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December 1: MIATSA Conference: Trauma-Informed Practice in Correctional and Forensic Settings

While this training is geared more toward people who work with adult offenders, there will be some overlap for those who treat juvenile offenders. Registration is appropriate for professionals working with persons with sexual behavior problems or victims of sexual abuse. Social workers, psychologists, nurses, lawyers, and probation officers from both adult and juvenile treatment arenas are encouraged to attend. 

By exploring and understanding addiction, violence, and criminal behavior through the lens of early trauma, clinicians and correctional supervisors can infuse trauma-informed practices into existing evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions. Staff working with those who offend will learn how to incorporate treatment and supervision methods that mitigate future potential to re-offend by facilitating a strengths-based model of service delivery. Participants will increase knowledge and skills that will help offender clients to improve self-regulation and adopt more healthy and non-harmful strategies for relating to others and meeting emotional needs. This conference will focus specifically on implementing TIC in treatment programs for sexual offending. 

The presenter is Dr. Jill Levenson, an associate professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL, where she researches the impact and effectiveness of social policies and therapeutic interventions designed to reduce sexual violence. She has been a co-investigator or consultant on five grants funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, her research endeavors have focused on the prevalence and impact of adverse childhood experiences and their relationship to adult health, mental health, and criminal outcomes. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, many of which have been about the relationship of early trauma to adult sexual offending and the implications for trauma-informed care.

Download the flier/registration attached. 

Save the date • RFPs sought for February 27, 2017, 5th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

Proposals are being sought for presentations at the Federation’s 5th Annual 2017 Residential Treatment Conference, themed “Residential Treatment: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities,” which will be held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, MI, on Monday, February 27, 2017. Professionals and academics are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference, related to the overall conference theme and goals. All proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2016, at noon to Individuals who submit RFPs will be made aware of the Planning Committee’s session selection decisions on or before December 1, 2016. Find the RFP form posted below.

Conference purpose and goals:
To provide treatment and guidance to youth in residential foster care and residential juvenile justice programs presents a multitude of challenges. Youth enter care due to traumatic circumstances, emotional and educational struggles, risky and/or dangerous behaviors. Whether youth are in a short-term assessment or detention facility or a longer-term treatment program, personnel have the responsibility to assure safety and security for those youth. Personnel also have the opportunity to assist youth in ways that will positively impact the trajectory of their lives. The goals of this conference are to:

  • Understand and address the trauma underlying troublesome behaviors
  • Minimize the risk of harm to youth, program personnel and facilities
  • Offer treatment options and tools to best address youth trauma
  • Guide youth toward belief in themselves and their ability to manage and overcome their circumstances 

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Substance use/abuse 
  • Depression and suicide risk
  • Violence and aggression
  • Bullying, gender identity and orientation issues, sexual acting out (PREA guidelines)
  • Creative and effective AWOL and truancy prevention
  • Understanding and managing medications
  • Recognizing and managing vicarious trauma/self-care
  • Importance of supervision, support, guidance and teamwork
  • Upholding standards of ethics, professionalism and respect for clients and each other (Recipient Rights)
  • Motivational interviewing: overview, tools, how to train in-house
  • Educational achievement

Estimated audience size: 300
Invited audience:  Child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, court, school workers, supervisors, program managers and CEOs

2015 MNYF Annual Conference

Special early registration offer is good through July 31: Buy one, get one half-off! Vendor exhibit space is also available for a modest fee. Download attachments for details.

Four workshop tracks are offered:


  • Transitions to Success
  • Advanced Leadership Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Skills for Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Effective Approaches to Dealing with Unacceptable Employee Behavior
  • Investing in Your Most Valuable Resource...Your Team
  • Community Organizations...Collaborate!


  • Family Preservation for LGBT Youth
  • Scaffolding for Successful Transition to Adulthood for At-risk Youth
  • Treating the Adolescent Sex Offender
  • DBT, Parts I and II
  • Clinical Work with Oppositional Defiant Teens
  • Self Injury

Case Management/Direct Care

  • Journey Through HMS
  • Trauma Informed Care for Case Managers & Direct Care Staff, Parts I and II
  • Homless Youth Education Rights
  • Human Trafficking

Case Managers and Direct Care

  • Tools for Your Toolbox that Work with Youth
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Crisis Intervention & De-escalation, Parts I and II
  • Ethics Training for Child and Youth Care Workers, Establishing Professional Standards
  • LGBT Youth Culture

Conference registration prices:

Special early registration offer: Buy one, get one half-off! Download attachments for details.

  • MNYF member:  $100 for three days; $60 for one day
  • MNYF affiliate member:  $125 for three days; $75 for one day
  • Non-MNYF member:  $150 for three days; $90 for one day

If you are interested in reserving Vendor Exhibit Space, see the attachment.

MSU CEU Summer/Fall 2015 Catalog

Michigan State University School of Social Work believes learning is a lifelong endeavor and to that aim, the Michigan State University School of Social Work has served as a leader in delivering learning experiences on emerging, current, and historic topics, theories, and practices from the greatest experts in the field. This summer and fall 2015, we look forward to offering programming that advances your career, introduces you to new skills, strengthens your existing skills, and provides you with opportunities to network with social work and other professionals. We encourage you to grow in your area of professional practice and also to take a risk; attend a program that stretches you.

Always with an eye on the horizon, we are increasing access to subject matter experts worldwide through the delivery of live webinars, which are also recorded and available to watch “On Demand.” See pages 29–30 for more details. 

Click here to download the catalog:

2015 Senior Management Conference

Michigan Federation for Children and Families Senior Management Conference and Annual Membership Meeting will be held on September 16-18, 2015 at Shanty Creek Cedar River Village in Belaire, MI. 


Fall 2014 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog

Attached you will find the Fall 2014 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. 

Register soon, as courses will fill up quickly!

June 20: Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association Early Summer Workshop

Sign up today for the Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association Early Summer Workshop to be held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Attendees are eligible for up to 6 Social Work CECHs (pending approval).

Sessions include:

  • Addiction to Crime: Games Criminals Play;
  • Toxic Relationships and the Effects on the Beliefs and Actions of Youth;
  • Suicide Prevention Coalition;
  • Recognizing the Signs of Autism;
  • Human Trafficking;
  • Youth Voice: The Importance of Youth Involvement; and
  • Period of Purple Crying: Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Find registration and cost information in the downloadable attachment below.

Annual Senior Management Conference

Annual Senior Management Conference
September 10-12, 2014
Boyne Mountain Resort

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 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:

Programs are listed under Child Welfare In-Service trainings.

A catalog of all of the courses available statewide can be downloaded below.


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