friday, september 03, 2021
Training Opportunities for September 2021

MJI Training Opportunities

1. September Webinar Series for Friend of the Court Staff

September 16, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. License Suspensions and Impacts from Statutory Changes

September 30, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Using Innovative Enforcement Techniques to Respond to Difficult Parenting Time Disputes

The Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI), in collaboration with the Friend of the Court Bureau (FOCB), is

pleased to offer webinars designed for friend of the court office staff. You may register for either one or both webinars.

Child Welfare Services Training Opportunities

1. ICWA/MIFPA Topical Summer Miniseries Webinar

September 8, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Indian Child Removal Standards

September 21, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Case Law Updates

Audience is jurists, referees, prosecutors, attorneys, Lawyer-Guardians Ad Litem, and juvenile court staff.

2. Court Strategies for Expediting Reunification

September 14, 2021 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Audience is judges and court staff. This session will highlight innovative judicial and legal strategies- including preventive legal advocacy, high quality removal hearings, and multidisciplinary legal representation – that have been proven to expedite the safe reunification of children in foster care. Courts interested in pursuing any of the strategies will have the opportunity to work with consultants to devise tailored strategies for their communities on how to best move forward.

Child Welfare Services Recorded Web-based Meet-ups

This link provides access to previously recorded webinars.

Michigan Child Welfare Training Clearinghouse

This link provides access to various child welfare training opportunities provided by the Children’s Trust Fund, DHHS Office of Workforce Development and Training, DHHS University In-Service, Michigan Federation for Children and Families, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Child Abuse Training Services, and State Court Administrative Office.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Training Opportunities

1. Michigan Juvenile Justice Assessment System (MJJAS) FY 21 Training Schedule

September 8-9, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

October 14-15, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The above dates are all virtual sessions and include a lunch break.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Juvenile Justice Programs (JJPs) is offering the sixth year (FY20) of statewide training on the Michigan Juvenile Justice Assessment System (MJJAS). The MJJAS is a structured risk assessment tool for youth that identifies the likelihood of a youth engaging in future criminal behavior and informs appropriate risk classification. MJJAS can be re-administered to a youth over time to determine changes in risk level based upon changes in behavioral profile or life situation. It can be used at five different decision points for a youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, diversion, detention, disposition, residential placement, and reentry to the community from residential placement. In addition to risk assessment, results from the disposition, residential and reentry tools can assist with case planning, and identification of residential and reentry service needs for the youth.

MJJAS and the supporting training is available through MDHHS for counties and courts, if interested, at no charge. Certification training to administer the MJJAS assessments is required and available through MDHHS.

To register for classes, please email Michelle Sage at to register. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants that fail to attend, arrive late, depart early, or attend only portions of the training will not receive certification to administer the MJJAS.

Interstate Compact Training Opportunity

1. Juvenile Justice Pre-Service and Transfer Training

September 28, 2021 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

ICPC Residential Consultant and Michigan ICJ Compact Administrator will provide the training focused on the ICPC residential referral and all aspects of ICJ including travel permits, transfers of supervision and returns. All court staff are welcome. Training will be conducted virtually over TEAMS.

Advance registration by Friday 24 September is requested. For registration or more information, please contact Roy Yaple at

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