Rethinking Guardianship

With: Kimberly Hoga, MA, LPC

Date: May 7, 2021

Morning Workshop

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Location: Virtual (Registrants will receive via email Link)



Kimberly Hoga is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years’ experience working with and advocating for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Kimberly received her Bachelors’ degree from Madonna University where she studied American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. She then went on to complete her Master of Arts in Counseling and had a variety of experiences working in Career Counseling, College Advising and then Vocational Rehabilitation. It was while working in the Vocational Rehabilitation arena that she realized her true passion was for working with individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. She has worked with individuals of all ages, but currently at Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network has focused on services for Children. Kimberly began at Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network in April of 2019 and in her time there has had the opportunity to present multiple trainings to professionals regarding Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities and working within the Community Mental Health system. Kimberly feels that it is her role to advocate for individuals with disabilities as well as educate others on why all individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect no matter what their capabilities are.


This training was developed for professionals working with individuals with I/DD to educate them about what it means to have a legal guardian, how it restricts individuals from living self-determined lives and can takes away some of their rights. In this training I will discuss what advocates say about guardianship and present alternatives to guardianship for professionals to consider. 


  • Understand what it means for a person to have a legal guardian.
  • Understand that the discussion should begin before someone turns 17 or 18.
  • Understand that there are many alternatives that can and should be explored to best fit individual needs.


  • 9:30 - 9:35 Statistics and History 
  • 9:35 - 9:40 Rights 
  • 9:45 - 9:50 Who/why talk about guardianship 
  • 9:55 - 10:15 Supported Decision making/alternatives to guardianship
  • 10:20 - 10:40 Self-direction 
  • 10:45 - 11:00 Question/answer/ discussion 



Registration is required. Walk-ins WILL NOT be permitted. Register to ensure your attendance.

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If you have individual requirements or need special services to participate in this training, please notify Trent Sanford at (313) 344-9099 or Please make arrangements at least two weeks before the event date.

Substitutions are permitted at any time. No Shows will be billed at the same rate. Cancellations must be received in writing no later than 7 business days prior to the training to in order to obtain a full refund. If cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to the training, no refund will be issued.