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In today’s health care environment, consent, capacity & substitute decision-making remain fundamental issues for those working in the area. As a health care professional or advisor, you face complex questions on these challenging concepts. Issues of informed consent, powers of attorney, capacity assessments, when to call the OPGT and preparing for a hearing before the CCB are matters you face on a routine basis, but the questions surrounding them seem far from “routine.”

Designed with direct feedback from those working on the front lines in health care, this program will provide you with the critical knowledge and practical strategies you need to confidently manage the risks and meet your obligations. You will hear about:

  • The law that guides your actions: how it all fits together
  • Advance care planning and informed consent under HCCA
  • Where does the authority for a capacity assessment come from?
  • The role of the CCB: what applications can be made and by whom?
  • Reaching out to the OPGT to determine if there is property guardian or court-appointed personal care guardian
  • Managing conflict between family members/substitute decision-makers
  • The role and scope of authority of substitute decision-makers
  • Best practices for dealing with privacy issues related to the release of personal health information
  • The role of patient wishes, advance care plans and other documents in consent


Program Chairs

  • Jane E. Meadus, Staff Lawyer, Institutional Advocate, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  • Richard Ashok Coutinho, JD, LLM, Client Lawyer, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

Faculty includes:

  • Dr. Carole Cohen, MDCM, Clinical Director, Community Psychiatric Services for the Elderly, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Mark Handelman, BA, LLB, MHSC (Bioethics), Firm Counsel, Whaley Estate Litigation
  • D’Arcy J. Hiltz, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Heather Mountford, Goddard Gamage LLP
  • Michael D. Newman, Vice-Chair, Senior Lawyer Member, Consent & Capacity Board
  • Sandi Parker, Investigator, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Alexander N. Procope, Perez Bryan Procope LLP
  • Judith A. Wahl, Wahl Elder Law, Past Executive Director, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  • Barbara Walker-Renshaw, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


CCHL Maintenance Of Certification

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 3.25 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Group Discounts for CPD Programs

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 60 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Substitutions and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Date Recorded

December 11, 2017

Program Details

Date & Time

January 31, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. EST


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Fee per Delegate

$525 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Managers, Administrators and Operators of Long-Term Care operations
  • Retirement Home Managers, Administrators and Operators
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Community Healthcare
  • Family health teams
  • Directors of Resident Care
  • Allied Health professionals
  • Medical Professionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Patient care advocates
  • In-House counsel in long-term care, retirement, hospitals
  • Lawyers practicing health and/or elder law

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What past attendees have said about OsgoodePD‘s Legal Guide to Consent, Capacity & Substitute Decision Making program…

“Case review excellent.”
Carole Park, Client Service Manager, South East Community Care Access Centre

“Well organized. Great topics.”
Jan Reynolds, Social Worker, Georgian Bay General Hospital

“I was grateful to hear from experienced professionals. I have learned a lot and plan to utilize skills and advice presented.”

“Strong presenters. Strong experience. Presented without excessive legalese.”

Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Are you eligible for funding by the AHPDF?

Medical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Radiation Technologists
Occupational Therapists
Respiratory Therapists
Speech-Language Pathologists

If so, you may apply for education grants for professional development activities completed between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

For more information and to apply: www.ahpdf.ca/en/home

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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