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Adult Guardianship Three-Hour Course Offerings

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For information on live course cancellations, please contact individual sites. We will do our best to update the listings on this website, but please confirm with the provider before you attend.

Below is a compilation of education opportunities. It is not intended to be a complete list of all adult guardianship education. Check back periodically for more opportunities as we update this list.


Three-Hour Online Offerings

Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death among all U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, the impact of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is likely to increase significantly in the next few decades as our population ages. Because cognitive decline is a primary symptom, many people with the disease will need a guardian to manage their affairs. This three hour course provides an overview of the symptoms, detection, and treatment for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including ways to detect it early and slow the progression. It also provides practical suggestions for relating to people with dementia as well as resources to help both patients and caregivers.

As a result of participating in this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify signs, symptoms, and treatments for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
  2. Explain methods for interacting with individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  3. Describe resources available to help caregivers and patients

The National Center for Elder Abuse defines abuse as “any knowing, intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person resulting in harm or serious harm to a vulnerable adult” (National Center on Elder Abuse, 2010). Types of abuse can be categorized as physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, neglect, abandonment, or financial abuse. This webinar will provide participants with understanding of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse, the misconceptions and myths associated with elder abuse, and the skills necessary to respond effectively to the needs of the older people they serve.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify signs of possible abuse, neglect and exploitation of an older victim;
  2. Examine the unique barriers that challenge older victims and ways to overcome these barriers.
  3. Explain methods for reporting abuse, neglect, or exploitation; and
  4. Describe ways to protect seniors from scams, exploitation and abuse.

Guardians are used to making difficult decisions on behalf of the person under their care. However, the decisions that arise at the end of life can be the most emotional and overwhelming challenges guardians face. This three hour course will help guardians prepare for the complex choices that go along with the final illness and death of a loved one.

As a result of participating in this course, guardians will be able to:

  1. Identify legal responsibilities of guardians when the person under their care is ill or passes away;
  2. Discuss medical decisions associated with serious illness and palliative care;
  3. Explain factors to consider when selecting long term care facilities or hospice care; and
  4. Describe options related to memorial services and the final disposition of the person under your care.

The National Guardianship Association's (NGA's) mission is to advance the nationally recognized standard of excellence in guardianship. As part of that mission, the NGA establishes and promotes nationally recognized standards that encourage the highest levels of integrity and competence among guardians. This webinar will feature guardians and other professionals from around Ohio who examine each of the 10 NGA Ethical Principles in detail. It will also include a live question and answer session with Hon. James T. Walther of Lorain County Probate Court.

As a result of participating in this course, guardians will be able to:

  1. Describe ways guardians can treat the people they serve with the greatest amount of dignity;
  2. Identify how to maximize the person’s freedom, goals, and independence while involving the person in decision making; and
  3. Examine the importance of managing finances and property on behalf of the person.

How can a guardian navigate the complex web of government benefits to ensure the person under their care has everything they need and everything for which they are eligible? This three hour course explores the basics of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medicaid, and Veteran’s Benefits.

As a result of participating in this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe benefits available through programs administered by the Social Security Administration, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and the Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Identify benefits for which persons under your care may be eligible
  3. Determine the appropriate steps to take when applying for benefits
  4. Find resources to further assist the person under your care

This three hour course is designed to provide guardians of adults the fundamentals of managing finances and preserving the income and assets of a person under their care.

As a result of participating in this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the steps to locate the assets of a person under care
  2. Complete an accurate inventory
  3. Identify the steps to complete monthly records in order to support accurate annual accounts
  4. Identify the steps to properly manage the finances of a person under care
  5. Complete an accurate Annual Guardian’s Account

This three hour course is designed to provide guardians of adults with the fundamentals of the system to support individuals with developmental disabilities.

As a result of participating in this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the core elements of the system in place to support adults with developmental disabilities
  2. Identify the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities
  3. Identify the criteria used to determine eligibility for County Board Developmental Disability programs
  4. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the team to support an individual with a developmental disability
  5. Recognize the eligibility criteria for available services
  6. Recognize key approaches to resolve disputes

As a guardian, you are often called upon to make decisions involving medical care. This course provides information about effectively managing medications, including questions to ask, tools to help you learn about specific drugs, and information about specific classes of drugs. It also provides an ethical framework that will help you understand your role as an advocate. You will learn questions to ask and methods that ensure you communicate the wishes and best interests of the person under your care. Also included is an overview of the roles that various health care providers play in a hospital setting.

As a result of participating in this Judicial College Medications and Medical Advocacy Course, you should be able to:

  1. Be an advocate when evaluating medications and medical procedures in terms of safety and quality of life
  2. Learn about tools that help you better understand potential risks of drug therapy
  3. Gain confidence to approach medical staff with questions or concerns
  4. Understand and navigate the hospital system
  5. Ethically represent the wishes and best interests of the person for whom you are a guardian

Mental illness can be debilitating and mystifying for both the people that suffer from it and for their loved ones. Additionally, it impacts a broad section of our society. According to government statistics, every year 4-5 percent of Ohioans suffer from a severe mental illness. This three-hour course will help guardians build their understanding of mental health conditions, develop coping techniques, and better advocate for the people under their care.

As a result of participating in this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss mental health conditions that most often result in guardianship as well as their treatment;
  2. Explain methods for interacting with people suffering from mental illness;
  3. Describe mental health court programs available in Ohio; and
  4. Identify resources outside the court system to help people under your care.

