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  • Breastfeeding Initiative Mother-to-Mother Peer program

    Description:

    The Breastfeeding Initiative Mother-to-Mother Peer program provides mothers with the support and encouragement to provide their babies with the nutritional gold standard that begins their life together.  Mother-to-mother peers are moms who have experienced similar scenarios other mothers have been through. Breastfeeding mothers can receive support from a trained peer in their home, at a local WIC office or over the phone, whether it is simply needing someone to talk to or finding a way to make breastfeeding work for them.

  • Building a Home with Heart Curriculum - Facilitator's Guide

    Description:

    The Building a Home with Heart curriculum was developed and tailored specifically to the needs of couples who are raising children from the foster care system. The curriculum development process is dynamic and integrates findings from research and training experiences. The training is relevant for adoptive, foster and kinship couples and can be adapted for special populations.

    This curriculum is structured so that the trainer/facilitator can give mini-lectures and receive step-by-step guidance in conducting training activities. Nonetheless it is highly recommended that persons who train the program become trainers/facilitators by completing a “Training of Trainers” program.

  • 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.

  • Child Welfare Webinars

    Dates:

    On-demand courses are offered on a continual basis. For webinar dates, please click on the website link below.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Each course listed on this page is worth 1 social work continuing education credit hour.

    The following DHHS child welfare continuing education online, On-Demand, training modules are available:

    • CW Leadership: Making the Case for Retention-focused Management
    • CW: Teen Parents in Foster Care
    • CW: Intergenerational Trauma and Our Work With Birth Parents: Understanding the Bridge to Success
    • CW: Engagement, Readiness for Change, and Transition Planning
    • CW: Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care
    • CW: Post Adoption Services: Assisting Adoptive Families to Avoid Disruption/Dissolution
    • CW: The Welfare of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Families
    • CW: Understanding and Supporting Adoptive Families
    • CW: Accessing Special Education Supports for Children in Foster Care
    • CW: Psychological and Emotional Trauma in Children and Its Impact on Adoption/Foster Care and Family Development
    • CW: Child Welfare Workers: The Ethical Obligation and Opportunities to Advocate for Social Justice
    • CW: Honoring and Empowering Adolescents
    • CW: Having the Tough Conversations About Race with Your Clients
  • Cooking Matters Program for Child Care Providers (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 1 - 8, 2017.  9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Extension, 701 S. Norton St., Corunna, MI 48817

    Description:

    Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals is a nutrition program that teaches child care professionals cooking, food safety, and food budgeting. The program is intended to empower providers to deliver nutritious meals and teach healthy eating habits to the children in their care. This program is open to all child care providers. Cooking Matters for Childcare professionals provides 10 hours of education credits for licensing.

  • Great Lakes Summer Institute in Social Work (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 12 - 14, 2017

     

    Location:

    Great Wolf Lodge: 3575 N. US Highway 31 South, Traverse City, MI 49684.

    Description:

    This annual summer institute is 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. Earn as many as 18 social work continuing education credits in such topics as: Play Therapy; Supporting Adoptive Families; Ethics in Child Welfare; Motivational Interviewing; Emotional Resilience; Theoretical Models for Affair Recovery;  the DSM 5; Strength-Based Leadership; Ethical Dilemmas in End of Life Care; and more.

  • Inclusion and Intercultural Community Resources Directory

    Location:

    The resources directory is available online at the website below.

    Description:

    The Community Resources Directory is intended to provide information on local businesses, as well as campus and community organizations that assist and serve the diverse members of the Michigan State University community. It includes a database with compiled links to web sites, searchable by keywords and diversity characteristics. Subject areas cover a broad range of categories, such as health, children, families, eldercare, housing, safety, cultural events, disability, education, recreation, entertainment, religion, food, transportation, and travel.

  • Ingham County Adolescent Project (MSUAP)

    Location:

    The program takes place in the youth family's home and neighborhood.

    Description:

    The Michigan State University Adolescent Project (in collaboration with Ingham County Circuit Court) has provided quality advocacy services to youth in Ingham County since 1976. Michigan State University trains undergraduate students as advocates to provide a strength-based intervention to youth who are referred by the Ingham County Circuit Court. The primary goal of MSUAP is to help youth avoid future involvement with the juvenile justice system. Advocates design intervention programs tailored to each youth's strengths, skills/abilities and unmet needs. The goals are accomplished by providing the youth with an oppurtunity to gain access to community resources, partake in civic engagement, etc.

