SUPPORTED BY

Fall 2016/Winter 2017
Child Welfare
In-Service Training
for the

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
& DHHS-Contracted Private Agencies
Delivered by

Michigan Graduate Schools of Social Work
OFFERING Social Work Continuing Education Credit Hours

ALL training
s
in this catalo
g
are approved
by the DHHS
for
in-service
training hour
s

S chool of S ocial W ork

Contents

3

Introduction

4

FAQs

5

Andrews University

6–7

Eastern Michigan University

8–9

Grand Valley State University

10–12

Michigan State University

Spring Arbor University

13

14–15

University of Michigan

16–17

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

18

19–20

Webinars offered by Michigan State University

Leadership Series offered by Michigan State University

21

22–23

Calendar of trainings

Schools of Social Work
Andrews University
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Michigan State University
Spring Arbor University
University of Michigan
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University

2

Introduction

W

orking effectively as a child welfare worker or supervisor
can be challenging. Keeping families safely together,
reuniting families, or supporting new loving families
requires a well-trained child welfare workforce. A
professional needs to have extensive knowledge about child development,
family dynamics, culture and community, trauma, evidence-based or
promising approaches to helping children and families, and so much
more. In addition to knowledge, multiple skills are required to assure
child safety, promote permanency planning, and support the well-being
of children and families. Gaining this knowledge and skills requires
both initial professional education and training as well as an ongoing
commitment to learning and improving. This is important work as child
welfare professionals have the opportunity to save and transform lives by
significantly helping children and families.
That is why we are pleased
to present this in-service
training catalog—the product “Child welfare isn’t rocket
of a dynamic partnership
science. It is harder.”
among nine Michigan schools
—David Liederman, former director of the
of social work with MSW
Child Welfare League of America
programs and the Michigan
Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS). We appreciate the commitment and support
of DHHS Director Nick Lyon and his administrative team, particularly
training team leaders Stacie Gibson, Laura Schneider, and Michele Harper.
Each workshop is supported by a school of social work. Questions about
individual workshops should be directed to the sponsoring school. With
the support of DHHS, we are able to offer these sessions free of charge
for child welfare workers and supervisors. Multiple human service and
educational 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.
Each workshop is or will be approved for social work continuing education
credit hours.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Sincerely,
Gary R. Anderson, PhD, LMSW, Professor
Kadi M. Prout, LMSW, In-Service Project Coordinator
MSU School of Social Work

3

These child welfare
trainings are offered

free of Charge

for DHHS child
welfare workers and
supervisors and
DHHS-contracted
private agencies’
child welfare workers
and supervisors on a
first come, first
serve basis.

u u u u u u
REGISTRATION for each
training will close once
the 35-person capacity
has been reached.
If you register and know
in advance you cannot
attend, you must contact
the university so your
slot can be offered to
another individual.

u u u u u u
This Child Welfare InService Training initiative
was made possible
through a grant from the
Michigan Department
of Health and Human
Services.

FAQs

1

As a child welfare worker or supervisor, how many in-service training hours do I
need to complete? All public and private child welfare staff are required to complete 32
hours of in-service training each fiscal year (October through September). This includes caseload
carrying and other child welfare staff with specialized and supportive positions to CPS, foster
care, and adoption. Additionally, child welfare supervisors are required to obtain 16 hours of inservice training each fiscal year.

2

How do I record these in-service training hours to show that I am meeting this
requirement? Add the training to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Learning Management System (LMS) as external training. Your supervisor will receive an email
to approve it to be added to your transcript.

3

I see that each training in this catalog has a curriculum reference. What does this
mean? Child welfare workers have the opportunity to attend training each year that is based
upon a curriculum developed in partnership with the DHHS Office of Workforce Development
and Training, and the field. A worker should have the opportunity to sit down with her/his
supervisor regularly to assess which trainings would be most beneficial and most relevant to her/
his caseload so that training progress is pre-planned and helps the worker advance professionally.
The LMS website includes a tool called “Creating an Employee Training Plan” that can assist with
this effort.

4

Do I register to attend the training with the university that is hosting the training
or through the DHHS Learning Management System (LMS)? In order to register to
attend a workshop, you should follow the registration instructions found in this catalog. In order
to record your in-service training hours with the DHHS Office of Workforce Development and
Training, please follow the directions found in FAQ 2.

5

Is it true, I can attend any in-service training listed in this catalog for FREE?!
Yes! The child welfare in-service trainings provided through this collaborative effort are
FREE OF CHARGE for child welfare workers and supervisors—both DHHS and contracted
private agencies—on a first come, first serve basis. These trainings are eligible for social work
continuing education credit hours, too! Happy training!

In addition to the in-person training listed in this catalog,
webinars are offered through Michigan State University.
See pages 19-21.

4

Social Work Ethics and Social Media:
More Than a Friend Request
Curriculum: MiTEAM principles (Teaming, Engagement, Assessment and Mentoring):
Effective supervision and mentoring.

