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  • Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children Lecture Series (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    Please see the website below for the current schedule.

    Location:

    MSU Law Building, Castle Board Room, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children is dedicated to bringing to the MSU Law campus a range of speakers who are experts in international human rights or humanitarian law, or who are particularly knowledgeable about one of the ongoing crises engendered by violations of such law.

  • The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports

    Location:

    210 IM Circle at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Institute for the Study of Youth Sports in the College of Education researches the benefits and detriments of participation in youth sports. It produces educational materials and provides educational programs for parents, coaches, officials, and administrators.

  • The Real Work of Creating Families for Adolescent Boys With Trauma Histories and Criminal Justice Involvement (August 2018)

    Dates:

    Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    WMU Beltline Conference Center 2333 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Description:

    Cole Williams will share his experiences as an African American single foster/adoptive parent who has raised male youth who have experienced trauma and the criminal justice system. Cole’s son will be in attendance, and together they will look at how labeling, mental health, trauma, and multiple-system involvement impacted the trajectory of their lives and their work as a father and son team. Join them to learn about the commitment, advocacy, and hard work that is involved in making a difference in the lives of youth who are often ill served by the child welfare system.

  • Tollgate Education Conference Center (Novi, MI)

    Location:

    28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI, 48377. (Northwest corner of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, MI.)

    Description:

    The MSUE - Tollgate Education Conference Center functions as a full service meeting facility ideal for the business and educational community. Situated on a beautiful 160 acre farm, the gardens and pastures at Tollgate provide a natural and peaceful setting for business meetings, receptions, retreats, conferences, workshops and educational classes. The Center includes the Tollgate Conference room which accommodates up to 140 people; the Activity Center, a more casual setting accommodates up to 60 people; the Americana Boardroom, an executive-style formal meeting room for 12 or less; and the Bassett Boardroom for 10 people. Tollgate’s main site feature is the historic Tollgate Barn which is available for rental for various functions offering it’s unique charm and atmosphere.

    Tollgate offers a complete range of support services to make every event a success:

    Our caterers provide an excellent variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners or outdoor barbecues to suit your budget and tastes.
    All meeting rooms have wireless internet and a complete inventory of audiovisual and communication equipment.
    Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels located within one mile of Tollgate.

    Conveniently located at the northwest corner of 12 Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, Michigan near several major freeways: I-275, I-96 and I-696, and within an hour’s drive from Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor and Lansing.

  • Triple Threat: Teenagers, Trauma, and Talking (April 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    The Conference Centers at WMU, 2333 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Description:

    In this workshop, you will discover and discuss the differences between teenager “trauma behaviors” and teenager “normal behaviors.” You will learn about pros and cons of different behavioral intervention methods. In addition, you will identify ways to talk to and connect with teens in order to build deeper relationships with them and be able to be a more effective professional in their life. You will have the opportunity to network and brainstorm permanency strategies for youth who have experienced trauma and are at risk of out-of-home placements.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • Understanding Emotional and Mental Health Concerns of Youth (May 2018)

    Dates:

    Friday, May 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Location:

    Eastern Michigan University, McKenny Hall 878 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Description:

    At any time in your professional or personal life, you may encounter a child or adolescent who has an emotional and/or mental health concern. In order to help such children, it is necessary to understand the typical development of children and youth as well as the impact of an emotional and mental health disorder on typical development. In this workshop, you will learn strategies that will help you engage and support youth and their natural support systems. You will discuss various emotional and mental health challenges that affect youth development.

    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

  • Understanding Trauma in Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth (July 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    Description:

    In this training, you will learn working definitions of terms, including: Transgender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Intersex, Gender Nonconforming, Non-Binary, Intersex, the Continuum of Gender, Gender Transition, and Ally. Language and terminology will be examined with emphasis on using affirming language and avoiding offensive terminology. You will examine multiple risk factors that lead to trauma in transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth from a solution-focused lens and ways these traumatic incidents adversely impact transgender individuals and their families. You will also learn about specific mental health strategies that may be used to address trauma in children and adolescents who are transgender or gender non-conforming. Finally, you will explore specific strategies for advocating for youth within schools, communities and families to improve youth mental health, health, and educational outcomes, and to support familial bonds to reduce the prevalence of bullying, family dissolution, and other traumatic events. This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays.

    Available CECHs: 3.0

  • 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

  • Your Health Lecture Series Presentations

    Dates:

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    Location:

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    Description:

    The health lecture series, broadcast from various locations around the state, features experts from MSU medical colleges who will be speaking on issues such as: diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and pediatric health.

  • Youth Sports Publications

    Description:

    MSU's Institute for the Study of Youth Sports in the Department of Kinesiology publishes a newsletter, Spotlight on Youth Sports, that is designed to inform parents, coaches, officials, participants, and administrators about developments on the youth sports scene. The Institute also publishes a collection of coaching handbooks for volunteer coaches, parents, and officials.

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