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.

To register for Title IV-E classes:  Email fcstrain@ccsf.edu.

Future Title IV-E Trainings

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

Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and again on April 3, 10 and 17.      5:30–8:30 PM

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, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and 13, and again on April 24, May 1 and 8, 2019 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, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, and again on May 15, 22 and 29, 2019 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.

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

Wednesdays, March 13, 20 and 27 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. 

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Cl# SW120d Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma 6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 5, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 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. 

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CI#GL160d Supporting LGBTQQI Youth and Young Adults 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, April 11, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex youth and young adults face extensive challenges in developing a positive identity, gaining acceptance and support, and making a successful transition to adulthood. Explore an overview of LGBTQQI sexual identify development, the coming out process, involvement in the child welfare system, LGBTQQI youth of color and transgender youth. Discuss psychosocial risk factors including family rejection, school safety, peer bullying and isolation, depression, suicide, and HIV. Participate in discussions and activities including videos of LGBTQQI youth in out of home care. Review individual and family counseling approaches and residential care best practice guidelines for working effectively with LGBTQQI youth and young adults. Discuss how to support LGBTQQI youth in improving outcomes and making a successful transition to adulthood. We can make a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQQI youth and young adults. 

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Cl# SD730d Infant & Child Mental Health        6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Wednesday, April 17, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 425

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# AS100d Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care  6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Tuesday, April 23, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 425

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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CI#AA100d Helping Youth Manage Anger and Aggression 6 CEUs 

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, April 25, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)

Many youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems experience anger and aggression. Understand contributing factors to anger in youth including the impact of trauma, the experience of multiple losses, learned behavior, and complex trauma. Review the social development of anger in early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Learn mental health issues associated with anger from childhood through adolescence including depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, behavior disorders, and substance use. Participate in group discussions on challenges in working with youth who have anger and aggression. 

Discuss the behavior change process with youth including how to evaluate anger and aggression and how to motivate youth to initiate change. Learn physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral self-regulation skills for helping youth manage anger and including relaxation and self-nurturance, identifying and expressing emotions, positive self-talk, thinking ahead to consequences, and positive options in situations. Review guidelines for teaching youth positive social skills for managing their anger and helping other people. Practice developing a behavior change plan with youth to help them manage their anger and aggression. 

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Cl# SW540d Clinical Supervision Focused on Child and Youth Well Being 6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 26, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 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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CI# SW170e Facilitation Skills for Child Welfare Workers Navigating Conversations on Racism and Oppression: Engaging in Critical Dialogues with Love and Compassion    6 CEUs

Instructor:    Natalie J Thoreson, M.Ed

Tuesday, May 7, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location:    CCSF Downtown Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

In our current social climate, we are increasingly responsible for facilitating uncomfortable and challenging conversations with youth, families, and colleagues. Whether a new or veteran facilitator, challenges arise in leading these discussions. In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn facilitation skills to effectively address disengagement, arguments, and divisiveness with love and compassion. As part of our exploration, we will examine our social identities (race, gender, etc.) and explore how youth and families in the child welfare system are impacted by oppression. Addressing oppression, as a roof of facilitation challenges will enable you to overcome nuanced issues that derail conversations, empower you to create a safe space, and allow you to manage common facilitation challenges effectively and successfully. While facilitating these conversations with love and compassion will create room for connection, healing, forgiveness of self and others, and positive individual/social change.

During this whole day workshop, participants will explore and practice facilitation skills and methodologies needed to engage meaningful, effective, 1:1, and small intergroup conversations related to oppression and privilege from a place of love and compassion. We will cultivate a critical and compassionate understanding of the difference between "safe" and "comfortable" conversations and learn how to push through discomfort to engage these important learning opportunities. We will increase our skill in compassionately discussing the construction and impacts of oppression to youth, families, and colleagues who are at varying levels of experience, and who may not share our beliefs and values. And we will deepen our ability to effectively engage these conversations to connect across difference and being deconstructing the culture of oppression. 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------    CI#SW780e Boundaries, Secondary Trauma, and Self Care in Working with Youth & Families 6 CEU

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, May 9, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)                                                               

Working with youth and families in child welfare and the juvenile justice system can be stressful; it is important for us to understand how this impacts us on a personal level and be active in taking care of ourselves.  Examine the importance of maintaining boundaries and self-care for youth service providers staying effective as helping professionals and maintain our personal well-being. Discuss personal issues that impact our work including emotional boundaries, the zone of involvement, client transference, and staff counter-transference. Review ethical practice issues and guidelines for professional helping relationships.

Study secondary traumatic stress experienced by youth service providers, including symptoms, effects, how to manage secondary trauma, and stress information and management skills.  Explore the stress response cycle, signs of stress, and coping skills for managing stress. Learn stress reduction techniques, including relaxation methods, social support, time management, assertive communication, changing negative beliefs, positive self-talk, & healthy life styles. Develop a personal care plan at the end of class.

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Cl# SW110e Family History and Life Cycle Development: The Best Assessment!  6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 10, 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# SW740e ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorders, & PTSD  6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Tuesday, May 14, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 425

We all work with significant amounts of trauma and children with acting out behaviors in our field; as providers we need to know how to best understand, intervene and support the youth and families we work with.  Review the different diagnosis of ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorders, and PTSD. Potential origins of these diagnosis and underlying issues. 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-care and self-awareness practices in avoiding burnout and vicarious trauma.

