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.  Call 415-267-6523 if you have questions about a scheduled class.


 

Future Title IV-E Trainings

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The DSM in Youth Services, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

6 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# SW775j

Wednesday, October 11, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @Mendell)

Examine a comprehensive overview of the DSM 5 with attention to changes relevant for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers. Study critical information for service providers including understanding new diagnoses working to ensure appropriate mental health services. Review the history of the DSM and the origins of mental illness.  Evaluate controversies in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders including the rising prevalence of mental disorders, the diagnosis of children and youth, and the overuse of psychotropic medications. Examine the organizational structure and changes in the DSM 5 including the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (childhood diagnoses) and Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. Review new diagnoses including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. Review revised diagnoses including Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. Discuss implementing other DSM 5 for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers with implications for improving mental health services for children and families.

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Trauma Informed Assessment: To support Child and Family Teaming Pain in the Heart Assessment

9 CEUs Available    Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD. LCSW

CI# SW270j

THREE (3) Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25    5:30PM-8:30PM

AFS (Alternative Family Services) 250 Executive Blvd. SF, Ste 4668

Study how to assess the youth within the context of the family system including the importance of emotional attachment for kids in the foster care system. 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 youth in FC.

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Trauma Informed Practice with Youth in FC and Their Families

9 CEUs Available    Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD. LCSW

CI# SW275j (This is a companion to SW270j)

THREE (3) Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15    5:30PM-8:30PM

AFS (Alternative Family Services) 250 Executive Blvd. SF, Ste 4668

Learn how trauma impacts the functioning of youth in foster 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 be successful in their foster placements and to be more likely to have a successful reunification if this is part of the plan.  

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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Supporting LGBTQQI Youth in Youth Services & Child Welfare

6 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# GL160j

Wednesday, October 18, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @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. SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression) is an acronym for our sexual and gender identity. 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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Impact of Domestic Violence in Children, Families and the Community

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# DV200j

Thursday, October 19, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

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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Youth Mental Health Issues and Self-Harming Behaviors

6 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# SW250j

Thursday, October 19, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @Mendell)

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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Grief and Loss: When New Losses Occur and Old Losses Resurface

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# GR100j

Monday, October 23, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 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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Human Sexuality: Youth and Young Adult Issues

10 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# SW810k

Wednesday, November 1, 2017    9AM-4PM     AND

Thursday, November 2, 2107    9AM-1PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @Mendell)

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 and MFTI working towards licensure to have a 10 hour CEU course on Human Sexuality.

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Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness When Working with Youth in Foster Care & Families

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# CS100k

Thursday, November 2, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

 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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Child Development: Infant & Child Mental Health

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# SD730k

Tuesday, November 7, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 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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Helping Youth Manage Anger and Aggression

6 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# AA100k

Wednesday, November 8, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @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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Clinical Supervision in Supervising Social Workers

15 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# SW341k

Wednesday, November 15, 2017    9AM-4PM    AND

Thursday, November 16, 2017    8AM-5PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @Mendell)

Day 1. Clinical supervision of Associate Social Workers has a critical role in the development of mental health professionals. Review the clinical supervision and licensing requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) and Licensed Psychologists. Discuss the components of clinical supervision including the clinical supervisor role, learning contracts, record keeping, case consultation guidelines and intern evaluations. Identify legal and ethical issues impacting clinical supervision including liability issues, minimizing liability, consent and confidentiality issues and mandated reporting guidelines. Discuss ethical practice issues with both clients and supervisees and the BBS regulations for unprofessional conduct.

Day 2. Review guidelines for providing group clinical supervision including ground rules, group process, and ongoing supervisor responsibilities. Discuss cultural competency and humility in providing clinical supervision including cultural identity, self-disclosure and ethics, social class and professional development, the cycle of oppression, micro aggressions, and supervision guidelines. Identify self-awareness issues in supervision including transference, counter-transference, and secondary trauma. Learn self-care practices and review the NASW Code of Ethics including obligations to clients, colleagues, practice settings, professionals, social work, and the broader society. Practice a model for ethical decision making will also be provided.

This course meets the Board of Behavioral Science Requirement for all clinical supervisors to take a 15 hour CEU course in supervising Associate Social Workers.

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Replacement Behavior

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# SW715j

Thursday, November 16, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

Explore common behavior challenges, approaches to handling challenging youth, traps to avoid, and effective methods to change harmful behaviors.  Learn what replacement behaviors are, techniques to identify and teach appropriate behaviors; the roots of certain behaviors, and how genetics and environment may affect behaviors.  Focus on the impact of trauma and behavior, how to understand these as providers, and the underlying reasons why the youth we work with may exhibit such challenging behaviors. Become more effective in your roles as a professional by learning strength-based approaches and what our youth need to embrace change.  Discuss specific challenges you may be experiencing with the youth you are working with and receive the necessary tools and support on managing these challenges.

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Safety in Home-Visiting and Community Work

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# GS200j

Tuesday, November 28, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

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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Boundaries, Secondary Trauma, and Self Care in Working with Youth & Families

6 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# SW780k

Thursday, November 30, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @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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Attachment and Trauma

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# TR200k

Thursday, November 30, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

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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Impact of Sexual Abuse & Trauma on Youth

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# CH1400I

Thursday, December 7, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 425

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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PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Attachment Disorders: Youth Impact and Treatment Approaches

6 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# SW740I

Thursday, December 7, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @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.

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Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# AS100I

Monday, December 11, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 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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Differential Diagnosis with Children, Youth, and Adults in Youth Services and Child Welfare

6 CA BBS CEUs        Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

CI# SW760I

Thursday, December 14, 2017    9AM-4PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans Ave @Mendell)

Many children, youth, and adults seen in youth services and child welfare have been given multiple diagnoses. The primary goal of all recent editions of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for mental disorders (DSM) has been to improve consistency of diagnosis provided by different providers. The quality of mental health services can be negatively impacted when there have been different diagnoses given to the same patient by different providers. This situation is made more difficult when common mental health symptoms (i.e. depression, anxiety, and aggressive behavior) overlap with multiple mental disorders.

Review the DSM 5 with attention to using differential diagnoses in improving the diagnosis of children, adolescents, and adults. Learn a step-by-step rule-out to follow at the beginning of the differential diagnosis process. Use decision trees to make differential diagnoses based on observed primary mental health symptoms. Review differential diagnosis based on the primary mental disorders seen in children, adolescents, and adults. Practice using differential diagnosis with your clients and participate in discussions of client case studies.

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ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorders, & PTSD

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# SF740I

Monday, December 18, 2017    9AM-4PM

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