  • Intervening with Families Whose Adoptions Are in Jeopardy (May 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083

    Description:

    This workshop will examine the issues adoptive families face that influence their decision to disrupt/dissolve their adoption. Information about adoption disruptions and dissolutions will be shared, and participants will be given an opportunity to consider the factors that can lead to a failed adoption. Approaches to intervening to lessen the risk of an adoption failing will be provided, and the typical dynamics of an adoption disruption will be discussed. Ways to help children and families cope with the threat of failed adoptions will be explored.
    CECHs: 3.0

  • Interventions for People Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Friday, April 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

    Description:

    You will learn information on the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, as well as evidence based approaches that support persons for life in the community. Information regarding the barriers of supporting persons with autism and their families across the lifespan will be discussed, as well as the statewide Michigan systems in place which support independence, employment and the self-determination (MRS, DHHS) of persons with ASD. Person-centered planning as a tool towards the self-determination of individuals on the spectrum will also be discussed.
    Available CECHs: 6.0

  • Kinship Care Resource Center

    Location:

    Baker Hall, Room 254, 655 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Kinship Care Resource Center supports Michigan kinship families by utilizing research to provide education and outreach for communities, agencies, and individuals involved in supporting kinship families.  The KCRC website provides information for caregivers, support agencies, researchers, media, and policy makers.

  • MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

    Location:

    MSU Clinical Center on Service Road between Hagadorn and Farm Lane. Suite A-233.

    Description:

    The MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic provides services on a sliding fee scale ($10-$50 per session, depending on family income and size). Services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of faculty in the MSU Marriage and Family Therapy program. Supervisors are fully licensed clinicians and Approved Supervisors. Couple and Family Therapy begins with a recognition that individual, couple, and family problems do not exist in a vacuum. There are all kinds of stresses that result in or contribute to these problems. Couple and Family Therapy seeks to help find solutions to problems in the context of personal and relational strengths.

  • Post Adoption Support Services Website

    Location:

    MSU School of Social Work: Baker Hall, 655 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    Adoption, fostering, and raising kin are different ways of building a family. Often parents and professionals need to look for outside supports and resources that are sensitive to the unique needs that foster and adoptive children bring to the families that are raising them.

    Michigan State University School of Social Work has a long term commitment to improving child welfare in the state through training social workers and providing programming to families. This website features information that is relevant to the field of adoption in Michigan including sources of information such as links, periodicals, fact sheets, and books, and upcoming training events. Please feel free to browse our site to view the many resources we have available.

  • Project FRESH

    Location:

    Please visit the website below.

    Description:

    Project FRESH is an educational program providing participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmer's markets. 

    Project FRESH can help you learn how to:

    • choose new locally grown produce
    • prepare a fruit or vegetable in a new way
    • store and preserve fresh fruits and vegetables
    • increase fruit and vegetable consumption
    • find other community resources that can benefit your family
  • Psychological Clinic Therapy and Assessment Services

    Location:

    The MSU Psychological Clinic is located in the Psychology Building on the campus of MSU.

    Description:

    The MSU Psychological Clinic is staffed by clinicians enrolled in the MSU Clinical Psychology doctoral program and by some MSU Clinical Psychology faculty. All clinicians are individually supervised by experienced Ph.D. psychologists from the University faculty and the Greater Lansing community. The Clinic provides a wide range of services to the general public. Fee for services at the Clinic is set on an income-adjusted basis. Services include:

    • Individual child psychotherapy
    • Individual child play-therapy
    • Adolescent psychotherapy
    • Individual adult psychotherapy
    • Family therapy
    • Couples therapy
    • Group therapy
  • Social Work Continuing Education Courses and Programs

    Dates:

    Please see the Website below for specific dates and locations.

     

    Location:

    Various locations throughout Michigan, including: East Lansing, Flint, Okemos, Bath, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Caro, Detroit, Troy, Waterford, Gaylord, Southfield, and Livonia, MI.

    Description:

    These professional development workshops offer a range of opportunities for professionals who are interested in developing new skills, strengthening existing skills, and seeking opportunities to network with social workers and other human service and healthcare professionals. Social work continuing education contact hours (CECHs) are available by attending any of the programs unless otherwise noted.

  • Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-ED)

    Dates:

    Various. Please see the website below.

    Location:

    The series of classes are presented in group settings throughout Michigan

    Description:

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap-Ed) is a free nutrition education program to reduce hunger and food insecurity and promote healthy eating habits. MSU Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition instructors teach youth, teens, adults and seniors how to make health a priority through an instructional series. The goal of the SNAP-Ed program is to increase the likelihood that those eligible for SNAP benefits will establish healthy eating habits and increase their time spent involved in physical activity, while staying within their limited food budget.

  • Understanding the Needs of Adopted Children and Families (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083

    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

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