Complex Issues in Guardianship

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This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Guardianship.

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This course addresses complex issues in guardianship, specifically ethics, communication, advocacy, and the complicated conflicts of interest created by the overlap of guardianship as a legal obligation, a business, and as a social good. It also presents issues related to the professionalism of certified professional guardians (governance, relationship to the court, disciplinary process) and operating a business.

In this course, the scenarios related to the case study clients will become more complicated. Lessons on more complex financial, legal, and medical decision making issues will be presented and students will receive instruction on extra statutory tasks, restoring incapacitated persons’ rights and terminating guardianships.

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply CPG standards of practice as a reference point and guide for problem solving
  • Apply an ethical decision-making model to complex issues in guardianship practice, such as medical care and complicated financial situations
  • Describe and demonstrate good communication techniques for engaging in constructive problem solving with client, family, and other stakeholders
  • Assess limits of expertise and appropriateness as a proposed guardian in specific cases
  • Describe the role of the guardian as a representative of the court and identify strategies to make that relationship more effective, including developing quality reports
  • Describe professionalism in the role of the guardian, including responsibilities to clients, the courts, the CPG Board, the profession, and broader society
  • Discuss social oppression of persons with cognitive disabilities in American society and strategies for identifying personal biases and addressing discrimination by the guardian and others toward client

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Guardianship.