Date/time:

Location:

Friday, October 21, 2016 • 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Andrews University, Chan Shun Hall, Whirlpool Room
4185 E. Campus Circle Drive, Berrien Springs, MI 49104

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval pending • Meets 3 hours of Ethics requirement

Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers;
$45 all others; $15 for students

Presenters: Twyla Smith, MSW

Shannon Trecartin, LMSW, PhD candidate

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
Intermediate skill level
• Recognize and process ethical dilemmas regarding using social media for
Target audience:
personal and professional use.
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
• Develop a personal social media policy that governs personal use of social
media to uphold the social work profession’s ethical responsibilities to clients,  Adoption Workers
colleagues, and organization.
• Develop a professional social media policy that governs professional use of social media to uphold the social
work profession’s ethical responsibilities to clients, colleagues, and organization.
• Explore strategies for integrating ethical dilemmas and policies of social media use when working with clients
and/or when supervising child welfare workers.
• Articulate your intentions for personal or professional social media use in order to clarify personal and
professional boundaries.
Description: This training brings attention to the ethical dilemmas created by the personal and professional use of social
media by social workers. In our increasingly connected society, traditional approaches to providing informed consent,
avoiding conflicts of interest, and ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of clients are being challenged. In addition,
more than ever before our private conduct has the potential to interfere with our professional practice. A helpful approach
to navigating the ethical challenges related to social media use is to develop both a personal and professional social
media policy. In addition, emerging social workers are challenged by the transition from private citizen to public social
work professional. Participants will learn to use ethical dilemmas and social media policies in supervision to assist their
colleagues and subordinates as we all navigate the complexities of the interconnected society in which we practice. This
training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

How to register: Use the registration form at www.andrews.edu/cas/socialwork/continuing;
download the form, scan, and email it to swceu@andrews.edu
Contact:
Email:
Phone:
Website:

Anita González
swceu@andrews.edu
269-471-6196
www.andrews.edu/socialwork

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Navigating the Special Education System
Curriculum: Educational issues: Understanding a foster child’s rights in
education/special education; navigating the special education system
for children with disabilities.

Date/time:
Location:

Friday, October 28, 2016 • 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
EMU–Livonia, 38777 W. Six Mile Road, Suite 400, Livonia, MI 48152

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0031
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $69 all others
Presenter:

Sarah VanZoeren, PhD, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Identify where they can access information about special education laws and
policies in Michigan.
• Describe strategies for navigating the special education system.
• Name at least three resources in Michigan related to special education,
including organizations that support students’ rights.

Beginning skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: In this training, participants will learn more about special education in Michigan through hands-on activities. The
training will explore federal and state laws and policies related to special education services and delivery, strategies for
navigating the special education system, and resources for supporting students receiving special education services. This
training will utilize exercises and small and large group discussions.

Supporting Gay and Lesbian Youth
Living in Care
Curriculum: Cultural humility/cultural competence:
Supporting LGBTQ youth; gay and lesbian focus.

Date/time:
Location:

Friday, November 11, 2016 • 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
EMU–Livonia, 38777 W. Six Mile Road, Suite 400, Livonia, MI 48152

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0031
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $69 all others
Presenter:

Mark Ragg, PhD, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
Intermediate skill level
• Identify unique layers of trauma common to gay and lesbian foster youth.
Target audience:
• Identify common elements in the child welfare system that compound the
 Foster Care Workers
vulnerability of sexual minority youth in care.
• Develop a plan for adjusting practices with youth in care to increase sensitivity to gay and lesbian foster youth.
Description: This training content was developed through interviews and focus groups with gay and lesbian foster youth.
Learn about specific layers of trauma common to sexual minority youth in care and critical elements in providing effective
support. This training will utilize exercises, large group discussion, and visual displays.

6

Infant Mental Health:
The Importance of Attachment

Curriculum: Infant mental health: The importance of bonding/attachment.

Date/time:
Location:

Friday, February 17, 2017 • 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
EMU–Livonia, 38777 W. Six Mile Road, Suite 400, Livonia, MI 48152

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0031
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $69 all others

Presenter:

Sarah Shea, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E® (IV)

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Describe the central role of attachment in overall development.
• Describe both insecure and secure attachment types and their associated
relational behaviors.
• Identify ways to support caregivers in creating a secure attachment with
infants and toddlers.

Intermediate skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: In this training, participants will learn about the importance of developing a secure attachment during infancy/
early childhood and the implications of attachment security for all areas of development. The training will explore both
secure and insecure attachment types, including how such attachment types are fostered via the caregiving styles of
parents and how such attachment types are expressed in children’s attachment-seeking behaviors. This training will
utilize large group discussion and visual displays.

