This training will be delivered using a blended approach.
1. Participants will be invited to complete a 10 - hour online learning course addressing the topics outlined below. This course is completed on the Legal Capacity Training e - Learning Academy website over a four week period from 2nd - 30th November.
2. We also recognise however that participants also learn through sharing their experiences and engaging in discussions about the subject matter with other professionals and exploring questions about application to practice. To this end participants will be invited to partake in a 3 hour Zoom meeting on Monday, 30th November from 2.00-5.00pm.
The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015
This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to implement the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act into everyday practice. As this legislation is a key element in the ratification in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities it also aims to support the learner to develop an understanding of the Convention. In doing so it focuses on the importance of building decision making capacity and the concept of will and preference.
Health and Social Care Practitioners support people to make some of the most significant decisions in their lives with the potential to make life altering differences. By using the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act services can makes those life changing decisions possible for everyone not just for those who make decisions independently. This course is intended to give participants the skills and knowledge to implement the Act into their practice, and ensure they are compliant with the law, as well as ensuring the best outcomes for the people they support. Placing the values and wishes of the person at the forefront and affording the person dignity of risk is common across services however using a process as directed by law can be a daunting prospect. This course aims to provide frontline practitioners with the confidence to interact with the law on a daily basis.
Participants will examine case scenarios relevant to their role and apply them within the context of the guiding principles and the functional assessment of capacity. Participants will also explore the decision - making arrangements.
On Completion of this Course Participants will:
1. Recognise how the Wards of Court system will change;
2. Appreciate the change in culture and practice which will be required;
3. Understand this Act through the lens of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
4. Understand and put into practice terms such as reasonable accommodation, supported decision making and legal capacity.
5. Know the purpose of the Act;
6. Understand how to apply the Guiding Principles in practice;
7. Understand the importance of the following statement and learn strategies for acting on it " A person is not treated as unable to make a decision unless all practicable steps to help him to do have been taken without success;”
8. Appreciate the concept of will and preference;
9. Move from the position of acting on the basis of best interest to acting on the basis of will and preference;
10. Understand the role of the functional assessment of capacity within the Act;
11. Develop the skills and knowledge to apply the functional assessment of capacity in practice;
12. Understand the decision - making arrangements such as the Decision – Making Assistant Arrangement, a Co-decision Making Arrangement and Decision-Making Representative.
• 13 hours
How Will This Training Be Delivered?
This training will be delivered using a blended approach.
1. Participants will be invited to complete a 10 - hour online learning course addressing those topics outlined from 1 – 11. This course is completed on the Legal Capacity Training e - Learning Academy website over a four week period from 21st September - 20th October.
2. We also recognise however that participants also learn through sharing their experiences and engaging in discussions about the subject matter with other professionals and exploring questions about application to practice. To this end participants will be invited to partake in a 3 hour Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 20th October from 2.00-5.00pm.
E - Learning Tools:
• Press play and listen to your presenter deliver the course.
• Connect with human rights stories from the European Court of Human Rights, the Irish Courts and the Court of Protection of England and Wales.
• Engage with a guided exploration of real - life case studies from health and social care professionals.
• Enjoy readings attached to selected modules and view recommended reading lists.
• Explore strategies that will support you to take positive action and uphold the human rights of people you support.
• Engage with content that is based on research from peer reviewed articles and national and international guidance and policy documents.
• Watch concepts explained through interesting videos.
• Learn through engaging imagery.
• Complete your course on multiple learning formats – lap top, tablet or mobile.
• Be part of the Legal Capacity Training On line Community.
Outcome: All participants receive a two - day certificate of completion.
This event has received funding support from the National Health and Social Care Professions (HSCP) Office, HSE.
Josephine McLoughlin is the Director of Legal Capacity Training. Josephine qualified with a BA in Social Care in 2008 and has over 20 years’ experience as a Social Care Leader in the social care sector. In 1995 Josephine started her career in the HSE Special Care Units for children, followed by two years in the homeless service and 16 years in the disability sector specializing in the area of dual diagnosis. In 2013, she qualified as a friendship, relationship, and sexuality instructor from the Callan Institute. Following this, she completed an LL.M. (Masters in Law) in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the NUI Galway. In 2015 Josephine graduated with a first class honours and in addition was awarded the CDLP Gold Medal for Excellence. She continues to build on her knowledge and skills completing a Certificate in Decision-Making Capacity and Support at the Law Society of Ireland. Most recently Josephine completed a Master Class in Complex Capacity Assessments at the Mental Health Justice Project Maudsley Learning Kings College London.
Josephine has been providing training in the UNCRPD and assisted decision making since 2014. She has delivered staff training to a wide range of organisations some of which are Dublin City Council, Sun Beam House Services,
St Christopher’s Longford, The Muiriosa Foundation, Peamount Health Care, St John of God Services Kerry, Camphill Communities, Irish Association of Social Workers, the Irish Association of Social Care Workers and the Rehab Group. In addition, training for people who use services has been delivered to among others Inclusion Ireland, Enable Ireland, Muiriosa Foundation, Brothers of Charity Galway, Roscommon, Clare and Waterford.
Contact: Josephine Mcloughlin @ 086 3292720 / firstname.lastname@example.org