Ethics, Legal Principles, and Key Practice Areas Certificate

This Certificate is designed to enhance learner competencies in the area of ethical and legal issues that arise in everyday practice for those who work with older adults and persons with disabilities.  Questions can arise around issues of informed consent, capacity and competence, as well as independence and safety. This program reviews basic ethical and legal principles, includes examples of how these principles relate to ethical dilemmas and provide a framework for solving them in the situations in which they are likely to arise. In addition, attention is paid to the areas of elder abuse, end of life and suicide prevention.

Training Program Cost: $325.00
Typical number of CEUs: 18

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A Foundation in Ethics, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving

This course we will focus on basic ethical principles including autonomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance, and justice. It will also discuss informed consent, capacity, competence, and confidentiality. You will have the opportunity to work through common practice situations using the ethical principles you have learned. You will also develop a greater understanding of the process of critical thinking and how it facilitates problem solving in difficult ethical situations.

Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

In the face of ethical and legal mandates, practitioners must be able to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect that they encounter among older adults in their work, and must be able to follow up appropriately. Reports of elder abuse appear to be on the rise, with occurrences in a range of different settings, from private residences and senior centers to nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted-living facilities. This course provides an understanding of abuse and neglect in its various forms, the signs and symptoms, reporting requirements, and how practitioners can work with Adult Protective Services and the other legal, medical, and community agencies that deal with this difficult and complex issue.

End-of-life Issues

This course offers insight and tools to prepare social service practitioners for the challenges—and the rewards—of caring for older adults as they approach the end of life, and of providing support  to the older adult’s family and friends as they share that journey. Drawing on research, professional expertise, and practical experience, the course provides clinical practice techniques, assessment, care-planning and treatment interventions. Self-awareness exercises are included to help course participants assess their own attitudes toward death and to recognize and address signs of their own emotional and physical fatigue as they move through the stages of dying and grieving with their clients.

Legal Principles & Decision Making in Practice

This course is designed to address the major legal and ethical issues related to informed consent and decision making that social service and health care professionals may encounter when working with older adults and people with disabilities. It discusses the elements of informed consent and explains why it is needed, both ethically and legally. It describes important terms such as capacity and competence and how to understand the difference between the two.  You will find vignettes, throughout the course that illustrate these concepts in practice situations.

Compulsive Hoarding in Older Adults

Hoarding is a common problem with serious risks to health and safety. This course describes the signs of compulsive hoarding, the trajectory of the condition, and how it affects the individual’s behavior and ability to function at home and in the community. The course features methods of assessment, treatment, and intervention to help clients and their families. Case studies provide examples of how to apply the information you’ve learned.

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