REGISTER NOW! August 8 TRAINING: Successfully Engaging and Partnering with Families: Challenges and Strategies for Success; plus three WEBINARS: July 10, August 14, September 12

If your organization is interested in improving its practices and staff skills toward becoming a family-driven organization and engaging families, it is recommended that your organization send teams of leaders to the August 8 training, as well as participate in each of the three webinars. The webinars move from foundational to advanced family engagement strategies, and each of these events will feature faculty from different residential programs across the country who have extensive experience in moving their organizations to becoming family-driven and engaging families with complex challenges.

This special training program for Michigan residential treatment leaders and stakeholders will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. In addition, a series of three webinars will focus on successfully engaging families—from the basics to advanced. Webinar dates are Tuesday, July 10, Tuesday, August 14, and Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

The Michigan Federation for Children and Families is pleased to host these events for Michigan providers and stakeholders and is grateful for the generous support of the Building Bridges Initiative and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.



2015 MNYF Annual Conference

Special early registration offer is good through July 31: Buy one, get one half-off! Vendor exhibit space is also available for a modest fee. Download attachments for details.

Four workshop tracks are offered:


  • Transitions to Success
  • Advanced Leadership Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Skills for Managing Workplace Conflict
  • Effective Approaches to Dealing with Unacceptable Employee Behavior
  • Investing in Your Most Valuable Resource...Your Team
  • Community Organizations...Collaborate!


  • Family Preservation for LGBT Youth
  • Scaffolding for Successful Transition to Adulthood for At-risk Youth
  • Treating the Adolescent Sex Offender
  • DBT, Parts I and II
  • Clinical Work with Oppositional Defiant Teens
  • Self Injury

Case Management/Direct Care

  • Journey Through HMS
  • Trauma Informed Care for Case Managers & Direct Care Staff, Parts I and II
  • Homless Youth Education Rights
  • Human Trafficking

Case Managers and Direct Care

  • Tools for Your Toolbox that Work with Youth
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Crisis Intervention & De-escalation, Parts I and II
  • Ethics Training for Child and Youth Care Workers, Establishing Professional Standards
  • LGBT Youth Culture

Conference registration prices:

Special early registration offer: Buy one, get one half-off! Download attachments for details.

  • MNYF member:  $100 for three days; $60 for one day
  • MNYF affiliate member:  $125 for three days; $75 for one day
  • Non-MNYF member:  $150 for three days; $90 for one day

If you are interested in reserving Vendor Exhibit Space, see the attachment.

Follow up re CWTI-certified CPA trainers

On behalf of Carol Siemon:

On June 25, 2010 we met to discuss the resumption and expansion of the CWTI-certified CPA trainer pilot. The attached document contains follow up information and a link to a "doodle survey." It would be very helpful for us to have your feedback about how best to proceed with this training partnership.

MSU CE Fall 2010 Catalog available

MSU CE Fall 2010 CatalogThe Michigan State University School of Social Work Continuing Education Fall 2010 Catalog features courses in adoption, crisis intervention with children, ethics, pain management, psychoeducational groups, self-care, and much more! On November 12-13 is an Art & Play Therapy conference, with renowned art therapist Cathy Malchiodi. Click here to find a downloadable catalog and online registration.

Dirty Little Secrets Training Opportunity (August 19)
CWTI Update Meeting with CPA—final date and time

For those who still wish to attend the CWTI update meeting and haven't registered and for those who did register and those who registered and didn't provide an email address, below is a reminder of the upcoming meeting.

Thank you,
Joy Thelen 06/11/2010 2:09 PM >>>
The final date and time has been determined for the CWTI Update meeting. Please use the doodle link below to RSVP as to whether you will be attending in person or via phone conference. When RSVP'ing please provide your agency information and email address along with your name.

Date: June 25, 2010
Time: 10 a.m.- noon
7109 W. Saginaw Hwy, 3rd Floor West Wing
Lansing, MI 48917
Room: 3B
Phone conference number:
Dial: 888-808-6929
Access Code: 7350799

From I-96: Take Exit 93B (this is the east-bound exit on Saginaw Highway). You will be heading east (toward the Holiday Inn). The first light you come to will be Canal Road. The training center is located .4 miles east of Canal Road on the right side of the street. The first large office building you come to is Farm Bureau Insurance, then the West Side Medical Center, then the training center. Currently there is a blank blue sign on the lawn in front of the building.

Traveling west on Saginaw Highway: Go past the Lansing Mall. Past Creyts Road. The training center is located .5 miles west of Creyts Road on the left side of the street. The building is immediately west of the State Employees Credit Union office.

Thank you,
Joy Thelen

Joy Thelen 06/09/2010 12:55 PM >>>
Dear Private Agency Directors:

At the Public-Private Provider Child Welfare Summit on May 5, 2010, a brief discussion was held about the CWTI private agency certified trainer pilot for pre-service training, how it worked, where we hit some snags, and where we might go in the future.

To continue that discussion, CWTI is inviting you and staff members who would potentially be involved with pre-service training to attend a meeting to discuss next steps. We hope to work toward having private agency partners involved with many aspects of CWTI training, but will initially focus on foster care and adoption pre-service institute training (PSI).

Please participate in the attached Doodle survey to indicate your availability to meet on either June 18th or 25th and also to add comments about issues, questions, or approaches that you would like to have the group discuss at this meeting.

Please know that the meeting will take place either June 18 or 25 in room 3B at the Lansing Training Center located at 7109 W. Saginaw Hwy, 3rd Floor West Wing, Lansing, MI 48917.

Thank you,

Joy Thelen
Executive Secretary
DHS-Child Welfare Training Institute
7109 W. Saginaw, 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48917

PPC Facilitator Training for JJOLT Data Entry - Registration Required

PPC Facilitators will begin using the JJOLT system to input PPC data effective 07/01/10. Data input training will be held at Cadillac Place 3040 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, Training Room 4, Concourse Level. There are six training sessions:

June 22: 9:00-11:30
June 22: 1:00-3:30

June 23: 9:00-11:30
June 23: 1:00-3:30

June 24: 9:00-11:30
June 24: 1:00-3:30

PPC Facilitators and anyone required to input data into JJOLT to capture PPC activity are required to attend this training. Data input will be required back to 04/01/10. Please bring approximately five activity reports (DHS-968, 969, 971) to input into JJOLT during the training.

REGISTRATION: To register for the training e-mail Kelli Arrendondo ( Space is limited to 18 per session so Kelli may contact you if the session you requested is full. Once the training is available in JJOLT, Kelli will register all participants.

Administrative Assistants are encouraged to attend the training, however, they will not be inputting data into JJOLT.

Please contact Kelli Arrendondo at (517) 335-3499 if you have any questions.

Kelli Arrendondo, LLMSW
Central Office Program Manager
Permanency Planning Conference
Concurrent Planning
Phone: (517)335-3499
Fax: (517) 241-7047

July 14–16: Great Lakes Summer Institute and full MSU SSW CE Summer 2010 Catalog

small_GrLkInst.jpgBack by popular demand, MSU School of Social Work is holding on July 14–16 the second annual Great Lakes Summer Institute (GLSI), a professional development experience comprised of two-day, one-day, and half-day intensive courses on a variety of current topics taught by experts in their fields. Designed to blend meaningful learning with maximum relaxation, the GLSI is held at the Great Wolf Lodge in beautiful Traverse City. A special room rate is available to GLSI attendees until June 15, 2010, so register today! Find details about the GLSI and the entire CE Summer 2010 Catalog at the School’s website: and/or download the full summer catalog below.

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