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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 (nurses, allied health professionals, social workers etc…), this program was developed to 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



  • Jane E. Meadus, Staff Lawyer, Institutional Advocate, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  • Shelley Hobbs, Client Counsel, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Katharine L. Byrick, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • 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
  • Kaylie Handler, Goddard Gamage Stephens LLP
  • D’Arcy J. Hiltz, Barrister &Solicitor
  • Michael D. Newman, Vice-Chair, Senior Lawyer Member, Consent & Capacity Board
  • Alexander N. Procope, Perez Bryan Procope LLP
  • Judith A. Wahl, Past Executive Director, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly


Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream, including a link to the program materials will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.


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Technical Support

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

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
March 27, 2017
Running Time


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
  • Medial Professionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Social Workers
  • In-House counsel in long-term care, retirement, hospitals
  • Patient care advocates

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

“Excellent case review.”
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.”


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