October 22-23: Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment

This 26th Annual Michigan Statewide Conference sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System’s Child protection Team, U of M Medical School and U of M Mott Children’s Hospital. This conference features three keynote speakers: Lundy Bancroft will discuss “The Batterer as Parent.” D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas will present “Keeping the Fires Lit.” Misty Larthridge will present “Cultural Competency: Recognizing and Destroying the Barriers.” Nearly 30 workshops round out the two-day conference at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

September 27-28: Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association 20th Annual Conference

MHBFSA’s 20th annual conference—themed “Expanding Home-Based Connections”—will be held at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth September 27-28. Conference keynote speakers are David Austin Sky, speaker, trainer, author and storyteller, and Cea Cohen Elliott, professional motivational speaker, wellness and fitness coach and seminar and workshop leader. The two-day conference will include 16 workshops and a special annual meeting/awards luncheon to celebrate the organization's 20th anniversary.

Michigan State Kinship Assistance Program

Deadline to apply for Kinship Assistance Program is September 30, 2007: The Kinship Care Resource Center, through the School of Social Work at Michigan State University (MSU), announces the Michigan State Kinship Assistance Program. Attached with this e-mail is an application. The program is designed to help kinship families statewide. Kinship care is a term used to describe relative caregivers for children including grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and other extended family members.

Program funding is made possible by the state through the Department of Human Services.

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.

DHS Director Udow announces resignation

In a letter to DHS staff on August 1, 2007, Marianne Udow, Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services announced “as of August 31, I will be leaving the department to become the director of the Center for Health Care Quality and Transformation at the University of Michigan Health Center. Read her letter here.

Nominating Committee 2008 handouts

For use by the Federation Nominating Committee, July 28, 2008.




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  • National Council For Adoption launches online training—"The Intercountry Adoption Journey"—for adoptive parents and adoption professionals

    The National Council For Adoption (NCFA) has launched an online training titled The Intercountry Adoption Journey at This eight-hour online training program provides prospective adoptive parents with eight of the ten hours of education required by The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, while also fulfilling eight of the 20 hours of biannual education on intercountry adoption required of adoption professionals.

    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.

    Wedgwood Institute offers trainings that qualify for SW CECHs

    Wedgwood Christian Services recently announced the formation of the Wedgwood Institute, whose purpose is to provide top-quality opportunities for Lifelong Learning to agency employees, clinical professionals and others in the West Michigan community and throughout the state. Wedgwood Institute will offer a diverse range of topics designed to deepen understanding and strengthen the quality of responses to the needs of children, clients and customers.

    Henry Winkler to speak at Founders Day

    winklerh.JPGStarr Commonwealth is proud to announce that Henry Winkler, the actor known as “The Fonz” from his performance on the sitcom “Happy Days,” will appear at the 2007 Founder’s Day event scheduled for Oct. 7.
    Founder’s Day is held the first Sunday of every October at Starr Commonwealth’s Albion campus and is open to the public. It marks the anniversary of Floyd Starr, his family and 13 boys moving into Gladsome Cottage on Oct. 3, 1913.Winkler, an actor, producer, director, author and children’s advocate, was chosen to appear at Starr Commonwealth’s 94th anniversary celebration for multiple reasons.“Henry Winkler is multi-generational and someone who relates to all our staff, our children, their families and our friends,” said Dr. Martin L. Mitchell, President and CEO. “Mr. Winkler is dedicated to the well-being of children and serves as an inspiration to all those who have suffered from low self-esteem. We’re honored he’s joining us on this important day.”

    FYI • July 6, 2007 • No. 27

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    July 20: "Grant Writing is Elementary" offered by Judson Center

    Below is a registration form for the upcoming training on Grant Writing is Elementary offered by Judson Center. This training is appropriate for BMSWs, SSTs and LMSWs. For additional information, visit for upcoming trainings.This program is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for 5 CE Clock Hours. Course approval is # 052907-03.

    After-School/Summer Programs - Apply now for Activity Pilot Program

    The Michigan After-School Partnership (MASP) and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness are looking for school-age programs operating this summer and fall willing to pilot an activity program in a game format designed to help 8-12 year olds be physically active. Download the documents (below) needed to apply for this FREE Michigan pilot program. Hurry, deadline to apply is July 10, 2007.

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