This seminar provides an introduction to supported decision-making (SDM) and guardianship. The presentation will explain SDM, as well as discuss guardianship laws and practices. Practical implications of SDM and guardianship in employment, health care, education, and community integration will be emphasized.
1. Be able to define supported decision-making as a means of increasing independence and overall well-being for people and as an alternative to guardianship.
2. Identify practical uses for supported decision-making and guardianship across the lifespan.
3. Understand the guardianship process in the courts, including the process of modifying or terminating guardianship.
4. Develop an understanding of the role, as defined by regulation and statues, of guardianship.
5. Become familiar with the pros and cons of both supported decision-making and guardianship and understand how to evaluate the potential benefits of each option for an individual situation.