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  1. Executive Leadership Skills in Human Service Organizations »

    June 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This mini-course focuses on the characteristics and competencies of the executive leader. After introductions and a brief overview on elements of leadership as conceptualized by different authors, we will look at a number of assays which will help the individual student compile her or his own profile. These assays will include "temperament" assessments such as the Myers-Briggs and the Emotional Intelligence Assay, on the characteristics side, and managerial assessments and Executive profile mapping from the competency sets. The interaction between characteristic sets and competency sets will be discussed. We will also explore the social psychology and sociology of leadership-in-action, Various readings from the Harvard Business Review, including one from Manfred Kets De Vries, an organizational thinker and trained psychoanalyst will be explored. The assignment will be to develop a personal learning/development plan.

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  2. Animal Assisted Therapy Introduction Experiential »

    June 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This workshop will start with an orientation webinar on Friday, June 7 from 2-5pm. The remainder of the course, which is primarily experiential, will meet at the instructor's farm in Dexter, Michigan on Saturday, June 8. Course Description: This course provides an experiential opportunity for students to explore animal-assisted therapeutic activities specifically designed to further a wide range of therapeutic goals with children, adolescents, families and adult clients. Like play therapy and art therapy, animal-assisted interventions, when integrated with evidence-based methods including (but not limited to) CBT and mindfulness, trauma recovery, family systems, cultural-relational and psychodynamic approaches, offer opportunities for people to work through a variety of issues and insecurities related to attachment, trauma, self-esteem and identity concerns, dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and family and relational problems. With selected animals as therapy partners, the therapeutic team helps people of all ages and positions foster new alliances, understand more fully existing problems and build practical life-skills to enhance confidence, effectiveness and joy. Presently, animal-assisted therapy is gaining acclaim in the field of mental health intervention and there is a growing body of evidence supporting its efficacy and standards in the field to be explored. This course introduces the theoretical foundations, standards, ethics, evidence, certifications, integration of methods, case examples, evaluation and practical skills involved in partnering with a variety of animals, in particular dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses and chickens (yes, chickens!)- to provide engaging and effective interventions.

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  3. Opioid Use & Substance Use Disorders - Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) »

    June 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will focus on Substance Use Disorders, with particular attention to Opioid Use Disorder and evidence-based interventions, including Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT). Fundamental neurobiological, physiological and psychosocial aspects of chemical dependence will be reviewed, with special attention given to Opioid Use Disorder. The pharmacological functions and psychosocial benefits of Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) will be a focal point of this mini-course. The complexities, benefits and barriers to implementing integrated health care models for Substance Use Disorders, such as MAT, will be given specialized attention. Social justice issues relating to accessible to health care, gender, race and stigma existent in conjunction with substance use disorders, and most especially, opioid use disorders, will also be central to this course. Overall, this course will cover topics relevant to any health care worker and/or social justice advocate. Students will be given a general introduction to both the interpersonal and physiological aspects of addiction and recovery for substance use disorders, with a focus on Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatments, from a harm reduction perspective.

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  4. Budgeting and Fiscal Management »

    June 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    This course will present the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to develop and manage the budget of a nonprofit social service organization and its programs. Students will learn to use techniques necessary to: 1) Plan, develop, display, revise, monitor, and evaluate a program budget; 2) Evaluate past financial performance (e.g. financial statements); 3) Monitor and evaluate the cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of a nonprofit program and a nonprofit organization.

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  5. Field Educational Agreement Due for review »

    June 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

    For all students currently enrolled in field, the Field Educational Agreement is due for review for the Spring/Summer term.

  6. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Older Adults »

    June 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

    The Thursday course days will be held at the U-M School of Social Work. On Saturday, June 29th, the class will meet at Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. This course will address how depression & anxiety in late life compromise the quality of life in older adults. The students will be assisted to deepen their understanding of the thought process of those with depression and anxiety. They will learn how MBCT could help improve the disorder and see MBCT as a viable non-pharmacology intervention. The scientific evidence in the effectiveness of mindfulness interventions for mental health issues, and specifically MBCT for prevention of relapse of depression and anxiety will be discussed. The step-by step components of 8 sessions of MBCT wil be discussed and students will have opportunities to practice the skills. They will learn the differences in approaches between MBCT and CBT. Adaptation made to accommodate working with older population will be discussed in detail. The results of pre-post outcome data and qualitative evaluation of the MBCT groups the instructor led with local older adults will be shared. The ethical issues that have risen as the application of mindfulness spread through the society will be addressed. The roles that a MBCT therapist plays and the training needed will be discussed.

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  7. Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship »

    June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    In this mini-course, students will learn a theoretical framework for social entrepreneurship and design thinking, as well as explore the individual skills and will necessary to respond to complex social needs both locally and globally. Students will be placed on teams throughout the course to engage in hands-on activities, case studies, competitions and a leadership project. The objective of this course is to inspire and begin equipping students to become innovative leaders in the social sector. Specifically, we will address how to understand yourself as a leader within the context of a community and how to lead with moral imagination (the ability to put yourself in the shoes of the people you are serving); understand how an entrepreneurial mindset and operational skills can create and support social change; and turn theory into action by designing and carrying out a team leadership project.

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  8. Spring Half term classes end »

    June 24, 2019

  9. Final Public School Field Placement Educational Agreement Due for All Advanced Standing Students »

    June 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

    Final public school field placement educational agreement due for advanced standing students.

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