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Targeted at those who work with challenging clients including youth and community workers, social workers, probation officers, youth justice workers and others working with offenders, community treatment providers, mental health workers, substance abuse workers and family workers
a one day seminar presented by

Michael Clark, MSW, CSW,
Director for Strength-Based Strategies
Michigan, USA

Presented by

in collaboration with the
Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice

Thursday 15 July 2010
Ellerslie Events Centre Auckland

Monday 19 July 2010
Hotel Grand Chancellor Christchurch

Thursday 22 July 2010
venue tba Wellington

Cost: $189 including refreshments, lunch and workshop materials
Seminar runs from 9am to 4.30pm (please be punctual)

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Michael Clark, MSW, CSW

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Michael D. Clark (MSW, LMSW) is a Consultant, Trainer and an Addictions Therapist to the helping professions. After 20 years of direct practice as a juvenile probation officer and child welfare specialist, he is currently the Director of the Center for Strength-Based Strategies in Michigan. This organization places special emphasis on skill-building for individual practitioners and on building the capacity for strength-based approaches within organizations. It is committed to the research, development and training of strength-based strategies for practice and programming with challenging, court-mandated clients.

He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is noted as a leading expert in Strength-Based approaches in the United States and has provided consultation to the US Departments of Justice and Health & Human Services. He has trained individual practitioners and teams in the fields of Mental Health, Community Programs, Education, Addictions, Child Welfare, Community Corrections and Juvenile Delinquency.

Michael Clark has presented throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and Micronesia. With more than 30 publications to his credit, Michael has valuable information to share about motivation and creating positive change with challenging clients.

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Modules for this one day training:

  - Strength-based Practice: Raising Cooperation & Motivation
  - The Research on Motivation: The Change Conditions of Importance, Confidence and Readiness
  - Strength-based Assessments: How to Find and Amplify Strengths for Interventions
  - Personality, Motivation and Team Building: Finding the Real Colors Of Your Staff and Family Members



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