Focus Training
  • Mon
    Monday - Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; Thursday: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PMHartland Educational Support Services Center, 9525 E. Highland Road, Howell, MI 48843

    This 3 ½ day workshop is designed to provide participants with specific skills in supported and community employment, job development and training for individuals in transition. Successful completion of the course will result in certification through Michigan APSE.

    Topics Covered:

    • Person centered employment planning
    • Job development and marketing strategies
    • Employer negotiations
    • Work site analysis
    • Job selection/matching
    • Task analysis
    • Instructional strategies/data collection
    • … and much more!
    • Click here for ETS flyer: ETS Flyer Howell August 14-17 2017 (002)
  • Fri
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PMKool Family Community Center, Battle Creek, MI

    Educational Objective:

    • 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.
    • And much more
    • Click here for flyer:Nonviolent August 18, 2017
  • Thu
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PMKool Family Community Center, Battle Creek, MI

    The Ken Blanchard Companies not only recognizes a need for teaching people to work well, it also offers a solution.  The Situational Team Leadership (STL) program is designed to help organizations establish successful, collaborative, and high-performing teams.  The program provides a framework and processes for organizing teams that are based on effective communication.  It helps to jump-start team effectiveness, build trust among team members, and promote collaboration.

    Achieve the following results within your team:

    • Improve productivity in current work teams.
    • Jump start existing teams that are floundering as their projects progress.
    • Create a corporate culture focused on participation, innovation, and creativity.
    • Use a variety of leadership behaviors to respond to the changing needs of a developing team.
    • Understand that team dynamics, or the patterns of behavior that occur within a team, are key to diagnosing the team's stage of development.

    Click here for STL flyer: STL August 24, 2017

  • Fri
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PMGrace Health, Battle Creek, Michigan

    The new workforce demands self-motivated individuals who are willing to handle more responsibility, to lead themselves and others, and to embrace change.  Situational Self Leadership (SSL) is designed by the Ken Blanchard companies for individuals at all levels who want to make the transition from being responsive to being responsible, and to take initiative in idea generation, innovation, and problem solving.

    Join us as we show you how to:

    • Clarify individual goals and tasks to drive performance.
    • Enable yourself to make the shift from reactive to proactive.
    • Improve problem solving and accountability at all levels.
    • Accelerate learning cycles for enhanced productivity on the job.
    • Create engagement and empowerment throughout the organization.

    Click here for SSL flyer: SSL - September 22, 2017

  • Fri
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PMHarper Creek Schools Administration Building, Battle Creek, MI

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18, parents, family members, teachers, coaches, school staff, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens, how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance us, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/AHD), and eating disorders.

    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 lay person 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 strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. 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.

    Please share this valuable training opportunity with those you know who work with young people in our community!

    Click here for the MHFA flyer: MHFA Youth, September 29, 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 14th Annual FOCUS-Residential Symposium in Frankenmuth, Michigan!

    October 26  & October 27, 2017

    Clinical Practice | Management Human Resources

    9.0 Clock hours of Continuing Education: SW approved, MCBAP accepted relating to substance abuse, pending nursing home administrators.

    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 here for registration brochure: 14th Annual Residential Symposium

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.