Article 81 Guardianship Training

For Guardians, Court Evaluators and Attorneys for the Alleged Incapacitated Person

Registration information

Registration is now open for the Article 81 Guardianship training, scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2018. It will be held from 9am-4:30pm in room 115AB at the Hunter Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 3rd Ave., at 119th St., in Manhattan.

Please use this link below to register:

REGISTER for the Article 81 Guardianship Training

Article 81 Guardianship Training

Friday, October 26, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

The Hunter Silberman School of Social Work

2180 3rd Ave., at 119th St., New York, NY

Room: 115AB

If you have any questions, please contact Rose-Marie Mahase at or 212-396-7848.


Registration fee

$160 per attendee.  The fee is payable by check or money order. Brookdale Center is pleased to make partial and full scholarships available for individuals in need of financial assistance.  Click here to see if you qualify for a scholarship.

About the training

This one-day 7-hour training program is designed for aspiring guardians – both lawyers and lay advocates; attorneys who seek to represent petitioners and/or Alleged Incapacitated Persons (AIPs); and attorneys, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who would like to serve as court evaluators in guardianship proceedings.

The training explains the legal process by which a guardian is appointed and monitored, describes the role of the court evaluator, and explores the powers and responsibilities of a guardian within the context of New York State Law, which requires courts to impose the least restrictive intervention and to preserve, as much as possible, an incapacitated person’s independence and self-determination. The training also addresses a few specific issues: medical advocacy, fiduciary matters, and how guardians can access support services and other resources in the community.

This program is approved by New York State Office of Court Administration and completing it satisfies the training requirement under Article 81 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law.


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM     Registration and Check-in

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM     Morning Program

  • Overview of Guardianship
  • Players and Procedures
  • Post-Appointment Procedures
  • Legal Duties and Responsibilities of Guardian
  • Medical Advocacy
  • Part 36 Rules / Fiduciary Appointments

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM     Lunch  (on your own)

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM     Afternoon Program

  • A Closer look at Court Evaluator’s Role
  • Community Resources
  • Questions and Answers
  • Training Evaluation and Certification

CLE credits for attorneys

Brookdale Center’s Article 81 Guardianship Training is an accredited course for continuing or transitional legal education. Attorneys who complete the entire training will earn 2 CLE credits in skills and 5 CLE credits in areas of practice.  No credits will be awarded for attorneys who do not attend the entire day’s training.  CLE certification will be issued either at the end of the training session, or by mail within three weeks.

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If you have any questions, please contact Rose-Marie Mahase at or 212-396-7848.

NYS Continuing Education Contact Hours

Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, CUNY is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0161. The course counts  towards  6 continuing education contact hours  for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) in New York State


Related resources

  • Article 81 Guardianship Course Manual – Additional copies of our Guardianship Training Manual are available by special order for $75.  To order, please email
  • Guide to Guardianship (free) – For lay guardians appointed under Article 81 of the NY State Mental Hygiene Law.
  • Guardian Assistance Network (GAN) – A program of the Vera Institute of Justice to offer free practical advice and assistance family members appointed as guardians in Kings County (Brooklyn) under Article 81 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law.