NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 opportunities that are offered FREE of charge

Attached you will find the NEW 2018 Child Welfare In-Service Training catalog featuring over 45 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 managing secondary trauma. 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 attached 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 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!

Sean de Four named VP/COO of Child and Family Services at Wellspring Lutheran Services

Wellspring Lutheran Services is pleased to announce Sean de Four has been named vice president and chief operating officer of child and family services at Wellspring. His work with Wellspring begins Monday, Nov. 27.

De Four comes to Wellspring with a distinguished career in child welfare and family preservation work, most recently in a similar role with Samaritas in Detroit. Prior to that, he served in various roles with Judson Center, Royal Oak, MI. His passion for children and families has propelled his career, making an impact within the agencies where he’s served, as well as contributing to the field in numerous leadership positions.

De Four has served at the University of Michigan’s School of Social work as a lecturer and past member of their Alumni Board of Governors. He is on the board of directors at the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, serves as the co-chair of the Child Welfare Partnership Council in Lansing, and is on the board of the West Michigan Partnership for Children in Grand Rapids. De Four also serves as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation.

Federation President Brian Philson succeeded by President Debora Matthews; Maria Lessnau elected as secretary

At the November 8, 2017, Board of Directors meeting, members and staff expressed deep appreciation to Brian Philson, president/CEO of Highfields, Inc., for his exemplary leadership as Federation president over the last two years. Stepping into the presidency role is Debora Matthews, president/CEO of The Children’s Center, having been elected last year to serve as president-elect for a one-year term. Deb previously served as treasurer and chairs the Board’s Audit Committee. Brian remains in a leadership role on the Executive Committee as immediate past president. Also on November 8, the Board unanimously elected Maria Lessnau to serve a two-year term as secretary. Maria is executive director of Guiding Harbor in Belleville and co-chairs the Federation’s Residential Treatment MIN. Maria was honored as Federation Ambassador of the Year at the 2017 Annual Senior Management Conference held in September at Crystal Mountain Resort. Congratulations to all!

Sean de Four, Vice President of Child and Family at Samaritas - Federation Member Leader in Child Welfare!

Federation Member Leader in Child Welfare:

This award is presented to a Federation member who helps to assure the Federation’s vision statement is at the forefront of all their actions: Michigan's most vulnerable children, families and individuals have access to and benefit from quality and cost-effective services supported by public and private dollars.

Maria Lessnau, Executive Director of Guiding Harbor - Federation Member Ambassador of the Year!

Federation Member Ambassador of the Year: This award is presented to a Federation member who embodies the core values of the Federation: advocacy, nonprofit status, quality services, strong families and racial diversity. These values provide focus and drive decisions for all Federation involvements transcend treatment methods and are embraced by all members.

Maria Lessnau, Executive Director of Guiding Harbor, is presented with the 2017 Federation Ambassador of the Year award for all of the manners in which she has positively promoted the work of the Federation among her colleagues and within the field of child welfare and beyond. Maria serves as a Member Interest Network (MIN) co-chair for the Residential Treatment group and serves on the Annual Residential Treatment Conference and Senior Management Conference planning committees. Maria has been influential in acting quickly to find answers and attract key speakers and sponsors for these highly rated member events. Maria has shared with colleagues in the field the ways Federation membership has been beneficial to her agency; she has encouraged others to join so they may enjoy the same benefits. The Federation staff appreciates Maria for her willingness to lend a hand with anything and her always positive and cheerful presence!


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