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  • Child Development Laboratories

    Location:

    • East Lansing Campus: 325 W. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
    • Haslett Campus: 5750 Academic Way, Haslett, MI 48840

    Description:

    The MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL) offers programming to children eighteen months to five years of age. We offer half-day academic year preschool as well as full-day, year-round preschool. 

    The CDL takes an active role in outreach, welcoming practitioners from across the state, country, and world to visit the labs, sharing information about their work in supporting children's development in all domains, and modeling exemplary practice in support of children's social development.  Students and Early Childhood professionals benefit by the exemplary research-driven program within which university students can observe and practice developing skills; being included in a comprehensive Early Childhood educational program, which includes integration of literacy across the domains, the use of anti-bias curriculum, and advocacy for children; being supported in his or her professional development in an emotionally safe environment; and receiving written and oral feedback.  

    Students are supported in their professional development through conference presentations. Staff share their expertise through workshops, publications, and observational tours of their classrooms. Teachers can also complete their required number of hours for their Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) at the Child Development Laboratories.

  • Current Trends in Medicare and Medicaid: A Crisis for Our Aging Adults (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 23, 2018. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Federal Credit Union, 4825 E. Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    In this workshop, you will discuss the current status of Medicare and Medicaid for the aging population. In addition, you will learn about the current changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how they affect care for our aging consumers, including access to care and challenges in procuring direct care providers. You will also learn strategies for advocating for care and coverage for your clientele. This workshop will utilize large group discussion and visual displays for learning.

    Available CECHs: 2.0

  • Current Trends in Medicare and Medicaid: A Crisis for Our Aging Adults (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 23, 2018. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Federal Credit Union, 4825 E. Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    In this workshop, you will discuss the current status of Medicare and Medicaid for the aging population. In addition, you will learn about the current changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how they affect care for our aging consumers, including access to care and challenges in procuring direct care providers. You will also learn strategies for advocating for care and coverage for your clientele. This workshop will utilize large group discussion and visual displays for learning.

    Available CECHs: 2.0

  • Ending Zero Tolerance: The Pipeline to Student Success (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    Ingham County Human Services Building, 5303 South Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    Over the past 25 years, the nature and culture of discipline in schools has changed significantly. Disciplinary policy is much more formal, with broad-based punishments affecting many students. Instead of looking at student behavior individually, taking into account circumstances of an event, the students involved, and the safety implications for the school, many have chosen “zero tolerance” policies that limit the ability to look at situations on a case-by-case basis and according to individual needs. “Zero tolerance” policy adoption has led to increased involvement of law enforcement, suspension, and expulsion rather than strategies for helping students succeed(Center on Youth Justice, 2013). In this workshop, you will explore the history and impacts of the zero tolerance policies in K-12 in Michigan, including prevention programs, interventions, and the implications of the new bill, HB 5618, adopted in 2017.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Families in Crisis: Putting Out the Fire (April 2018)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    The Leona Group, 2123 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    In this workshop, you will learn about the core concepts in working with families in crisis: the common precipitants, the assessment process, and the focus of opening sessions. Additionally, you will explore strategies and techniques that enable you to hit the ground running. Through role plays, videos, demonstrations, and lectures, you will leave feeling energized and confident in working with these often challenging families.

    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Health and Mental Health Disparities in Aging (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Saturday, November 18, 2017.  9:00 am - 11:00 am.

    Location:

    Michigan State University, Psychology Building 316 Physics Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    In the United States, those from ethnic minority backgrounds have rapidly increased in population size. You will be presented with an overview of current research and knowledge on health and mental health as well as service delivery disparities in older people of ethnic-minority background in the United States. Special focus will be given to disparities pertaining to the Hispanic/Latino population, which currently is the largest minority population.
    Available CECHs: 2.0

  • Mental Health in the Foster Home: Coaching Foster Parents in Suicide Prevention (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    Children in foster care are at a significantly higher risk of suicidal thoughts and action than are the general population, but foster parents typically have little to no training in basic youth mental health issues, prevention, or crisis planning. In this training, you will learn strategies for coaching foster parents on issues of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. You will develop an expanded awareness of the importance of risk factors and safety planning and be better able to coach foster parents on these topics. This training will utilize role playing, exercises, games, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

    *Trauma Certificate Elective Course*
    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Supervisory Toolkit for Managing Secondary Trauma and Workplace Stress (Child Welfare Leadership Course) (April, May 2018)

    Location:

