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Decision Making: Balancing Autonomy & Risk

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 4:45 pm EST

$75.00 – $95.00

About the Conference

This conference will explore the often subtle balance between autonomy and risk in multiple areas of guardianship. Topics to be presented include using a client’s social history to understand the client’s decisions; ethical decision making for people with diminished capacity; how guardians address liability when clients make risky decisions; risk and sexual decision making and; how encouraging a client’s autonomy can improve their quality of life.

The conference is directed at a broad audience of professional and lay guardians, social workers, case managers, nurses, people working in the disability community, geriatric care managers, nursing home administrators, attorneys, first responders, and others working in the field.

Continuing Education Units

Applications for 6 Continuing Education Credits have been submitted to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC), National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM), Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC), Nursing Certification at all levels and Nursing Home Administrators. Please contact us for the status.

8:00 – 8:45Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:45 – 9:15Welcome & Opening Remarks
Peter M. Macy, Ed.M., J.D., Guardian Community Trust, Inc.
9:15 – 10:15Social History and Risk: My Life, My Story
Michelle Mlinac, PsyD., ABBP, Home Based Primary Care, VA Boston
Susan Nathan, MD, Palliative Care, VA Boston
Olga Quinlan, LICSW, Dementia Care Coordinator, VA Boston
Lisa M. Shea, LICSW, Geriatric Social Work Coordinator, VA Boston
10:15 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 11:30Ethical Decision Making for People with Diminished Capacity
David Godfrey, JD, American Bar Association Commission on Law & Aging
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
Risky Decisions and Liability for Guardians
Andrew Jones, Esq., Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP
Susan Mandra Thompson, Esq.
Eileen Sullivan Boss, JD, EXC Legal Services
1:00 – 2:30Risk and Sexual Decision-Making
David Godfrey, JD, American Bar Association Commission on Law & Aging
Kate Granigan, LICSW, Geriatric Care Manager
Paula Thompson LICSW, Program Specialist, EMARC
2:30 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:15Living Life to its Fullest: The Role of Autonomy in Quality of Life
Penny Brierley-Bowers, Ed.D. PMP, Donahue Institute
Heather Connors, PhD, Guardian Community Trust, Inc.
Noah Whiddon, LICSW, Complex Care Coordinator, VA Boston
4:15 – 4:45Wrap-Up & Evaluations
Heather Connors, Ph.D. and Traci Cucinotta, MBE, MSW, LICSW, Guardian Community Trust, Inc.

Fee includes conference materials, breakfast and lunch.

For more information contact Karen-Mae L’Italien at 978-809-3707 or karen@guardiancommunitytrust.org


Tuesday, November 27, 2018
8:45 am - 4:45 pm EST
$75.00 – $95.00


College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610 United States
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