Foundations for Success:
Trainings throughout Greater Minnesota

Do you ever wish you had a STAR Services location in your town? With our Foundations for Success series, we bring STAR to you! Throughout the year, we teach some of our most relevant and requested management level classes in various out-state areas across the state. Are we coming to your area, but we aren’t training on the topic your agency wants or needs?  Contact us  to see if we can arrange a training specifically for your agency the day before or after the Foundations for Success classes at a reduced rate! 

Thursday, October 11

Fergus Falls
Thursday, October 18

Thursday, November 1

Tuesday, November 6

Anita Raymond, LISW, CMC 

Anita is the Program Manager of the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making (Protective Services) and Care Management & Consultation programs at Volunteers of America MN & WI. CESDM provides information, advice, consultation, and assessments regarding vulnerable adults whose decisional capacity is in question, and petitioning to establish guardianships / conservatorships when necessary.

Anita is also the Coordinator of WINGS-MN (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders), whose aim is to build a system that prioritizes supportive decision making and less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, and that maximizes autonomy for persons under guardianship.

Anita is an active member of the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship (MAGiC), currently serving on the Executive Board and has served in various positions including President, Communications, Conference, Standards, and Journal Chairs.  Additionally, is a member of the MN Elder Justice Center’s partners group, the Aging Life Care Association.

Anita frequently presents to community and professional groups in a variety of settings as well as to families and caregivers through community education and caregiver workshops. Presentation topics include guardianship and conservatorship; alternatives to guardianship and conservatorship; vulnerable adults and maltreatment; planning for incapacity; advance directives, ethics of client self-determination and rights, the ethics of communicating with persons with dementia using therapeutic fibbing, and more.

Anita was honored to have received the Volunteers of America national 2018 Leadership Award for Excellence in Program Management. 
STAR is excited to welcome Anita Raymond, LISW, CMC as a guest speaker. Anita is an expert from the Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making and she will be addressing the hot topic subjects of guardianship and rights.

Right to Be Safe vs Right to Take Risks
for People Under Guardianship and Conservatorship

and Supported Decision-Making

​​How far do the responsibilities granted to a guardian or conservator extend into the daily lives of wards/protected persons? Conflict or confusion between persons and their guardians/conservators, and residential and care providers can quickly emerge as each entity may view the issues of right to self-determinization, the dignity of risk, and the need for protection very differently. This session will discuss these competing ethical values, provide practical and legal perspectives about self-determination and the right to take risks vs. the right to be safe conundrum.

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
  • List powers and duties of granted to guardians/conservators
  • Understand rights retained by persons under guardianship/conservatorship
  • Describe the tension between decision maker and provider needs for safety and quality of life and desires of the person served from legal, ethical, and practical perspectives.
In the afternoon, we will spend some time learning about the emerging and spreading practice of supported decision-making. We all ask people who we trust to help us wade through decisions. Some are small like, what do you recommend for lunch? To those with bigger consequences, such as I am thinking about moving or changing jobs, getting opinions and ideas from others before a decision is made is no different for those who use disability services. Supported decision-making is an approach to assisting people to have the information they need and want communicated to them in a manner they understand.  Then they can make their own decisions in a way that mirrors how everyone makes decisions. Participants will be introduced to supported decision-making tools such as decision-making profiles and decision making agreements. Well thought out agreements can give the individual the positive control and choice they are seeking and address everyone’s concern for risk and safety.
Since 2014 the Administration for Community Living has funded efforts to offer an alternative to substitute decision-making, (power of attorney and guardianship being  examples of just 2), to supported decision-making. This is consistent with efforts for increased self-determination as required by the Older Americans Act, Home and Community based Services regulations and the Olmstead Plan.

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
​CEU Contact Hours: 7.2 for Nurses, 6 for Social Workers
Cost: $129​ (lunch included) - register early and SAVE 10%!
For more information about STAR's Greater Minnesota trainings, contact or 651-644-3140.