About this Program
Guardianship is about helping people — those who for whatever reason can no longer determine or communicate safe or sound choices for themselves. In this three-course certificate program, you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective guardian of developmentally disabled adults, elderly individuals with disabilities or diminished capacity, and other adults declared incapacitated by the courts. The program fulfills the educational requirements to become a Certified Professional Guardian (CPG) in Washington state.
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People who want to become a Certified Professional Guardian or work on issues related to guardianship.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Fundamental tasks and responsibilities of the professional guardian
- Laws governing the profession
- Ethical issues connected with guardianship
- The rights of incapacitated adults
- Strategies for communicating effectively with clients and stakeholders
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
- Participate in an online simulation of being a guardian for a fictional client
- Prepare an annual report for a fictional client and present it at a mock court session
- Role-play the types of difficult conversations CPGs can encounter with family members of your clients
PREPARE FOR CERTIFICATION
By completing this program you’ll meet the education requirements of the Washington State Supreme Court Certified Professional Guardian Board for becoming a CPG.
Note: Program completion doesn’t guarantee that you’ll become a CPG. For more details about this process, see the Washington Courts website that explains the steps for becoming a CPG. If you want to get provisionally certified by the court before starting our program, you must submit your application to the court by May 15 and your supplemental materials by June 1. Also, you must be fully certified as a CPG by the court within two years of completing our program; after this period, your UW credential is invalid.