Great Lakes Summer Institute

For the safety and wellbeing of our continuing education community, the 2021 Great Lakes Institute has been canceled. The MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Program is looking forward to seeing you at the Great Lakes Summer institute in 2022, which is in the process of being scheduled.

The Great Lakes Summer Institute (GLSI) is one of the leading statewide annual training events, providing a wide variety of Continuing Education opportunities for Michigan Social Workers and other human service professionals. The goal of GLSI is to offer attendees the most up-to-date, current workshops for professional skill development in both clinical and macro settings.

The Great Lakes Summer Institute provides an opportunity for over 300 social workers and other behavioral health professionals to stay on top of trends while networking with others in their field across the state. This institute also brings training to Northern Michigan where trainings opportunities are sparse.

Institute Objectives:

  • To learn and apply practical strategies that can be used in various clinical work settings
  • To identify innovative initiatives designed to increase recovery and rehabilitation and supported by data-informed practice
  • To connect local and statewide professionals for networking and cross-discipline exchanges of service improvement ideas
  • To identify and practice specific techniques for self-care and mindfulness in combatting compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress
  • To learn and apply leadership strategies for use in supervisory and administrative roles
  • To increase attendees’ knowledge, skills, and awareness associated with mental health practice at various implementation levels

Social Work Continuing Education hours will be provided at this institute for each session.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you at GLSI 2022!


We invite you to be a sponsor of this event! Please contact Gina Tremonti Gembel at

  • Institute Sponsor: $5,000
  • Keynote: $2000
  • Breakfast Sponsor: $1,500
  • Snack Break Sponsor: $1,000
  • Technology Sponsor: $2,000
  • Purchase an Ad: $500

All agency/business information and logos must be sent to our office by February 20, 2022.

If you have an idea that is not included in the sponsorship form, please contact us! We look forward to working with you.


Non-Profits: $250.00
For-Profits Groups/Vendors: $350.00

Please contact Gina Van Horn at

Each exhibitor will have one 8’ by 18” table, arranged against the wall with 2 chairs on the side to maximize space, in the White Pine Ballroom Foyer in the Conference Center at the Lodge. Each exhibitor is allowed two representatives. If representatives wish to attend the institute, please note that each session requires an individual registration at an additional cost. Please contact us for more information or visit our course catalog for more information.

Please note the following:

  • We have limited space for exhibitors; register today!
  • Each exhibitor will have one 8’ by 18” table. Each additional table requested will be a $35 charge per day, per table.
  • Fees must be paid prior to attendance and fees are non-refundable.
  • WiFi is available at the Great Wolf Lodge.
  • The exhibit area is secured at night; however, you are encouraged to take precautions to keep your items safe. MSU School of Social Work is not responsible for lost/stolen/damaged items.

What People Say

Nice program & casual setting was comfortable & conductive to learning. Thanks! - Mary Corrigan, Foster Care Therapist

This is my 2nd time attending GLSI. It is well organized - conference getting is comfortable and the course material is relevant and well presented. I also love paying only for what I register for. - Mary T Kinizie, Social Worker

I love this training and location... I have increased my tool box, while being able to have fun with my family! - Heather Ketzler, Clinical Therapist

I am very pleased overall with the conference & will most likely return next year! The location was perfect as my family could enjoy their time while I was learning. - Jennifer Thayer, Clinical Supervisor

Conference & accommodations were fantastic! - Susan Hoffman

Again another great conference- great place, great topic, great time of year :) The perfect trifecta. - Cathy Stinson, School Social Worker

Wonderful overall conference. - Mary Cook