May 1-2: MAFAK Spring Training Conference at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City (pre-conference full-day session on April 30)

Event Date: 
04/30/2015 - 9:00am to 05/02/2015 - 4:00pm

The Thursday, April 30, pre-conference session will feature Heather Forbes and "Beyond Consequences, Helping Families Heal."

On Friday, May 1, 12 conference workshops are scheduled, followed by the Awards Banquet and evening entertainment. On the morning of Saturday, May 2, Dr. Jim Henry will present "Beyond Therapy: What Do Kinds in Foster Care/Adoption/Kinship Need to be Successful." On Saturday afternoon, George Duvall will present "No Reason to Fail."

Special conference rates are offered for couples and MAFAK members (MAFAK Membership can be submitted with your registration form to qualify for the lower fees).

Exhibit space/Vendor tables and Ad Sponsor opportunities are offered. Non-commercial ads from child welfare agencies/partners, foster, adoptive and kinship parent support groups are FREE.

April 23-24 & June 25-26 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) 101 Training

Michigan Associtation of CMH Boards & Michigan Department of Community Mental Health

Present:  Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) 101

ACT 101 is a two day Medicaid required training for all ACT Workers in Michigan.

2 Dates and Locations to choose from!:

8:30am Registration; 9:00am Training Begins;
12:00-1:00 Lunch; 4:00pm Adjourn

April 23-24, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dearborn/Novi

June 25-26, 2015
Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West, Kalamazoo

Fee:  $70 includes 2 day training, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and all breaks.

12 CEUs for social workers and substance abuse professionals are available.

For additional information, see attached or visit our website at

Save the Dates!!! June 17-18, 2015 Michigan Teen Conference

Event Date: 
06/17/2015 - 8:00am to 06/18/2015 - 4:00pm

New this year.....Saginaw Valley State University will host the 2015 Michigan Teen Conference! This special conference is for youth ages 14-21 preparing to exit foster care, their caregivers and the professionals who work with them. 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:

• Career planning
• College supportive programs 
• Health and well-being
• Housing
• Job search/employment  
• Legal rights of youth in care (101) & as adults (401)
• Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives
• Money management—beginner (101) & advanced (401)
• Resources for older youth (ETV, YIT, YAVFC)
• Social media

Save the Date: March 20: Michigan Fatherhood Conference

Event Date: 
03/20/2015 - 9:00am
Event Website

Save the Date: March 20: Michigan Fatherhood Conference—Themed “A Conference for Practitioners & Male Caretakers Alike!” this event is the 13th annual Michigan Fatherhood Conference to be held in Howell, MI. For more information contact Mike Kildee at or Pam Jaymes at Check out Facebook at “Michigan Fatherhood Coalition.”


In-Service Training Opportunities- free!

Attached you will find the Winter/Spring 2015 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. 


Please let me know if you have any questions about these courses- and remember to register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!



Kadi Prout


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