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

Chuck Jackson joins the executive team at Starr Commonwealth

chuckjacksonDETROIT - William "Chuck" Jackson has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer, joining the senior leadership team of Starr Commonwealth, one of the leading non-profit, child and family services organizations in the state.

Jackson had been serving as Vice President of Community Based Programs since 2005 and Director of Starr Commonwealth's Detroit programs since 2001. He will remain Executive Director of StarrVista, a care management organization serving the at-risk and delinquent population of youth residing in northwest Detroit and Dearborn Heights, a collaboration between Starr Commonwealth and Vista Maria.

His appointment was approved during Starr Commonwealth's Board of Trustees meeting held July 10. In his new role, Jackson will set the direction and oversee all Starr Commonwealth programs at the organization's five locations in Michigan and Ohio, including the many programs and youth services provided to children and families in the greater Detroit area.

Jackson joined Starr Commonwealth in 1988 and has served troubled youth and their families in the Detroit metropolitan area with Starr for the past 20 years. Chuck has dedicated his career to serving children and youth and has served in a variety of leadership positions during his tenure at Starr, including case manager, senior clinician and several administrative roles. He also has been a pioneer in developing unique programs, such as Starr Detroit's Supervised Independent Living, Residential Transitional Reintegration Support programs and most recently a Substance Abuse program.

"Chuck models the core values on which Starr Commonwealth was built. He strives to help children and families and embodies all the characteristics of servant leadership, including integrity, excellence, compassion and faith." said Martin L. Mithcell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Starr Commonwealth. “We, and the youth of Detroit, are fortunate to have benefited from Chuck's dedication, which is exactly why he has been selected as a leader in our organization."

In addition to his service at StarrVista and Starr Commonwealth, Chuck has been committed to the residents of Detroit as board member of the Board of Manhood, Inc. (a male mentorship program), mentor to 4th, 5th and 8thgraders in the Detroit Public Schools and a part-time professor of Sociology at Washtenaw Community College. He has co-facilitated seminars for the Institute for the Healing of Racism, is a member of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Task Force on Racial Diversity and is a certified facilitator for Starr's Healing of Racism. He also is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Detroit, a program designed for senior level executives to hone their skills and knowledge of the region.

Chuck is a 1988 graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Sociology. He earned his Master's of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1994 and is working to complete his Doctoral degree in Sociology from Wayne State University.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to serve youth and families through this new role with Starr Commonwealth," Jackson said. "There are a lot of big things happening with our Detroit programs and I'm proud to be a part of an exciting future focused on the well being of children."

Founded in 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.

Starr Commonwealth's Detroit office, 22400 W. 7 Mile Road, offers community-based services to youth through Structured Transitional Living (STL), Supervised Independent Living (SIL), foster care, substance abuse treatment, and services for adjudicated youth transitioning back into their homes and communities.

For more information, please visit or call the Detroit office at 313-794-4447.

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.

July 1 Audio Conference re New IRS Form 990: What Nonprofits Need to Know

For those concerned with the steps to be taken now to handle the changes of the new IRS Form 990, there will be a live, 60-minute Audio Conference:

"The New IRS Form 990: What Nonprofits Need to Know"
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

The IRS released the first major overhaul of the not-for-profit reporting Form 990 in almost 30 years. How have you prepared for this significant change to your exempt organization's reporting procedures? With this 60-minute audio conference, you and your colleagues will discover:

  • Proactive measures and practical steps to take to be compliant
  • Keys to establish or modify reporting systems to comply with the new rules
  • Procedural changes necessary to ensure adequate public disclosure
  • How to use the IRS Form 990 to protect your nonprofit's exempt status and enhance its reputation

Your Expert Presenter:
Rosemarie Steeb is an Executive Director in Ernst & Young's Personal Financial Services and Exempt Organization practice. She is based in the
Buffalo, NY office location.

  • Rosemarie has over 21 years of professional services experience at Ernst & Young with a career-long focus on tax compliance and consulting issues faced by tax exempt organizations.
  • Her major clients include exempt organizations in the health care, education and social welfare arenas as well as private foundations that are located in a variety of geographic locations including New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia.
  • She is a regular instructor at both firm sponsored and external education sessions covering a multitude of tax technical and non-technical topics.
  • Rosemarie is a CPA and a member of the New York State Society of CPAs as well as the AICPA. She is a graduate of Rockhurst College.