How to register:
Contact:
Phone:
Email:

Visit www.emich.edu/socialworkce or call 800-932-8689
Elena O’Connor
734-487-4926
eoconnor@emich.edu

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias
in Child Welfare
Curriculum: Cultural humility/cultural competence: Understanding one’s personal
values and beliefs and their relationship to cultural identity and practice.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, October 21, 2016 • 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
GVSU Pew Campus, Bicycle Factory
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0004
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $49 all others
Presenter: Floyd Booker, MM

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
Intermediate skill level
• Identify at least two ways to adapt to a changing workplace and customer
Target audience:
demographics.
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers
• Describe at least two common value clashes that occur in the workplace and
how to prevent these conflicts.
• Identify at least one skill to effectively communicate with individuals from different backgrounds.
Description: Research indicates that even the most well-intentioned and conscientious individuals are often unaware of how
or when their personal beliefs are influencing their perceptions, judgments, and actions toward others. This highly
interactive training will assist participants in diminishing the role that unconscious bias plays in their decision-making
processes, while increasing their capacity to demonstrate fair and equitable treatment toward everyone. This training will
utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

Adolescent Suicide Prevention
and Intervention
Curriculum: Mental and behavioral health: Suicide prevention and
how to coach foster parents on prevention strategies.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, December 2, 2016 • 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
GVSU Pew Campus, Bicycle Factory
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0004
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $49 all others
Presenter: David Blakeslee, BA

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Coach (foster) parents on warning signs and high-risk periods.
• Identify risk factors and other attitudinal obstacles to prevention.
• Communicate common myths and misperceptions about juvenile suicide.

Intermediate skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people in
the USA ages 10–19. Child welfare professionals need to be equipped with skills to assess the risk of suicide and selfinjurious behavior, and provide effective intervention when higher levels of risk are recognized. This training is based
on material published by the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) in 2013. The training will provide
an understanding of suicidal behavior. It includes information on juvenile suicide research, guiding principles to suicide
prevention, predisposing factors to suicide, warning signs and symptoms, identification of suicide risk despite denial of
risk, high-risk periods, and critical incident stress debriefing. This training will utilize exercises, large group discussion,
and visual displays.

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When Children Get Removed:
Using Play to Reduce the Effects of Trauma
Curriculum: Trauma and crisis management: Minimizing trauma for children
during the removal and placement process.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, January 13, 2017 • 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
GVSU Pew Campus, Bicycle Factory
201 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0004
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $49 all others
Presenter: Julie McGowan, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Identify two ways that removal from the home is traumatic for the child.
• Identify two roles that workers play in supporting the child through the
process.
• Demonstrate two play techniques that can be used to help reduce the effect
of trauma.

Intermediate skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: This training will address the trauma that surrounds a child being removed from his or her home. It will address
different ways that trauma occurs during this process, the role workers play in supporting the child through this
trauma, and how to use play to reduce the impact of the trauma. It will offer hands-on therapeutic play techniques that
participants will be able to learn and practice throughout the training. This training will utilize exercises and large group
discussion.

How to register:
Contact:
Phone:
Email:

Visit www.gvsu.edu/swce
Leslie Bateman
616-331-7180
socialworkce@gvsu.edu

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Claiming Shame Resilience and
Self-compassion in Adoption
and Foster Care #4153
Curriculum: Secondary trauma: Self-care for workers.

Date/time:


Location:


Friday, October 7, 2016

Registration 8:30 AM • Program 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
WMU Beltline Conference Center
2333 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • ASWB ACE approval #1136, approval June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019
Presenter: Annie Lange, BSN, LMSW, ACSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
• Describe the universal experience of shame and its adverse impact on
 Foster Care Workers
healthy functioning.
• Recognize that the way our brain and nervous system function underpins self-  Adoption Workers
compassion and shame resilience and that it relates to healing and a sense of well-being.
• Discuss/practice various strategies that support self-compassion and shame resilience.
Description: In the world of adoption and foster care, many unique challenges can leave both families and workers with a sense
of hopelessness. This training is designed to help participants understand the relationship of shame resilience and selfcompassion and how it can positively impact children, families, and workers. Through experiential learning, participants
will gain concrete skills to use with families related to self-compassion and shame resilience. This training will utilize
exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

Common Diagnosis and Essentials
of Medication Management
for Adopted Children #4156
Curriculum: Placement: Working with foster/adoptive families
to mitigate tough issues/situations.

Date/time:


Location:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Registration 12:30 PM • Program 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • ASWB ACE approval #1136, approval June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019
Presenter: Debra Luria, PhD, PMHN-BC, CNS-BC

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Describe the basic pharmacology of commonly used medications.
• Identify proper administration guidelines.
• Identify unintended side effects of medication for children in care.
• Summarize methods for maximizing caregiver medication compliance.
• Integrate information learned, as a basis to advocate for children in care
to receive appropriate medication.

Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: This training will cover basic pharmacology, administration guidelines, and pertinent information to insure that
medications are being properly administered. Methods to insure care provider compliance will be discussed, along with
tools for differentiating proper diagnosis and treatment. Teaching methodology will include case study presentations. This
training will utilize small and large group discussions and visual displays.

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Post-adoption Strategies and Services
Designed to Avoid Broken Adoptions #617-16
Curriculum: Permanency: Post-­adopt services and strategies
for avoiding disruption and dissolution.

