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Complex Issues in Guardianship


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends, Flexible
  • Cost : $1,240

Next Start Date:

March 28, 2022

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

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 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 case-study scenarios become more complicated. You’ll tackle more complex financial, legal and medical decision-making issues, and you’ll receive instruction on extra statutory tasks, restoring incapacitated people’s rights and terminating guardianships.


  • How to negotiate complex decisions related to medical care and financial management
  • Practical strategies for developing effective relationships with the courts and other involved parties, including engaging in constructive problem-solving and developing high-quality reports
  • Strategies for amending or terminating protective arrangements
  • The obligations of professionalism to clients, the courts, the Certified Professional Guardianship Board, the profession and broader society
  • The role of certified professional guardians (CPGs) in addressing the social oppression of people with cognitive disabilities in American society, strategies for identifying personal biases, and meaningful steps to address discrimination toward clients


Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Guardianship.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

This course is offered 100% online and runs from March 28, 2022, to June 10, 2022. It includes five real-time sessions. This course schedule is tentative and subject to change.


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You'll earn 3.3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

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