Focus Training
  • Sat
    8:00 amDowntown

    This is an event of awesome Stuff!

  • Thu
    Day One: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm; Day Two: 9:00 am to 12:00 pmBavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth, Michigan

    Click Here for the FOCUS 13th Annual Fall Conference Brochure

    Now taking registrations for the FOCUS 13th Annual Fall Conference!

    October 13 & 14, 2016

    Bavarian Inn & Conference Center, Frankenmuth, Michigan

    Clinical Practice|Management|Human Resources

    Featuring Jan McInnis: "the work lady®"

    If you are a helping professional, this Symposium has something for you!

    Offering practical and functional information on a wide variety of topics.

    All sessions are taught by experts in their field.

    9.0 hours of approved Social Work CEs

    MCBAP accepted training RELATED to substance abuse

    Nursing Home Administrators CEs pending

    LARA has discontinued pre-approvals for AFC Administrators


    This training is designed for:  Case managers, supports coordinators, AFC licensees & administrators, long term care staff, mental health professionals, social workers, residential staff, nursing home administrators, health care professionals, assisted living providers, clinicians, personal care assistants, human resources professionals.  

    Please see the attached brochure for more detailed information!



  • Thu
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pmKool Family Community Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

    Participants will:

    • gain an understanding of the dynamics of diversity and culture
    • develop skills to respond well over time to emerging workplace issues
    • recognize and act on opportunities to develop and strengthen cultural competence as a part of day-to-day workplace interactions

    Click here for the Cultural Competence brochure

  • Thu
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKool Family Community Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

    Participants will:

    • learn about the various conflict strategies
    • learn when each of these strategies are appropriate
    • discover your own conflict strategy
    • learn a three phase conflict resolution procedure
    • practice all of these skills

    Click here for the Effective Conflict Management brochure

  • Fri
    8:30 am - 5:00 pmCalhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

    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

    Clicke here for the Situational Team Leadership brochure

  • Mon
    Northview High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Trainer and Consultant: Cathryn Maddalena, B.A. 

    This 3 ½ day workshop is designed to provide participants with specific skills in supported and community employment, job development and training for students 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!
    • Please see the attached brochure for more detailed information and registration form!

    Click here for the ETS Brochure

  • Fri
    8:30 am - 4:00 pmBattle Creek Area Math and Science Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

    Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center, Battle Creek, MI

    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 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.

    Click here for the Adult Mental Health First Aid brochure

  • Tue
    8:30 am - 5:00 pmCalhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

    Calhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek, MI

    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 the Situational Self Leadership brochure

  • Fri
    9:00 am - 4:00 pmCalhoun Area Creer Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

    Calhoun Area Career Center, Battle Creek, MI

    Participants will learn:

    • 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
    • and much more!

    Click here for the Non-Violent Crisis brochure

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.