Date/time:


Location:


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Registration 8:30 AM • Program 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
VisTaTech Center, Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Highway, Livonia, MI 48152

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • ASWB ACE approval #1136, approval June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019
Presenters: Rosemary Jackson, LMSW

Tracy Kapusansky, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Describe an effective approach to intervening with adoptive families in
crisis.
• Identify three common post-adoption service needs of families and children.
• List three specific post-adoption resources at the local, state, and national
levels.

Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: Join Rosemary and Tracy to gain tips and strategies to support families after adoption. Learn about the unique
needs of adoptive families both during and after supervision, and how to intervene before, during, and after a family
experiences a crisis that can jeopardize their adoption. Leave with practical information about how to work with families
to help them identify their needs, and locate and utilize a variety of post-adoption services. If you want practical and
timely information, this training is for you! This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, pre- and
post-tests, and visual displays.

Effective Recruitment and Retention Strategies
for Foster and Adoptive Families #600-17
Curriculum: Recruitment and retention of good foster/adoptive families.

Date/time:


Location:


Friday, January 20, 2017

Registration 8:30 AM • Program 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®
4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • ASWB ACE approval #1136, approval June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019
Presenter: Heidi Raubenolt, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Identify three types of foster and adoptive parent recruitment strategies.
• Utilize data to identify their agency’s foster and adoptive home
recruitment and retention needs.
• Identify three methods to retain successful resource families.

Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: Stability and permanence for youth in foster care depends on the successful recruitment and retention of the
resource families who care for them. This training will identify the different types of recruitment strategies and will focus
on the use of data in developing a plan to recruit and retain families to meet the needs of youth in care. How to create a
recruitment and retention plan within a customer service model will also be explored. This training will utilize exercises,
small and large group discussions, pre- and post-tests, and visual displays.

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Making Trauma Informed Transitions
for Children and Families #601-17
Curriculum: Placement: Helping children to prepare for transition in placement.

Date/time:


Location:


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Registration 8:30 AM • Program 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • ASWB ACE approval #1136, approval June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019
Presenter: Rosemary Jackson, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Recognize the impact of trauma when moving children in child welfare.
• Describe two techniques to prepare children for transitions based on age
and stage of development.
• Identify two strategies for conducting removals and moves that
minimize trauma and enhance attachment for children.

Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: Join Rosemary for this interactive workshop that looks at how to minimize the trauma for children when a
removal or move is necessary. Gain practical information about how to interact with young children and how to talk to
older children in ways that can help to prepare them for the changes they are experiencing. Get tips on what to expect
when children are experiencing transitions based on their age and stage of development and learn strategies to work with
families to gain their help in the process. Walk away from this training with tips and tools that can help you facilitate
moves for children that are thoughtful and responsive to their need for attachment and security. This training will utilize
exercises, small and large group discussions, pre- and post-tests, and visual displays.

How to register online: http://socialwork.msu.edu/ceu/
Contact: Mary Aymor
Phone: 517-353-3060
Email: swkce@msu.edu

MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Program, provider #1136, is approved as a provider for social work
continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org Approved Continuing Education
Program (ACE). Approval period: June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019. Michigan State University School of Social Work Continuing
Education Program maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to
determine course approval. For ADA requests, grievances, or concerns, please contact swkce@msu.edu or (517) 353-3060.
Social workers in other jurisdictions should contact their regulatory board to determine course eligibility.

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Engaging Resistant Clients
Curriculum: MiTEAM principles (Teaming, Engagement, Assessment and Mentoring):
Assessment of a family’s functioning, resourcefulness, and resiliency.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, October 14, 2016 • Program 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Northwest Michigan College University Center
2200 Dendrinos Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval pending
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $65 all others
Presenters: Emily Dixon, LMSW

Sabrina Spearman, LLMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Assess client readiness to change.
• Understand ways to meet clients where they are at.
• Utilize new techniques to engage with resistant clients.

Beginning skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: In the field of child welfare, a worker may encounter resistance from
clients; however, there is still a strong need for partnership and engagement in order to meet common goals. This training
is meant to help workers identify barriers to progress, utilize engagement techniques in aiding clients’ forward movement,
and focus on creating a strength-based approach to developing a team plan. This training will utilize role playing,
exercises, and small and large group discussions.

How to register: Contact Peter Lauber
Phone: 231-421-3491
Email: Peter.Lauber@arbor.edu

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Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility
Curriculum: Cultural competence/cultural humility: Cross-cultural knowledge.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, October 14, 2016 • Program 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM
University of Michigan School of Social Work
1080 South University, Room 1840, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval pending
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $65 all others
Presenter: Robert M. Ortega, PhD, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Differentiate cultural competence from cultural humility.
• Describe skills for culturally responsive relationship building.
• Identify strategies to promote cultural humility in practice.

Intermediate skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: In this training, participants will learn about culturally responsive
practice that supports collaboration with families in order to promote services that are culturally relevant and that draw
on the family’s cultural strengths. This training will utilize exercises, small group discussion, and visual displays.

