2017-2018 Professional Development

WACY is co-sponsoring a variety of training opportunities throughout the year available for youth-serving professionals, including non-profit staff, school counselors, school social workers, teachers, and staff from other community organizations.

These training opportunities are provided in partnership with Washtenaw intermediate School District, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, Washtenaw County Public Health, Washtenaw Alive, and the Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

Most opportunities are free, but some do have a registration fee.

Please continue to check back for updated training dates and registration links.


Ongoing Year-Round Workshops

Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Participants should be the parents or guardians of children who are currently exhibiting suicidal thoughts or behaviors (or have done so in the recent past).

1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm
Meeting at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Seminar 6 at 1819 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor.

Pre-registration required -- email Alison Paine at alisonpaine21@hotmail.com.




Friday, November 17 from 12:00-2:00 pm at Google Ann Arbor: Google for Youth-Focused Organizations

The Google Community Leaders Program, a student-leadership team at Google, presents this workshop on accessing and making the most of Google AdWords, Google Analytics, and Google MyBusiness. These Google Tools can help you can track online donations, newsletter signups, and volunteer registrations to stay aware of those who drive your organization forward, as well as connect with clients, families, and other stakeholders. FREE LUNCH PROVIDED. Register here.





Monday, December 4 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Washtenaw ISD: Cyber Safety and Cyber Bullying

The internet doesn't come with an instruction manual, but fortunately, we've got the next best thing. The Washtenaw Area Council for Children partners with children and teens to address some of the most pressing problems of the digital world. These include cyber bullying, sexting, online predators, and digital reputation. Through interactive education, children and teens brainstorm risk reduction strategies, learn about the intricate network of cyber safety laws, and explore real-world resources.  Some of the biggest threats facing youth today are found on the internet. It's essential to teach children and teens how to successfully navigate their digital lives. A new online module will be shared, as well. Register here.


Mondays on January 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 4:30-7:00 pm at Washtenaw ISD: Youth Mental Health First Aid

This course teaches people to give “first aid” to those individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder. This 8-hour training will help participants learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be the most effective. The mental health problems covered include: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Eating disorders, Substance use disorders, and Self-injury. Crisis situations covered include suicidal behaviors, acute reaction after a trauma, panic attack, acute psychotic behavior, and drug overdose.

Must attend all 4 sessions for certification. Licensed social workers who provide a valid license number are eligible for 8 social work CEU hours upon completion. SCECH credits also available. Please bring valid license and an additional check for $10 made out to WISD for SCECH hours. Register here.


Friday, January 12, 19 or 26 full-day (FINAL DATE TBD): Implicit Bias



Friday, February 16 from 3:00-5:00 pm: Harm Reduction for Substance Abusing Teens

Join Chardae Korhonen from Ozone House and Robin Robinson from Ann Arbor Alateen.  Chardae Korhonen, Ozone House Engagement Program Manager will be sharing her experience in taking a hybrid approach combining both prevention and harm reduction based interventions to support youth throughout Washtenaw County, who are at-risk of developing a substance use disorder. Our 2nd hour of training will give participants an opportunity to hear from a panel of teens who participate in Ann Arbor Alateen and have been impacted by substance use in their homes. They will share their experiences and give community agencies thoughts on how to best support peers in similar situations. Alateen sponsor Robin Robinson, who has been in Al-Anon for 8 years and lead the Ann Arbor Alateen meeting for 2 years, will explain more about Alateen as a resource. Register here.




Friday, March 9 or 16 (FINAL DATE TBD) from 11:30 am-1:00 pm: Best Practices in Social Emotional Learning



Friday, April 13, 20 or 27 (FINAL DATE TBD) from 11:30 am-1:00 pm: Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care