Guardianship and Alternatives: Ethical Tensions in Protecting Clients with Cognitive Impairments at the Expense of Self-Determination

Friday, May 10, 2024

8:30 am - 11:30 am, Central, Virtual

Misty A. Watson, JD
Deputy Commissioner, St. Louis County Probate Court

William Gust, JD
Probate Commissioner, 21st Judicial Circuit
St. Louis County Courts

Preferred registration deadline: May 3rd

This workshop will be conducted in a virtual Zoom meeting online format.

3 CEUs

Social service professionals see clients with varying degrees of mental capacity. Some may already have had someone appointed by the court to make decisions on their behalf; others may have designated someone to assist with decisions should they become unable to do so independently. Finally, while managing a client’s care, you may come to believe that, in the absence of someone to make crucial medical decisions on behalf of the client, they will become a danger to themselves or others.

This workshop will explore the available legal options of Guardianship, Limited Guardianships, Supported Decision Making, and Powers of Attorney. We will explore the ethical tension inherent when a client can no longer make their own medical or placement decisions. Other ethical issues that may arise in treating a client who is no longer competent or may be a danger to themselves or others will also be discussed.

This class meets the licensure requirement for 3 hours of continuing education in ethics.

General Admission: $60**

Class size is limited to 45.

**Discounts on workshop admission are offered to the Brown School’s students, alumni, and field instructors. We also offer a discount to full-time graduate students in other programs and to our Washington University faculty/staff colleagues. No other discounts are available. Admission discounts apply automatically in your cart, based on your profile in our registration software.

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