Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship: Functional Assessment and Targeted Recommendations in a Modern Age


Friday, October 14, 2016

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

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University of Southern Maine

Abromson Center, Rooms 214/215

88 Bedford St

Portland, ME 04101


Sara Squires
Disability Rights Maine

Historically, guardianship has only been thought of as a forced-choice situation in which evaluators must choose either finding in need of guardianship or not. Currently a wide variety of alternatives to simple forced choice are available to the clinicians. In assessing capacity for decision-making, contemporary international and probate law encourages functional assessments which identify accommodations and opportunities for growth rather than global findings. This event is a two-part training that provides a basic overview of the Maine Probate Code as it relates to Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons and alternatives to Guardianship and appropriate considerations and functional assessment tools when providing capacity evaluations and targeted recommendations.

Dr. C. Rick Ellis, Ed.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist and Neurotherapist. He is a former Certified Teacher and School Psychologist.  He is an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is the director of Spectrum Psychological and Neurotherapy Services PC, a private practice serving children, adults and families with a variety of special needs and challenges for more than 20 years. More information about Dr. Ellis and his work can be found at:


Lydia Paquette, Esq.,  is a Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Maine in the Developmental Services Advocacy and Protection for Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities programs. Lydia grew up in Washington County and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.A. in Psychology. She went on to obtain her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law with a focus in public interest law.  She currently specializes in adult guardianship proceedings and facilitates Maine’s Supported Decision-Making Coalition. 

Approval for 3 Continuing Education Credits for Psychologist has been submitted to the Board.