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.

For eligibility questions and more information about scheduling classes, please contact Lynne Towe, Title IV-E Project Director at 415-267-6570 or email ltowle@ccsf.edu

To register for Title IV-E classes:  Email fcstrain@ccsf.edu.  Call 415-267-6523 if you have questions about a scheduled class.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences CEU Provider # 3002

 

Future Title IV-E Trainiings

Changing Harmful Behaviors: Interventions & Guidelines  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# SW725i Tuesday, September 8, 2015   9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Children and adolescents living in foster care are a vulnerable population. Most have emotional, behavioral, developmental, and health problems, along with challenging behaviors that have their roots in the difficult family and environmental circumstances they were in before entering the foster care system. Explore the origin of these behaviors and the "Stages of Change" model, one of the best-known approaches to change. Review techniques for changing harmful behavior, what counts as harmful behavior, reasons why youth may hurt themselves, the effects of self-harm behavior, and how self-harm behavior can be addictive in nature. Review effective communication techniques, appropriate role modeling, and how self-disclosure affects your work. Discuss the importance of positive attention for youth and how to provide it consistently to them. Examine behavior contracts and the positive impact they can have in setting limits for youth's behavior and sending a clear message to youth that there are consistent consequences to the choices they make, good or bad.
 

The DSM 5 in Youth Services, Child Welfare, & Juvenile Justice     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW775i   Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015      9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus # 110: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

The DSM 5 (fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has been implemented and used in licensing exams as of December, 2014. 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 recognizing new diagnoses, understanding mental health reports, and working providers to ensure appropriate 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.

Discuss new sections of the DSM 5, including the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (childhood diagnoses); Depressive Disorders; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Substance Related and Addictive 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, Schizophrenia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. Discuss the practical application of the DSM 5 for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers with implications for improving mental health services for children and families.


Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement
6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW380i:  Friday, Sept 18, 2015; 10 AM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, SF


For years we have been told to be “strength-based and client centered”, however, we have not typically been told what this really means.  In our field, we often focus on the negative events that have occurred or the pathology that a client and their family members seem to present with.  We forget, in the midst of all of the difficulties, that everyone has strengths and abilities and good intentions.  This training focuses on the importance of teaming with family members from the beginning and offers a variety of case plan strategies to create a family friendly process that will increase our ability to engage effectively with families who just don’t want to work with us!  We will also clarify what it means in terms of our work to be “strength-based”.


Cultural & Language Considerations When Working with Spanish-Speaking Families     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# SW710i Tuesday, September 22, 2015; 9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Explore statistics, etiquette, family values, rituals, religion, and different teaching and learning implications of Latino families. Discuss general family beliefs regarding mental health, disabilities, and other important concepts in the Latino culture. Study what acculturation is and how to help Latino families through their process. Consider how the different worldviews of Latino families may impact how individuals communicate with professionals and their children, and how these worldviews shape expectations for development. Examine cultural sensitivity and competence, and the importance of effective professional and personal boundaries.  Review clinical terminology and vocabulary, the importance of your triggers, and how to have intentional interaction vs. reactions, thereby creating the awareness for ourselves, as providers, to be truly effective in our roles.


Boundaries, Secondary Trauma, & Self Care in Working with Youth & Families  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW780i      Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015      9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 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, and healthy life styles. Develop a personal care plan at the end of the class.


Observation as a Primary Means of Assessment      
Pain in the Heart Assessment     9 CA BBS CEUs Available
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
SW270i   3 Mon: Sept 28, Oct 5, & Oct 12; 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
SW275j   3 Mon: Oct 19, Oct 26, & Nov 2; 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Alternative Family Services: 250 Executive Park Blvd. Suite 4668, S
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Study theoretical underpinnings of family systems assessment including structural, strategic, functional, behavioral, and developmental theories with a special emphasis on assessing and understanding these dynamics within Pain in the Heart Theory.  We will discuss, role play, and demonstrate with video and some one-way mirror observations how these theories work in helping to heal pain, increase attachment, and decrease negative child symptoms.


Understanding & Assessing Challenging Youth Behaviors in the Context of Family Issues    8 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW375j   Friday, October 2 & 9, 2015;   10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room  SF


Learn specific interventions to share with families to struggling manage challenging child behaviors.  While it is necessary to understand the function of the child's behaviors (since it is a communication to us) in order for ANY behavior plan to work, the focus is on how to help families implement a plan in family meetings and between meetings. Pre-requisite: Positive Behavior Challenging Behaviors:  Overview


Infant Child Mental Health   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# SW730i Tuesday, October 6, 2015; 9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Mental health, an essential part of children's overall health, is a complex interactive relationship with a child’s physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Contrary to common belief, infants and toddlers can suffer from mental health issues; unfortunately they are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent long lasting developmental effects. Many more are at risk of developing a disorder due to risk factors associated with their biology or genetics; their families, schools, communities; and their peers. Investigate the optimal social and emotional development of infants and their families during the first three years of life and including cognitive and motor skills development


Family History & Life Cycle Development on Youth in Foster Care  4 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW110j    Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015    12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Learn how the history of the biological families of our youth in foster care impacts their current functioning and how a family’s life cycle developmental challenges are intricately related to a youth’s own developmental challenges.  


