monday, february 26, 2018
Basic Interviewing, Counseling, and Communication Techniques Seminar

SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

Basic Interviewing, Counseling, and
Communication Techniques Seminar


April 25 - April 27, 2018


Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center
Higgins Lake, Michigan

DESCRIPTION and ELIGIBILITY
This seminar is held pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 1985-5, which states, in part: “A probation officer/caseworker. . . must complete the Michigan Judicial Institute certification training for juvenile court staff within two years after date of employment.” (Administrative Order No. 1985-5, § I.C.1.b.1.) Registration is limited to this specific staff.


LOGISTICS
On-site registration will take place from 12:30 to 12:55 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. The seminar will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Note: There will be a mandatory Wednesday evening session from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Daily programming on Thursday, April 26 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- with optional evening sessions) and Friday, April 27 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) will consist of morning and afternoon presentations. Presentations will be followed by working group sessions moderated and guided by experienced counseling practitioners.


REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
The registration deadline for this seminar is Friday, March 23, 2018. The attached form (which may be duplicated) must be received by the Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) on or before the deadline. Registration confirmation, travel directions, and other pertinent seminar materials will be forwarded to accepted participants immediately following the registration deadline.


MEALS AND LODGING
Meals: MJI will provide all seminar meals beginning with lunch at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 25. Please let us know on the attached registration form if you will arrive by noon for lunch on Wednesday. Meals will be provided through lunch on Friday, April 27.
Lodging: Will be provided Wednesday and Thursday evenings. All rooms are nonsmoking, double-occupancy. Lodging is available for all participants.
Space limitations prohibit lodging for, or accommodating, spouses, family, or friends of the seminar participants.


Depending upon enrollment, a limited number of single-occupancy rooms may be available on a firstcome,first-served basis (based upon the date the registration form is received by MJI) at the state perdiem rate of $37.50 per night, plus taxes. Payment for single-occupancy rooms must be made to the
Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center at the time of on-site registration. Payment for singleoccupancyrooms may be made by check, Visa, or MasterCard. Participants interested in singleoccupancy lodging should indicate that preference on the attached registration form. Requesting a single-occupancy room does not guarantee that you will receive single-occupancy lodging.
The facility accommodates persons with disabilities. If you require special accommodations due to a
disability, please indicate your needs on the attached registration form.


THE RALPH A. MACMULLAN (RAM) CONFERENCE CENTER
The RAM Conference Center is a Department of Natural Resources facility, in a rustic setting on the
shores of north Higgins Lake. Rooms are sparsely accommodated with two single beds, desk, and
chest of drawers; very similar to college dorm rooms. Other accommodations include community
bathrooms, by gender, with common shower stall and sink areas. Dispenser soap is provided, but
individuals should bring their own toiletries.


PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE RAM CONFERENCE CENTER FOR LODGING OR MEAL
NEEDS. COMPLETE THE ATTACHED REGISTRATION FORM. MJI MAKES ALL
ARRANGEMENTS.


Dress for the seminar is extremely casual and comfortable – sweatshirts, jeans, etc. There will be
some outside walking between sleeping cabins, dining areas, group sessions, and classrooms, so
prepare for a variety of weather and terrain.


WAIVER OF PARTICIPATION
This seminar is mandatory for all family division/juvenile [court] staff requiring certification. However,
MJI has developed a “waiver” process for staff holding the following minimum credentials:
1. a. A master’s degree in social sciences or a related human services field, of which at least two
semester credits must be in the area of counseling techniques with youth; and/or
b. Possession of appropriate state of Michigan licensure; including, but not limited to, licensed
professional counselor, licensed/limited licensed psychologist, certified/licensed social worker, or
licensed family therapist.
2. Alternative qualifications that demonstrate the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly
exceed the minimum requirements of the Administrative Order. Alternative qualifications will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
To exercise the “waiver”, you must provide sufficient evidence of the above minimum credentials,
and/or alternative qualifications, along with the attached registration form. MJI will review your
request and provide a response within 10 business days.


QUESTIONS
If you have any questions or would like further information concerning the seminar, registration, or
waiver process, please contact Peter Stathakis, Program Manager, at 517-373-7607 or
stathakisp@courts.mi.gov; or Anne DeMarco, Program Assistant, at 517-373-7349 or
demarcoa@courts.mi.gov.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018



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