Webinar: Taking a Look at Guardianship: Important factors for Social Workers


When:  Jun 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET)


Online Instructions:
Url: https://naswinstitute.inreachce.com/Details/Information/8f039525-a2f6-4cbb-a54d-1530589a6394
Login: Register at the link above using your NASW username and password.


Cost: SPS Members:  Free / NASW Members:  $30 / Non-NASW Members: $40

CE: 1.5 Social Work Contact Hours

Presenter: Jennifer Crumlish, PhD, & Malika Moore, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

Guardianship is a legal intervention used to protect incapacitated adults through the appointment of surrogate decision makers, typically social workers and psychologists, who assist the court in their decision-making on these matters. Social workers should certainly be particularly concerned about guardianship as more people live into older ages with some degree of impairment. This workshop presents an overview of the guardianship decision-making process and of the roles social workers and psychologists play in promoting social justice and care through their assessment process. We look at factors that are critical to social workers in our decision-making process when making a determination for or against guardianship of an incapacitated adult.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define guardianship.
  • Explain the elements in the Capacity Risk Model.
  • Identify domains evaluated in determining capacity.
  • Describe issues that would contribute to the need for a guardian, resources for individuals with diminished capacity.
  • Identify alternates to guardianship, i.e. least restrictive measures.
  • Understand ethical implications of the guardianship recommendation.