Hosted by Progressive Business Publications, a leader in fast-read, actionable advice on workplace issues, the audio conference gives you the opportunity to add immediate impact to your nonprofit efforts in a manner that is:

  • FAST - No wasted time here. Get right to the heart of the matter in a 1-hour block designed to easily fit into your busy schedule.
  • CONVENIENT - No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office. Listen from the comfort and convenience of your desk.
  • EASY - A telephone is all the equipment you need. Just dial in, punch in your access code, and you're in. That's it. Follow along with the audio conference handouts provided in advance.
  • ACTIONABLE - Our audio conferences provide money-saving tactics you can start using right when you hang up the phone.
  • IDEAL FOR MULTIPLE LISTENERS - Use a speakerphone and as many people as you want can listen in - at no extra cost to you. Many professionals
  • use these sessions as a cost-effective, time-efficient means of training supervisors, managers, and staff and reinforcing key issues in a fresh new manner that they will remember and act on.
  • AFFORDABLE - Priced at $199, it is a fraction of the cost of travel and attendance fees for other high-priced conferences or seminars.

Register now by clicking here or calling 800-964-6033.

Progressive Business Audio Conferences, 384 Technology Drive, Malvern, PA 19355, offers a full refund if not satisfied from now until 7 days after the event.

June 27: Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention/Planning

This special training is hosted by Judson Center at 4410 W. 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Cost is $39.00 per person. By participating in this training, participants will have:

  • increased their knowledge of addiction and its progression
  • increased their knowledge of relapse behavior, and their ability to identify relapse behavior in their clients
  • increased their comfort with relapse planning and prevention
  • learned new skills they can utilize with a diverse substance abusing clientele

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June 12: "Parent Management Training - Oregon Model (PMTO)" training in Lansing

cmhauthlogoOn Thursday, June 12, 2008 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Community Mental Health Authority-CEI, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice Screening, Assessment & Diversion Project will present "Parent Management Training - Oregon Model (PMTO)."

PMTO is "an evidence-based, structured intervention program to help parents and caregivers manage the behavior of the children they are responsible for. It is designed to promote social skills and cooperation and prevent, reduce and reverse the development of moderate to severe conduct problems in children age 4 – 12."
This training features an overview of PMTO by Dr. Marion Forgatch, a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) in Eugene, Oregon. In addition, the State and various Regional Coordinators for Michigan's PMTO programs have graciously agreed to present how their programs got started, are funded, and bring value to their communities.

CEU’s for licensed social workers: This program is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for 6 CE Clock Hours

For further information about Parent Management Training Oregon model visit: click here.
Click here to download the PMTO Agenda and Registration Form.

April 24 archived webcast on Reducing Trauma to Children During Removal and Placement

pillarscourtThe State Court Administrative Office, Family Service Child Welfare Division was unable to show this webcast live on April 24, 2008 as planned due to technical difficulties. It is now, however, available to view by clicking here.
In addition to the webcast, there are some excellent materials available that may be useful in your practice. Materials can be downloaded by clicking here. Here is a brief description of the program: "This webcast will analyze children’s perspective on their removal from their parents and placement in foster care and will include concrete suggestions to help reduce the trauma to children on the day of removal. The presentation will also provide tools that judges, attorneys, and caseworkers can use to help children develop protective factors and benefit from foster care placement and services."

June 10 Web Conference: Improving Outcomes for Children through Performance-Based Contracting


June 10, 2008
Web Conference
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT
Program Length: 1 hour

Register Online by clicking here

Improving Outcomes for Children through Performance-Based Contracting
For public and private child welfare agencies, the focus on outcomes for children has intensified in recent years. To help align the child welfare system's focus on outcomes with how services are financed, more states are using performance-based contracting. With performance-based contracting, states shift incentives so that service providers find it easier to match the needs of children and families with the array of services offered. Despite this advantage, adopting a performance-based model poses significant policy, practice, and implementation challenges.

Please join us as we explore these challenges and discuss the research that is helping to shape and refine performance-based contracting models. We will examine how Tennessee shifted its fiscal approach through performance-based contracting. We will also discuss how providers can implement a performance-based model and use outcomes data to improve services for children within their existing structure.


  • Elizabeth Black, executive director, Office of Child Permanency, Tennessee Department of Children's Services
  • Gino DeSalvatore, director of residential treatment and academy services, Centerstone
  • Fred Wulczyn, research fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago
  • Moderator: Patrick Boyle, editor, Youth Today

The web conference is free and space is limited. If multiple people in your office want to participate, please have only one person register and your group can view the web conference together.

To join the web conference, you need a computer with an Internet connection. You can listen to the conference by telephone or over the Internet. Review the web conference technical requirements.

We will post a recording of the web conference on our websites for those who cannot attend the live event.

July 15: Implementing the Absent Parent Protocol and What to do about Incarcerated Parents

As the second training in the summer 2008 series on enhancing parental involvement in child protective proceedings, this training will aim to create a further understanding of these problems and present new techniques for addressing the issues that may arise in interactions with "absent parents" and incarcerated parents. This training’s overarching goal will be to help participants increase the likelihood of absent and incarcerated parents being meaningfully involved in their children’s lives. Social Work CECHs pending. July 15 Absent and Incarcerated Parents


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