Not Going It Alone:
The Role of Reflective Supervision
in Increasing Staff Efficacy and Coping
Curriculum: MiTEAM principles (Teaming, Engagement, Assessment and Mentoring):
Effective supervision and mentoring.

Date/time:

Location:



Thursday, November 17, 2016 • Program 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM
University of Michigan School of Social Work
1080 South University, Room 1840, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approved
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $65 all others
Presenter: Julie Ribaudo, LMSW, IMH-E (IV)

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Describe the theoretical underpinnings of reflective supervision.
• Explain the value of increasing reflective functioning in staff.
• Identify key behaviors exhibited in reflective supervision.

Intermediate and advanced skill levels
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers
 Supervisors

Description: Child welfare professionals see, hear of, and try to prevent some of
the hardest of human experiences: child maltreatment. Without a space to
contain some of the feelings associated with their work, child welfare staff can become hardened, overwhelmed, or shut
down, leading to less effective engagement with children and families and, at times, poor decision-making. Reflective
supervision offers a space to step back and consider the complexity of clients’ lives and how best to proceed. It also
affords staff a space to contemplate the worries and anxieties the work entails, thus reducing the negative impact on the
health of the worker. In this training, participants will learn about the components of reflective supervision, observe a live
model of reflective supervision, and explore ways they can incorporate reflective practice in their work. This training will
utilize role playing, exercises, and small and large group discussions.

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Holding Them While They Grieve
Curriculum: Permanency: Techniques to promote attachment and bonding.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, January 20, 2017 • Program 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM
University of Michigan School of Social Work
1080 South University, Room 1840, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approved
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $65 all others
Presenter: Julie Ribaudo, LMSW, IMH-E (IV)

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• List three key indicators of infant/toddler grief.
• Describe parenting behaviors that assist in supporting a child to grieve.
• Identify key parenting behaviors that assist young children to form a new,
secure attachment.

Beginning skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: Infants and toddlers in the child welfare system face unimaginable challenges when they are separated, often
repeatedly, from the familiar or loved and “attach” to a new caregiver. Unless their process of grief and mourning is
recognized and supported, they will be unable to form new, healthy relationships. This workshop will assist child welfare
professionals to notice the indicators of infant and toddler mourning, and to support new caregivers in providing the
environment and relationship that will allow the child to fall in love with a new caregiver. This training will utilize
exercises and small and large group discussions.

How to register:
Contact:
Phone:
Email:

Online at http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education
Alia Wesala
734-763-5723
ssw.conted@umich.edu

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Collaborating with Schools to Enrich
the Lives of Children and Families
Curriculum: Education: Understanding a foster child’s rights in education/special education;
understanding a child’s rights through the McKinney-Vento Act; navigating higher
education with youth; preschool/early education and child welfare services;
navigating the special education system for children with disabilities.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, October 7, 2016 • Program 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
DHHS, Western Wayne District Office
25470 Michigan Avenue, Inkster, MI 48140

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0058
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $30 all others
Presenter: Karen Weiner, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Recall basic special education law, rights, and process.
• Promote the rights of homeless youth under the McKinney-Vento Act.
• Identify strategies to form positive working relationships with school
personnel.

Intermediate and advanced skill levels
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: This training will identify children’s rights under the McKinney-Vento Act and Special Education Law. Also
discussed will be strategies for how school staff and outside agencies’ personnel can easily work together to create the best
support for our children. This training will utilize small group discussion and visual displays.

Formulations on Child Trauma: Developmental
Effects and Intervention Strategies
Curriculum: Trauma and crisis management: Effects of abuse and neglect on children;
minimizing trauma for children during the removal and placement process;
safety planning with a family in crisis; domestic violence and threatened harm.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, November 4, 2016 • Program 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Macomb Advanced Technology Educational Center
14601 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0058
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $30 all others
Presenter: Charlene McGunn, PhD

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Apply information about the emerging research on the effects of abuse and
neglect on children and adolescents.
• Recognize the developmental effects of domestic violence and threatened
harm.
• Develop strategies to lessen the traumatic experience for children of removal
and placement outside the home.

Intermediate and advanced skill levels
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: This training will provide research-based information about the developmental effects of abuse, neglect, domestic
violence, and perceived harm for children and adolescents. Intervention strategies that can be employed to lessen the
trauma of removal and placement outside the home will be presented. This training will utilize small and large group
discussions and visual displays.

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Building Resiliency: Family Approaches to
Surviving Substance Abuse

Curriculum: Substance abuse: Sharpening assessment skills, and how to recognize
signs/symptoms; providing support to families struggling with addiction.

Date/time:

Location:



Friday, February 10, 2017 • Program 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
WSU Oakland Center
33737 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0058
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $30 all others
Presenter: Dennis Muzzi, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Strengthen resiliency in children and youth to reduce the harmful effects of
parental substance abuse.
• Identify family interventions to initiate treatment, support recovery, and help
other family members.
• Develop safety planning that uses family and community resources to protect
children in homes with parental substance abuse.

