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The Guardianship Academy has suspended all in-person trainings until further notice.

About the Academy

The Guardianship Academy is an educational service of Guardian Community Trust, Inc. In consultation with the Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute, it provides education, training and support to guardians, volunteers, families and those in need of advance directives. We have programs on the basics of guardianship; how to be a guardian; how to be a health care proxy and; the importance of advance directives.

Our programs can be tailored to meet the needs of most groups. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more or would like to host any of our trainings.

Our Guardianship Training is a day-long workshop that takes participants through the responsibilities of being a guardian, ethical decision-making, court requirements and record keeping. The training gives participants an opportunity to complete several court forms with the help of instructors. The program is appropriate for new guardians, people interested in becoming a guardian, and guardians without formal training.

Our Advance Directive Training is an hour-long presentation on the basics of Advance Directives. The training covers the importance of nominating a Health Care Proxy and includes the role guardianship plays for those who need decision-making support but have not completed a Health Care Proxy document. Participants will be provided with Health Care Proxy forms and guided through the process of completion. The presentation is appropriate for Councils on Aging participants, Senior Centers, Assisted Living Facilities and other programs that serve older adults.

Guardianship for Professionals a 90-minute presentation, which explains the concept of guardianship, the guardian’s primary responsibilities, and the impact on the person under guardianship. This presentation is appropriate for people working in the fields of healthcare, aging and disabilities.

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