The complete conference brochure is ready, and new this year is online registration for the June 18-19, 2014, Michigan Teen Conference Take Charge of Your Journey! Please promote this fantastic event with youth ages 14-21 and be proactive in arranging for funding now.
This year’s conference will feature involvement of the nationally based FosterClub All-Stars (including several Michigan All-Stars!) throughout the entire event—opening keynote, workshops, general session, and evening activities. The program will be rounded out with informative, interactive workshops and a Walk through Life, all geared to important life skills and knowledge base for youth aging out of foster care and even more fun and recreational activities.
Check out the brochure! Download attachment below.
Register youth, caregivers and staff! By mail, fax or online.
Workshops offered on a first come/first serve availability basis.
Held at Postma Center in Grand Rapids.
- Promoting Attachment Relationships for Young Children with Understanding Brief Strategic Family Therapy: A Brief Overview
- Family and Children: Trauma Training
- Social Work Ethics: Part I and Part II
- Intersecting Child Welfare and Mental Health Services: Working with Families with Parents or Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances: Part I and Part II
- Unlocking Potential in High-Risk Caregivers of Young Children: Caregivers with Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, Intellectual Impairments, and Teen Mothers: Part I and Part II
- Social Work Pain: Part I and Part II
- What You Need to Know About Drugs of Abuse When Working with Children and Their Families
This day of training is FREE for MHBFSA members—Up to 6 members per agency annual membership of $175. $50.00 non-member fee per person.
Download the flier below! Not a member? Join using the second attachment below.
So many options! One to fit every budget!
Please consider supporting the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference and the dozens of youth who are preparing to transition to adulthood. Play a role in their success!
You may sign on as a Sponsor using the form posted below, or you may click here to SIGN UP ONLINE.
See attached information regarding the May 2-3, 2014 Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents (MAFAK) Spring Training Conference at Best Western Plus Lansing Hotel.
Thursday, Pre-Conference Session Featuring: Dr. Bryan Post of the Post Institute on the topic of Adoption, Attachment and Healing.
Keynote Speaker: Kim Siedel “Become Your Foster/Adoptive Child’s EXPERT”
Session Speaker: Derek Clark “The Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction”
Attached, please find the registration brochure for the 18th Annual Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit. The Summit will be held on May 22nd and 23rd at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, MI.
The summit will feature a session by Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, Dr. Bruce Perry.
Registration information is included on the last page of the attached brochure.
Please contact Kelcy Ensign (firstname.lastname@example.org) at DHS with any registration questions.
There is no registration cost for this event. Please register early as seating is limited and there is a need to allow for geographic and professional diversity. You can expect an e-mail confirmation two weeks prior to the summit. There is no charge for conference attendance. Travel expenses and lodging are to be paid by the attendee.
May & June: Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) Training across the State of Michigan
Lutheran Social Services, Department of Human Services, and Fostering Success Michigan will soon be hosting five regional trainings across the State of Michigan. Each training will cover the Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV), the educational needs and requirements for children and youth in care, and various college resources for Foster Youth.
Registration is now available on JJOLT In-Service Training at: http://www.michiganchildwelfaretraining.com, search for Educational Requirements and College Resources. Attached is a flyer with dates, locations, and times…so mark your calendars now! SPACE IS LIMITED!!
This is a great opportunity for workers to learn about the resources available for foster youth who are aging out and pursuing college, as well as how foster youth can best be served to ensure they make it to post-secondary programs.
Do you know a youth in Foster Care or Independent Living who needs to learn about money management, employment, educational opportunities, healthy relationships, or housing? If you do, then help them pre-register for the 2014 Michigan Teen Conference.
Youth must be ages 14 to 21 and in Foster Care or Independent Living. If attendees are under the age of 18, a chaperone MUST attend the conference with them and accompany them at all times. Caretakers of the youth and professionals who work with teens are also invited. Attendees will sharpen their understanding of what is available and required for foster youth to make the challenging transition to adult life.
