Title IV-E Foster Care Service Providers Trainings

Title IV-E Program offers free training to San Francisco Human Services Agency staff who work with youth in foster care, group home staff, foster family agency staff, and foster parents in San Francisco.  

Most classes can be offered at an agency’s site on weekdays, evenings, or Saturdays with a minimum of 8 guaranteed participants attending the training.  Agencies can select topics that are currently offered or request new workshops.  Our faculty can customize workshops that fit your agency's needs.

 

HOW TO REGISTER

 

Click on https://www.tfaforms.com/4726322

 

Fill out the required online form - Click "submit" - and you will receive an email confirmation.

 

Future Title IV-E Trainings

Class # SW460h Supporting Child and Youth Well Being and the Role of Empathy!

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, August 23, 2019;  9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street, Room 255

What is the role of empathy in our work with kids and families who are receiving services within our continuum of care? This training will take you to a deep level in understanding what empathy really is and how we can actively demonstrate it in our work in a manner that show clients we really understand and care. This can motivate a client to want to work towards successful outcomes. Is empathy a skill that can be learned? I sure hope so.

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CI# TR200h Attachment and Trauma: Impact on Child Development   6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, August 29, 2019    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 821

Providers need to know how to work with significant amounts of trauma because it is all around us and affects all of us.  Discuss the importance of understanding child abuse and trauma; its effects on attachments; and how unhealthy attachments affect our therapeutic relationship and work with youth and their families.  Study research on its relevance and how to work with it.  Learn what is considered a traumatic event; what events are commonly overlooked; how to diagnose and understand underlying PTSD issues; the effects of trauma on youth, their brain, ability to learn; and trauma’s effects on behavior, including the emotional, physical, and long term symptoms. Explore strength-based techniques and how to engage, facilitate, and empower our youth and families to facilitate change.  Review self-awareness and self-care to avoid experiencing vicarious trauma.

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Cl# SW545i  Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare     6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW   

Thursday, September 12, 2019    9AM-4PM 

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)         

Law and Ethics Exam.  This course includes extensive information to assist ASW, AMFT, an APPC in passing their Law and Ethics Exams.

Licensed Clinicians.  This course meets the BBS requirement for LCSW, LMFT, and LPCC clinicians to complete a 6 CEU Law and Ethics course every 2 years.

This course provides an overview of legal and ethical issues in youth and family services and child welfare. Topics include liability issues in youth and family services and how to minimize liability including recent court cases. Current information on consent, confidentiality, practice issues, and mandated reporting laws is provided. Ethical best practices are discussed and ethical decision making model is given. Issues related to transference and countertransference are reviewed with guidelines for professional helping relationships. An overview the NASW and CAMFT Codes of Ethics and the California Business and Profession Code are provided with attention to information on professional conduct relevant to youth services and child welfare. Information is also provided to specifically help Associates pass their Law and Ethics Exam!

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Cl# SW200i Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: Overview      6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, September 20; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Students address case assessment specific to exploring and identifying the underlying issues in the family including family violence, family needs, strengths, and resources. This case assessment prepares the worker to move forward with an effective case plan regarding how to support the youth in the safest and healthiest manner. Helping youth in foster care with these family challenges increases permanency planning (fewer placement failures) and reunification.

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Cl# CD180i Eating Disorders in Children, Youth and Families     6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Thursday, September 26, 2019    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell) 

Children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system are at increased risk of eating disorders. This course provides an overview of eating disorders in youth including the origins of eating disorders, incidence in youth, contributing factors, and mental health issues. Eating disorders in specific populations are discussed including the prevalence in young females, obesity in children, and males. 2017 CDC Youth Risk Behavior data related to dietary behaviors, physical activity, and obesity and weight control are provided. The types of eating disorders in children, youth, and adults are reviewed including pica, rumination disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. New disorders in the DSM 5 are discussed including avoidant /restrictive food intake disorder and binge eating disorder. Treatment approaches are provided for eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Participants will also review case studies involving eating disorders.

