Public Guardian Continuing Education

Written by Beth Hrusch
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The office of public guardian is one appointed by the state when someone can no longer care for himself and no one else is able to act in the capacity of caregiver. The ethical and practical issues raised by this situation are many, as decisions must be made on behalf of another, and this often leads to questions of how to act in a responsible manner. The welfare of the person under guardianship is at the heart of this office.

Public Guardian Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the public guardian can include care of the elderly, mentally handicapped, or seriously disabled. Once a person comes under public guardianship, all aspects of care come under the control of this court-appointed entity. The public guardian arranges for custodial care and administers the estates of the person. It also oversees all financial assets.

Often, an aspect of care involves providing social services for the conservatee. This could include counseling or job services for the mentally handicapped. The public guardian must arrange for the coordination of these services, to ensure that all aspects of care are being attended to. Becoming a public guardian requires a license and a certain amount of CEUs (continuing education units) for re-licensing every two years or so.

Since being a public guardian involves many aspects of care, anyone pursuing this role must have knowledge of the responsibilities and training in ethical decision making. Continuing education in this field includes answers to some of the challenges facing those working in this capacity, many of which are also faced by mental health professionals in general.

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