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 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.

Cost of Online Course: $90
Number of CEUs: 3


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Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss all of the elements of informed consent.
  • Explain the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and justice.
  • Understand why autonomy and safety can create ethical and legal problems.
  • Make a distinction between competence and capacity.
  • Name the different kinds of guardianships used by the courts and how they are used.
  • Name the different kinds of advance care directives.


  • “The course was very thorough and comprehensive.  It effectively outlined legal, health, and social work issues in a straightforward manner, that I believe will improve social work  practices with older adults and individuals with disabilities.  The examples were particularly helpful in understanding how these issues play out in the real world.”
  • “The legal information was incredibly helpful in my day to day work.”

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