    • April 19, 2018: Greater Lansing Association of Realtors® 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911
    • May 11, 2018: WMU Beltline Conference Center 2333 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
    • May 31, 2018: VisTaTech Center, Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152

    Description:

    Child welfare supervisors can have significant impact on reducing and mitigating the level of stress their workers experience. A number of strategies and tools have proven effective. This training will explore the application of a range of supervisory interventions and tools that promote resilience and retention in child welfare staff. Strategies for engaging workers, assessing and understanding specific worker stressors, intervening at the organizational, team, and individual worker levels will be disseminated. Supervisor self-assessment and reflection, key ingredients for assuring that these interventions are effective, will be a focus of discussion.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Understanding the Needs of Adopted Children and Families (May 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    The MTG Space 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    Experiences children and families have before, during, and after adoption impact how they approach treatment. Professionals who want to maximize their effectiveness with adoptive families need to have an understanding of the complexity of the adoption experience for children and families. This course will discuss the impact of the adoption process on children and families, common and lifelong issues that all adoptees and adoptive families face, and the trauma experience that adopted children and their families share. Trauma symptoms and the impact of trauma on the development of adopted children will be the focus as well as trauma-informed treatment strategies. In a case-driven experience, you will complete a trauma assessment and design trauma-informed interventions based on an adoptive family case study designed to present the unique needs and trauma issues that are common to adoptive families.
    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Use of Fairy Tales in Working with Children of Trauma (April 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    The Leona Group, 2123 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    The Brothers Grimm recorded original folktales that included incest and abuse of children, resonant themes for traumatized children. Fairy tales speak directly to inner pressures of children’s psychological and emotional sense of self in ways that children unconsciously understand. Fairy tales embrace the serious inner struggles of traumatized children and offer creative solutions to those difficulties. This empowers children, offers them a more secure sense of self, body integrity, and confidence. Understanding the nature of children’s enjoyment and use of fairy tales gives an appreciation for the needs and coping strategies of children to negotiate painful experiences, embrace relationships and find meaning in life. When children are told fairy tales, they are given permission to explore the dark side of their lives and find creative resolutions to their intense anxieties and concerns. Anxieties and their derivatives are often core conflicts addressed in fairy tales. Fairy tales, then, provide children solutions in a reassuring cohesive structure and predictable happy endings not often found simply through play. We will visit fairy tales and utilize discussion to highlight these themes for traumatized children.
    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Using Play and Expressive Arts Therapies to Work with Traumatized Children (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Friday, December 1, 2017.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    Location:

    The Leona Group 2123 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    This Ruth Koehler Endowed workshop will introduce Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy, a developmentally sensitive trauma model that translates evidence informed trauma interventions into fun, playful, and clinically sound play-based techniques. The model shows how to develop a bedrock of safety and nurture through the play environment that mitigates the family’s approach to hard content. Treatment goals will target enhancing safety and security, assessing and augmenting coping, soothing the physiology, creating trauma narratives through play and other expressive arts, and addressing cognitive distortions. You will leave with a better understanding of how to weave directive and non-directive approaches together while practically expanding their toolkits by dozens of interventions. *Trauma Certificate Elective Course* Lunch is included.

    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • What Is Your ACE Score? Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experience (March 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, March 9, 2018.  1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

    Location:

    MSU Federal Credit Union 4825 E. Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Increasingly, we are beginning to understand the complex and prevalent effects of trauma on our population, in both children and adults. The examination of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) through the ACE Study is unique because it provides the potential to understand how multiple forms of childhood stressors can affect many important public health problems throughout an individual lifetime. ACEs can affect individuals, organizations, and communities across both public and private domains, in clinical, educational, and law enforcement settings. Understanding ACE effects can help us as professionals and individuals begin to work around a common goal of preventing the accumulation of ACEs and moderating their effects. In this workshop, you will learn about the ACE Study and the impact on oneself and the community. You will discuss the implications that exposure to trauma in childhood can have on your health. In addition, you will learn about the important connections between neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Working With Parents Who Have Mental Illness: Helping Children and Families Learn, Understand, and Build Resilience (February 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® 4039 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911

    Description:

    In this training, you will focus on understanding and working with families with a parent with a mental illness. The “insider” views and experiences of family members will be particularly highlighted, including how to talk to children about parental mental illness. You will also learn about creating a family psychiatric crisis plan as well as emerging programs to support families. This training will include one or more case examples, active discussions, and hands-on activities. This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

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