Attached you will find the NEW 2019 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring opportunities that are offered FREE of charge to child welfare workers and supervisors at private agencies that contract with MDHHS, as well as DHHS employees.
The Leadership training opportunities focus on staff engagement and retention. The Webinar training opportunities are geared towards both caseworkers and supervisors.
Please also help spread the word with families that you work with about the Caregiver training opportunities—accessible by webinar.
All of these trainings are DHHS approved for meeting the in-service training hour requirements set forth by DHHS requiring all caseworkers to receive a minimum of at least 32 hours of in-service training hours annually, and supervisors 16 hours annually. Training participants may also earn CE hours.
Please direct any questions you may have about these courses to the MSU School of Social Work or the university hosting these trainings- and remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!
Brian Philson, President & CEO of Highfields, Inc., is presented with the 2018 Federation Member Mentor of the Year award. Brian is known for his steadfast leadership in the field. His peers seek him out for guidance and advice. Brian imparts his deep knowledge and experience in a manner that others know they can trust. He is able to help others successfully navigate their environment when faced with ethical dilemmas or questions of how to respond to a situation at their agency. Brian does not tell others what to do; he simply offers paths to consider and mentors others as they make critical decisions. Brian invests his time and energy in supporting others in achieving their own success, shows an enthusiasm for the work of his colleagues across the state, and consistently shows up at the table with a positive thought, calm demeanor and a high-five.
Lenora Hardy-Foster, President & CEO of Judson Center, is presented with the 2018 Federation Member Leader in Child Welfare award for being an outstanding leader in the field. Lenora has testified in front of the Senate Oversight Committee, significantly contributing to passage of the “state pays first” legislation that will positively impact service provision and financial stability for private agencies throughout the state. Lenora’s staff have expressed to Federation staff on several different occasions how she has helped to challenge and encourage them to grow in their own leadership skills in a nurturing environment. Lenora is both humble when she speaks, and demonstrates support and enthusiasm for everyone’s work, driving her peers to take action that is reflective of what is right for kids and families through our collective work. The Federation staff deeply appreciates the many contributions Lenora brings to the nonprofit network throughout the year.
Dave Gehm, President & CEO of Wellspring Lutheran Services, is presented with the 2018 Federation Member Ambassador of the Year award for his resolute participation in Federation committees and work groups in order to strengthen and advance the quality services provided by private, nonprofit agencies. At a legislative breakfast event, Dave was instrumental in helping to lay a solid foundation for the discussions that took place regarding the need to enhance and expand family preservation services in our state, driving the commitment to make strong families a legislative priority. Dave had meaningful conversations with his elected officials at Annual Legislative Day about the quality services nonprofit agencies bring to the array of services in our state. Dave personifies how a Federation member can raise the bar for discussion at any meeting he attends with thought-provoking questions and ideas, by demonstrating highly effective leadership, and encouraging others in the room to think more globally about how systems change is possible.