Intermediate and advanced skill levels
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: “It affects everyone.” Substance abuse tears apart families and is a leading cause of removal of children by child
protection workers. “How can we help these children be strong and keep them protected from further harm?” This
workshop will look at newer approaches to this problem. These will include:
• Helping families recover from this challenge.
• Building resiliency in children affected by this problem.
• Creative and behaviorally specific safety planning.
• Unique and effective methods of monitoring recovery strength and compliance.
• Ways to involve other family members in initiating treatment for the person with the addiction.
• Increased involvement of the community in sharing the responsibility for child protection.

Participants’ successes and experiences in this area of child welfare practice will inform the discussion. This training will
utilize small and large group discussions and visual displays.

How to register:
Contact:
Phone:
Email:
Website:

Visit http://socialwork.wayne.edu/continuing-education/
Lauree A. Emery, PhD, LMSW
313-577-9348
ce_ssw@wayne.edu
http://continuingeducation.socialwork.wayne.edu

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S chool of S ocial W ork

Understanding and Meeting Needs
of Relative Caregivers
Curriculum: Placement: Relatives/grandparents as caregivers.

Date/time:
Location:

Friday, October 28, 2016 • Program 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

WMU College of Health & Human Services, 1240 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0060
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $55 all others
Presenter: Andrea Smith, PhD, MSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Describe the specific unique challenges facing grandparent/relative caregivers.
• Identify specific needs of grandparent/relative caregivers for specific
supports/resources.
• Describe a current list of existing supports and resources for grandparent/
relative caregivers and recognize the appropriate use of these resources.

Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: Participants will be provided with information related to custodial grandparent family members, including
demographics, reasons for family formation, challenges, and unique strengths of adult caregivers, as well as emotional
themes and challenges for children being raised in grandparent/relative-headed families. Participants will develop
increased understanding of existing resources and programs to support relative caregivers as well as strategies
for enhancing resilience in grandparent-headed families. This training will utilize exercises, small and large group
discussions, and visual displays.

Understanding Sexuality and Gender Expression
Curriculum: Cultural humility/cultural competence: Supporting LGBTQ youth.

Date/time:
Location:

Friday, February 17, 2017 • Program 8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

WMU College of Health & Human Services, _1240 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • Approval #MICEC-0060
Cost: Free to all DHHS and private agency child welfare workers; $55 all others
Presenter: Melinda McCormick, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Describe the terms sexuality and gender expression.
• Gain competence in understanding the different terms for sexuality and/or
gender expression and how they are used in the LGBTQ community.
• Gain cultural awareness of non-heteronormative forms of sexuality and
gender expression.

Intermediate skill level
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers

Description: People frequently confuse sexuality and gender expression and assume that they are related when, in fact, they can
exist in many different combinations. This training will discuss the difference between sexuality and gender expression
and provide an overview of different forms of gender expression and sexuality as understood in the LGBTQ community.
Resources will be provided regarding the use of language to be more inclusive of those who do not follow heteronormative
patterns of sexuality and gender expression. This training will utilize exercises and small and large group discussions.
How to register: Visit https://secure.touchnet.net/C21782_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=1&CATID=3

Contact: Rebecca Schrock-Herdeck

Phone: 269-387-3158

Email: rebecca.schrock-herdeck@wmich.edu

Website: http://www.wmich.edu/socialwork/academics/continuing

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Webinars

M

ichigan State University School of Social Work Continuing Education now
offers live webinars! Individuals from around the world can earn CECHs from the convenience

of their home, office, or on the go. We offer interactive live presentations on various topics. Participants
view the one-hour webinar and will be sent a link to a survey to complete an
attendance record, evaluation, and post-test. Pending a passing score of 75%
Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
or higher on the post-test, attendees will be mailed a certificate of completion.
 Children’s Protective Services Workers
Webinars allow us to be accessible and to collaborate globally on issues that
 Foster Care Workers
 Adoption Workers
affect individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the world.

Child Welfare: Your Role in Making Medicaid Happen #251-16

Date/time:
Presenter:

Friday, October 21, 2016 • Program 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Sharon McCartney, JD

Description: This webinar will provide a basic overview of the federal Medicaid program to include the operation of optional
and mandatory services—especially Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)—and the function
of the Medicaid State Plan in the provision of services. Statistics on the impact of trauma on the developing brain will be
given to provide a context for understanding the increased need youth in and from state care have for medical services
and the vital role practitioners play in Making Medicaid Happen for youth from state foster, adoptive, and guardianship
care. This webinar will utilize visual displays and allow time for questions and answers.

Mindfulness Tools to Combat Secondary Trauma and
Build Well-being Among Child Welfare Professionals #252-16

Date/time:
Presenter:

Monday, October 24, 2016 • Program 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Yvonne Unrau, PhD, LMSW

Description: This webinar will focus on pragmatic strategies to build, strengthen, and sustain well-being among child welfare
professionals. Research-supported mindfulness-centered practices that reduce stress and increase well-being will be
presented and demonstrated. Participants will learn practical knowledge and skills to both aid stress reduction and
promote well-being in an effort to support optimal professional growth and practice. This webinar will utilize visual
displays and allow time for questions and answers.

