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2008 Conference on the Undefended Childhood: A Global Perspective

conferencepicThe undefended childhood conference will focus on the various issues of vulnerable children around the world. Conference tracks include child labor, child education, indigenous education, indigenous children’s right, world health, HIV/AIDS, refugee/immigrants, children in conflict, poverty, identity/well-being, and language/culture.

When? April 3-4, 2008 9am-4pm

Where? Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Dr. Judith Mbula Bahemuka (High Commission to Canada from Kenya)

Download the registration form here:Undefended Childhood Registration

Learn about fundraising and earn CEUs!

TerryAxelrodThe University of Michigan School of Social Work is proud to offer an exciting new two-day mini-course, "Fundamentals of Sustainable Funding," on May 8-9, 2008. The mini-course will be taught by leading national expert, Terry Axelrod, MSW, founder and CEO of Benevon.

Guidelines for Achieving Permanency in Child Protective Proceedings

Guidelines for Achieving Permanency in Child Protective Proceedings: Using the "Yellow Book" to Improve Practice Program Description and Objectives

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).

One-day regional trainings will be held on:
March 13, 2008 at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids
April 17, 2008 at Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing
May 2, 2008 at the University Center in Gaylord

Wedgwood Christian Services • 2nd Quarter Trainings

Now available: Wedgwood Christian Services Training opportunities for April through June 2008.

CE's are available for many of the trainings.

Download the training brochure below:

Wedgwood Institute 2nd quarter brochure.

March 3: Substance-Affected Children

The State Court Administrative Office, Family Services Division will hold a Substance-Affected Children program on March 3, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. In this program’s opening session, Dr. Mark A. Sloane, Medical Director of the Center for Behavioral Pediatrics in Kalamazoo, and James Henry, MSW, Ph.D.

March 13-16: MAFAK Parents Annual Training Conference

Themed “Hear the Children,” the annual state training conference hosted by the Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents will be held March 13-16, 2008 at the Holiday Inn South, Lansing.

Download the conference book here: MAFAK Conference Book

Conference Book Ad Form

MSU SSW Continuing Education: Spring 2008 Catalog covers February-April

You can now download the MSU SSE CE Spring 2008 Catalog offerings for February through April 2008 by clicking on the catalog link below. The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education program offers courses with a focus on Clinical Issues, Leadership, Specialty Programs, Contemporary Issues in Aging, and Supervision Certificate in Child and Family Services. Discounted registration fees apply to the Supervision Certificate courses for any employee of a Federation Full or Affiliate Member!

MAFAK • Call for workshop proposals

Michigan Association for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents
March 13 – 16, 2008

Carefully note the following expectations for all proposals:

All proposals must be submitted using this criteria. Additional information such as a resume, program description brochure, copies of promotional material from previous presentations, etc., may also be attached. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

All proposals must be submitted to the address below, the committee will not consider proposals submitted elsewhere.

Workshop sessions are ninety minutes in length with a limited number extended to two or three time periods. Please indicate if you are willing to repeat your workshop(s).

Indicate the targeted group(s) for whom your presentation is intended. Also include the level of expertise or prior knowledge needed (beginning, intermediate, advanced). All workshops will be labeled in the registration brochure to enable conference registrants to choose appropriate workshops.

November 20: Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals Working with Children and Families

The State Court Administrative Office, Family Services-Child Welfare Services Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice will hold this training on November 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. This training is based on the book Bridges Out Of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, by Ruby K. Payne, Philip DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith.

Wedgwood Institute October/November trainings

The following Wedgwood Institute trainings have been approved for Social Work Continuing Education Hours: Adolescents: What Are They Thinking on October 18 from 9 – 11 a.m.; Compassion Fatigue on October 18 from 2 – 4 p.m.; Family Therapy on November 8 from 9 a.m. to Noon and Taking the Mystery Out of Adolescent Cutting and Self-Injurious Behavior on November 15 from 9 – 11 a.m. All classes are held on Wedgwood’s Grand Rapids campus. Cost is $25 per class, except Compassion Fatigue for $20.

November 8: Judicial Leadership in Determining Children’s “Best Interests” in Child Protective Proceedings

The State Court Administrative Office Family Services Division will hold this training on November 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth. This one-day training will highlight certain essential information about a child’s “best interests” that a judge or referee must consider in making fully informed decisions about terminating parental rights and other important decisions that affect the safety and well being of children in foster care. There is no registration cost to attend this training, all training material and lunch will be provided.

Sept. 20 in Bowling Green, OH: Preparing Your Agency for Federal Medicaid Audits: Building Compliance Solutions That Do Not Compromise Quality

Do you serve any clients funded by Medicaid for behavioral health care services?  If so, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 has drastically changed requirements for case management and case notes and tracking of care!  And you don't know what they are! In Michigan, your organization is often not the direct biller, and you have to rely on the Community Mental Health system to set out these requirements.

MSU SSW Continuing Education: Fall 2007 Catalog just released!

You can download here the just-released MSU SSW CE Fall 2007 Catalog of offerings for September through December 2007. The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education program offers courses with a focus on Clinical Issues, Leadership, Specialty Programs, Contemporary Issues in Aging, and Supervision Certificate in Child and Family Services.

August 10: Michigan Home Based Family Services Association Northern Michigan Conference

Choose from nine different workshops geared to home-based services professionals at the MHBSA’s summer conference in northern Michigan (Gaylord). Registration is free to MHBSA members; $50 for general admission. CECHs for social workers are pending approval. Registration deadline is August 1. Download the full details and registration form here: MHBFSA summer conference

September 18-19: Summer Series on Foster Youth in Transition to Adulthood: Striving to Make Permanency Permanent

September 18-19, 2007
Kellogg Center, East Lansing
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NO REGISTRATION FEE; funded by the Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice

Download the full brochure here. Sep 18-19 SCAO Training

September 18th’s “Focus on Permanency” will begin with an address by Kevin Campbell and an  exciting demonstration of his innovative “Family Finder” model.