• Child Welfare Essentials Training - A Local Training Opportunity For Benzie, Clare, Lake, Mason, Manistee, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana And Osceola Counties

    Monday, July 14, 2014
    This training will provide participants with an overview of the legal framework governing child protective proceedings, including the applicable statutes, court rules, and DHS policy. Participants will learn the procedural rules, time guidelines, and legal standards applicable to each hearing, as well as receive best practice tips. In the afternoon, participants will learn about the federal Title IV-E regulations governing foster care funding and their impact on child welfare practice. The day will conclude with a session on strategies for drafting effective petitions and reports, as well as providing courtroom testimony. This training is intended to be collaborative and bring together legal advocates, caseworkers, and other local child welfare professionals to learn and discuss issues in child welfare practice.
  • 6th Annual Great Lakes Summer Institute

    Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Back by popular demand, Michigan State University School of Social Work is holding the 6th Annual Great Lakes Summer Institute (GLSI), a professional development experience comprised of two-day, one-day, and half-day intensive courses on a variety of current topics taught by experts in their fields. Designed to blend meaningful learning with maximum relaxation, the GLSI is held in beautiful Traverse City. Minutes from the famous Grand Traverse Bay, the Institute will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge where you can be treated at the premiere Elements Spa, play in Fort Mackenzie, a four-story interactive waterpark, and enjoy any or all of three dining experiences on site.
  • Child Development and Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    This training will focus on issues of child development and working with children who have been sexually abused. Participants will learn about the stages and behaviors associated with normative child sexual development, indicators of sexual abuse, and strategies for appropriately responding to sexualized behavior. Participants will also learn about pediatric sexual assault examination protocols and strategies for working with children and families impacted by sexual abuse. Additionally, participants will receive information regarding infant mental health and the impact of trauma on child development.

    Monday, June 09, 2014
    This training will provide child welfare professionals with an understanding of the current legal framework and best practices for handling child welfare cases, which include using a trauma informed approach for case planning. There will also be a session on case process and planning requirements under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA). In the afternoon, participants will attend breakout sessions covering various practice area topics specific to their professional role.
  • Michigan State University School of Social Work Continuing Education: Upcoming May 2014 Events

    Friday, May 09, 2014
    The Michigan State University School of Social Work offers extensive continuing education for social workers this spring, including ethics, trauma, positive psychology, social security work incentives, dementia, leadership, and much, much more. The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Program's mission is to help people thrive in service to their communities by offering innovative, valuable, and accessible professional development opportunities throughout the State of Michigan and beyond.
  • 2014 Training: Educational Requirements and College Resources for Foster Youth in Transition

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is hosting five informational trainings across the State of Michigan. Presenters include: ETV Coordinator, Tanya Maki, DHS Departmental Analyst, Ann Rossi, Director of Outreach and Training with Fostering Success Michigan, Maddy Day, and College Representatives from ten schools across the State.
  • Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST) Family, School, & Community

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    These trainings will provide participants an opportunity to: • Expand their knowledge of autism and autistic behaviors. • Increase their recognition skills of persons with autism. • Acquire information and tips on how to effectively interact with individuals with autism and their families and care providers. • Learn community outreach strategies that will increase support and safety of those with autism.
  • Juvenile Competency in Court: Understanding and Applying Michigan’s New Law

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    Wondering how Michigan’s new juvenile competency laws will affect your youngest clients? Join state and national experts to learn about the legal process for handling competency cases; the practical aspects of implementing the new laws; and suggestions and information needed for making legal arguments, decisions, and changes to current administrative practices.
  • In-Service Child Welfare Training Initiative

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Executive Summary of 2013 Cohort Evaluation Michigan State University School of Social Work and the Michigan Department of Human Services To advance positive outcomes for children and families in Michigan, to support worker competency and job satisfaction, and to address the in-service training requirements for the Department of Human Services (DHS), Michigan State University coordinates an in-service training initiative involving Michigan’s seven graduate schools of social work. This partnership with the Department delivers workshops across the state of Michigan aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills needed by child welfare workers to effectively achieve positive goals for families. This partnership includes collaboration of curriculum, strategies for engaging trainees, and evaluation. The evaluation consists of a pre-training survey, post-training survey, and follow-up survey with participants administered approximately three months after the training. This is an evaluation summary for training delivered in 2013. MSU acknowledges the funding and strong support of DHS in this work together.
  • 10th Annual Child Welfare Services Issues Conference

    Friday, March 07, 2014
    This multidisciplinary training will feature local and national speakers to discuss how using a strengths based protective factor approach to case planning can promote child well-being, while also ensuring safety and permanency for the child. Workshops and plenary sessions will include information on infant mental health, trauma-informed case practice, child sexual development and indicators of abuse, psychological maltreatment, and self-care for child welfare professionals. The sessions will also highlight local programs and resources that participants can use in their practice to improve outcomes for children and families in Michigan’s child welfare system
  • 2014 Michigan Teen Conference

    Thursday, March 06, 2014
    Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Michigan Federation for Children and Families, and the Michigan Department of Human Services are sponsoring the annual Michigan Teen Conference. The Michigan Teen Conference is for current and former foster youth 14 – 20 years old, foster parents, foster care workers, and other individuals working with foster youth.
  • Fostering Success Michigan 3rd Annual Summit

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    FSM's 3rd Annual Statewide Summit is just around the corner! This year's theme is focused on each of us identifying the one thing we can do in our daily work to improve access to higher education for students from foster care. We are busy planning skill-based workshops that will address the issues you have identified as important; from policy to practice, we are working to bring you advice from experts in the field.
  • Influencer training

    Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Influencer training is for individuals, teams and organizations looking to overcome profound, persistent and resistant problems. The training provides students with the skills to develop an effective influence strategy to overcome these problems. Influencer training uses a combination of in-class practice, group participation and personal planning to develop the strategies for resolving tough issues.
  • Michigan Fatherhood Conference

    Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    The Michigan Fatherhood Coalition is excited to announce their 12th Annual Michigan Fatherhood Conference, The Power of a Fathers Presence… Nurturing Men - Thriving Children, to be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 in Howell, MI.
  • 2014 Youth Fire & Life Safety Seminar

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    This seminar is designed for a multi-disciplinary audience: Fire Service, Police, Juvenile Justice, Injury Prevention Educators, Social Workers, Case Workers, Probation Officers, School Personnel, Mental Health Clinicians and Health Care Personnel.
  • Child Abuse Investigations in the Cyber Age

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, Child Abuse Training Services, in cooperation with the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to present this cross-professional Specialized Child Abuse Training seminar.
  • 2014 Conference on Adolescent Health

    Friday, January 17, 2014
    This will be the first state-wide conference on Adolescent Health in Michigan! Come join us as we learn how to translate knowledge on working with adolescents into practice!
  • Adoption Assistance Negotiation Webinar

    Thursday, January 09, 2014
    Effective January 21, 2014 the process for adoption assistance applications is being updated to include a worksheet to assist in the negotiation process. This webinar will discuss those changes described in CSA CI 13149.