Child Welfare Trainings

The Wayne State University School of Social Work is collaborating on a state-wide effort to support and expand trainings for Michigan's child welfare workforce. Below you will find a list of trainings included in our four-part series. Please be sure to check back frequently as new trainings will continue to be added. 

For questions regarding these events, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 313-577-9348 or ce_ssw@wayne.edu.

Training #1: Embracing wellness and daily selfcare

Thursday, January 27, 2022
1:00 - 4:15 pm EST
Zoom
RSVP Deadline: January 13, 2022  

Attendees will receive the Zoom link and additional details upon completion of the RSVP. 
3 Continuing Education Clock Hours available (details below)

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The Wayne State University School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education invites child welfare workers, family preservation workers, foster care workers and adoption services to attend the first of four specialized child welfare trainings. This training aims to increase a culture of wellness amongst among practitioners who work in the child and family system. It will examine potential warning signs and risk factors for burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma and equip practitioners in developing a workable self-care plan. As a result of this training, participants will be prepared to identify warning signs of secondary trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue; develop a practical self-care plan; and develop awareness of how to utilize mental health services.

Attendees can obtain 3 CE's upon completion of the training, payment receipt and passing of the post-training quiz. Seating is limited and preference will be given to child welfare workers.  

This training will be led by:

Adijat Ogunyemi

 

Adijat Ogunyemi, DSW, LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, adjunct faculty member, WSU alumni board member, and social innovator. With over 13 years of clinical experience, she has worked in the healthcare industry supporting individuals, families, and communities in improving their level of functioning and quality of life through better mental health. In her primary appointment as a therapist in a health center, Ogunyemi provides mental health and substance abuse treatment to individuals in medically underserved communities. She is a professor of sociology at a public community college in the Detroit area. As a social innovator, Ogunyemi works to close healthcare gaps by advocating for mental health promotion, protection, and treatment.

Training #2: Cultural humility and cultural competence

Thursday, February 10, 2022
1:00 - 4:15 pm EST
Zoom
RSVP Deadline: January 31, 2022  

Attendees will receive the Zoom link and additional details upon completion of the RSVP. 
3 Continuing Education Clock Hours available (details below)

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The Wayne State University School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education invites child welfare workers, family preservation workers, foster care workers and adoption services to attend the second of four specialized child welfare trainings. This training will explore cultural humility and cultural competence. It will examine the basic concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility, the impact each has on the child and family systems of care and the concept of positionality when providing services. As a result of this workshop, participants will be prepared to recognize implicit biases which contribute to discrimination; plan for improved practice related to cultural competence; nurture intrapersonal, interpersonal and system level cultural humility simultaneously; and develop awareness of personal cultural beliefs, while examining perceptions of cultural differences.

Attendees can obtain 3 CE's upon completion of the training, payment receipt and passing of the post-training quiz. Seating is limited and preference will be given to child welfare workers.  

This training will be led by:

Cassandra Bowers

 

Cassandra Bowers, PhD, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and WSU School of Social Work part-time faculty member. Bowers came to the School in 1998 after having worked in human services organizations and served as a full-time faculty member and BSW program coordinator prior to her currently role as part-time faculty. She has worked extensively with abused, neglected and delinquent children between the ages of 12 and 18, having the role of program administrator in several residential treatment facilities. Bowers played an instrumental role in developing an adolescent 'boot camp' for delinquent male adolescents as a 'last chance' prior to incarceration in the adult criminal justice system. She has also provided behind-bars parenting education for adult male prisoners and been a consultant to several child caring and child placing agencies.

Training #3: Suicide Assessment in the Child Welfare Setting: Identifying Risk in a Sea of Risk

Thursday, March 10, 2022
1:30 - 4:45 pm EST
Zoom
RSVP Deadline: March 8, 2022  

Attendees will receive the Zoom link and additional details upon completion of the RSVP. 
3 Continuing Education Clock Hours available (details below)

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The Wayne State University School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education invites child welfare workers, family preservation workers, foster care workers and adoption services to attend the third of four specialized child welfare trainings. This training will cover current best practices in suicide assessment and prevention, with an emphasis on the unique presentation of risk within the child welfare setting. Participants will gain a better understanding of the range of suicidal behavior, current trends in suicide across all age groups, and techniques to improve their identification and response to individuals with suicidal ideation. Further, participants will learn strategies to determine the most appropriate intervention as well as pragmatic steps they can take to help reduce suicide risk. This training will utilize large group discussions and visual displays. As a result of this workshop, participants will have an improved understanding of risk factors for suicide, especially among high-risk populations; discover changes in suicidal behavior over the past 20 years to inform assessment of risk; and be able to apply evidence-based approaches to assessing suicide and determining a plan of action.

