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  • Doing the Difficult Work: How to Develop Effective Relationships with Birth Families (Child Welfare Caregiver Webinars) (May, June 2019)

    Dates:

    • Part 1: May 31, 2019. 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    • Part 2: June 7, 2019.  12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Location:

    Synchronous, interactive, online live webinar

    Description:

    Part 1: Experienced foster parents will discuss the realities of parenting children not living with their birth families. Learn approaches that help you establish relationships with birth families that are designed to help you and your children maintain healthy connections with birth parents. Learn about cultural humility and how to view birth families through a cultural lens.

    Part 2: Join experienced foster/adoptive parents who will discuss the realities of working with natural parents inside and outside of the foster care system. They will share strategies to enhance parenting partnerships that work for stability and permanency for children. Learn tips to manage these sometimes difficult and delicate relationships.

  • Great Lakes Summer Institute: Mental Health in the Foster Home: Coaching Foster Parents in Suicide Prevention (July 2019)

    Dates:

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

    Location:

    Great Wolf Lodge, 3575 N US Highway 31 S, Traverse City, MI 49684

    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

  • 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.

  • Making Trauma-Informed Placement Decisions (Child Welfare Webinar) (August 2019)

    Dates:

    Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

    Location:

    Synchronous, interactive, online live webinar

    Description:

    In this webinar, you will learn how trauma affects children’s placements and how child welfare professionals can make placement decisions that are trauma informed. This webinar will explore the effects of multiple placements on children in foster care and strategies for how child welfare professionals can support children in their current placements and prevent replacements. This webinar will utilize visual displays, incorporate participant feedback, and allow time for questions and answers.

    Skill level: Beginning and Intermediate
    Available SW CECHs: 1.0

  • Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal

    Description:

    This quarterly Journal is an official publication of the State Bar of Michigan Children's Law Section. It provides timely information on current topics in child welfare and child legal policy.

  • 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.

  • Social Work and Child Welfare Continuing Education Webinars

    Dates:

    For current dates, please visit the website listed below.

    Location:

    Synchronous, interactive, online live webinar

    Description:

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

    • Clinical Strategies for Treating Trauma in Transgender Youth
    • The Opioid Crisis in Michigan
    • Ethics and Health Care Decision Making
    • Opportunity in Crisis: Managing Crises of Traumatized Youth
    • Using Mindfulness to Prevent Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Helping Professionals
    • Human Trafficking for Child Welfare Professionals
    • Why It’s Wrong to Assume Infants Are Resilient: Exploring the Effects of Trauma in Pregnancy and Infancy
    • Beyond “No Means No”: Teaching Families About Body Safety and Consent
    • The Opioid Crisis in America: Identification and Treatment Strategies for Social Workers
    • Making Trauma Informed Placement Decisions
    • Mindfulness, Wellness, and Creative Self-care for the Helping Professional
    • When They Are All Survivors: Child Maltreatment in the Context of Domestic Violence
    • Big Behavior & Trauma: Similarities, Differences, and Strategies for Working with Traumatized Youth
    • The Transformative Power of Post-Traumatic Growth
    • The Matter of Motivation
    • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
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