Conference Description and Summary: Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) has taken the lead in the last 21 years of bringing together some of the best faculty from around the world to address controversial issues and provide unequaled networking opportunities. The 2016 Conference is no exception!
This year's theme is Reflecting Forward. The future of the work we are engaged in is informed by our rich history. This conference will address the myriad issues facing the work we do today while we learn from our past, and plan for the future, to continue efforts to end domestic violence.
The Office of Family Advocate, along with Office of Workforce Development and Training, is hosting the 2nd annual Michigan Suicide Prevention Conference on August 30, 2016.
This year, only child welfare workers and foster parents are invited to the event and every attendee will receive safeTALK suicide alertness certification. For more information about safeTALK, visit www.livingworks.net/programs/safetalk.
In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops specifically related to suicide prevention. Workers can register themselves and/or a foster parent who’s interested through the registration link below.
Cancelations: We are able to provide safeTALK certification for every attendee due to generous funding from Transforming Youth Suicide Prevention in Michigan grant held by MDHHS. If you register and later determine you cannot attend, please email your cancellation toMDHHS-OFA@michigan.gov as soon as possible to allow their spot to be filled by another worker. On August 23rd, the Conference Committee will provide a list of registered attendees to each agency/department director and instructions for last minute cancellations.
The Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH) is accepting applications for its Statewide Youth Advisory Committee. Application for a seat on the ACMH Youth Advisory Committee is open to all youth, ages 15-20 in Michigan who have had or are currently experiencing a mental health or behavioral challenge. Involvement is NOT limited to young people with experience in any particular system, such as public mental health, foster care, juvenile justice or special education. All youth ages 15-20 who are passionate about mental health issues and have personal experience will be considered. Applications submitted for this round of recruitment will be reviewed through July 29. Find all the details and how to apply in the attachments posted below.
The ACMH will hold its Youth Leadership Camp this summer on August 13 and 14. Youth ages 15-20 with personal experience with a mental health or behavioral challenge are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is July 29 and space is limited. Participants will be chosen based on capacity and application responses. For more information on how to apply, download the attachment posted below.
Contact ACMH Youth Coordinator Krissy Dristy with questions: 517-643-3314 or email@example.com.
State Court Administrative Office’s Foster Care Review Board for is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Child Welfare Awards
Each year the Foster Care Review Board provides a forum for recognition of the excellent work that is performed by child welfare professionals who work diligently to overcome systemic barriers and go above and beyond policy, court rule, and statutory standards to help ensure the safety, well being, and timely permanency for children and families served by our foster care system.
The annual awards are presented to those on the “front lines” who have displayed a commitment to excellence and integrity in serving the needs of our states most vulnerable children and families. One nominee from each of the following categories – jurist (judge or referee), foster care caseworker, lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL), foster parent(s), and parent attorney – will be recognized for their exemplary service to abused or neglected children in the Michigan foster care system. All other nominees will receive a congratulatory letter from the Foster Care Review Board, informing them of their nomination and thanking them for their service.
Finalists are chosen by a panel of Foster Care Review Board members and award winners are chosen by a panel of child welfare professionals and advocates, including award winners from the past year. Award recipients are recognized at the FCRB annual training conference in early November.