Attendees can obtain 3 CE's upon completion of the training, payment receipt and passing of the post-training quiz. Seating is limited and preference will be given to child welfare workers.  

This training will be led by:

Scott James Smith

 

Scott James Smith, PhD, LMSW is Associate Professor of Social Work at Oakland University. Additionally, he is a lecturer at the Oakland University/William Beaumont School of Medicine and is on staff at William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak's Emergency Center where he provides psychiatric assessments and support. He also serves as a contributing member of the Wayne State School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. During his career as a social worker he has worked in a variety of crisis mental health roles and worked closely with law enforcement. He provides a wide range of trainings and psychological services to police agencies, fire departments, and EMS companies to both prepare them to interact with individuals experiencing mental health and substance abuse challenges as well as to address their own mental health needs.   

Training #4: Child Safety and Family Preservation

Thursday, April 7, 2022
1:00 - 4:15 pm EST
Zoom
RSVP Deadline: April 5, 2022  

Attendees will receive the Zoom link and additional details upon completion of the RSVP. 
3 Continuing Education Clock Hours available (details below)

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The Wayne State University School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education invites child welfare workers, family preservation workers, foster care workers and adoption services to attend the first of four specialized child welfare trainings. This training will explore the importance of family preservation while ensuring the child's safety. Children have a right to be with their own parents whenever possible, and CPS can work to protect children by stabilizing and strengthening families through services. We will examine the importance of viewing family members as collaborative partners in developing appropriate service delivery. Basic concepts of strengths perspective will be reviewed to focus on the unnecessary separation of children from their families. Motivational interviewing will also be discussed to provide helpful techniques even with involuntary clients. This training will utilize exercises, small and large group discussions, and visual displays. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to recognize the importance of family-centered practice; plan for improved practice related to family preservation; nurture the ability to advocate for families from a strength's perspective; and develop an awareness of personal bias when examining the importance of keeping families together.

Attendees can obtain 3 CE's upon completion of the training, payment receipt and passing of the post-training quiz. Seating is limited and preference will be given to child welfare workers.  

This training will be led by:

Nancy Keller-MacKinnon

 

Nancy Keller-MacKinnon, LMSW, is a licensed social worker. Additionally she serves as a field liaison for the Wayne State University Office of Continuing Education and teaches child welfare courses as a part-time faculty member in the WSU Schoo of Social Work.

Training #5: Navigating the Special Education System for Children with Disabilities

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
12:00 - 1:15 pm EST
Zoom 

RSVP Deadline: April 25, 2022  
Attendees will receive the Zoom link and additional details upon completion of the RSVP. 
1 Continuing Education Clock Hour available (details below)

Led by WSU School of Social Work Associate Professor, Teaching Karen Weiner, LMSW, ACSW, C-SSWS, this webinar will explore best practices for working with school personnel to ensure that the unique educational needs of children in care are being met in the school setting. Information about school support services will be shared, including an overview of the Special Education and 504 processes. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to support parents and families in understanding the special education process and other educational support for children in school; and understand the importance of positive collaboration and partnership with the educational system to support their clients towards school success.

Attendees can obtain 1 CE upon completion of the training, payment receipt and passing of the post-training quiz. Seating is limited and preference will be given to child welfare workers.  

This training will be led by:

Karen Weiner

 

Karen S. Weiner, LMSW, ACSW, C-SSWS, joined the Wayne State School of Social Work as full-time faculty in August of 2014 after spending 39 years as a social worker with Southfield Public Schools. She joined the part-time faculty of the School of Social Work in 2000, serving as faculty advisor and temporary approval coordinator. She has taught macro, mezzo, and micro social work, school social work, and MSW seminars. She is also a continuing education instructor.

Obtain CEs

Continuing education credit hours will be offered at each training.

Fee for trainings offering 1 CE:

  • All DHHS workers and DHHS contracted private agency: $0
  • Others: $10
  • Students: $5

Fee for trainings offering 3 CE's:

  • All DHHS workers and DHHS contracted private agency: $0
  • Others: $45
  • Students: $15

Process:

  • Attendees must log into their Zoom account with their full first and last name
  • Attendees must stay for the entire event 
  • Attendees must complete the sign-in sheet via the link posted in the Zoom chat
  • Attendees will receive an email after the event with a link to the online store listing for payment and to complete the post-training quiz

Upon completion of payment and passing of the quiz, attendees will receive their CE certificate via email within 7 - 10 business days. For questions regarding these events, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 313-577-9348 or ce_ssw@wayne.edu.