Wilk family

Meet the Wilk Family!

By Wolverine HS on November 23, 2015

Families sometimes encounter sad and unfortunate events that leave those behind heart broken and sad. When a wonderful woman named Allison passed away, she left behind her two...

Whiteside Family

Meet the Whiteside Family

By Wolverine HS on November 9, 2015

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 I have had the...

Godlaski Family

Meet the Godlaski Family!

By Wolverine HS on November 2, 2015

Matthew and Christine Godlaski had two daughters and a small house when they learned that their four nieces needed a new loving home. They feared that their nieces, Paris,...

Dixon-Taylor Family

Meet the Taylor-Dixon Family!

By Wolverine HS on November 1, 2015

The word “family” can mean many different things, and the most important ingredient for a family is love. I got to know Ms. Dixon and Ms. Taylor during the licensing process,...

Evidence-Based Treatment for Michigan’s Children: What Are We Doing?

By Katrina Brock on October 27, 2015

CBT is EBP at WHS We've been talking about it, but here's what's really been going on... We have been talking about it, meeting about it, reading about it, training about it,...

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Raise the Age: Juvenile Justice Movement in Michigan

By Judith Wollack on October 22, 2015

Maybe you're wondering: "Raise the Age" for what? Not the driving age, not drinking for teens, not collecting social security benefits for seniors. Shockingly, we're debating...

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Talking with Tom: Dancing

By Thomas Krolicki on September 8, 2015

I had the pleasure of spending time with family on vacation this summer. As we walked along the shops of the shoreline we heard music playing in a little park. A...

Fair Fighting Foibles: Part II

By Katrina Brock on August 19, 2015

Welcome back. Did you manage to reduce the FAIR FIGHTING foibles you used last month? Last month I discovered that we often miscommunicate in so many different ways; it took 2...

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Stepping Up at Wolverine Human Services

By Annet Schlosser on August 5, 2015

As workplace wellness programs are becoming more widespread, Wolverine Human Services decided it would be a great idea to get with the trend and start a Step Program in the...

Fair Fighting Foibles-Part I

By Katrina Brock on July 28, 2015

As adolescent residential program providers, we see young people mishandle communication every day. We shake our heads at the silly misunderstandings and hurt feelings turned...

Family Picnic

Calling all families!!

By Wolverine HS on July 20, 2015

Please join us as we celebrate our foster, adoptive, and independent living families!! Have you ever thought about welcoming a child into your home? This event is for you...

Helping Children to be Victors: Any Child, Any Parent, Any Time

By Judith Wollack on June 23, 2015

Do you speak out, take a stand, or not? It is always hard to make that decision, especially when you are a large child welfare agency serving our state. At Wolverine, we have been...

Everything you ever wanted to know about the “Last Chance!” Golf Outing!

By Wolverine HS on June 22, 2015

Why is it called the “Last Chance!” Golf Outing? Every year, we host our Golf Outing in September when golf season is winding down. Our event is your “last chance!” to...

When Generations Collide: Celebrating Life Stages

By Katrina Brock on June 21, 2015

Last weekend I had a major life event take place for my family. My son got married! It was a wonderful wedding with all the traditional fixings and toppings. The couple didn’t...

Talking with Tom: Any child. Any parent. Any time.

By Thomas Krolicki on June 11, 2015

"Child" When I was born, you saw beauty When I walked, you were amazed When I spoke, you grew proud Yet when I loved…I became alone   Many of the...

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Talking with Tom: Father’s Day

By Thomas Krolicki on June 10, 2015

As we approach Father’s Day, I am thinking of my father that died 30 years ago—and the man who became my Father through marriage. I think of those Fathers, Uncles, Mentors,...

Gender Specific Programming

Field Notes from Residential Services: Gender Specific Programming

By Derrick McCree on June 3, 2015

Wolverine Human Services (WHS) has operated residential programs for the past 27+ years, but on October 10, 2008 we opened our first non-secure residential program for females....

PRIDE!!

By Katrina Brock on May 27, 2015

Wolverine Human Services Proudly Welcomes... PRIDE!! WHS has been working very actively over the past few years to increase our community involvement and information sharing....

A Word on Public Facilities

By Wolverine HS on May 22, 2015

The closure or non-closure of a public secure residential facility comes down to two essential issues: Are there services available to the youth that are being placed at public...

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Talking with Tom: Stability

By Thomas Krolicki on May 21, 2015

As Stable as an Old Oak Chair As summer approaches, I am discovering how dirty my front porch has become - it is now time to do my spring cleaning! I found leaves left over from...

Potholes, Children, and Budgets

By Judith Wollack on May 14, 2015

Life in Michigan is about to get interesting again, especially in regards to the budget and our roads. I was at an Orchards Children's Services event last week, and President and...

Emotions Language: What Language Do You Speak?

By Katrina Brock on April 16, 2015

Do you speak ‘feelings’ as a second language? Are you fluent in expression of anger, frustration, or worry? Many of us are not! Do I blow up and yell when angry, or do I shut...

Don’t cry…

By Thomas Krolicki on April 8, 2015

The world tells our boys, "Do not show emotion." "big boys don't cry" "act like a man" "don't be a girl" "never let them see you cry" But what message are we actually...

Clinical Care: What is NSSI All About??

By Katrina Brock on April 1, 2015

Understanding Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) Behavior of Young People Wolverine Human Services has been working avidly to remain innovative and informed about each generation of...

The Problems with Gov. Snyder’s Newest Budget Recommendations

By Judith Wollack on March 24, 2015

Late last month, Governor Snyder's budget recommendations were released. The private sector was very disappointed to see the recommendations of a $3.00 reduction to the foster...

Exciting Changes in Michigan’s Child Welfare System

By Judith Wollack on March 23, 2015

As we move into the new year with the Synder Administration, there are changes that will occur in our field of service. The governor has signed an executive order to appoint Nick...

Talking with Tom: National Reading Month!

By Thomas Krolicki on March 17, 2015

March is National Reading Month! Let's celebrate with our children (young and old) as they explore their voyage of imagination, growth, and adventure! Raising Readers: Our...

Field Notes from Residential Services: CBT Implementation

By Derrick McCree on March 4, 2015

Wolverine Human Services (WHS) continues to move forward in our 5-year plan to become the first and only residential juvenile justice agency accredited in Cognitive Behavioral...

Clinical Care: Working with the GOOD Kids!

By Katrina Brock on February 11, 2015

OH--YOU WORK WITH THOSE “GOOD” KIDS!! The WHS Youth Upload Giving Voice to Young People with stories to share of courage, survival and recovery; Debunking and...

Talking with Tom: On That Day

By Thomas Krolicki on February 5, 2015

Recently, a colleague approached me regarding current events, this blog, and the need for training regarding tolerance and the safe management of people while in crisis. He asked...

Field Notes from Residential Services: PRIDE UP

By Derrick McCree on January 27, 2015

Just over a decade ago, Wolverine Human Services (WHS) made a philosophical change in our treatment programs. We decided to implement staff physical management techniques versus...

Congratulations, Director Corrigan!

By Judith Wollack on January 7, 2015

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Maura Corrigan on her retirement. Director Corrigan has been in her position since...