Invitation to join Michigan Home Based Family Services Association

MHBFSA logoFederation Affiliate Member Michigan Home Based Family Services Association invites you to join others who are committed to quality family-centered services throughout Michigan.

New and renewing MHBFSA members benefit from three free trainings annually, discounted pricing for the MHBFSA annual conference (September 27-28, 2012), training hours and free social work CEs at each training, an e-newsletter called Practice, access to the Home Based Standards Guidelines Handbook, listing on and access to the MHBFSA website and more!

Find details about membership and benefits at www.mihomebased.com and in the attachments found below.

Child Welfare In-Service Training: Jan-Aug 2012: FREE

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.

MSU SSW CE Spring 2012 Catalog available

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
  • Aging
  • Children, Youth, & Families
  • Clinical Practice
  • Ethics
  • 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"

Wedgwood Institute issues January–March 2010 workshops schedule

Individuals can earn Social Work CECHs at all of Wedgwood Institute’s lifelong learning opportunities and “Tuesday Training Breaks.” Offerings for January–March include:
• January 12: The Psychology of Eating
• January 21: What’s Your Story?
• February 11: Music Therapy: Reaching Adolescents with Emotional Impairments
• March 9: Understanding and Interacting Effectively with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
• March 17: Basic Challenges of Adoptive Development

Full details and registration information can be found in the attached brochures (see link below).