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Cl# AS100j Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care: Support is here!  6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, October 3, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 821

As a provider we are the vehicles for our work; this can put a lot of strain on us as a provider. Support is here! Explore how the importance of reflecting on your own experiences and developmental stages helps when working with our youth. Create awareness of your strengths and weaknesses to impact positively your professional development. Review the importance of boundaries, self-care, cultural sensitivity, and tips to approach self-disclosure to positively impact relationships with youth in foster care. Study research on resiliency and tips to become more resilient.

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Sign up for BOTH of the following seminars because together they are the Brief!                                              

SW270j Trauma Informed Assessment: Supporting Child & Family Teaming  6 CEUs

3  Wednesdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 5:30-8:30 PM

This is Part I.   Part II. is SW275 below.  Please sign up for both of them.

Study how to assess the youth within the context of the impact of trauma on the family system including its effects on emotional attachment for kids in our continuum of care. Understand the connection between these relationships and the behaviors that our youth exhibit and some ways to increase attachment and emotional safety in order to decrease negative child symptoms that interfere with life success for our youth.

SW275j TRAUMA Informed Practice with Youth in Our Continuum of Care & Their Families 6 CEUs

3 Wednesdays, Oct. 30, Nov 6, 13, 5:30-8:30 PM

This is a companion to SW270 (above). Please sign up for both.

Learn how trauma impacts the functioning of youth in our continuum of care. Obtain a better understanding of the link between past traumas, current feelings about the past trauma, and the fear of what might happen in the future. Knowing more about what the youth are experiencing helps us to adapt case planning to help kids heal from these traumatic experiences and be better able to benefit from the services we offer in our continuum of care.  

These trainings are open to anyone who works directly with families; you don’t have to be a clinician to participate.   Bring a stamped, self-addressed envelope to class to receive CEUs.

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Cl# SW390j Continuum of Care: Supporting Our Healthy Boundaries for Youth & Family Well Being  6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, October 11, 2019        9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Do you ever struggle with how close or distant our relationships with our clients should be in order to maintain our ability to be helpful and therapeutic within our continuum of care services?  If you work as part of a team, do you all agree on what healthy relationship boundaries with our clients should look like?  We provide services to our youth and their families in their own homes, in schools and in their communities; this can be confusing for us and for our clients as to what our roles are and what kinds of relationships are being developed. The true helping relationship requires clear relationship boundaries so we don't unintentionally exploit our clients, undermine our team members, or experience our own "burn out".  This training clarifies what we mean by boundaries, ways in which we might be over-stepping them, what is meant by dual relationships, & issues regarding the boundaries relating to physical contact with our kids. Do you ever struggle with how close or distant our relationships with our clients should be in order to maintain our ability to be helpful and therapeutic within our continuum of care services?

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Cl# SW360j Enhancing Child and Youth Well-Being by Attending to our Reactions When Working with Them 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, October 18, 2019        9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Explore the limits of self-disclosure with youth in our continuum of care and how our own past experiences impact these relationships, and identify how we know when we are over-involved in a way that could accidentally exploit our clients or burn ourselves out!  Examine the reasons why you chose to work in this field. Explore how your own “stuff” impacts your work with youth and their families and, if you are a supervisor, how to support those you supervise with all of this. 

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Cl# SD100j Depression, Anxiety and Suicide: Warning Signs & Prevention   6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Tuesday, October 22, 2019       9 AM - 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 821

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for people 10-24 years old. Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and youth 12-18 years old. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. These alarming statistics remind us of our crucial role as providers to assess and address suicide with all our youth. Explore the misconceptions about suicide; how to address them; and common suicide risk factors for children and teens. Review the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety; how to recognize these warning signs; and how they are directly linked to suicide. Discuss tips on preventing suicide; assessing the suicide risk level; and problems that may trigger a suicide attempt in children and teens. Learn how you can make a difference!