Human Sexuality: Youth & Young Adult Issues  10 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW810j      Wed & Thurs, Oct 7 & 8, 2015      9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.


Explore an overview of human sexuality with a focus on youth and young adult sexuality issues. Review sexuality and relationship issues throughout the life cycle including sexual development, sexual identity, and love and intimacy. 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, STI (sexually transmitted infections), and sexual exploitation. Examine issues impacting LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex) youth and young adults and review their developmental needs, coming out process and psychosocial risk factors. Participate in group discussions on your experience working with youth and young adults on sexuality and relationship issues. 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 specific individual and family counseling approaches for LGBTQI youth and young adults. Learn about community resources that support for youth and young adults on sexuality and relationship issues.
This course meets the California BBS requirement for ASW and MFTI working towards licensure to have a 10 hour CEU course on Human Sexuality.


Recognizing the Signs & Working with Physically & Sexually Abused Children   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# SW610j  Tuesday, October 13, 2015   9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are at an increased risk of being physically and sexually abused. Teenagers abused as children are three to four times more likely to be depressed and /or suicidal than teens who were never abused.  (Sexual abuse carries the greatest risk for suicide.)  Learn to recognize behaviors and thoughts associated with teased, bullied, physically and abused youth.  Explore how abuse and trauma may impact sexual health, mental health, teenage pregnancy, teen rape, sexual identity, and attachment.  Review contemporary research findings about  physically and sexually abused youth and how to support these youth.


The Power of Assessing the Family System in Our Work with At-Risk Youth:  Using Direct Observation as a Primary Means of Assessment      
Pain in the Heart Trauma   9 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW275j  3 Mon: Oct 19 – Nov 2, 2015,  5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Alternative Family Services: 250 Executive Park Blvd. Suite 4668, SF


This is a companion to SW270. We recommend that students sign up for both trainings at the same time.

Learn how trauma is one of the core elements of Pain in the Heart Theory. 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   Discuss, role play; participate in role play, watch video,  observe through the one-way mirror how these traumas may impact our kids’ lives.


Law & Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW545j Thursday, Oct 22, 2015;    9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street


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 training meets the CA BBS CEU requirement for a Law and Ethics training for LCSWs and LMFTs.


Understanding Multi-Stressed Families   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW400j    Friday, Oct. 23, 2015    100 PM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


When working with families with few resources in their lives, traumatic pasts, and challenged relationships within their families, it can be easy to feel some of the same loss of hope that many of them experience and to become overwhelmed with what to focus on next.  Bring in specific concerns to discuss regarding the kids you are working with and let’s figure out together an understanding of the family relationships that are keeping the youth from being successful at home and in school.  


Boundaries, Boundaries, Darn those Ethical Boundaries!   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW390j    Friday, Oct. 30, 2015    10 – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Do you ever struggle with how close or distant your relationships with your clients should be in order to maintain your ability to be helpful and therapeutic?  We provide services to our youth and their families in their own homes, in schools and in their communities; this can be confusing for us and for our clients as to what our roles are and what kinds of relationships are being developed with our clients.  The true helping relationship requires clear relationship boundaries so that we don't unintentionally exploit our clients or experience "burn out".  


Missing Fathers in Foster Care:  Understanding This Trauma  4 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW120k    Wed, Nov 4, 2015    12:30 PM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to youth in foster care.  This epidemic of 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.


PTSD, Complex Trauma, & Attachment Disorders: Youth Impact & Treatment Approaches      6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW740k    Thursday, November 5, 2015       9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 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 and self-regulation skills that can support youth impacted by trauma.


When New Losses Occur & Old Losses Resurface   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# GR100k Tuesday, November 10, 2015   9 AM – 4  PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Explore reoccurring losses that happen to children, youth, and their caregivers; how to manage them; and the effects they have on brain functioning, behavior, and thinking. Learn what Loss & Grief are and how they relate to Trauma. Discuss triggers, anticipating them, and managing them, as anniversary dates, smells, and counter-transference occur. Study childhood traumatic grief and its symptoms.  Explore statistical correlations between mental health, trauma, and genetic and environmental loss. Focus on the impact of trauma and loss; understanding them as providers reminds us of the underlying reasons why the youth we work with may exhibit challenging behaviors. Learn several strength-based techniques on working with reoccurring loss, allowing us to be effective professionals. Examine the importance of self-care and self-awareness to avoid burn-out and secondary trauma.  Discuss specific losses your youth and families may be experiencing and obtain the necessary tools and support to manage them.


Understanding Family Dynamics Seminar:  Four Parts   
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
250 Executive Park Blvd., 4th floor, 4668   San Francisco

If possible, please sign up for all parts of Understanding Family Dynamics Seminars listed below.

