This course is an introduction to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act of 2015. It provides information and analysis on the substance and context of the act and how it will effect the lives of people with disabilities, organisations and their staff.
The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act of 2015 contains a large number of new principles, some of which are quite complex and have significant implications for services and social care students, educators, supervisors, staff, managers, and Boards of Management. It has important implications for those working in banking, financial services, legal professions, and medical personnel.
This course is focused on the social care and social service aspects of the United Nations Disability Convention of 2006 on law and practice in Ireland.
The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act of 2015 provides for a huge change in the rights of people with a disability and the obligations of others towards them. The law will change relationships between people. This course provides basic information and analysis on why this law was passed. It signals some of the changes it will introduce to the everyday work and lives of people with disabilities and social care staff. The course discusses how the 2015 Act is situated within a human rights framework and is a new direction in thinking about disability which will have widespread social and economic consequences. The Act has special implications for people with a mental illness, a brain injury, an intellectual disability, or dementia, be their conditions temporary or permanent.
Who is this course for?
The course is aimed at any staff in disability services
What Will I Learn on the course?
On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
- Describe the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Identify and understand the principles of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015
- Appreciate the benefits and difficulties of supported decision-making for people with disabilities, support staff and for society
- Summarise the activities of the Decision Support Service
- Explain the meaning of ‘supporting people’s decision-making capacity’
- Describe the Functional Approach to capacity assessment
The course is broken down into multiple topics, spread over five units for a more manageable learning experience. Course content includes information, references, case studies and non-assessed reflection questions and activities for further learning.
ADM Act and 2006 United Nations Convention; Human Rights, the Individual and Consent; no one left behind; Fairness, respect, equality, dignity and Autonomy in Health and Social Care Settings.
Assisted Decision Making & Consent; Legal Capacity; Wards of Court; Duty of Care and the Dignity of Risk; Guiding principles
This unit outlines the new roles that have been created, in relation to supported decision-making.
This unit focuses on the new approach to addressing and measuring capacity.
Autonomy and why it is important; Human Rights-Based Approach to Health and Social Care Services; Supporting Staff to Support Capacity; Best Interests; Communication - Accessible Information; National Consent Policy; Challenges of Consent (next of kin); United Nations Convention-Irish Law Timeline
How Will I Be Assessed?
Each unit will include an assessment based on multiple choice questions on completion.
How will this Course be Delivered?
- The course will be delivered online on YourOTC (the Open Training College's learning platform for staff education, training and development).
- There are 15 hours of content and many online activities to start to explore your understanding of this development.
- Learners will have access to required readings, case studies, relevant videos, power point presentations etc.
- The course will remain open for completion for 30 days.
- Unlimited online access 24/7 for 30 days, with rapid tech support assistance
- Written module materials by topic experts
- Formative Assessment exercises
- Policy and guidance documents
- Weblinks to additional resources, video and suggested readings
- Templates for use in practice
- Case studies of in the Irish context
The course is certified by the OTC. Successful participants will obtain an OTC certificate in:
- Assisted Decision Making
The OTC is a not-for-profit College, but we do need to cover our costs in relation to administration and development. Reduced pricing is currently in effect in support of the sector during the current pandemic.
Price per participant: €100.
Discounted pricing is available for groups of 25 participants or more.
At a Glance
Social Care Staff, carers, PIC's, PPIMS, working with people with Intellectual disabilities
Assisted Decision Making
2 Days Learning
LEVEL ON NFQ
N/A - OTC certificate
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