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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gender Affirming Care for Transgender Youth and Their Families (May 2019)

    Dates:

    Friday, May 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Location:

    VisTaTech Center, Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152

    Description:

    Transgender youth are among the least served, most at-risk members of society due to lack of affirming mental health services as well as the frequency of school and family rejection. The availability of culturally sensitive, evidence-based direct mental health care is life affirming and life saving! Mental health providers need to understand the basic elements of a gender transition—legal, social, and medical as well as the elements of delivering gender-affirming care to transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth and families. In this workshop, language and terminology will be examined, as well as multiple risk factors that impact transgender youth from a solution-focused lens. Family relationship dynamics, along with strategies to increase family support, will be explored with an emphasis on increasing parental capacity to support transgender youth. This workshop will also cover specific concerns that apply to TGNC children younger than age 13, such as understanding gender identify at younger ages, along with specific facts about working within elementary and preschool settings and offering long-term guidance and planning recommendations to parents and children that are developmentally appropriate. Skill Level: Beginning. *Clinical Practice

    Recommended for LMSW
    Available SW CECHs: 6.0

  • Great Lakes Summer Institute in Social Work (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 23 - 26, 2019

     

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Summer Institute (GLSI) is one of the leading statewide annual training events, providing a wide variety of Continuing Education opportunities for Michigan Social Workers and other human service professionals. The goal of GLSI is to offer attendees the most up-to-date, current workshops for professional skill development in both clinical and macro settings.

  • Great Lakes Summer Institute: Family Interventions and Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse (July 2019)

    Dates:

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 12:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    Location:

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

    Description:

    Unhealthy adolescent behaviors occur due to past experiences and often have roots in family systems or family dysfunction. This training will discuss different levels of parent and family interaction in different phases of an adolescents treatment. An emphasis will be placed on how to negotiate the disclosure of information between adolescent and parents, ideas to assess and identify parental personal issues that impact the adolescent, an overarching philosophy of adolescent substance abuse therapy and ideas on how to present this to parents as well as techniques for parents and adolescents to engage in productive work once a philosophy and alliance have been built between therapist, adolescent, and parent. This training will utilize role playing, exercises, games, small and large group discussion, and visual displays.

    Skill level: Beginning
    Available SW 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.

  • Kinship Caregiver: Caring for the Caregiver: Coping with Stress for Your Health and Well-Being (Online)

    Dates:

    Open online until December 31, 2020

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Caregiving can be one of the most rewarding jobs, but also one of the most stressful. It is not unusual for caregivers to neglect their own health and well-being. And yet, maintaining physical and emotional health is key to being able to continue providing care to others. This hour-long webinar will provide information on basic warning signs and preventative techniques to help you deal with common health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis as well as resources where you can learn more.

  • Kinship Caregiver: I Don't Have Time for That!: Self-Care and Stress Reduction Techniques for Busy Caregivers (Online)

    Dates:

    The non-interactive, online course is available through December 31, 2020.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This online training will present self-care and stress reduction tools and techniques for caregivers to improve their holistic well being. Self-care is a mindful and intentional practice which includes boundary setting, gratitude for the self, and self-awareness. Exploration of self-needs, self-assessment, and the use of mindfulness will be presented in this webinar. Resources will be focused for busy caregivers on the go.

  • 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 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)
  • Social Work Continuing Education Courses and Programs

    Dates:

    Please see the Website below for specific dates and locations.

     

    Location:

    Various locations throughout Michigan

    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.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (August 2019)

    Dates:

    August 12 - 13, 2019.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location:

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

    Description:

    Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a components-based psychosocial treatment model that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral, attachment, humanistic, empowerment, and family therapy models. TF-CBT is an evidence-based therapy model that supports healing for children, adolescents, and families.

    *Please note the following introductory, online 11-hour course is a recommended prerequisite and has a fee of $35. It is required if you seek national certification in TF-CBT. You can find the pre-requisite course at: www.musc.edu/tfcbt2.


    Available CECHs: 12.0

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