Financial management is a core responsibility for guardians, and the stakes can be high when the person under your care receives means-tested government benefits. This 3-hour course will cover several primary methods for protecting the assets of disabled people, including Ohio STABLE accounts, special needs trusts (SNTs), and other planning strategies.

As a result of attending this course, guardians will be able to:

  1. Discuss the benefits, limits, and requirements of STABLE accounts; and
  2. Describe how SNTs preserve benefits while accomplishing other goals for the person and their family.
Important Information for Online Courses
  • You must complete the mandatory course evaluation at the end of the online course to receive your certificate.
  • Co-guardians must complete courses separately under their own accounts to receive certificates in their own names.
  • Submit your certificate to the probate court where your guardianship is filed. For instructions on filing your certificate, contact your local probate court.
  • All online courses must be completed by Dec. 30, 2022. Allow two days for technical assistance.
  • For step-by-step guidance, read: Instructions to Take an Online Course.

Instructions to Take an Online Course Course Registration


Three-Hour In-Person Offerings

Click a site below for registration information.
Please contact individual sites to confirm whether the course offers CLE credit.

Don't see your county listed?
Education not provided by the Supreme Court must be approved by your local court. Check with your local county probate court for further guidance or register for an online course above.

Butler County Probate Court
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 513.887.3302.

Aug. 10, Starts 8:30 a.m., Government Benefits
Aug. 10, Starts 1 p.m., Government Benefits
Sept. 14, Starts 8:30 a.m., Mental Illness and Guardianships
Sept. 14, Starts 1 p.m., Mental Illness and Guardianships
Oct. 12, Starts 8:30 a.m., Guardianship of the Estate
Oct. 12, Starts 1 p.m., Guardianship of the Estate

Clermont County Probate Court
2379 Clermont Center Drive
Batavia, OH 45106
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 513.732.7244.

June 7, Starts 9:30 a.m., Elder Abuse
July 12, Starts 9:30 a.m., Alzheimer's and Dementia
Aug. 9, Starts 9:30 a.m., STABLE Accounts and Special Needs Planning
Sept. 13, Starts 9:30 a.m., Mental Illness

Open to all guardians.
To register, please call Lisa DeTray at 419.782.4181 or email: ldetray@defiancecounty.ohio.gov

April 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Understanding Mental Health and Tips for Good Mental Health
Sept. 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Understanding Alzheimer's Disease and Tips for Interacting with Individuals with Alzheimer's

Fayette County Probate Court
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 740.335.0640.

April 12, 8:30 a.m., Elder Abuse
April 12, 12:30 p.m., Alzheimer's and Dementia
May 10, 8:30 a.m., End of Life Decisions
May 10, 12:30 p.m., STABLE Accounts and Special Needs Planning
June 14, 8:30 a.m., Introduction to the Developmental Disabilities System
June 14, 12:30 p.m., Medications and Medical Advocacy
July 12, 8:30 a.m., Government Benefits
July 12, 12:30 p.m., Guardianship of the Estate
Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m., Mental Illness and Guardianships
Aug. 9, 12:30 p.m., Elder Abuse
Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m., STABLE Accounts and Special Needs Planning
Sept. 13, 12:30 p.m., End of Life Decisions

Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 440.269.2192.

Aug. 17, 9 a.m., Ethical Principles and Standards
Aug. 18, 1 p.m., Ethical Principles and Standards
Aug. 24, 6 p.m., Ethical Principles and Standards


Lake County Probate Court
Open to local guardians only.
To register, please call 440.350.2626.

Oct. 6, 8:45 a.m., End of Life Decisions
Oct. 6, 12:45 a.m., Ethical Principles and Standards

Anne Grady Center
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 419.866.6500 ext. 251.

Oct. 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., STABLE Accounts and Special Needs Planning

Ottawa County Probate Court
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 419.734.6830

Oct. 20, 8 a.m., STABLE Accounts and Special Needs Planning

Black Swamp Nature Center
753 Fairground Drive
Paulding, OH 45879
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 419.399.8262 or email sally@pauldingprobatecourt.com.

May 6, 9 a.m., STABLE Accounts/Special Needs Trust (Registration deadline: April 30, 2022)

Nov. 3, 9 a.m., Guardianship of the Estate; Crime Victims with Disabilities; Ethics in the role of Guardian of the person (Registration deadline: Oct. 25, 2022)

Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Guardianship of the Estate; Crime Victims with Disabilities; Ethics in the role of Guardian of the person (Registration deadline: Oct. 25, 2022)

Richland County Probate Court
50 Park Ave., East
Law Library, (L2) Floor
Mansfield, OH 44902
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 419.774.7875.

May 6, 8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m., Ethical Principles and Standards
May 6, 1 - 4:15 p.m., End of Life Decisions
Nov. 4, 8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m., Medications and Medical Advocacy
Nov. 4, 1 - 4:15 p.m., Ethical Principles and Standards

Shelby County Probate Court
100 E. Court St., Second Floor
PO Box 4187
Sidney, OH 45365
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call 937.498.7264.

Oct. 26, starts at 8:15 a.m., Ethical Principals and Standards
Oct. 26, starts at 12:30 p.m., Ethical Principals and Standards

Williams County Probate Court
1 Courthouse Square, Bryan, OH 43506
Open to all guardians.
To register, please call Krista Wright at 419.633.5162 or email kwright@wmsco.org.

Nov. 16, Starts 1 p.m., Mental Illness and Guardianships


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Questions? Contact adultguardianedu@sc.ohio.gov 614.387.9445 or your local probate court.

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