Wedgwood Institute


Wedgwood’s passion for and expertise in serving children and youth is the motivation behind the creation of Wedgwood Institute: Lifelong Learning. Our goal is to equip individuals with the knowledge, attitude, and skills to bring wholeness and healing to children and youth.

Educational and training curricula have been developed by a team of Wedgwood’s Masters and Bachelors level professionals to provide cutting-edge programming and effective treatment services. Each month, we offer classes on our campus that can be attended by our community neighbors for a nominal fee.

In addition, we coordinate training sessions that bring regional, statewide and national experts in various treatment disciplines to Wedgwood to further enhance professional development.

Register for Wedgwood Training Opportunities

View or download a copy of our quarterly training brochure (above). To register for a training, print out and complete the registration form in the quarterly training brochure and send along with payment to:

Wedgwood Institute, Lifelong Learning
3300 36th Street SE,
Grand Rapids MI 49512-2810

Or Fax the completed form to: (616) 942-0589; Attention: Ruth Pohler

For more information contact Jeff Walters at (616) 831-5590 or by email to inquire about trainings we offer on campus or at a site of your choice. Our staff trainers are also available to provide on-site instruction for local agencies, churches, schools and other organizations.

Examples of the types of training we offer each quarter are listed below, in three basic categories: Clinical, Community, and Leadership.

Clinical Expertise

These trainings are envisioned with social workers and mental health clinicians in mind. Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art training for all clinicians while assisting social workers in meeting their continuing education requirements for licensure.


  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Physical Confidence Therapy
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Substance Abuse Treatment/Prevention
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment
  • Sex Offender Typologies
  • Play Therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Anger Management
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Clinical Supervision
  • ADHD

Community Focus

Wedgwood is known for their work with children and families. These trainings are geared for educators and administrators, youth pastors and directors, park district staff and coaches and parents who need information and skills to work with today’s children and youth.


  • Bullying
  • Stress Management
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Parenting with Love and Logic
  • Listening Skills
  • Verbal De-escalation
  • Compassion
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual Abstinence
  • Avoiding Power Struggles
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Institute for Healing Racism

Middle managers and supervisors in health and human service organizations similar to Wedgwood also need assistance in assessing and building managerial and supervisory skills with their teams. We desire to work collaboratively to strengthen individual and team performance.


  • Retention/Recruitment of Child Welfare Workers
  • Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Communication Skills
  • Learning Style Inventory
  • DiSC
  • Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
  • Hiring and Supervising
  • Mentoring New Employees

Wedgwood Christian Services, provider #1175, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Wedgwood Christian Services maintains responsibility for the program.




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