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CI#SW110j Family History and Life Cycle Development: The Best Assessment! 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, October 25, 2019        9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Learn how the history of the biological families of our youth impacts their current functioning and how a family’s life cycle developmental challenges are intricately related to a youth’s own developmental challenges.  We will review the importance of utilizing genograms and timelines with families in order to learn about their culture/stressors/life experiences and develop a full assessment.  This information guides our case planning and service provision of all kinds.  Without context, we cannot possibly understand what the behaviors of our kids mean or how we might go about intervening in ways that will decrease those behaviors.

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Cl# TR100j Trauma’s Impact on Youth Behaviors, Cognition, & How it Affects Diagnoses  6 CEUs
                   
Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Monday, October 28, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 821

Youth in foster care and in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System often exhibit challenging behaviors which may result in a variety of mental health issues. This can lead to an array of diagnoses as a result of their traumatic experiences; frequently they are diagnosed with Conduct and Mood disorders. Examine the root causes of their behaviors and cognitions as the youth relate to the trauma they experienced. Review the importance of correct diagnoses and how to work with the trauma to decrease acting-out behaviors. Explore strength-based approaches and the best ways to apply these in our work.

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Cl# GS200k Safety in Home Visiting and Community Work: Staying Safe and Aware on the Job  6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, November 7, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 821

Working in our communities and doing home visiting has become an essential part of our work and many of our programs to best support foster youth and their families. Learn how to be safe and most effective in your professional roles. Explore different approaches to help ensure your safety. Discuss different ethical considerations that need to be considered and how to best address these. Learn how to recognize high risk situations and interventions to best deescalate these encounters. Explore 5150 situations in the community and discuss best ways to prepare for and manage these.

By the end of this training students should have an increased understanding of:
•Different way to stay safe while doing home visiting and community work. 
•Understand ethical situations and considerations that can come up and how to best manage these. 
•Techniques to anticipate, plan and recognize  high risk situations and ways to deescalate these encounters. 
Learn how to best manage 5150 situations that may come up in community work and how to best address these.

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Cl# SW540k  Clinical Supervision Focused on Child and Youth Well Being                 6 CEU’s

Instructor:  Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, November 8, 2019      9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

This training is for those supervising MFT/LPCC Interns and ASW’s who are working with our youth receiving services in our continuum of care!  We will review any changes to the supervision requirement, the general qualifications to be a supervisor of clinicians working on their BBS hours for licensure, and the resources and BBS forms that are required for all supervisors.  So, regardless of your license, if you are supervising folks towards BBS hours, this is an important training.  Of course, in addition to the BBS requirements, we will also cover how to develop a strong Supervisory relationship with your supervisee and ways to discuss the challenging issues of cultural differences and identifying countertransference.  This is important to the supervisory relationship if we want our supervisees to be able to do this with their clients.  It is a parallel process.  You will even get a glimpse into PCOMS, an evidence-based practice! 

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Cl# CD140k Child Development: Infant & Child Mental Health  6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, November 14; 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

City College of San Francisco, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 821

Mental health is an essential part of children's overall health. There is a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside. It is estimated that over 15 million of our nation's young people can currently be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Many more are at risk of developing a disorder due to risk factors in their biology or genetics; within their families, schools, and communities; and among their peers. There is a great need for mental health professionals to provide the best available care based on scientific evidence, good clinical expertise, and that takes into account the unique characteristics of the infant, child or adolescent.
Contrary to common belief, infants and toddlers can suffer from mental health issues, and despite this are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent long lasting developmental plans This class will discuss these issues and the importance of healthy attachments and the effects of trauma, resulting in mental health issues. Child Parent Psychotherapy, play, and art therapy and other ways to best work with children will be will be explored

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Cl# SW385k  Strength-Based Diagnosis with Youth in our Continuum of Care: What the Heck is this & How do I do it?            6 CEU’s

