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Court Visitor Volunteer Program Training

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Event Date May 6th, 8th, 10th, 2013
Time 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Event Location Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State Street, Conference room B and C, 1st floor
Salt Lake City
Event Cost No charge with volunteer commitment of 1 year, 8-10 hours per month
More hours per month could substitute for shorter commitment of 6 months starting from the date of first case assignment
CLE Credit
11 Hrs CLE

Please contact Court Visitor Program Coordinator, Karolina Abuzyarova at karolinaa@utcourts.gov or 801-578-3925. CLE is provided complimentary to attorneys that apply to volunteer for the Court Visitor Volunteer Program. Completed application form, an in person interview and background check are required prior to the training. For more information and apply online please go to www.utcourts.gov/visitor


Monday, May 6, 2012
8:00 ‐ 8:15 Welcome: why the court needs visitors (Judge L.A. Dever, Third District Court)
8:15 – 9:00 Introduction (Tim Shea, Senior Staff Attorney, Utah State Courts; Karolina Abuzyarova, Program Coordinator, Utah State Courts; Michaelle Wells Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, Utah State Courts):
 Overview of the volunteer objectives: why are you here
 What we are going to learn
 Volunteer resources: volunteer manuals, court forms and instructions
9:00 – 10:15 Guardianship law and court procedures (Mary Jane Ciccarello, Director of Self‐help Center, Utah State Law Library)
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Understanding the role of the guardian: guardian vs. caretaker; differences between public, professional and non‐professional guardians (Donna Russell, Director, Office of Public Guardian; Margy Campbell, Master Guardian/Owner, Guardian & Conservator Services, LLC)
11:00 – 11:30 Common non‐criminal problems in guardianship matters (Margy Campbell, Master Guardian/Owner, Guardian & Conservator Services, LLC)
11:30 – 12:00 Court case files – how to find them, how to read them, what information to get from them (Julie Rigby, Judicial Team Manager, Third District Court)
12:00 – 12:30 Ethics, confidentiality and conflict of interest – the volunteer role and its limits (Brent Johnson, General Counsel, Utah State Courts)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
8:00 – 10:00 Who are the people we will be helping: typical physical and mental conditions
affecting individuals under guardianship
 Physical disabilities affecting protected persons (Theo Judson, NP, Division of Services for People with Disabilities)
 Mental health conditions (Don Muller, LCSW, Valley Mental Health)
 Types of dementia: Alzheimer’s disease and others (Norman L. Foster, M.D., Director, Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research)
10:00 ‐ 10:15 BREAK
10:15 –10:45 Living conditions of vulnerable adults (Donna Russell, Director, Office of Public Guardian)
10:45 – 12:15 Overview of the problems in guardianships:
 How to identify abuse, neglect and isolation of vulnerable adults
 Red flags of financial exploitation (Nan Mendenhall, Executive Director,
Adult Protective Services)
12:15 – 12:30 Available community resources, referral policy (Karolina Abuzyarova, Program Coordinator, Utah State Courts)

Friday, May 10, 2013

8:00 – 10:30 Excusing respondent from the hearing and ensuring protected person’s wellbeing:
 How to get started on the visit, how to best communicate with the guardian and the protected person, how to listen and problem solve (Rob Denton, Managing Attorney, Disability Law Center; Michaelle Wells Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, Utah State Courts)
 Safety matters (Carol Price, Security Director, Utah State Courts)
 Volunteer assignment process. Filling out the interviewer reports. Volunteer contracts and work reports (Karolina Abuzyarova, Program Coordinator, Utah State Courts)
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 11:30 Reviewing and auditing the guardian’s annual reports: matching the care report with the financial report, inventory of documents, what to look for (Tim Shea, Senior Staff Attorney, Utah State Courts ; Fawn Reed, Volunteer Auditor, Court Visitor Program)
11:30 – 12:00 Finding the guardian’s and protected person’s whereabouts (Michaelle Wells Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, Utah State Courts).