Social Work Newsletter

Late Fall/ Early Winter News from Steve Whitmore

Greetings Oakland County School Social Workers:

The Fall has been busy this year. I have seen many of you at the START Workshops, the MASSW Conference, Book Studies, in your buildings and at other Oakland Schools' events. It has been a great pleasure to be serving you this season, and I look forward to seeing everyone in the new year.


Before we break for the "Holidaze," I thought I'd update you on some things, inform you on others, and give you a preview of what is yet to come.

Google Forms

Throughout the county, we have people using Google Forms to take progress notes and monitor progress. We now have a webpage dedicated just to this area. It is located at: https://sites.google.com/site/selprogressmonitoring/. Additionally, we have a Google Community just for Google Forms and progress monitoring. Please e-mail me at oaklandssw@gmail.com if you would like to apply for community membership.


In January, I would like to host a Google Hangout to discuss what they are doing. I need people to present and attend. Please e-mail me at steve.whitmore@oakland.k12.mi.us if you want to be included.

Celebrate Social Work Month with Us on March 10!

Please save the date for the March 10 Spring, 2015 SW Collaborative Event. This event will include group problem-solving and the sharing assessment tools, intervention ideas and community resources. Social Workers will sit in tables group by population served. Click here to register.


If you would like to help in the planning, contact me at steve.whitmore@oakland.k12.mi.us.

Materials Center

Due to increasing unreliability, the Materials Center is discontinuing use of the online ordering system. Please place your orders for all materials via an email message to MCRequests@oakland.k12.mi.us. Be sure to include the name/description of the item you wish to borrow.


Please click here for a list of Educational Assessments. Click here for the Psychology Loan Library. Other Resources are available here.


Also feel free to send me recommendations for future resources at steve.whitmore@oakland.k12.mi.us.

Get Ethical in 2015!

MASSW will be hosting an Ethics and Pain Management Workshop on April 20. More information is available at the MASSW Website (click here).

School Social Worker of the Year

Applications will be going out in January for the MASSW Region F School Social Worker of the Year. Start thinking about your colleagues and who you would nominate.


Remember that they have to be a member of MASSW.


MASSW is also looking for new board members. Want to become more involved. please contact me at steve.whtimore@oakland.k12.mi.us.

That's all folks!

Further below are events that are coming up soon. They all will be offering social work credit.


I am officially signing off at this part of the newsletter. I hope everyone has a blessed holiday vacation that is safe and re-energizing. Thanks for all that you do for our kids. You are amazing.


See you next year.


Steve

On-Line Discussion: Success & Challenge is SEL Goal Writing

Wednesday, Jan. 7th 2015 at 8am

This is an online event.

This on-line hour follow-up to OS Goal Writing Workshops will review some of the key steps to Socio-Emotional/Behavioral Goal Writing looking at successes and challenges that educators are experiencing. Virtual Connection will be using Adobe Connect and Phone. Please complete the survey located at: http://tinyurl.com/SELGoalSurvey. Case presentation format with Q & A time. If you would like to share a case for review, please contact Steve Whitmore ahead of time.


Click here to register.

SSW Practice in a Charter School Setting Part 2

Friday, Jan. 16th 2015 at 12pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

This will be our second meeting of the year for SSWs who work in Public School Academies & Charters Schools. This will be a time for networking, identifying common problems in practice and a discussion of special topics will take place. Representatives from Oakland Schools' Compliance and Truancy Departments will be present to answer questions as well. Please contactSteve.Whitmore@Oakland.k12.mi.us to suggest topics to address. Note: need at least 7 registrants for this event to occur.

Click here to register.

Motivational Interviewing for Challenging Students

Wednesday, Jan. 21st 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication attentive to the language of change. It seeks to strengthen a person’s motivation to change by eliciting and exploring their own arguments for change. It is an evidence-based practice that began in substance abuse and addictions and was picked up by healthcare (for life style changes), corrections (probation/parole) and now in schools. The focus will be on the use of MI with challenging students to help them become motivated and improve outcomes. This session will engage participants in learning MI in a multi-modal, interactive way to facilitate understanding, practice skills and reflect on integrating its' use. The session will explore why MI belongs in schools with a brief overview of research and practice, touching on neurobiology, psychological needs and examples of its use in schools, including with at-risk students. The session will add structure to strength-based student-centered approaches Registration Deadline 1/14/15.

Click here to register.

Michigan Model Health Training for Middle School Teachers*

Wednesday, Feb. 4th 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

The Michigan Model is planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. Students that have received the Michigan Model Curriculum had stronger skills for communicating and getting along with other. Better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills


Note: This is a two day event: Feb 4 & 11.


Click here to register.

Having Difficult Conversations in Schools

Thursday, Feb. 5th 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Jennifer Abrams, MA
Educational Consultant, Coach, and Professional Developer
February 5, 2015

As psychologists, social workers, special education teachers and administrators, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak up and what words shall we use so the conversation can be as humane and growth producing as possible? Having Hard Conversations is an interactive workshop and personal approach to mastering the art of challenging conversations. The strategies in the workshop address a wide range of situations, including communications with supervisees, peers, and supervisors and parents. The workshop helps educators at all levels speak with clarity and courage to directly address difficult situations within their schools.

Click here to register.

Bully-Free Schools Circle of Support for Learning *

Tuesday, Feb. 10th 2015 at 8:30pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Bully-Free Schools (BFS) is a research-based program that is used in K-12 schools across Michigan. Schools that have implemented the BFS strategies report a reduction in bullying, harassment and other peer-to-peer aggression up to 83%. BFS is a model program for complying with Matt’s Safe School Law and for fulfilling the State Board of Education Sample Policy for bullying prevention.

