• New LMS

    Monday, November 02, 2015
    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Workforce Development and Training (OWDT) is excited to announce the implementation of the Cornerstone OnDemand learning management system (LMS). Cornerstone OnDemand gives users access to browse for training, register for instructor-led training, complete web based training, and access training transcripts. This user-friendly system is being implemented on December 1, 2015.
  • Conference On Child Safety

    Sunday, November 01, 2015
    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a one day conference, free of charge, for both public and private agency child welfare staff. This conference will feature both keynote presentations as well as breakout sessions specifically related to child safety at all stages of intervention. The overall goal of this conference is to increase caseworker and supervisor knowledge regarding assessment, engagement, and intervention as it relates directly to child safety.
  • Understanding the Needs of Adopted Children & Families

    Friday, October 23, 2015
    The experiences that children and families have before, during, and after adoption impact how they approach treatment. Professionals who want to maximize their effectiveness with adoptive families need to have an understanding of the complexity of the adoption experience for children and families they are working with. This training will provide information about the impact of the adoption process on children and families, common and lifelong issues that all adoptees and adoptive families face, and the trauma experience that adopted children and their families share. Trauma symptoms and the impact of trauma on the development of adopted children will be the focus as well as trauma-informed treatment strategies. In a case-driven experience, participants will complete a trauma assessment and design trauma-informed interventions based on an adoptive family case study designed to present the unique needs and trauma issues that are common to adoptive families.
  • Family Preservation Conference

    Thursday, October 08, 2015
    The objective of the conference is to provide a broad range of practical information to support family preservation staff in offering high quality, research supported interventions to families to mitigate the need for out-of-home placement for their children.
  • 2015 Kinship Adoption Festival

    Thursday, August 20, 2015
    State park day passes will be available for those who need one, but to be guaranteed one, you should register in advance. For more information, visit or call 800-589-6273
  • Supporting Parents with Limited Reflective Capacity

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Conference details and registration forms will be available in late summer
  • Child Welfare Webinar -- Parent-Child Attachment Relationships & the Effects of Attachment Disruption

    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    Webinars are live web-based seminars or workshops that are transmitted over the Internet yet still allow interaction between the presenter and participants no matter where they are located. After viewing the webinar, you will be sent a link to a site where you can complete an attendance record, evaluation, and post-test. Pending a passing score of 75% or higher on your post-test, we will mail you a Certificate of Completion.
  • Supervision Certificate #1: The Role of Leaders in Staff Retention

    Monday, June 01, 2015
    As a leader in a child and family service agency it is crucial to recruit, select, and retain the right staff to do the job. Attaining positive outcomes for children and families are a main priority for service leaders. It is very difficult to succeed in this area without a qualified and committed workforce. This workshop has been developed for child and family service leaders and anyone who aspires to have a leadership role in a child and family service agency. Topics such as leadership models for staff retention; leaders and relationships; developing a leadership team; staff development; mission and direction; salaries, benefits and non-monetary rewards; accountability and outcomes; as well as developing a culture for staff retention will be covered. *This is a core course for the Supervision in Child and Family Services Certificate.
  • 2015 Michigan Teen Conference

    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    This special conference is for youth ages 14-21 preparing to exit foster care, their caregivers and the professionals who work with them.
  • Drug Courts: Meeting the Challenge and Improving Outcomes

    Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    This free two-day training will cover drug court best practices, working with special populations, sanctions and incentives, tribal-state collaboration, and much more.
  • Facilitating Successful Supervised Visitations: Working in the Best Interest of Children & Families

    Monday, March 23, 2015
    Supervised visitation is often a core component of a reunification plan between children in out-of-home placements and their parents. Visitations can be stressful and unsuccessful if guidance and support of the parents is unavailable. This training will provide visitation monitors with tools and tips to assist in the facilitation of meaningful interaction between children and parents. Attendees will have the opportunity to role play and discuss ideas to improve the visitation experience for children and families. Further, attendees will learn to recognize the transition issues children may exhibit before, during, and after visitation. This workshop will utilize role playing, exercises, and large group discussion.
  • Infant Mental Health: Supporting Families with Infants, Toddlers & Young Children

    Sunday, March 22, 2015
    This course will review the primary components of attachment theory, describe the components of IMH interventions, and review the use of various IMH interventions with different clinical populations. This workshop will utilize small group discussion and visual displays.
  • Special Education Advocacy

    Saturday, March 21, 2015
    Until the 1970s, children with disabilities were excluded from school in large numbers. Michigan law (1971) and federal law (1973, 1975) assured access to school for these children and provided a range of specialized instruction, services, and supports identified through a multidisciplinary planning and evaluation process. Social work professionals are critical participants in the special education process. This presentation provides: a basic overview of special education rights and responsibilities; practical techniques to resolve the most common problems; and resources to access for more detailed information and help. Participants will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge through a hypothetical situation and will be able to ask questions about specific issues. This workshop will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, pre- and post-tests, and visual displays.
  • Secondary Trauma – Healing the Healer

    Friday, March 20, 2015
    Child welfare work is emotional, stressful, and often draining, leading to secondary trauma for child welfare professionals. This workshop deals with the impact of being exposed to stress, distress, and trauma as they affect the resilience of the “helping” professional. Participants will learn about the dynamics of secondary trauma, selfcare strategies, and a framework for helping workers cope with secondary trauma. This includes the monitoring and assessment of burnout, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and hardships in a distressed environment. This workshop will utilize role playing, exercises, games, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.
  • Recorded Webinar Now Available -- SCAO-CWS Attachment, Trauma, and the Developing Child

    Friday, February 13, 2015
    The SCAO-CWS webinar that was held February 12, 2015 on, "Attachment, Trauma, and the Developing Child," was recorded and is now available for viewing. The video can be streamed or downloaded at the link below. The webinar is approximately 90 minutes. Please contact myself or Kate McPherson ( if you have any questions. Have a great day.
  • Supporting Children Involved in Multiple Systems Using a Team Approach

    Thursday, February 05, 2015
    This workshop will be focused on how to assemble and facilitate a multidisciplinary team in order to improve outcomes, reduce duplication of services, and reduce worker and participant burn out for families involved in multiple systems. This workshop will utilize large group discussion and visual displays.
  • Recorded Webinar Now Available -- SCAO-CWS Child Welfare Case Law Update

    Thursday, January 15, 2015
    The recording of the SCAO-CWS child welfare Case Law Update webinar that was held on Tuesday, December 16 is now available. You can view the recording at the following link: Thanks once again to our presenter, Liisa Speaker from Speaker Law Firm, PLLC. Please contact myself or Kate McPherson ( should you have any questions. Have a great day.