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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 for details this fall. Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours will be offered through the Michigan Federation for Children and Families.


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

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, 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,

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 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 use the promotional code MACMHB to receive your discounted group rate.



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
There is no registration cost to attend this training.

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
FAX: 517.482.2626
If you have any questions please call Deborah at 517.482.7533.

BISC-MI Fall 2008 Conference

biscfallconferencelogoBISC-MI's 13th Annual Conference • September 17th, 18th and 19th • "Shifting the Paradigm: Strategies for Addressing Batterers As Fathers"
Men who perpetrate domestic violence are often willing to violate the law feeling justified when it comes to issues related to their children by invoking the sanctity of “fatherhood.”

The BISC-MI 2008 Fall Conference will focus on shifting the paradigm from blaming battered mothers to emphasizing the importance of developing programs and practices that Promote and Expect men who batter to be responsible and loving fathers. This includes respectful and honorable interaction with the children’s mother.

This cutting edge conference offers the expertise of nationally recognized faculty with over a century of combined years of experience. Presenters will share studies, tools, theories, concepts, books, and curricula to assist those working with men to understand the intersection between fatherhood and battering. There will be opportunities to discuss intervention and programming strategies and network with others who intervene with fatherhood issues and domestic violence.

Click here for conference brochure

Daniel Memorial Institute • 21st Annual National Independent Living Conference

Daniel Memorial Institute The 21st Annual National Independent Living Conference "Growing Pains 2008" September 3-6, 2008 ~ Orlando, FL

Presenters include top leaders and experts in the field of independent living. The national youth conference is comprised of special sessions dedicated to the needs of youth who are currently in care. These include training sessions, workshops, panel discussions and leadership/team building activities.Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how youth can deal with life’s ever changing situations. One of the main missions of daniel is to help professionals, clients and their respective organizations establish and maintain effective Independent Living Programs.

To view a copy of the preliminary 2008 Brochure, click here.


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