This workshop will provide an overview of guardianship and its alternatives. The presenters will discuss competency, guardianship of the person, guardianship of the property, and emergency guardianship. They will also discuss alternatives to guardianship; including: advance directives, advance directives for mental health, surrogate decision makers, representative payees, power of attorney, joint ownership of bank accounts, and trusts. Guardianship resources and referrals will also be provided.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Consider alternatives to guardianship and resources and referrals for families and community members.
  2. Recognize when there are issues related to competency.
  3. Identify less restrictive alternatives and provide resources for having them implemented.

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Law professionals
  • Family members