Incarceration or Graduation? Explore Alternatives to the "School-to-Prison Pipeline"

The State Bar of Michigan - Committee on Justice Initiatives Pro Bono Initiative and Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. are pleased to present: "Incarceration or Graduation? Explore Alternatives to the "School-to-Prison Pipeline"

The event will occur on September 18, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. Ronald K. Lospennato, Director, Southern Poverty Law Center's School to Prison Reform Project in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the featured guest. Panelists include representatives from the juvenile court, juvenile justice, and school systems, and members of the advocacy community. After a brief overview from the panel, there will be a question and answer period.

Admission is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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.

Nonprofit Day 2008: "Power Up Nonprofits! Communicating the Value of Michigan Nonprofits"

mnalogoNonprofit Day 2008: "Power Up Nonprofits! Communicating the Value of Michigan Nonprofits" will take place on September 24, 2008 in Lansing.

Every year, MNA hosts Michigan’s Nonprofit Day, a one-day conference focused on the public policy conversations currently affecting the nonprofit sector.

2008 is an election year, and Michigan's nonprofit community needs to be heard. As a sector, we're a powerful economic force, the fifth largest sector in the state in terms of employment. Nonprofits are also a very important social force in local communities. Yet very few of the local, state and federal candidates are talking about the nonprofit sector and the issues we care about. Nonprofit Day 2008 will focus on the need for the nonprofit community to collectively raise its voice regarding the value of Michigan nonprofits to the overall quality of life in the state.

Nonprofit Day attracts nonprofit leaders from across Michigan who wish to be an audible voice to policymakers on behalf of the people they serve. Join us in Lansing on September 24 for Nonprofit Day 2008! The full conference agenda is available online at Check out the program today and register to attend! Registration is $40 for MNA members, $55 for non-members and $25 for full-time students.

Marlee Matlin speaking at Starr's 95th anniversary

marleematlinALBION, MI - Fresh on the heels of her recent "Dancing with the Stars" appearance on ABC, award-winning actress Marlee Matlin has agreed to speak at Starr Commonwealth's Founder's Day to be held Oct. 5, 2008.

Through American Sign Language and the assistance of her personal interpreter, Matlin will address the audience of students, staff, families and friends of Starr Commonwealth as the organization celebrates its 95th anniversary.

Matlin is an Academy Award winner for her role in "Children of a Lesser God," which also happened to be her film debut. She is the first deaf actress to receive the Academy Award and one of only four distinguished actresses to do so with her film debut. Along with her Oscar, Matlin has won a Golden Globe and has been nominated numerous times for Emmy and People's Choice awards for her television roles, including "Seinfeld," "The Practice" and more. Guest star roles on "The West Wing," "My Name is Earl" and "Desperate Housewives" have contributed to Matlin's stardom and celebrity status.

A mother of four and deeply passionate about children, Matlin has hosted several educational and children's programs and appeared in Disney's "Adventures in Wonderland," "Nickelodeon's "Blues Clues" and "Baby Wordsworth," part of the "Baby Einstein" series aimed at teaching sign language to infants and toddlers. She is also the author of a series of children's books.

Matlin also is a close personal friend of Henry Winkler, last year's celebrity speaker, who has been supportive of Matlin and her career since her childhood.

"Marlee Matlin certainly has taken what some might perceive as a disability and has spoken volumes with her courage and tenacity," said Starr Commonwealth President and CEO Martin Mitchell. "She is such an inspiration to her fans and people around the world. We are very fortunate to host Ms. Matlin during our 95th anniversary."

Founder's Day is held the first Sunday of every October at Starr Commonwealth's Albion campus. The even is free and is open to the public. It marks the anniversary of founder Floyd Starr, his family and 13 boys moving into Gladsome Cottage on Oct. 3, 1913.

Starr Commonwealth is a nationally recognized children and family services nonprofit licensed by the States of Michigan and Ohio and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. The organization serves more than 4,000 children, families and professionals through strength-based residential and community-based programs in Albion, Battle Creek and Detroit, Michigan, and Van Wert and Columbus, Ohio. Services range from specialized treatment programs, treatment foster care, day treatment, mental health therapy, substance abuse and private therapeutic residential treatment. Starr also offers a variety of training for professionals working with youth.

"Please save the date of Oct. 5 on your calendars and plan to join us for what is going to be another exceptional Founder's Day," President Mitchell said.

For more information, please call 800-937-5591 or visit



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


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