Some of the major components of this 2-day training include:

· Strategies to impact the behavior of students who engage in bullying and other forms of peer-to-peer aggression

· Elements of effective limits and consequences that ensure school-wide consistency

· Strategies to support the “targets” of bullying

· Techniques to empower “bystanders” and to change cultural norms

· Tips for implementation and integration with existing school initiatives, such as PBiS and MiBLSi

We recommend sending a building team of 4 or more people to the training, including the building administrator. Teams can be comprised of teachers, social workers, counselors, recess and ISS supervisors, and any staff member with direct student contact. Individuals are encouraged to attend when team participation is not possible. After training, schools will be ready to implement a staff and student survey focused on school climate to create baseline data, to begin consensus building, and to identify areas for improvement with regard to peer-to-peer aggression.


Note this is a two day event: Feb 10 & 11.


Click here to register.

Bully-Free Schools Follow-Up*

Thursday, Feb. 12th 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Bully-Free Schools: The Next Step workshop is designed for teams from schools that have already attended a two-day Bully-Free Schools training at Oakland Schools. One of the goals of the training is to assist school staff in conducting the Investigation and Reflection steps of the Individual Intervention Process (IIP). Time in the workshop will be provided to critique (anonymously) schools' drafts of rubrics and completed reflection forms so we can learn from each other's efforts. The rest of the workshop will be specifically tailored to address participants' needs.


Click here to register.

CPI/NCI Hybrid Training

Sunday, Feb. 15th 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) is a safe behavior management system designed to aid all professional staff in the management of disruptive and assaultive students, even during the most violent times.


Day One - The Preventative Techniques: The focus of day one is to provide nonverbal, paraverbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care, welfare, safety and security for both staff and students, while intervening to prevent a crisis. Defense techniques for personal safety will be introduced and practiced.


Day Two - Therapeutic Physical Intervention: When all nonverbal and verbal techniques have been exhausted and when the individual presents a danger to self or others, the use of physical restraint may be necessary.


Click here to register.

Spring 2015 School Social Work Collaborative Event

Tuesday, March 10th 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

This county wide professional learning event will feature presentations on using technology to find information and resources, current assessment practices in the county, current intervention activities, and current referral processes and resources.


Participants will bring examples of various assessments, interventions and referral processes to enrich the learning experience.


Click here to register.


Note: This event has been named Stone Soup and Social Work Networking in the past.

CPI/NCI Traditional Training- 2 Day

Tuesday, March 31st 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) is a safe behavior management system designed to aid all professional staff in the management of disruptive and assaultive students, even during the most violent times.


Day One (March 31) - The Preventative Techniques: The focus of day one is to provide nonverbal, paraverbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care, welfare, safety and security for both staff and students, while intervening to prevent a crisis. Defense techniques for personal safety will be introduced and practiced.


Day Two (April 2) - Therapeutic Physical Intervention: When all nonverbal and verbal techniques have been exhausted and when the individual presents a danger to self or others, the use of physical restraint may be necessary.


Click here to register.

Creating Emotional Intelligent Schools

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 at 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Marc Brackett, Ph.D
Director of the
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a Senior Research Scientist in Psychology, and a Faculty Fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University.

Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools is an innovative and highly interactive workshop rooted in a “hard science” approach to what has historically been called “soft skills.” Participants will learn how emotions impact attention, memory, decision making, performance, and one’s overall well-being. Participants leave with a new knowledge and skills, and practical tools like the Mood Meter to build both self-awareness and a more sophisticated emotion vocabulary and the Meta-Moment to both prolong and effectively manage that crucial “space” between our emotional triggers and responses. These tools can be used immediately at school to achieve greater personal and professional success.

Click here to register.

Special Education Evals of ELs- Panel Discussions

Friday, May 8th 2015 at 8:30pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Over 100 languages are spoken in Oakland County, and schools provide a variety of supports for students learning English as a second language. The purpose of this session is to become familiar with local Oakland Schools guidance on the big ideas that teams should consider prior to and during special education evaluations of English Learners (ELs). Additionally, a variety of Oakland County District teams will share their own procedures, tools and problem-solving processes so that participant teams may learn from each other. Attandance as a multidisciplinary school or district team is strongly encouraged since team action planning time will be built into the day. This session is not open to out-of-county educators.

Event link coming soon.

Evidence-Based Assessment & Intervention Strategies for ADHD and Related Disorders

Thursday, May 21st 2015 at 8:30pm

44001 Garfield Road

Charter Township of Clinton, MI

George J. DuPaul, Ph.D. Department of Education and Human Services, Leigh University, Bethlehem, PA

LOCATION: MACOMB ISD


This presentation will focus on empirically-supported assessment and intervention strategies that are designed to improve the behavioral, educational, and social outcomes of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The typical academic, behavioral, and social difficulties exhibited by students with this disorder will be described as well as a multimodal assessment process including the use of diagnostic interviews, behavior ratings, and direct observations of school behavior. Treatment strategies will include psychotropic medication (e.g., CNS stimulants) , behavioral interventions that are proactive, preventative and reactive techniques, such as contingency management. Specific steps to an objective evaluation of medication effects in classroom settings will be described. The use of functional behavioral assessment data to design classroom interventions will be emphasized as well as academic support strategies. Examples of interventions mediated by teachers, parents, and peers will be provided.


Click here to register.

School Social Work Consultation

Steve Whitmore, LMSW

School Social Work Consultant

Professional Learning Unit

Oakland Schools Department of Special Education

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