Child Abuse and Neglect:
The Signs, Symptoms, and Consequences

Date/time:
Presenter:

#253-16

Thursday, December 8, 2016 • Program 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Gina Snoeyink, LMSW

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the signs, symptoms, and effects of child abuse and neglect. The risk
factors, signs, and prevalence of abuse and neglect will be discussed. Participants will gain a clear understanding and be
able to identify the effects of abuse and neglect on children. This webinar will utilize visual displays and allow time for
questions and answers.

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Webinars
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder:
What You Should Know #201-17

Date/time:
Presenter:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 • Program 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Adrienne Bashista, MSLS, BA

Description: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a cognitive and developmental disorder with behavioral symptoms.
This webinar provides a basic understanding of the neurobehavioral profile of FASD and gives strategies for success. This
webinar will utilize visual displays, incorporate participant feedback, and allow time for questions and answers.

Involving Fathers to Create Functional Families #202-17

Date/time:
Presenter:

Friday, February 10, 2017 • Program 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Terry Keller, LMSW, PhD candidate

Description: The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment describes attachment strategies as changing with individual
maturation and adapting dynamically to the life contexts in which children and adults use them. The DMM Functional
Family Formulation goes beyond the focus on an individual’s behavior and perspective, representing an understanding
of how the members of the family function together. This approach potentially can open doors for fathers by allowing
an understanding of the interactional role they play within their family system. This webinar will utilize visual displays,
incorporate participant feedback, and allow time for questions and answers.

Promoting Health and Wellness for Foster Youth #203-17

Date/time:
Presenter:

Thursday, February 23, 2017 • Program 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW

Description: A holistic approach and range of supports and resources are essential to promote the health and well-being of
foster youth. This webinar will explore the unique experience of foster care youth, explore the problems and needs of
these youth, and strategize about building upon strengths, while developing and enhancing protective factors will be
explored. This webinar will utilize visual displays, incorporate participant feedback, and allow time for questions and
answers.

For pricing, further details, and online registration, visit https://socialwork.msu.edu/ceu/catalog.php
under Topics of Interest “Webinars” or search course number.
To ensure the best possible experience, we encourage you to review system requirements available at
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-and-Mac.
It is recommended that you are hard wired to an Internet connection for the best connection. If you would
like to view the webinar on a mobile device, download the free Zoom App.
Additional live webinar trainings will become available soon! If you happen to miss a live webinar, courses
will also be recorded and become available for future use.

Stay tuned, and check the website often!

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Leadership Series

Making the Case for
Retention-focused Management

Dates/times:


Location:

Friday, October 14, 2016 • Program 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM #250-16
Thursday, March 16, 2017 • Program 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM #204-17

WEBINAR

Social Work CECHs: 1 hour • ASWB ACE approval #1136, approval June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019
Presenter: Rosemary Jackson, LMSW

Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Identify two concepts that form the basis for retention-focused supervision.
• Describe two techniques to create a retention-focused work environment.

Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Supervisors
 Foster Care Supervisors
 Adoption Supervisors

Description: Do you experience the frustration of losing staff just as they become fully
trained and oriented to work on your team? Do you wish that there was more
that you could do to retain good staff? Join us for this one-hour webinar that looks at the supervisor’s role in retaining staff.
Learn the philosophy that underpins the fundamentals of staff retention in child welfare and what you can do to be more
intentional in your supervision. Get some tips on things that you can do to create an environment that focuses on retention
of good staff. This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, pre- and post-tests, and visual displays.

Operationalizing Retention-focused
Management

Date/time:


Location:

Date/time/location:

Thursday, November 10, 2016 #618-16

Registration 12:30 PM • Program 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM
MSU Federal Credit Union
4825 E. Mt. Hope Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

An April 2017 training date will be added in
Troy, and a July 2017 training date will be
added in Traverse City. Stay tuned!

Social Work CECHs: 3 hours • ASWB ACE approval #1136, approval June 14, 2016–June 14, 2019
Presenters: Rosemary Jackson, LMSW

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW
Training objectives: As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to:
• Identify two concepts that underpin the supervisor’s role in building a
culture of retention.
• Name three strategies designed to develop and retain child welfare staff.
• Implement two techniques to increase the intentional use of supervision
for staff within the first year of employment.

Beginning and intermediate skill levels
Target audience:
 Children’s Protective Services Supervisors
 Foster Care Supervisors
 Adoption Supervisors

Description: If you are interested in reducing the turnover rate of staff you supervise, you will want to join us for this
experiential workshop that focuses on what you can do to retain your staff. This workshop will give you tips and tools
to use with your staff as well as ideas that you can employ to strengthen your skills. The emphasis will be on strategies
to retain staff during the first year of employment, which studies indicate is when most staff make the decision to leave
an agency. By learning about the developmental phases of new staff in the first six months of employment, you will learn
how to manage changing emotional and confidence levels of new staff and inspire commitment to the agency mission and
vision. This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, pre- and post-tests, and visual displays.

