatment or counselling. A professionally based report on the prognosis can be given.

2. A member must show caution in counselling persons whom the member has not personally examined/tested or worked directly with. To give diagnosis via correspondence must not happen. However, this doesn´t preclude the member from giving a follow-up of earlier treatment via correspondence. Likewise it doesn´t preclude giving information of a general and explanatory character.

3. It is a member´s duty to prevent others from getting access to or knowledge of confidential information about the client. Still, a member has to give information where the law so directs, cf. the Public Administration Act.

4. A member shall provide for secure filing of all types of documents and destroy working notes that are no longer relevant.

5. A member should not continue working with a client when it appears clear that the person concerned will not profit from the logopedic treatment.

6. A member must show caution in her/his work to avoid adverse effects for the client, and must not abuse the confidence that is shown to her/him in her/his professional capacity.

7. A member must not get involved in a private relationship with a client.

8. A member should cooperate with other specialists, seek professional assistance, and if necessary refer the client to other specialists.

D. Conditions concerning colleagues and others

1. A member should show loyalty towards colleagues, and should try to establish good cooperation with them as well as with representatives of other professions.

2. A member should pass on his professional knowledge, experience and practical skills to colleagues and to students of speech and language therapy.

3. A member should actively spread information to others about the field of logopedics and about the services that speech and language therapists can give.

These ethical guidelines have been drawn up by Norsk Logopedlag, which is the professional body of the speech and language therapists in Norway. Revised guidelines were adopted at the National Convention at Sola in 1996.

The ethical guidelines of Norsk Logopedlag have been translated by Guri Vevang,

Sist endret: 28.08.2011