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

Cl# DV200i Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families, & the Community 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, September 20, 2018; 9AM - 4PM 

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St. @ Mission St. Rm TBD

The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the number one health concern in our country today; many youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have been exposed to it. Learn to recognize the behaviors and effects on the children who have been exposed to domestic violence. Explore the impact it has on their relationships, learning, and the ways it may lead to mental health issues. Review contemporary research findings on DV and ways to support these youth.

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Cl# AA100i Helping Youth Manage Anger and Aggression 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, September 20, 2018; 9AM - 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street, Room 106

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

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, September 21; 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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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CI# CH140i Impact of Sexual Abuse & Trauma on Youth 6 CEU

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Wednesday, September 26, 2018; 9AM - 4PM 

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

Examine the definition of sexual abuse and learn how to recognize signs and symptoms related to sexual abuse and trauma in children at various stages of their development. Study Information presented on sexual abuse and the traumatic impact it can have on children and adolescents. Explore factors affecting the impact of sexual abuse on behavior, learning, relationships, and cognition. Discuss the connections between sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, reproductive health issues, and how to talk to teens about healthy relationships. Review research on prevalence of STI's and teen pregnancy. For youth in foster care, the changes in adolescence occur in settings where they may lack the support of a trusted adult, the autonomy to make decisions about their well-being, or an awareness of health care resources. Discuss guidelines to understand and support youth who have experienced sexual trauma through these changes and help ensure their healthy transition to adulthood.

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Cl# GL160i Supporting LGBTQQI Youth & Young Adults 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, September 27, 2018; 9AM - 4PM

CCSF Evans Campus 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street, Room 106

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 adult.

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

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, October 5, 2018 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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# SW540j Clinical Supervision Focused on Child and Youth Well Being 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, October 12, 2018 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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# SW740j    PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Attachment Disorders: Youth Impact and Treatment Approaches 6 City College CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, October 18, 2018 9AM - 4PM

CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St. @ Mendell St.

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.

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Cl# SW375j Working with Kids who have Challenging Behaviors: Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Principles 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, October 19, 2018 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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#SW780j  Boundaries, Secondary Trauma, and Self Care in Working with Youth & Families 6 City College CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW   

Thursday, October 25, 2018 9AM - 4PM

CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.

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# SW120j Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, October 26, 2018 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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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Cl# SW545k Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 City College CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Thursday, November 1, 2018 9AM – 4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street

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.

Explore the legal and ethical issues for providers in youth and family services and child welfare. Topics include an overview of liability issues and how to minimize liability. Review consent, confidentiality, practice issues in youth and child welfare services, and mandated reporting laws. Discuss ethical best practices and ethical decision making in working with youth and families. Review the NASW and CAMFT Codes of Ethics and the California Business and Profession Code with attention to professional conduct guidelines relevant to youth services and child welfare. This course is designed to assist interns and associates working towards their clinical license in preparing for the Law and Ethics Exam

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Cl# SW250k Youth Mental Health Issues and Self-Harming Behaviors 6 City College CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Thursday, November 8, 2018 9AM – 4PM

CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St Room 106 @ Mendell St.

Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system are at an increased risk of mental health issues with self-harming behaviors. Review issues impacting self-harm in youth including their experience of trauma, the impact of loss, complex trauma. Examine social development issues including negative attachments, school failure, social oppression, and limited life opportunities. Learn mental health issues involved including depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychotic disorders, behavior disorders, and substance use. Discuss approaches to working with youth including counseling youth with depression and PTSD, developing coping skills, learning self regulation skills, improving self-care, and psychotropic medications. Learn guidelines and resources for addressing self-destructive behaviors including cutting, warning signs of suicide, talking with suicidal youth, crisis risk assessment, and helping youth cope with grief and loss.

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Cl# SW480k PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System): An Evidence Based Practice in Teaming with Youth and Families! 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, November 9, 2017 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

The root of many controversies in our field is the important question: “what works with kids”. Is success based on the use of specialized techniques or do other factors account for the change? Focus on how to interview and assess from a strength-based, family centered perspective. This premier Evidence-Based Practice, called PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System), is listed on the SAMHSA website and is a client-directed and outcome-informed process. Study the Outcome Rating and Satisfaction Rating Scales as a means of understanding your client’s needs and developing the kind of relational alliance and case plans that lead to improved success and positive outcomes.

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CL# SW110k Family History and Life Cycle Development: The Best Assessment!6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, November 16, 2018 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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# SW810k Human Sexuality: Youth and Young Adult Issues 10 City College CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9AM – 4PM and

Thursday, November 29, 2018 9AM – 1PM

CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.

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.

This course meets the California BBS requirement for ASW, AMFT, and APPCI working to complete a 10 hour CEU course on Human Sexuality.

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Cl# SW675k Transitional Age Youth: Thinking Differently about Independence and the Importance of Natural Support Systems Especially FAMILY! 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, November 30, 2018 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

TAY are youth typically between 16-26 years of age who are transitioning from being minors and individuating into young adulthood. For our youth in foster care and in juvenile justice continuums of care, this transition is significantly more difficult than it is for youth not in these systems. Sadly, youth coming out of our systems have poor outcomes into adulthood. Let’s try something different!

This training will allow us to look at some additional ways to include the extended family and other “natural” support systems in the lives of our TAY as they make this very difficult transition. This is the single largest developmental transition that we make as we launch into adulthood and we need all the support that we can get! For kids with poor attachments and deep traumatic attachment ruptures, many will not make this transition successfully unless we can help them with this healing.

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CI# CD145l Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Special Needs Youth 6 CA City College CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, December 6, 2018 9AM – 4PM

CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St Room 106 @ Mendell St.

Special needs children and youth comprise up to half of all youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice system. This course provides an overview of the prevalence and types of disabilities in special education and how they impact youth in the child welfare system including developmental, physical, mental health/emotional, and learning disabilities. Four primary disabilities identified in the new Neurodevelopmental Disorders section of the DSM 5 are discussed including Intellectual Disability, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Specific Learning Disorder. Information about these disorders is reviewed including causes, development, symptoms and treatment approaches for working effectively with special needs youth.

The impact of children and youth with special needs on child welfare and youth services is discussed including challenges for caregivers, diagnosis controversies, disproportionality with youth of color, ensuring appropriate resources, permanency options, and the transition to adulthood. Service needs reviewed include early intervention, special education, family support, case management, mental health, medical care, and employment and transition. Information on systems of care is also provided with special education, regional centers, mental health services, medical care, rehabilitation, and independent living centers all providing critical support in ensuring special needs youth achieve their maximum potential and well being in life.

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Cl# TR210k 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 7, 2018 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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#SW770I Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 City College CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 9AM – 4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street

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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Cl# SW280l Saying Good-Bye: Effective Termination for Youth Served in our Continuum of Care 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, December 14 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 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.