Prospective StudentsCurent StudentsAlumniParentsFaculty & StaffMedia
AdmissionsProgramsAboutResearch & ScholarshipAthleticsCareersGiving to Marquette

Using Legal and Ethical Documents to Support Practice

July 25, 2014

Course description:

This short course will investigate and discuss legal practice implications along with ethical considerations to support decision making in practice for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants in the state of Wisconsin.  Participants will learn about the Physical Therapist Examining Board (PTEB) and how it functions, and will learn and discuss how the statutes and administrative rules that comprise the PT Practice Act are created, read and enforced.  Participants will also explore multiple dimensions of legal and ethical decision making and the documents that can and should be used to work through difficult cases derived from practice.  Additionally we will discuss the uncertainty created by tensions between federal/state laws and ethical standards for practice and problem solve strategies to resolve these tensions along with those created by personal and interprofessional tensions when there is disagreement.

Course objectives:

Proposed Agenda

8:00am - 1:00pm (Brunch 10:00 - 11:00am)
10 minutes - Introduction
60 minutes - Legal Considerations/Cases
15 minutes - Break
60 minutes - Ethical Considerations/Cases
60 minutes - Business Considerations/Cases
15 minutes - Break
20 minutes - Discussion

Approved for 4 hours of Ethics/Jurisprudence via WPTA


Laurie KontneyLaurie Kontney, P.T., D.P.T., M.S., Laurie Kontney is Co-Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Associate Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  Laurie is a former member and chair of the Physical Therapist Examining Board (PTEB) for Wisconsin.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1986, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1994 and a transitional DPT from Simmons College in 2006.  Laurie has been active in the APTA/WPTA at the district, state and national levels and is applying those experiences along with her teaching and clinical experiences to present Using Legal and Ethical Documents to Support Practice.  Laurie also teaches the ethics content in Marquette’s curriculum, and has taken additional courses on medical ethics as part of her doctoral training.  Laurie is an invited member of the Dreamcatchers; an interdisciplinary think tank for ethics in rehabilitation.


Click Here for Registration Form

Registration fee - $50 for MU alumni and clinical instructors

$100 for community participants.


For more information about:

Course logistics or general information, contact: Diane Slaughter at (414) 288-3097 or

Contact the College of Health Sciences