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Adoption Exchange Association Conference • Call for Presentations

AEAlogoThe theme of the 2009 Adoption Exchange Association Conference is “Flourishing in a Downturn.”  Join AEA as a presenter at its 2009 conference to share ways to continue to strengthen our organizations and our work through the current economic climate.  Click here to learn about and register for the conference.

The 2009 AEA Conference will be held in Downtown Chicago, May 27-30, 2009 at The Palmer House Hilton.

Call for Presentations information:

Workshops
AEA invites exchanges, agencies, adoptive families, change leaders, and others to submit proposals for workshops.  In keeping with our tradition of volunteering service, presenters who are AEA members do not have to pay registration fees, but are expected to donate their time and expenses as a contribution to the needs of waiting children.  All presenters are encouraged to join AEA prior to the conference.

All workshops will be 75 minutes in length.  We encourage proposals that are timely and responsive to the conference theme, and offer the following suggested topics:

• Creative revenue generation
• On-line and shared training opportunities
• Beyond photolisting:  new ideas for finding families for waiting children
• Cultivating corporate and foundation relationships
• Leadership secession planning
• Operating with high staff turnover
• Recruiting, managing, and getting the most out of your volunteers
• Using technology to lower costs
• Tapping into unconventional funding streams
• Getting your message out through blogs, list-servs, social websites, and mass e-mails
Proposals must be received by March 2, 2009.  Workshops will be reviewed and you will receive a response card in the mail.

Presentation Information

Title
Indicate the topic area from list above or make an alternate topic suggestion.
Type/Level of Audience—Intermediate or advanced; intended for senior management, families, casework staff, or general audience.
Description for brochure—Descriptions should be no more than 75 words in length and give attendees a sense of what to expect from the presentation.  These descriptions may be edited prior to publication.
Content—Suggest your intended format (lecture, open discussion, panel presentation) and outline the material you plan to present.
Lead Presenter

Name
Title
Affiliation
Address, phone number, email
Brief biography, including relevant experience
Other Presenters (no more than two)
Name
Title
Affiliation
Address, phone number, email
Brief biography, including relevant experience
Audio-Visual Equipment Requirements

AEA will not provide LCD projectors or computers, but can provide hook-up if you let us know your needs. By submitting a proposal to present at the 2009 AEA Conference, presenters agree to the electronic distribution of their handouts by AEA.  If photocopies of handouts are required, they are the responsibility of the presenter(s).

All proposals must be received on or before Monday, March 2, 2009:
By e-mail (in PDF or Word format only) to sleidner@adoptuskids.org
By mail to:

Adoption Exchange Association
8015 Corporate Drive, Suite C
Baltimore, MD  21236
Attn:  Stacey Leidner

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Rachel Pratt, CEO of the Adoption Exchange Association at rpratt@adoptea.org or 347-365-1763.

November 18: Mental Health - School Collaboration

The Mental Health - Juvenile Justice Screening, Assessment & Diversion Project will present Mental Health - School Collaboration on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at East Lansing Hannah Community Center, East Lansing, MI. They will start the day with a presentation about the Restorative Justice Program in Lansing-area schools, followed by presentations from participants in the MH-JJ SAD Project from Copper Country, Ionia, and Midland who have branched into working with schools.  In the afternoon you will hear from Kalamazoo County folks about the collaborative work between CMH and the schools there, then cap off the day with a presentation about school-based health centers in Michigan. There is no charge for the training.  Lunch will be provided, as well as 6 hours social work CE credit.

Download the Agenda for the day here.

Download the Registration Form here.

Save the Dates: April 29-30, 2009 • Child Trauma Conference of Michigan

This special two-day conference titled Impact, Treatment & Interventions for Abused & Neglected Children & Youth, will feature Dr. Bruce Perry and a dozen additional experts in the field of child trauma. It will be held at Lansing Community College's new, state-of-the-art West Campus. Watch your email and www.michfed.org for details this fall. Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours will be offered through the Michigan Federation for Children and Families.

INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT FORUM: COMPLETING THE CIRCLE -- PROTECTING INDIAN CHILDREN & PRESERVING TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY

October 6-7, 2008 • Soaring Eagle Inn • Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
This two-day Indian Child Welfare Act forum, “Completing the Circle – Protecting Indian Children and Preserving Tribal Sovereignty,” will feature national and state experts on ICWA compliance and why the ICWA remains critically important today.

In addition to the plenary sessions and principal speakers, the conference will feature discussions by panelists from several professions: tribal and state judges; tribal and state prosecutors/attorneys; and tribal, state, and private agency caseworkers. Each profession has a unique perspective on the ICWA and related issues. A special late-afternoon event on October 6th will include a mock tribal court session in the Saginaw Chippewa courtroom and a tour of the Zibiiwing Cultural Center.

THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE. The cost of the conference is generously funded by Michigan’s Court Improvement Program. All training materials and lunches will be provided. Non-DHS attendees must pay their mileage and lodging expenses.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. However, there may be some exceptions to ensure geographic diversity and participation across professions.

Fill out and return the completed Conference Registration form no later than September 29, 2008. Download the training flyer here: Indian Child Welfare Act forum flyer

Wedgwood Institute • October - December 2008 Trainings

wedgwoodlogoAttached below is the 4th quarter trainings Wedgwood Christian Services is offering. Download the brochure for more information on these and many more trainings offered:

October 15: THE FACE OF GOD IN THE FACE OF GRIEF (basic)—Kids grieve differently than adults. At-risk and troubled youth grieve many different losses at the same time. Learn more about the ways at-risk youth grieve, ceremonies and rituals that can aide in the process, and how to be in the "face of God" to them during a tumultuous time in their lives.

