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Seminars and Trainings for Families and the Professionals Who Serve Them

The Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program (HUF) understands the needs and concerns of families, particularly those in an urban environment. As a signature Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute program, HUF addresses issues relevant to parents, grandparents and the professionals who serve them, through community engagement and education. HUF places a strong emphasis on providing information that is meaningful and accessible to the community.  Event Calendar

2014 HUF Professional Development Seminar Series

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:00 am.—12:15 pm.
Ethical Considerations in Providing Services to Infants and their Families
Home visiting is a method of service delivery that is used among a variety of disciplines. Services provided in the home can range from early intervention educational services to intensive child welfare intervention with families experiencing multiple risks. Working with infants and families in their homes increases the level of intimacy between the professional and the family. This training session will encourage the participants to grapple with the sometimes blurred lines between professional responsibility and personal responses.
Carla Barron, LMSW, IMH-E (IV) is the Clinical Coordinator of the Infant Mental Health Program at The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute of Wayne State University.
Nicole Paradis, LMSW, IMH-E (IV) is the Associate Director and the Endorsement Coordinator for the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) in Michigan and 16 additional states. Her professional experience includes assessment and intervention on behalf of infants and toddlers who were involved in child protective proceedings.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:00 pm.—7:00 pm.
Adolescent School Transitioning: The Challenges

School transitions are turning points for many youth contributing to heightened levels of school dropout, fail- ure, and disengagement as well as increases in depression and lowered self esteem. Notably, some youth are able to make use of the opportunities a new school setting may provide and demonstrate increased school adjustment. Research points to the importance of the transition to high school for setting the course for both school and occupational success in adulthood. This seminar is designed to explore the school, family, and contextual contributors to adolescent school transitions both highlighting those factors that might undermine adaptation and those that may promote better adjustment. Focus will be placed on social, emotional, and school indicators of adaptation. Prevention and intervention efforts will also be discussed.

Julie Wargo Aikins, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University. Her research has focused on social development during adolescence and during the last 15 years has examined these influences across school transitions.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 9:00 am.—12:15 pm
Successfully Supporting 
Parents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities may need accommodations to learn, process, and understand information. Social networks and support, which we recognize as an integral part of parenting, may be unrecognized by professional support systems. This seminar will examine the impact of intellectual challenges on parenting and explore how professionals can offer informed, supportive programming and ser- vices to this vulnerable population.
Ann Carrellas, LMSW is currently pursuing her doctorate in social work and is the project director at the Devel- opmental Disabilities Institute for a research study on empowerment and self-determination of teens who have developmental disabilities. Ann has worked for the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy, a non-profit organization that advocates for the civil and legal rights of persons with developmental and other disabilities.
Beverly Weathington, LMSW is the Healthier Urban Families Program Coordinator. She provides seminars to parents and the professionals who serve them.

$25 p
er seminar $25 or a ttend all 3 seminars for $60
Breakfast, Parking and Applicable CE Certificate Included in registration fee

3 CE’s Per Day
For social workers and licensed counselors: Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute is an approved provider with The Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved provider number MICED 0068.
3 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH’s) formerly SB-CEU’s pending
Requests for refunds must be made at least 10 days before the scheduled training.

HUF Signature Community Engagement Activities

Giant Step Teen Conference

The Giant Step Teen Conference brings teenagers together from diverse backgrounds to discover the important issues they have in common. The annual conference strives to improve attitudes, open minds and embrace differences. Public, private, charter and parochial schools – even home schools – from districts across southeast Michigan sent students to Giant Step. Black, White, Asian, Arabic and Hispanic students enter as strangers and leave as friends.

Parent Trainings (Calendar)

HUF provides high-quality training for parents, keeping the needs of the community at the forefront. Speakers on topics of relevance to your group are available at times and locations convenient to you. Call to schedule a low-to no-cost training for your church, community organization, PTO, or other group.