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 will 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.
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 the social oppression of people with cognitive disabilities in American society and the strategies for identifying personal biases and addressing discrimination toward the client