Save the date • RFPs sought for February 27, 2017, 5th Annual Residential Treatment Conference

Proposals are being sought for presentations at the Federation’s 5th Annual 2017 Residential Treatment Conference, themed “Residential Treatment: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities,” which will be held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, MI, on Monday, February 27, 2017. Professionals and academics are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference, related to the overall conference theme and goals. All proposals must be submitted by October 31, 2016, at noon to Individuals who submit RFPs will be made aware of the Planning Committee’s session selection decisions on or before December 1, 2016. Find the RFP form posted below.

2016-2017 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities

Attached below you will find the NEW 2016-2017 Child Welfare In-Service Training Opportunities catalog listing In-Person, Leadership, and Webinar trainings that are offered FREE of charge to private agencies that contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide child welfare services, as well as child welfare workers employed by DHHS.

The Leadership training opportunities are unique to supporting supervisors on retention-focused management. 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 NEW Caregiver training opportunities—both in-person and webinar offerings as well.

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 Social Work CE hours.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these courses—and remember to register soon, as courses have limited space and will fill up quickly!

Nov. 2-4: Reflecting Forward BISC-MI 21st Annual Conference

Event Date: 
11/02/2016 - 9:00am to 11/04/2016 - 5:00pm
Event Website

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.

Edward Village Hotel and Conference Center
600 Town Center Drive

State Court Administrative Office’s Foster Care Review Board for is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Child Welfare Awards

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.

2016 Child Welfare Caregiver Training

In an exciting new venture with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the MSU School of Social Work is pleased to present five opportunities for training specific to all caregivers engaged with the Michigan child welfare system (see attached for dates and topics).

If you are a birth parent, foster parent, adoptive parent, or kinship/relative parent, these FREE trainings are customized to help support your needs in raising the children in your home, understanding some of the unique and sometimes challenging needs that children and their families often face in the child welfare system.

Following licensure, caregivers are required to earn 6 hours of training annually. These trainings can count toward those hours.

How to register for trainings:
In-person training: Visit Under Topics of Interest, click “Child Welfare In-Service Trainings” to register for the course you want to attend. If you do not already have an online account with the MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Program, you will be asked to create one.

Webinar training: Visit Under Topics of Interest, click “Webinars” or search course number.


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