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Practice in Aging: Ethics and Legal Principles Certificate

Online Certificates


This three-course certificate program is designed to enhance learner competencies in the area of ethical and legal issues that arise in everyday practice for those who work with older adults and persons with disabilities. Questions can arise around issues of informed consent, capacity, and competence, as well as independence and safety. This program reviews basic ethical and legal principles, includes examples of how these principles relate to ethical dilemmas and provide a framework for solving them in the situations in which they are likely to arise.


A Foundation in Ethics, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Summarize how an ethical dilemma may affect your work.
  • Examine your values and beliefs and how they might influence your behavior towards people whose beliefs and values are different from yours.
  • Describe the process of critical thinking and how it facilitates problem solving in difficult situations.
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to address dilemmas that arise around issues of personal choice and safety.
  • Identify issues that can arise when working as part of team.
Legal Principles & Decision Making in Practice
  • Explain the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and justice.
  • Describe why autonomy and safety can create ethical and legal problems.
  • Explain why informed consent is needed, both ethically and legally.
  • Distinguish 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.
Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults
  • Define hoarding disorder.
  • Name the various causes of hoarding disorder.
  • Discuss how hoarding affects the activities of daily living.
  • List the personal and public health risks of hoarding.
  • Summarize the federal laws that protect the rights of people who hoard.
  • Assess risk to personal autonomy as it relates to risk to the community at large.
  • Judge the efficacy of interventions used to treat hoarding disorder.
  • Summarize the ethical principles of confidentiality, autonomy, beneficence.

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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