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Guardianship Law, Concepts & Practice


Course Details

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

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About this Course

This course provides an introduction to the work of a certified professional guardian (CPG). You’ll gain an understanding of when and how CPGs provide services to vulnerable adults, including what their responsibilities and obligations are, as well as the limits of their authority.  We’ll offer a basic overview of the needs of people with cognitive deficits and the laws and regulations that structure the guardianship practice.  The course also covers communication strategies, government and private resources, strategies to manage care and financial needs, and business practices.


  • The duties and limitations of ethical CPGs in Washington state based on current laws and regulations
  • How vulnerable people with cognitive deficits are identified and become involved in the guardianship legal process, including less restrictive alternatives
  • How CPGs enact their fundamental roles of decision-maker and coordinator of services in coordination with government institutions and other resources
  • Communication strategies for clients and other professionals 
  • Effective business practices for guardianship practice 

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Guardianship.

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