Workshops will feature topics such as:
• Budgeting/money management (beginner and advanced)
• College supportive programs (youth panel)
• Funding resources (ETV, YIT)
• Job search/employment
• Legal rights of youth in care and as adults
• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives
• Social media
• Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care
In addition, a special Walk through Life will feature numerous life stations to visit and resources to grab at this fun, interactive two-hour session. It is a chance for youth to put into practice many of the life skills they acquired during the conference. Stations will include:
Promote this event with foster youth and be pro-active: secure funding now!
Funding sources: YIT • MYOI • Private fund raising
Use registration form to calculate cost for your funding request.
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April 24: Techniques for Supervisors – Observation, Evaluation and Coaching of Contact Level Staff for Improving and Sustaining Motivational Interviewing Skills
What: Techniques for Supervisors – Observation, Evaluation and Coaching of Contact Level Staff for Improving and Sustaining Motivational Interviewing Skills
When: April 24, 2014
7:30am – 8:30am: Registration & continental breakfast
12:00pm – 1:00pm (lunch provided)
8:30am – 3:30pm (Training)
Where: Shanty Creek Resorts, 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, Michigan 49615
3 Ways to Register: Online - www.macmhb.org;
FAX - 517-374-1053; MAIL - MACMHB, 426 S. Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933
Cost $32/per person (includes continental breakfast, lunch and training materials)
Social Work: The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB), provider #1140, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. MACMHB maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/10/13-11/10/16. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical Continuing Education Clock Hours.
MACMHB is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). MACMHB maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance abuse professionals should contact MCBAP to determine course approval. Substance abuse professionals participating in this course will receive 6 contact hours - Specific.
From the desk of:
Annette Pepper, GMS, Training & Meeting Planner
Michigan Association of CMH Boards
426 S Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933
Please see the attached notices for upcoming Child Welfare Services training opportunities.
March 12, 2014 at the Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan (Space is still available)
Putting it All Together: Advanced Courtroom Practice and Petition Drafting Workshop
Target Audience: Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, and private agencies.
April 24, 2014 at the Hall of Justice, Lansing, Michigan
Testifying in Court for Nonlawyers
Target Audience: Child Protective Services and Foster Care caseworkers for the Michigan Department of Human Services, tribes, and private agencies.
Heather D. Leidi, Administrative Assistant | Child Welfare Services | State Court Administrative Office
P.O. Box 30048 | Lansing, MI 48989 | 517-373-5322 phone LeidiH@courts.mi.gov
Child Welfare Services Training Division: http://courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/officesprograms/cws/childwelfareservicestraining/pages/default.aspx
Lutheran Social Services and the Department of Human Services will soon be hosting seven regional trainings across the State of Michigan. Each training will cover the Michigan Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV), the educational needs and newest education policy requirements for children and youth in care, and various college resources for Foster Youth.
Registration is now available on JJOLT at: http://www.michiganchildwelfaretraining.com, search forEducation Pl - College Scholarships and Resources. Attached is a flyer with dates, locations, and times…so mark your calendars now! SPACE IS LIMITED!! If you do not have access to JJOLT, please reply to this email to register and specify the preferred location and time.
This is a great opportunity for all workers and supervisors to learn about the resources available for foster youth who are aging out and pursuing college, as well as how foster youth can best be served to ensure they make it to post-secondary programs.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
209 E. Washington Ave. Suite 284, Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: (877) 660-6388 Fax: (517) 789-6809
Serving People As an Expression of the Love of Christ - www.mietv.lssm.org
Presentation handouts from February 25/26, 2013 Enhancing the Effectiveness of Residential Treatment.
Toward Successful Adoption: Your Child, Your Family, Your Community
This FREE training is designed for those who have adopted or who are thinking of adopting a child from the child welfare system. Three important areas will be covered:
- Helping families cope with the stress of transitioning children from foster care to adoption.