November 12: INTERVENTIONS TO ASSIST CHILDREN WITH MILD TO MODERATE MENTAL RETARDATION (intermediate)—This workshop is intended to help mental health therapists have a better understanding of low congnitive functioning and gain additional strategies for managing behavioral and mood difficulties with children and adolescents within their practice.

December 3: ADHD (intermediate)—Dr. Winebarger developed and implemented a day-treatment camp intervention protocol, UPLIFT, for the family of children meeting the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. UPLIFT is a research-based model for the development of social skills and behavior modification for children with ADHD.
Wedgwood 4th Quarter Training Brochure

MSU Social Work Continuing Education • Fall 2008 Catalog

msusswlogoFrom July 2007 to the present, the MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Program has sponsored or co-sponsored over 80 programs, with over 3,000 participants. The MSU SSW CE Fall 2008 Catalog is now available, offering more than 30 courses in various locations across Michigan September through December 2008.

The CE Program is pleased to offer online registration. If you are interested in viewing class descriptions, directions, or payment information, please visit their website. If you are interested in registering online, click “Register online” in the Quick Link section. You will be asked to create an online account. Your information is stored on a secure server. If you choose to register online, you are required to pay by credit card. If you have questions about this process, please e-mail swkce@msu.edu.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Trainings offered through MACMHB

An excellent resource for training of professionals in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields is the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards. Go to http://www.macmhb.org/, click on Conferences and Trainings for their complete listing and registration links. Many sessions quickly fill to capacity, so it will be important to check often and sign up early! Not yet on the web, the following sessions are offered in September (we posted them here for your convenience):

  • Overview of Co-occurring Disorders: Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (COD:IDDT) Model, featuring Dr. Eugene Schoener, Ph.D. September 9 in Kentwood. wsu090908cod.doc
  • Introduction to Stages of Change and Treatment featuring Cheryl Madeja, M.S.W. & Motivational Interviewing featuring Mark Lowis, L.M.S.W. September 10 in Kentwood. Click here: wsu091008soc.doc
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy of Substance Use Disorders for Non-Physician Clinicians, featuring Eugene Schoener, Ph.D. September 11 in Kentwood. Click here: 091108pharmacology.doc

Contact Merre Ashley, Training & Meeting Planner, mashley@macmhb.org.

MNYF 2008 Annual Statewide Conference

mnyflogo2008 Annual Statewide Conference • August 19 & 20, 2008 • Theme: Aiming for the Stars!!!

Join the Michigan Network for Youth & Families and their partners in youth services for a tremendous one and half day training opportunity. The 2008 Annual Conference will take place on Tuesday August 19 & Wednesday August 20, 2008 in Bay City, MI. Sessions for administrators, direct care workers, youth work novices and experts will all be available. Join us to network with experts in the youth field as well learn the latest in Runaway & Homeless Youth work. 6 Social Work CE Pending for only $175.00.

Click here to download MNYF conference details and registration form.

Register for the 9th Annual Michigan Substance Abuse Conference

The Annual Conference provides an educational and networking opportunity for people with a common interest in substance abuse services and related issues. The agenda will be of particular interest to substance abuse and community mental health agencies and service providers, board members, program administrators and medical directors, law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, the recovery community, policy makers and concerned citizen organizations.

September 8 & 9, 2008
Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan 48933
Full conference (per person): $139 (before 8/15) / (after 8/15): $158
One day only (per person): $112 (before 8/15) / (after 8/15): $131

Register online— it's easy and quick! Go to MACMHB website at www.macmhb.org click on to conferences and trainings!

Questions? Contact MACMHB AT 517-374-6848

Make your overnight accommodations at the Radisson by August 15, 2008 to receive the $119/+ tax rate, Reservations received after this date will be accepted on a first come, first served basis as long as rooms are available. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-333-3333 and mention that you are with the 9th Annual Michigan Substance Abuse Conference. Reservations may also be made online at www.radisson.com/lansing.mi use the promotional code MACMHB to receive your discounted group rate.

GUIDELINES FOR ACHIEVING PERMANENCY IN CHILD PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS: USING THE “YELLOW BOOK” TO IMPROVE PRACTICE

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Presented on:
September 10, 2008
Michigan Room, Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI

This free one-day regional training is designed to improve the skills of private agency and DHS child welfare caseworkers in using the Guidelines for Achieving Permanency in Child Protective Proceedings (Yellow Book).

Sponsored by:
State Court Administrative Office,
Family Services Division-Child Welfare Services
Michigan Department of Human Services
Children’s Charter of the Courts of Michigan, Inc.
Michigan Federation for Children and Families
Michigan State University School of Social Work
Michigan State University Chance at Childhood Program
D.A. Blodgett for Children
Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice
REGISTRATION AND TRAINING COSTS
There is no registration cost to attend this training.

TRAVEL AND LODGING INFORMATION
Mileage and lodging will be reimbursed at the 2008 state rates.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for LMSWs AND LBSWs has been approved.

Download the training flyer by clicking here: Yellow Book Training Marquette and return completed registration form by the deadline indicated to:
Deborah Jensen
Children’s Charter of the Courts of Michigan, Inc.
324 N. Pine St., Suite 1
Lansing, MI 48933
deborahjensen@childcrt.org
FAX: 517.482.2626
If you have any questions please call Deborah at 517.482.7533.

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