Registration is Open for the February 23, 2015, Third Annual Residential Treatment Conference

February 23, 2015, Third Annual Residential Treatment Conference "Getting It Right, From the Start: Assessment & Treatment in Residential Settings"at Lansing Community College West Campus


PURPOSE: The Michigan Federation for Children and Families is hosting this conference in response to the need for education for appropriately assessing the needs of youth in residential settings, understanding their trauma histories, and providing effective tools and strategies for treatment and healing of these youth.

This conference is a must-attend, only-one-of-its-kind in Michigan. Don’t miss out! Early registration is encouraged, as seating is limited. Sponsorships, advertising and exhibit booths are also available to promote your services to a statewide audience of child welfare and juvenile justice professionals (see brochure for the order form).


Featured speakers/presentations:

Dr. Lisa Boesky, Psychologist, National Speaker, Author & Consultant: 

• Big Problem, Tragic Results: Over, Under & Mis-Diagnosis: What You and Your Agency Can Do to Help

• Preventing Youth Suicide & Self-Injury in Residential Care: How Your Facility Can & Must Do It Better

Dr. John Lyons, developer of the outcomes management approach for human services called Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) and the most commonly used tool, the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS): 

• The Use of CANS as a Performance Management Tool in Michigan

Workshop presenters/topics:

Phillip D. Hamberg: The Roots of Rage: What Can We Do?

John Micsak: The New School Epidemic: Addressing “Dysregulation”

Michael J. Reiffer: Cultivating Resiliency: Growing Hope After Tragedy


Ask the Experts feature at the end of the day allows one-on-one time with conference experts.


Register early to lock in the best pricing! Use the registration form in the conference brochure or go online at:

2015 Senior Management Conference

Michigan Federation for Children and Families Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting will be held on September 16-18, 2015 at Shanty Creek Cedar River Village in Belaire, MI. 


Adoption, Foster Care, Licensing, Independent Living MIN meetings

Federation Members Only. 

The next meeting of the Adoption, Foster Care, Licensing and Independent Living MINs will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Federation office. 

Family Preservation MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Performance/Quality Management MIN Meeting

Federation members only. Meeting details will be sent via email to MIN members. 

Adoption/Licensing/Foster Care/IL MIN Meeting Day

Federation Members Only. More information will be emailed out to MIN group members. 

HR Lunch & Learn and HR MIN Meeting

Federation Members Only: 


Wednesday, OCTOBER 1, 2014, at the Federation office.


11:30 - 12:00    LUNCH compliments of Federation Corporate Sponsor Berends Hendricks Stuit (BHS) Insurance Agency 

                —Order lunch when you RSVP


12:00 - 1:00         HR LEARN session with Denise Neuhaus of BHS Ins. Agency

                   Topic: "Conducting Employment Interviews" 

                We will discuss best practice techniques for developing interview questions. 

                In addition, we will discuss what to include on your employment application….bring yours with you to share (20 copies)!


1:00 - 2:30           HR MIN meeting …. request agenda items when you RSVP.

Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog

Attached you will find the Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog listing programs that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHS. 

All of these trainings are DHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth in the MSA requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.

Registration to attend each course will be handled through the hosting university, and in order to record in-service training hours with the Department, your training facility coordinator must log the training hours into the DHS learning management system. 

Register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!

Sept. 10-12, 2014 Senior Management Conference
"Excellence by Design"
Location: Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI 
New this year: Pre-Conference Institute on Federal Finance Reform Efforts on Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. No extra charge to attend, just sign up in advance. 
NEW flyer with session descriptions attached below! Register online
Every conference session addresses one of the challenges your agency either faces now or will soon be challenged with adapting to in the near future. Our conference brings to you resources that bridge the gaps in you current experience and knowledge, expand perspectives for addressing daily struggles, and prepare you for what the future will bring. 
Conference attendees can earn up to 12.5 SWCEUs! 


Adoption, Licensing, Foster Care & Independent Living MINs Meet

Federation member's only
July 16, 2014
Adoption MIN
Licensing MIN
Foster Care MIN
Independent Living/Homeless Youth MIN


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