3-5-7 Model/Unpacking the NO - Tulsa

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Check In Time: 
8:30 am

Professional Development Training: 3-5-7 Model/Unpacking the NO

When approached about the idea of permanency, youth in care often respond with a resounding "NO, I don't want to be adopted." Why is this? What's behind the NO? Designed for both caregivers and professional staff, this workshop addresses these issues. Through activities, this fast-paced, fun-filled workshop intends to unpack the no and go beyond the words of the youth and find the question to which the answer will be YES!


  • To develop principles about permanency
  • To understand the contrast between youth development and permanency
  • To create strategies that help youth consider permanency
  • To remind of the importance of engaging youth in the process

Michael Sanders serves as a national trainer and consultant for numerous school, juvenile justice and child welfare systems. With over 25 years experience in both public and private human service systems, he brings enthusiasm for children and families in humorous and exciting presentations. Currently, Michael provides technical assistance for the Annie E. Casey Foundation with the Child Welfare Strategy Group and the Center for States in the area of youth engagement and redesigning the process of recruitment and retention of resource families. This gives him the opportunity to assist with the reform of several child welfare systems, which has served nearly 80% of children nationally in out of home care. 

Michael is considered a national expert on youth issues and participates on several panels and workgroups focusing on youth issues. For the past 15 years, he has focused on assisting systems with remembering the importance of permanency for older youth in the child welfare system. He provides consultation on balancing youth's needs for a family, and preparation for adulthood. Michael has served as a Technical Assistant for the California Permanency for Youth Project and the California Connected by 25 Initiative. Additionally, he has worked and partnered with Casey Family Programs and the National Resource Center for Youth Development. 

As a former juvenile probation officer, child welfare social worker, and supervisor and adolescent therapist, Michael's career has focused on adolescent issues. He has provided consultation to 45 states in both giving youth "voice & choice" and engaging youth in systems reform. Michael completed his formal education in Illinois, BA from Bradley University and MSW from University of Illinois. 

Who should attend?

Child Welfare Specialists, Indian Child Welfare Specialists, Foster Parents and other helping professionals working with OKSA eligible youth

Continuing Education Units

.6 CEUs are available through the University of Oklahoma


OU Tulsa Learning Center
4501 E 41st Street
Room 231
Tulsa, OK 74135
(918) 660-3700
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