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Cl# SW280e Saying Good-Bye: Effective Termination for Youth Served in our Continuum of Care 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 17, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Termination brings with it many wonderful and sometimes frightening issues for our youth receiving services in our continuum of care. These issues are related to both the treatment process that has occurred and what the future will hold. It may be planned or unplanned. Either way, it is a stressful process that significantly impacts the well-being of our clients, staff members, family members, and peers of the individual who is terminating. Explore the importance of termination throughout service delivery, what to expect as termination grows closer, and some ways to support a healthy termination process and warm hand-off for everyone even when the termination is unplanned. 

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Cl# SW180e Unearthing and Challenging Implicit Bias to Reduce Microaggressions & Better Support Youth in Care 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalie J Thoreson, M.Ed

Tuesday, May 21, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Dowtown Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

How do a person's race, sex, age, and other social identities influence how we are treated, as well as how we see and treat others, even when we are genuinely working to be unbiased? Implicit bias. Project Implicit defines (implicit bias) as the "thoughts and feelings that occur outside of conscious awareness or control." And these thoughts are often the foundation for our behavior and interactions with one another. The result is that even the most well-intentioned people sometimes say and do things that are discriminatory and oppressive. 

Because our implicit bias may be out of our control, does not mean that we are not responsible for the microaggressions that result. In this interactive two-pare workshop series, we will work to unearth our own implicit biases, and explore ways to make the implicit more explicit. This will include learning practical steps and practices we can take to reduce implicit bias and bias related discrimination. Through activities and large and small group discussion, we will also gain tools, language and practice in effectively and compassionately interrupt implicit bias, discrimination, and oppression perpetuated by our colleagues and students to better support students and colleagues of color, as well as those with other marginalized identities. 

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Cl #: GR100e Grief & Loss: When New Losses Occur & Old Losses Resurface 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Wednesday, May 22; 9 AM - 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 425

Explore reoccurring losses that happen to children, youth, and their caregivers and effective methods to manage these.  What is Grief & Loss and how are they related to Trauma? Examine the effects of grief, loss, and trauma on brain functioning, behavior, and thinking. Review attachment theory and the impact this has on reoccurring losses. Discuss triggers such as anniversary dates, smells, counter-transference; how to anticipate and manage these; and childhood traumatic grief and loss symptoms related to grief.  Study genetic and environmental statistical correlations between mental health, trauma, and loss.  Focus on their impact; understanding this reminds us of the underlying reasons why the youth we work with may exhibit such challenging behaviors. Explore the impact of Holidays for our youth. Review several strength-based techniques used to work with reoccurring loss that allow us to be effective in our professional roles, including the importance of self-care and self-awareness to avoid burn-out and experiencing secondary trauma. Discuss specific losses your youth and families may be experience and receive the necessary tools and support to manage these occurrences.

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CI#SW750e Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEU

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, May 30, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 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 and 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. Ann 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.

 

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CI#SW770f Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEU

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 6, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)     

Psychotic disorders significantly impact children, youth, and families in youth services and child welfare. This course provides an overview of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders including challenges and approaches for working with systems involved children, youth, and adults who have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders or experience psychotic symptoms. A history of schizophrenia is provided including how it became over diagnosed as a ‘protest psychosis’ in African Americans during the social unrest of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the impact of deinstitutionalization on services for the mentally ill. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are presented including brief psychosis syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, substance induced psychotic disorders, and the proposed attenuated psychosis syndrome. Psychotic symptoms in children and youth and the onset of schizophrenia are reviewed.

Treatment approaches for working with caregivers and youth who have psychotic disorders are provided including cognitive behavioral approaches, assessing active psychosis, and the use of psychotropic medications. Issues in child welfare are discussed including the misdiagnosis of African Americans with psychotic disorders, the challenges faced by caregivers with psychotic disorders, psychosis in children and youth, the misuse of antipsychotic medications with youth, the potential harm to youth of the proposed attenuated psychosis disorder, and the impact of psychotic disorders on future placements and adoptions. Mental status exams, case studies to practice diagnosis, and mental health resources are also reviewed.

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CI#SW810f Human Sexuality: Youth and Young Adult Issues 10 CEU

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Wednesday, June 12, 2019; 9AM-4PM AND

Thursday, June 13, 2019; 9AM-1PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell) 

This course meets the California BBS requirement for Associates working towards licensure to complete a 10 hour CEU course in Human Sexuality.

Explore an overview of human sexuality with a focus on youth and young adult sexuality issues. Learn about the history of sex from ancient to modern times. Review sexuality and relationship issues throughout the life cycle including childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and older adulthood. Discuss sexuality issues impacting youth and young adults in the child welfare and juvenile justice system including early sexual activity, gender roles, pregnancy, coercive sex and sexual exploitation, STI (sexually transmitted infections), and issues impacting LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex) youth and young adults.

Discuss counseling guidelines for supporting youth and young adults including talking about sexuality, promoting sexual health, consensual sex, preventing STI and HIV, and intimacy and relationships. Review biological perspectives on female and male sexuality including sexual anatomy and the sexual response cycle. Examine adult sexuality and relationship issues related to love and intimacy, cohabitation and marriage, living alone, and couples therapy.

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CI#SW740f PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Attachment Disorders: Youth Impact and Treatment Approaches 6 CEU

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 27, 2019; 9AM-4PM 

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell) 

Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems often experience extensive trauma in their backgrounds. Review the impact of trauma on youth development, including mental health and behavioral consequences. Discuss trauma related disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); complex trauma; reactive attachment disorder; disinhibited social engagement disorder; depression, and borderline personality. Review best practices for working with these youth such as building the relationship; meeting basic needs; motivating youth; and increasing the core competencies of self-esteem, communications, and coping skills. Explore treatment approaches and evidence-based practices for working with youth who have trauma-related disorders. Review cognitive and behavioral techniques in supporting youth impacted by trauma to develop physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral self regulation skills.