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Evolving Ethical Concerns in Legal Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making (Synchronous)

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Friday; March 24, 2023
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Course Description

U.S. state and federal laws on guardianships need significant reforms to better prioritize self-determination, autonomy, and personal dignity for individuals with severe intellectual disabilities or cognitive impairments.  Social workers are in a unique position to help advocate for modernized guardianship policies.  Social workers must also be aware of the latest legal and ethical considerations in guardianships to enable them to spot instances of fraud, abuse, and, neglect for individuals subject to a guardianship.
This CE examines ethical pitfalls and risks within U.S. guardianship systems with a goal to identify, mitigate, and prevent abuse against individuals with intellectual disabilities or cognitive deficits.  In addition to this issue-spotting training, attendees will examine how judges determine the need for a guardianship under the law and how guardians are appointed, monitored, and assessed over time. 

3 Ethics CEUs


Christina Marsack-Topolewski, PhD, LMSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services at Eastern Michigan University. She holds a bachelor's of science in Special Education from Wayne State University, master's of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Social Work from Wayne State University. Dr. Marsack-Topolewski is an affiliated research associate with the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute. She has worked in the public school setting for over 15 years as both a Special Education Teacher and Teacher Consultant. In her work in the public school setting, she supports students with various disabilities, including learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, and mental health challenges. Her main research focuses on providing support to individuals with disabilities and their parents.


Annemarie Kelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Administration and a Founding Director of the EMU Center for Disability Planning and Policy.  Professor Kelly has been a guest speaker on health law and policy at the local, state, and national levels. She has appeared on television and radio programs, including the NPR Morning Report, NPR All Things Considered, and ABC News Detroit. In 2020, she received the Crain's Detroit Business Notable Women in Healthcare Award for her work to support disability rights and healthcare reforms.
Professor Kelly is an attorney and a member of the Michigan State Bar. Upon receiving her license to practice law, Professor Kelly worked in litigation where she served as counsel for healthcare businesses.  Prior to coming to EMU, Professor Kelly served as a Compliance Officer and State Administrative Manager for the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in Lansing, Michigan. In that role her responsibilities included managing teams with healthcare IT contract portfolios that exceeded $1.5 billion.

Course Format

This class is held on Zoom.
In order to participate, you will need a stable Internet connection and Zoom. Please visit the Zoom System Requirements site for the technical requirements that you will need. You are highly encouraged to use video, but you are required to use audio connection by calling in on a phone or through Zoom. Due to this being a Live-Online course, you will need to be able to ask quesitons.

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Class Details

1 Session(s)
Weekly - Fri

NA - Online

MultipleInstructor :
1.Annemarie Kelly, J.D., LL.M.2.Christina Marsack, Ph.D., LMSW 



Please read:  3 Ethics CEUs available. Please email with any questions.

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/24/2023 - 3/24/2023 Weekly - Fri 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM N/A - Online Christina Marsack, Ph.D., LMSW  ; Annemarie Kelly, J.D., LL.M.