- Understanding the unique needs of children who have been traumatized.
- Helpful strategies for finding and using post adoption resources.
Training sessions run Friday evening (6:00 PM–9:00 PM) through Saturday (9:00 AM–4:00 PM) on 12 different dates from March through September in cities across the state. Download the attached flier for the complete listing.
Two New Trainings Added for 2012!
Cross Cultural Adoption: Beyond Race
- Understand the impact of ethnicity and culture on a child’s identity and self-esteem.
- Identify the tools and tasks necessary to successfully raise a child of another race or culture.
- May 5, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM in Grand Rapids; June 2, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM in Lansing
Helping Children Make Successful Transitions in Adoption
- Understand ways to lessen the trauma of moves for children.
- Learn ways to cope with your emotions when helping children move.
- May 5, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM in Grand Rapids; June 2, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM in Lansing
The training is FREE, funded by the Michigan Department of Human Services. Attendees can qualify for a small stipend to assist with child care and mileage costs.
This month's fatality video webcast involves an 11-month-old who died as a result of natural causes from premature birth. No identifying or confidential info. so there are no restrictions on who can view- you can use it in whatever way you think is useful.
Office of Family Advocate
Department of Human Services
235 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 1512
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-3475; FAX (517) 241-8125
MSU School of Social Work, in conjunction with the other six Michigan graduate Schools of Social Work and the support of the Michigan Department of Human Services, is pleased to announce FREE training opportunities to DHS Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoption Workers and DHS-contracted private agencies’ foster care and adoption workers. The title of this collaborative project is Child Welfare In-Service Training.
Multiple human service, health, and education professionals who also serve the families involved with the child welfare system may find the workshops of interest; many of the workshop topics will have applicability beyond child welfare practice, thus a LIMITED number of FOR CHARGE spaces are available for interested professionals who work outside of DHS and the contracted private agencies. All courses offered are eligible for Social Work CECHs.
Early registration is encouraged. Registrations are nontransferable; if you register but are unable to attend, please contact the appropriate University at your earliest convenience so they might offer your unused space to someone else.
To learn more specifically about the MSU CW In-Service Training programs, you may view descriptions, objectives, faculty information, location, and pricing as well as registration instructions and tools by visiting: https://socialwork.msu.edu/ceu/catalog.php.
Programs are listed under Child Welfare In-Service trainings.
A catalog of all of the courses available statewide can be downloaded below.
The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Spring 2012 Catalog has been issued, featuring courses related to:
- Adoption Certificate Program
- Advocacy/Leadership/Social Justice
- Children, Youth, & Families
- Clinical Practice
- Mental Health
- Pain Management
- Online Programs
- Supervision in Child & Family Services Certificate
- School Social Work Competency Series
We would like to draw your attention to the April 26 session, "Helping the Judge Make the Right Decision: Effective Courtroom Testimony," which will be held in Grand Rapids, led by attorneys Joe Kozakiewicz and Delanie Pope of MSU's Chance at Childhood program.
Also of note, numerous experts from within MichFed member agencies are among the presenters of the 26 in-person course offerings:
- Jean Niemann, national training director at Spaulding for Children, leading "Family Assessment & Preparation for Adoption Professionals"
- Kevin Roach, CEO of Whaley Children's Center, leading "Identifying & Leading Change within Your Organization"
- Sarah Bretz, clinical supervisor at Judson Center, presenting "Understanding Autism: Beyond the Basics"
- Emily Besecker, behavior services supervisor at Judson Center, presenting "Behavioral Supports & Interventions for Individuals with an ASD"
- Michael Reiffer, clinical social worker at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, presents "Motivational Intereviewing with At-Risk Youth & Families & Substance Abuse"
- Sean deFour, COO at Judson Center, leading "Supervision Certificate #6: Recruiting & Selecting the Right Staff"