Continuing Edu


MHBFSA Spring Workshop – May 2, 2014

Workshops offered on a first come/first serve availability basis.
Held at Postma Center in Grand Rapids.
Sessions include:

  • Promoting Attachment Relationships for Young Children with Understanding Brief Strategic Family Therapy: A Brief Overview
  • Family and Children: Trauma Training
  • Social Work Ethics: Part I and Part II
  • Intersecting Child Welfare and Mental Health Services: Working with Families with Parents or Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances: Part I and Part II
  • Unlocking Potential in High-Risk Caregivers of Young Children: Caregivers with Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, Intellectual Impairments, and Teen Mothers: Part I and Part II
  • Social Work Pain: Part I and Part II
  • What You Need to Know About Drugs of Abuse When Working with Children and Their Families

This day of training is FREE for MHBFSA members—Up to 6 members per agency annual membership of $175. $50.00 non-member fee per person.

Download the flier below! Not a member? Join using the second attachment below.

Annual Senior Management Conference

Event Date: 
09/10/2014 (All day) - 09/12/2014 (All day)

Annual Senior Management Conference
September 10-12, 2014
Boyne Mountain Resort

Event Contact
Jenny Crichton
517 485 8552

Invitation to join Michigan Home Based Family Services Association

MHBFSA logoFederation Affiliate Member Michigan Home Based Family Services Association invites you to join others who are committed to quality family-centered services throughout Michigan.

New and renewing MHBFSA members benefit from three free trainings annually, discounted pricing for the MHBFSA annual conference (September 27-28, 2012), training hours and free social work CEs at each training, an e-newsletter called Practice, access to the Home Based Standards Guidelines Handbook, listing on and access to the MHBFSA website and more!

Find details about membership and benefits at and in the attachments found below.

Child Welfare In-Service Training: Jan-Aug 2012: FREE

MSU School of Social Work, in conjunction with the other six Michigan graduate Schools of Social Work and the support of the Michigan Department of Human Services, is pleased to announce FREE training opportunities to DHS Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoption Workers and DHS-contracted private agencies’ foster care and adoption workers. The title of this collaborative project is Child Welfare In-Service Training.

Multiple human service, health, and education professionals who also serve the families involved with the child welfare system may find the workshops of interest; many of the workshop topics will have applicability beyond child welfare practice, thus a LIMITED number of FOR CHARGE spaces are available for interested professionals who work outside of DHS and the contracted private agencies. All courses offered are eligible for Social Work CECHs.

Early registration is encouraged. Registrations are nontransferable; if you register but are unable to attend, please contact the appropriate University at your earliest convenience so they might offer your unused space to someone else.

To learn more specifically about the MSU CW In-Service Training programs, you may view descriptions, objectives, faculty information, location, and pricing as well as registration instructions and tools by visiting:

Programs are listed under Child Welfare In-Service trainings.

A catalog of all of the courses available statewide can be downloaded below.

MSU SSW CE Spring 2012 Catalog available

The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Spring 2012 Catalog has been issued, featuring courses related to:

  • Adoption Certificate Program
  • Advocacy/Leadership/Social Justice
  • Aging
  • Children, Youth, & Families
  • Clinical Practice
  • Ethics
  • Mental Health
  • Pain Management
  • Online Programs
  • Supervision in Child & Family Services Certificate
  • School Social Work Competency Series

We would like to draw your attention to the April 26 session, "Helping the Judge Make the Right Decision: Effective Courtroom Testimony," which will be held in Grand Rapids, led by attorneys Joe Kozakiewicz and Delanie Pope of MSU's Chance at Childhood program.

Also of note, numerous experts from within MichFed member agencies are among the presenters of the 26 in-person course offerings:

  • Jean Niemann, national training director at Spaulding for Children, leading "Family Assessment & Preparation for Adoption Professionals"
  • Kevin Roach, CEO of Whaley Children's Center, leading "Identifying & Leading Change within Your Organization"
  • Sarah Bretz, clinical supervisor at Judson Center, presenting "Understanding Autism: Beyond the Basics"
  • Emily Besecker, behavior services supervisor at Judson Center, presenting "Behavioral Supports & Interventions for Individuals with an ASD"
  • Michael Reiffer, clinical social worker at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, presents "Motivational Intereviewing with At-Risk Youth & Families & Substance Abuse"
  • Sean deFour, COO at Judson Center, leading "Supervision Certificate #6: Recruiting & Selecting the Right Staff"

