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.




Wednesday, October 18 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Washtenaw ISD: Exploring Resilience

Megan Julian, Ph.D., University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development, shares recent research that underscores the impact of trauma and cumulative adversity on children's brain development and physical, social-emotional and relational health. Promoting resilience can mitigate the effects of these exposures. drawing from both cutting edge research findings as well as the wealth of practical wisdom, this presentation will provide an overview of resilience, explore factors that promote resilience, and introduce strategies for promoting resilience in children, youth and families. Register here.


Monday, October 23 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Washtenaw ISD: SafeTALK

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST. Register here.



Monday, November 6 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Washtenaw ISD: LGBTQ 101 & Local Resources

Patrick Gaulier and Brian Todorow from Ozone House will review emerging needs of this community, along with the resources and support they have created in response to the increasing numbers of youth who have sought out support from their non-profit. Register here.


Monday, November 6 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Washtenaw County LRC: Paper Tigers Film Screening & Discussion

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining and working with its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families. Register here.


Thursday, November 9 (note date change) from 12:00-2:00 pm at United Way of Washtenaw County: Literacy Strategies for Families

Melissa Brooks-Yip from the Washtenaw Intermediate School District will review the new 3rd Grade Reading Law, its implications for students and families, and strategies that families and practitioners can use to improve literacy. Register here.


Wednesday, November 15 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Washtenaw ISD: Social Emotional Learning

Kirk Lowis, Director of Youth Programs at the Portage Community Center presents this interactive workshop that will give a look at the basics of social-emotional learning concepts and practices while modeling SEL integration into successful youth programming. Learn key concepts of social-emotional learning and understand the relevance of these skills to youth development work; while also learning strategies to implement social-emotional learning. 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




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