February 18, 2016
CONTACT: Federation Executive Director Janet Reynolds Snyder
firstname.lastname@example.org • office (517) 485-8552 • cell (734) 476-3845
Lansing, MI—Themed “Creating Normalcy for Youth in Residential Settings,” the 4th annual residential treatment conference hosted by the Michigan Federation for Children and Families will take place February 29, 2016, at Lansing Community College’s West Campus.
Over 200 attendees from across the state will include residential treatment program youth and family specialists, mental health and behavioral health clinicians, juvenile detention therapists, supervisors, program directors, administrators, CEOs, and key leaders from the private agency sector, county juvenile centers, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The conference will feature national expert Dr. Larry Epstein, director of training and implementation at Think:Kids, a program of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching Collaborative Problem Solving, a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
In addition to Dr. Epstein’s opening keynote and closing session, workshops will provide tools and techniques for residential facility staff to incorporate into their own work as they create normalcy for youth in residential settings. The workshop topics include:
• Collaborative Problem Solving: Practical Strategies for Implementation
• The Holy Grail of Eliminating Restraints
• Necessity of Joy and Play for Youth in Residential Settings
• Sanctuary Model of Care in Residential Treatment
• Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in a Residential Placement: “Empowering LGBTQ Youth at Ruth’s House”
• Trauma Informed Parenting: Residential Staff and Parents Working on the Same Page
Established in 1969, the Michigan Federation for Children and Families is a statewide association of private nonprofit child and family service agencies, advocacy organizations and individuals devoted to addressing the needs of Michigan’s vulnerable children and families. Find the full conference program and learn more about the work of the association at www.michfed.org.