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Calendar of trainings
MONTH

October
2016

November
2016

WORKSHOP TITLE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

HOSTING
UNIVERSITY

PAGE

Claiming Shame Resilience and Selfcompassion in Adoption and Foster Care

Friday, October 7
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

WMU Beltline
Conference Center
Grand Rapids

Michigan State
University

10

Collaborating with Schools to Enrich the
Lives of Children and Families

Friday, October 7
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

DHHS, Western
Wayne District
Office
Inkster

Wayne State
University

16

Engaging Resistant Clients

Friday, October 14
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Northwest Michigan
College University
Center
Traverse City

Spring Arbor
University

13

Making the Case for Retention-focused
Supervision

Friday, October 14
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

21

Cultural Competence and Cultural
Humility

Friday, October 14
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

UoM School of
Social Work
Ann Arbor

University of
Michigan

14

Overcoming Unconscious Bias in Child
Welfare

Friday, October 21
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

GVSU Pew Campus,
Bicycle Factory
Grand Rapids

Grand Valley
State University

8

Social Work Ethics and Social Media:
More Than a Friend Request

Friday, October 21
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Andrews University
Chan Shun Hall
Berrien Springs

Andrews
University

5

Child Welfare: Your Role in Making
Medicaid Happen

Friday, October 21
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

19

Mindfulness Tools to Combat Secondary
Trauma and Build Well-being Among
Child Welfare Professionals

Monday, October 24
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

19

Common Diagnosis and Essentials of
Medication Management for Adopted
Children

Wednesday, October 26
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Troy Community
Center
Troy

Michigan State
University

10

Understanding and Meeting Needs of
Relative Caregivers

Friday, October 28
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

WMU College of
Health & Human
Services
Kalamazoo

Western
Michigan
University

18

Navigating the Special Education System

Friday, October 28
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

EMU–Livonia
Livonia

Eastern
Michigan
University

6

Post-adoption Strategies and Services
Designed to Avoid Broken Adoptions

Thursday, November 3
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

VisTaTech Center,
Schoolcraft College
Livonia

Michigan State
University

11

Formulations on Child Trauma:
Developmental Effects and Intervention
Strategies

Friday, November 4
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Macomb Advanced
Technology
Educational Center
Warren

Wayne State
University

16

Operationalizing Retention-focused
Management

Thursday, November 10
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

MSU Federal Credit
Union
East Lansing

Michigan State
University

21

Supporting Gay and Lesbian Youth Living
in Care

Friday, November 11
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

EMU–Livonia
Livonia

Eastern
Michigan
University

6

Not Going It Alone: The Role of Reflective
Supervision in Increasing Staff Efficacy
and Coping

Thursday, November 17
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

UoM School of
Social Work
Ann Arbor

University of
Michigan

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Calendar of trainings
MONTH

December
2016

WORKSHOP TITLE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

HOSTING
UNIVERSITY

PAGE

Adolescent Suicide Prevention and
Intervention

Friday, December 2
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

GVSU Pew Campus,
Bicycle Factory
Grand Rapids

Grand Valley
State University

8

Child Abuse and Neglect: The Signs,
Symptoms, and Consequences

Thursday, December 8
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

19

When Children Get Removed: Using Play
to Reduce the Effects of Trauma

Friday, January 13
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

GVSU Pew Campus,
Bicycle Factory
Grand Rapids

Grand Valley
State University

9

Effective Recruitment and Retention
Strategies for Foster and Adoptive
Families

Friday, January 20
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Greater Lansing
Association of
REALTORS®
Lansing

Michigan State
University

11

Holding Them While They Grieve

Friday, January 20
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

UoM School of
Social Work
Ann Arbor

University of
Michigan

15

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder:
What You Should Know

Tuesday, January 24
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

20

Making Trauma Informed Transitions for
Children and Families

Thursday, February 9
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Ford Community
& Performing Arts
Center
Dearborn

Michigan State
University

12

Building Resiliency: Family Approaches to
Surviving Substance Abuse

Friday, February 10
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

WSU Oakland
Center
Farmington Hills

Wayne State
University

17

Involving Fathers to Create Functional
Families

Friday, February 10
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

20

Understanding Sexuality and Gender
Expression

Friday, February 17
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM

WMU College of
Health & Human
Services
Kalamazoo

Western
Michigan
University

18

Infant Mental Health: The Importance of
Attachment

Friday, February 17
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

EMU–Livonia
Livonia

Eastern
Michigan
University

7

Promoting Health and Wellness for Foster
Youth

Thursday, February 23
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

20

March 2017 Making the Case for Retention-focused
Supervision

Thursday, March 16
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

WEBINAR

Michigan State
University

21

April 2017

Operationalizing Retention-focused
Management

TBA

TBA

Michigan State
University

21

July 2017

Operationalizing Retention-focused
Management

TBA

Great Wolf Lodge
Traverse City

Michigan State
University

21

January
2017

February
2017

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