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# 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# AS100j Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care 6 CEUs

Instructor Natalia Estassi PsyD

Tuesday, October 23, 2018; 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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Cl# SD100j Depression, Anxiety & Suicide Prevention 6 CEUs

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, October 25, 2018 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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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# TR100j Trauma’s Impact on Youth Behaviors, Cognition, & How it Affects Diagnoses    6 CEUs

Instructor Natalia Estassi PsyD

Tuesday, October 30, 2018; 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# 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# GS200k Safety in Home Visiting and Community Work 6 CEUs

Instructor Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, November 8, 2018; 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# 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# SD730k Infant & Child Mental Health 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Tuesday, November 15; 2018; 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# 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# CS100l Cultural Sensitivity & Awareness When Working with Youth in Foster Care & Families 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD, LCSW

Thursday, December 13, 2018; 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# 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.