Focus Training
  • Fri
    7:00 amHoliday Inn Express - 2209 University Park, Okemos, MI 48864

    Earn the Designation of Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP™)

    by Passing the National CESP™ Examination

     Okemos, MI Exam

    Friday, October 20th, 2017

    2:00-5:00 pm

    Holiday Inn Express

    2209 University Park Okemos, MI 48864

    Exam Fee: $159.00


    • Job Coaches • Job Developers • Transition Employment Specialists • Job Placement Specialists • Employment Specialists/Consultants • Employment Managers and/or Directors


    • CESP™ certification is a national credential for Employment Support Professionals who assist people with disabilities in finding and maintaining regular, community-based employment.
    • The CESP™ credential is earned by passing a comprehensive examination based on national standardized competencies.
    • CESP™ certification is a complement to program certification and licensing, demonstrating a level of professionalism has been achieved.
    • The CESP™ certification is a national, portable, individual credential that remains valid for three years.


    • CESP™ certification opens the door to: improved professional advancement & job opportunities, increased income opportunities, and enhanced credibility with employers
    • Become a member of a rapidly growing, elite group of professionals:
    • Reduced APSE membership fee
    • National networking opportunities
    • Exclusive access to CESP ™ publications & webinars
    • Your name listed on the APSE website
    • A professional credential-not just a certificate of completion
    • Recognized as a leader in your field
    • CESP ™ Meet-ups
    • CESP ™ LinkedIn Group

    To Register for the Exam:

    CLICK here for more details ⇒ Okemos MI CESPT Exam Info Flyer 2017


  • Fri
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PMHoliday Inn Express, Okemos, MI 48864

    Michigan APSE Annual Meeting and Networking Event

    Register Today!

     Friday, October 20th, 2017

    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Holiday Inn Express

    2209 University Park

    Okemos, MI 48864

     $50 – Michigan APSE Members

    $70 – Future APSE Members

    Join us for an informative and interactive day!

    9:00 – 9:15                     Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9:15 – 9:30                     Welcome and Video Message from Lt. Governor Brian Calley

    9:30 – 12:00                   Customized Job Development & Employer Engagement Strategies

    12:00 – 1:00                   Lunch and Networking

    1:00 – 3:00                      Interest Based Negotiation and Economic Development Strategies

    Registration Deadline: October 10, 2017

    Click here flyer & registration form ⇒ MI APSE annual meeting flyer 2017


  • Thu
    October 26, 2017: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM; October 27, 2017: 9:00 AM - NOONBavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth, Michigan

    Register NOW for the FOCUS-Residential conference in Frankenmuth, Michigan!

    Clinical Practice | Management Human Resources

    October 26  & October 27, 2017

    9.0 Clock hours of Continuing Education: Approved for Social Work and Nursing Home Administrators. MCBAP accepted relating to substance abuse.

    Offering 3 general sessions and 13 unique workshops to choose from (you pick 4)!

    Something for everyone providing adult foster care, community mental health services, long term care or other related services.

    Featuring Keynote Speaker: Peter Leidy

    WELLBEING (What Makes Life Worthwhile?)

    This interactive, thought-provoking and fun keynote is an opportunity to learn, think and work together to enhance the wellbeing of ourselves and people we care about.  It’s not just about being happy and it goes beyond health, wealth and being successful.  We’ll look at how the 5 elements of wellbeing (career, social, physical, financial and community) interact with each other and contribute to our overall wellbeing.

    Join us for a broad array of general and breakout sessions in the general areas of clinical practice, management and human resources. Each session is taught by an expert in their field and each session is designed to be practical and functional to ensure attendees are provided with information that directly translates into utility in their respective work places.

    Click for registration brochure⇒ 14th Annual Fall Symposium

  • Mon
    Monday - Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30. PM; Thursday: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPlainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr., NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

    Employment Training Specialist (ETS)

    Certification Program

    Offered in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    November 6 – November 9, 2017

    Register Today!

    The Employment Training Specialist (ETS) Certification Program is a 3 1/2 day workshop designed to provide participants with specific skills in supported & community employment, job development, and training for individuals in transition. Successful completion of the course will result in certification through Michigan APSE.

    Who should attend?

    Job coaches, employment training specialists, job developers, clubhouse staff, supported employment program coordinators, rehabilitation counselors with supported employment responsibilities, as well as rehabilitation service providers and those involved with school-to-work transition.

    Click here for ETS Registration/brochure⇒ ETS Grand Rapids, Nov. 6-9, 2017


  • Fri
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PMOaklawn Hospital, Wright Bldg. 3rd Floor, Marshall, Michigan

    Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR or calling 911.  Sometimes, first aid is YOU!

    Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training to assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experimental activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families; and learn about evidence-based treatment and self-help strategies.

    Click for Adult MHFA flyer ⇒ MHFA Adult, November 10, 2017 , #2


  • Fri
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PMCalhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

    Educational Objectives:

    • How to identify behaviors that could lead to a crisis.
    • How to effectively respond to each behavior to prevent the situation from escalating.
    • How to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to defuse hostile behavior and resolve a crisis before it becomes violent.
    • How to cope with your fear and anxiety.
    • How to use the Crisis Prevention Institute’s principles of personal safety to avoid injury if a behavior becomes physical.

    This workshop has been approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for 6.0 CE clock hours.

    Click for the Non-Violent Crisis Flyer ⇒ Nonviolent December 15, 2017


Cancellation Policy: Please see training brochure for cancellation policy. 

Special Accommodations Policy (ADA): If you have special needs, please contact us at least 7 business days prior to the start of the conference so that special arrangements can be made.