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


    • 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


    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

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


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


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


    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.

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