May-June: Adoption Competency Curriculum Training FREE through National Resource Center for Adoption

The National Resource Center for Adoption is offering training in May and June 2011 on five modules of its Adoption Competency Curriculum:

  • May 12: Module 1: Federal Laws Impacting Adoption Placement
  • May 25 & 26: Module 2: Child/Youth Assessment & Preparation
  • June 8 & 9: Module 3: Family Assessment & Preparation
  • June 9: Module 4: Decision Making & Placement Selection
  • June 15: Module 5: Post Adoption Services

This series is designed as a comprehensive curriculum for training child welfare practitioners in public and private agencies who provide adoption services for children/youth who have been abused or neglected. Registration for each module is limited to 25 participants. All course materials and lunch are provided free of charge. Social Work CECHs are offered for participants who complete one or more modules. An Adoption Competency Overview booklet is available, along with registration information. See attachments below.

April-June: Wedgwood Institute Lifelong Learning workshops

Find full details of Wedgwood Institute’s spring schedule of workshops in the attached brochure. Sessions for spring include:
➢ April 12: Children and Teens with ADHD
➢ April 19: Conflict Resolution
➢ April 26 and June 24: Becoming Trauma Sensitive
➢ May 10: Treating Terrified Children
➢ May 17: Cultural Competence
➢ June 14: Human Trafficking Seminar

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.

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.

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children Online Courses

Event Website


TLC Ongoing Online Courses:
Adolescent Grief
Art, Play, Music, Drama, Bibliotherapy
Bullying and Cyber Bullying
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders and Trauma
Pain Management
Psychophysiology of Trauma
Reaching and Teaching Stressed and Anxious Students
Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth
Suicide Intervention
Trauma Informed Schools
Working Through an Ethical Lens
Zero to Three: Trauma Interventions

It is not too late to renew your TLC Certification Status. Even if you were certified in previous years, but did not renew, your status can be updated and benefits reinstated. We have made it easy for you to keep your Certification current! No more annual fees are required, just take one TLC online course or attend a one-day TLC training every year. Register for a TLC course today and maintain your Certification!

To renew or maintain your Certification call 877-306-5256 or visit the TLC website to register for an online course or training.

Additional TLC Certification Status Benefits Include:
• 15% discount on all TLC programs and resource materials
• $25 dollar/per day savings on all TLC trainings
• Consultation as needed with Dr. William Steele and/or Caelan Kuban, TLC Program Director
• Inclusion in and access to TLC’s online referral directory
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2010 Child Welfare In-Service Training Catalog

Just issued, this special in-service training catalog is the product of a dynamic partnership among seven Michigan schools of social work with MSW programs and the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). Questions about individual workshops should be directed to the sponsoring school. With the support of DHS, these sessions are free of charge for Children’s Protective Services (CPS), foster care, and adoption workers of both DHS and DHS-contracted private agencies. Many of the workshop topics have applicability beyond child welfare practice. Each workshop is or will be approved for Social Work Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Wedgwood Institute issues January–March 2010 workshops schedule

Individuals can earn Social Work CECHs at all of Wedgwood Institute’s lifelong learning opportunities and “Tuesday Training Breaks.” Offerings for January–March include:
• January 12: The Psychology of Eating
• January 21: What’s Your Story?
• February 11: Music Therapy: Reaching Adolescents with Emotional Impairments
• March 9: Understanding and Interacting Effectively with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
• March 17: Basic Challenges of Adoptive Development

Full details and registration information can be found in the attached brochures (see link below).


macmbhThe Michigan Department of Community Health & The Michigan Association of CMH Boards Present:


September 9 & 10, 2009
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, MSU, East Lansing

3 Featured Waivers:
Children€™s Waiver Program (CWP)
Habilitation Supports Waiver (HSW)
Serious Emotional Disturbance Waiver (SEDW)

July 9: Project FAIR (Families Achieving Independence through Recovery); How One Program Links Human Services Workers to AOD Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services for Families

During their day-to-day activities, social workers must make important decisions affecting families in which one or more members appear to have substance abuse issues. This collaborative effort provides them with critical information about the impact of substance abuse on individuals, families and especially vulnerable children as well as streamlined access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services. This workshop will provide an overview of the program including screening and referral procedures; legal issues that must be considered; and prevention strategies used to promote family unification and/or reunification.