Instructor:  Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, November 15, 2019;   9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Strength-based, strength-based, strength-based!  Wow, this seems to be an important mantra in our field!  This is NOT a training on how to use the DSM 5 and, since all of us diagnose in our own ways, I hope that anyone working with youth and their families will attend (this is not only for clinicians)!  This training is about how we can remain strength-based when we have to use pathologizing and stigmatizing labels in order to get paid.  While I hope that we are all advocating (in our own ways) for important changes in our field that will allow us to be more strength-based and client-directed, what do we do NOW?  This training is meant to help us see the difference between DSM disorders and actual diagnosis and how they go together; the significant importance of diagnosis and how we can do it; and, ways that we can decrease the negativity of labels on our clients and still get paid!  If we can get better at this, it will be a win-win for our clients and our organizations with better outcomes that can come through allowing our diagnoses to guide our treatment/service delivery to our youth in our continuum of care!

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Cl# CS100k  The Importance of Cultural Sensitivity & Awareness When Working with Youth in Foster Care & Families  6 CEUs 

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD, LCSW 

Monday, November 18, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 821 

Children and adolescents living in foster care are a vulnerable population. Most have emotional, behavioral, developmental, and health problems that have their roots in the difficult family and environmental circumstances they came from before entering the foster care system. As providers, we must be culturally sensitive in our approaches with you. Explore the differences between Cultural Competence, Cultural Awareness, and Cultural Sensitivity. Review the importance of role modeling and good boundaries and how these impact our youth. Discuss self-disclosure and self-awareness in order to help workers be effective in their roles as providers.

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Cl# SW375k  Working with Kids who have Challenging Behaviors:  Understanding Behavioral & Emotional Principles        6 CEU’s

Instructor:  Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, November 22, 2019    9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Obtain an overview of the important ingredients in creating a behavior plan and the function of the behavior that the youth is attempting to communicate.  Learn what these behaviors mean in the context of school and family relationships so that we can better support caregivers and teachers as they attempt to help our kids to be successful in school and in the home.   Learn to apply theoretical principles shown to be effective, avoiding power struggles, and the basics of developing an effective plan.

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Cl# SW351/352/353/354  Understanding Family Assessment and Diagnosis:  4 Parts Described below

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Location: Some at MUB and some at AFS.

Part I Cl# SW351  Assessing Family Relationships for Youth in the Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, and again on Jan 8, 2020  5:30-8:30 PM

Begin the seminar series by increasing your understanding of how to assess and diagnose family dynamics to gain a better understanding of how this impacts children in our continuum of care. This exploration leads to better case planning for our youth.

Part II Cl# SW352 Common Theoretical Factors Used in Family-Focused Evidence-Based Practices

Wednesdays, TBD, 5:30-8:30PM

Learn to identify common theoretical evidence-based elements used to gain a better understanding of family dynamics and to analyze the family dynamics that contribute to challenges with our youth.

Part III CL#SW353  Attachment Needs of Kids in Our Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, TBD,  5:30-8:30 PM.

Obtain a better understanding of the link between attachment ruptures, child development and trauma.  Learn these through the use of demonstration, description, and discussion.

Part IV  Cl#SW354  How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared

Wednesdays, TBD,  5:30-8:30 PM

Explore the importance of the impact of family trauma on kids and how these resulting attachment ruptures, which increase anxiety and sadness, impact behavioral and other emotional disregulation issues.

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Cl# TR210l  Working with Youth who are Separated from Their Biological Families: The Impact of Traumatic Separation on Attachment!     6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, December 6, 2019      9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Do we really realize the attachment trauma that family separation has on our kids of all ages?  While we seem to be very concerned about what has recently been happening at the border regarding separating kids from their families who are trying to immigrate to the U.S., what about other reasons that we are separating kids and breaking up families?

This training will look at the deep attachment ruptures that are occurring in our kids in foster care and other ruptures that are happening in their lives and which are contributing to the behaviors/symptoms for which they are being referred to us for services.

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Cl# SW120l  Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma        6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, December 13, 2019    9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to our youth.  This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life.   We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our case plans even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day- to-day functioning.