Written by Erin Rumery, Conference Co-Chair
Wednesday, January 15 2014 20:17
Call for 2014 Conference Proposals
The Michigan Association of School Social Workers (MASSW) is requesting proposals from social workers and other human services professionals to present a continuing education workshop at the 2014 Annual Conference. This year’s conference takes place on November 6, 7, and 8 in Acme, Michigan (just outside of Traverse City). Preference will be given to proposals that feature best practices, social work ethics, and pain management; however, all programs which are of interest to school social workers are appropriate.
Who Should Submit a Proposal?
You. Your colleagues. Your colleagues’ colleagues. Any professional with a level of social work understanding who would like an opportunity to share his or her knowledge with school social workers from around the state of Michigan is a great candidate for this conference.
What Kind of Workshop Can I Give?
The possibilities are endless! Past workshops have featured lectures, case presentations, audio/visual components, group discussion, and large group or small group activities and demonstrations.
Presenters can choose between providing a 1.5 hour presentation or a 3 hour presentation, schedule permitting. Please indicate the length of program you prefer to provide when applying.
In addition to the enjoyment of sharing knowledge with colleagues, presenters are able to choose between either donating their time to present in exchange for free registration for the remaining workshops (meals not included) or receiving a compensation fee of $100 for their presentation.
How Do I Submit a Proposal?
Download the 2014 MASSW Workshop Proposal Form (CLICK HERE). Then, send the completed form and presenter resume(s) to Erin Rumery, Conference Co-Chair, at
or MASSW, c/o Erin Rumery, 3767 Oakharbor Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.
Important Dates for Presenters
April 1, 2014: Proposals due
July 15, 2014: Presentation materials due
August 31, 2014: Handouts for posting to web due
November 6, 7, & 8, 2014: MASSW Annual Conference
Written by STEVEN WHITMORE
Wednesday, January 27 2010 07:01
REGION E NEWS
Trauma and Its Impact on
Functioning in a School Setting
Dr. Jim Henry, Children’s Trauma Assessment Center
February 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
G-3284 Mackin Road, Flint, MI 48504
This training, designed for Psychologists, Social Workers and SLPs, will cover the impact that experiences of trauma can have on students’ learning and behavior. Information will be provided on how the brain is impacted by trauma and thus interferers with actions and reactions, and that what may look like willful disobedience is not always within the students’ control. As well, suggested strategies and interventions related to building resiliency and motivation, providing a safe environment, and building positive relationships to support these students, while advocating for them with educators, will be provided.
-Understand the difference between willful behavior and trauma-related impact
-Understand the impact trauma has on the brain, particularly related to decision-making
-Take away strategies to reframe perceptions of the effects of trauma and on the impact on behavior, particularly to relay to teachers and other school staff
-Gain an understanding of the role resiliency plays in the healing process and how to build resiliency
-Recognize that treatment is only one component of healing, and that safety and positive relationships are important to healing as well
-Gain strategies to use to work with kids who have a lack of affect as a result of their trauma.
5 CE’s offered for Social Workers for a nominal fee
For more information or to register, please contact Angela Moore at:
Last Updated on Tuesday, January 21 2014 20:57
Region K News
Region K Presents:
Digital Portfolios Made Easy & Powerful and
Using Video Modeling to Teach Social Skills to
Children with Special Needs
March 18, 2014 (Tuesday)
8:30 a.m. to Noon (Meeting 8:30 - 9:00 & Presentation 9:00 - Noon)
Saginaw Transition Center, 3860 Fashion Square Blvd. Room: B (399-7473); Saginaw, Michigan
Bridget Anderson, MA, ED. And Tim Prentiss, Implementation Specialist
C.E.’s: 3 CE Clock Hours
(Please have Social Work license I.D. # for presentation. Certificate with approval number is issued following completion of presentation.)
TARGET: School Social Workers
GOALS/OBJECTIVES: Participants will:
Identify mobile app and associated websites designed to simplify digitizing classroom artifacts.
Develop skills to upload information which will enable them to document growth in student’s performance.
Observe how video modeling is an effect approach to teach social skills to students with special needs.
Identify how this approach will improve social skills and reduce behavior problems.
If you are interested in enhancing your skills and learning the latest strategies, legislative issues, sharing and networking, come and join your fellow school social workers. Please bring any resource information you would like to share with others. We hope to see everyone there!
to ensure an accurate count for handouts and refreshments, ADA accommodations/special needs, or other questions/concerns/grievances. Cancellations should be made two days prior to the presentation.
Region F Presents
Spring 2014 Workshop
Keeping it Real:
Performing Functional Behavior Assessments
to Create Behavior Plans that Work
By Laurie A. Lundblad, PsyD, PPCNP-BC, LP
& Aubry D Dodge, MS, BCBA
Data drives a functional assessment. It is essential that School Social Workers learn to identify the antecedents and consequences of behavior in order to clearly and accurately establish the function of the behavior. Effective behavior plans address the function of the behavior. This session will review the ABC’s of behavior, the impact that motivational operations have on the function of behavior, and considerations when developing behavior plans, as well as manageable data collection. Video clips will be used as a tool to assist participants in honing their skills at identifying antecedents and consequences of behavior, as well as graphing their findings on the Behavior Assessment Grid. These findings will direct the development of effective behavior plans that incorporate skill building and environmental changes to support students.
Laurie is a licensed psychologist and a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has worked extensively in the school and clinical settings performing academic, neuropsychological, and functional behavior assessments for children and adolescents. Laurie has taught in the ASD Teacher Certification program at Madonna University, and has been a guest lecturer at Wayne State University for Speech and Language Pathology Students, and at the University of Michigan for Nurse Practitioner Students. Laurie is the ASD consultant in Walled Lake Consolidated School District, School Psychologist at Warrendale Charter Academy, and has a private practice in which she consults in several school districts and performs comprehensive psychological assessments.
Aubry has been providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services and Verbal Behavior Analysis (VBA) services since 2001, and she has experience supervising clinic, school, and home-based therapy programs. She has extensive experience providing individualized behavior consultation services (completing FBAs and BIPs in schools and families' homes) and providing professional training programs. In addition, she has experience facilitating numerous therapeutic groups for children of all ages and with diverse needs. Aubry is very passionate about working with children, families, and schools. She finds it very rewarding to empower families and schools to work together to help their children. She is currently the Manager of Behavior Services at Building Bridges Therapy Center in Ann Arbor.
Friday, March 21, 2014
8:30 A.M.- 3:30 P.M.
2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328
Cost: $25.00 MEMBERS $55.00 NON-MEMBERS
Fee includes SW-CEH fees (5.5)
*Lunch is included*
Registration is by postal mail and check only.
(Sorry no electronic, credit card, or purchase order options are available).
Please print, complete the Registration Form, and send it with your check to: MASSW-F, P.O. Box 1551, Royal Oak, MI 48068
By NO LATER THAN March 14, 2014
Receipts will be available at the conference.