Betty J. Weymouth Conger is a graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and for many years, coordinated Henry Ford Behavioral Health’s Maplegrove Children and Family Programs, in the Detroit, Michigan area. In the early 1990’s, Betty and colleagues designed, implemented and managed the award winning Maplegrove Children’s Program providing educational support groups for children from pre-school through high school who live in high risk families. In this capacity, she created and facilitated training programs for Maplegrove volunteers and staff, as well as for many youth serving professionals in the juvenile justice court systems and residential programs, schools, transitional housing projects, foster and adoption agencies, family transitional housing programs, after school latchkey services, domestic violence centers, community coalitions and family service agencies.
In 2003, Betty assisted in compiling the initial original edition of NACoA’s Children’s Program Kit, as well as an updated version in 2015 (federal government pending). In 2013, she provided leadership in the development and implementation of a continuum of evidence-based family prevention and support services, an adjunct to the inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for the whole family at the Maplegrove Center. She has partnered with the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) to facilitate workshops in local, state and national programs to help others initiate educational support groups based on the SAMSHA Children’s Program Kit, as well as the Celebrating Families! Program. Betty is a licensed social worker, a certified prevention consultant, as well as a certified advanced alcohol and other drug abuse counselor.
Betty is married, has four adult children and five grandchildren. Currently, she resides in rural Virginia, is officially “retired” from her social work career, but maintains active involvement in a family owned campground.