Part I:  Assessing Family Relationships and Their Impact on Kids in Placement
Cl# SW351k  Weds, Nov 11, 18, & Dec. 2  5:30 PM – 8:30 PM  

Begin the seminar series by increasing your understanding of how to assess family dynamics to gain a better understanding of their impact on children. This exploration leads to better case planning for our youth.

Part II:  Common Theoretical Factors Used in Family-Focused Evidence-Based Practices
Cl# SW252L     Weds, Dec. 9, 16 2015 & Jan 13, 2016    5:30-8:30 PM
Learn to identify common theoretical 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:  Attachment Needs of Kids in Foster Care
Cl# SW353a   Wed, Jan 20, 27, & Feb. 3 2016  5:30-8:30 PM

Obtain a better understand the attachment challenges of our kids through the use of demonstration, description, and discussion.  

Part IV:  How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared
Cl# SW354b     Weds, Feb 10, 17, & 24 2016    5:30-8:30 PM

Explore the importance of the impact of family trauma on kids and how the resulting anxiety and sadness impact behavioral and other emotional stabilization issues.


Awareness of Our Reactions When Working with Youth & their Families   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW360k    Friday, Nov 13, 2015   10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Examine the reasons why you chose to work in this field. They can be a “double-edged sword”— by being both the very things that make you excellent at your work and cause burn-out.  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.  Discuss self-disclosure with clients, explore ourselves and counter-transference, identify how we know when we are over-involved with our clients, and review ways to address this.


The DSM 5 in Youth Services, Child Welfare, & Juvenile Justice     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW775k   Thursday, November 19, 2015      9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.


The DSM 5 (fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has been implemented and used in licensing exams as of December, 2014. 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 recognizing new diagnoses, understanding mental health reports, and working providers to ensure appropriate 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.

Discuss new sections of the DSM 5, including the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (childhood diagnoses); Depressive Disorders; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Substance Related and Addictive 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, Schizophrenia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. Discuss the practical application of the DSM 5 for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers with implications for improving mental health services for children and families.


Holiday Blues:  Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Prevention Children    6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# SD100L Wednesday, December 2, 2015   9 AM – 4  PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Sadly the holiday season can be a terribly stressful time for the youth in our care, especially if they are away from their family for the first time, or when memories of past holidays bring them discomfort. The stress can increase their depression, anxiety, and trigger suicidal thoughts. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. It is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24 and the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. Learn how to recognize these warning signs and what you can do to save a life. Review the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and how they are directly linked to suicide. Study misconceptions about suicide and how to address them in your work. Discuss several tips on preventing suicide, including how to assess the level of suicide risk. Explore common suicide risk factors for children and teens, including problems that may trigger a suicide attempt. Examine alarming statistics to remind you of your crucial role as providers to assess and address suicide with all our youth. Learn how you can make a difference!


Boundaries, Secondary Trauma, & Self Care in Working with Youth & Families  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW780L      Wed, December 3, 2015      9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 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, and healthy life styles. Develop a personal care plan at the end of the class.


Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW380L:  Friday, Dec 4, 2015; 10 AM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, SF


For years we have been told to be “strength-based and client centered”, however, we have not typically been told what this really means.  In our field, we often focus on the negative events that have occurred or the pathology that a client and their family members seem to present with.  We forget, in the midst of all of the difficulties, that everyone has strengths and abilities and good intentions.  This training focuses on the importance of teaming with family members from the beginning and offers a variety of case plan strategies to create a family friendly process that will increase our ability to engage effectively with families who just don’t want to work with us!  We will also clarify what it means in terms of our work to be “strength-based”.  


Saying Good-bye: Effective Termination; Planned, Unplanned, & Kids Aging Out of Services      4 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW280L   Wed, Dec 9, 2015    12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Termination brings with it many wonderful and sometimes frightening issues 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 for the client, staff members, family members, and peers of the individual who is terminating. Explore the importance of termination throughout treatment, what to expect as termination grows closer, and some ways to support a healthy termination process for everyone even if the termination is unplanned.


Understanding Family Dynamics Seminar:  Four Parts   
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
250 Executive Park Blvd., 4th floor, 4668   San Francisco

If possible, please sign up for all parts of Understanding Family Dynamics Seminars listed below.

Part II:  Common Theoretical Factors Used in Family-Focused Evidence-Based Practices
Cl# SW252L     Weds, Dec. 9, 16 2015 & Jan 13, 2016    5:30-8:30 PM

Learn to identify common theoretical 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:  Attachment Needs of Kids in Foster Care
Cl# SW353a   Weds, Jan 20, 27, & Feb. 3 2016  5:30-8:30 PM

Obtain a better understand the attachment challenges of our kids through the use of demonstration, description, and discussion.  

Part IV:  How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared
Cl# SW354b     Weds,  Feb 10, 17, & 24 2016    5:30-8:30 PM

Explore the importance of the impact of family trauma on kids and how the resulting anxiety and sadness impact behavioral and other emotional stabilization issues.


Youth Mental Health Issues and Self-Harming Behaviors   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW250L  Thursday, December 10, 2015      9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 106: 1400 Evans St  @ 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 mental health and self-harm in youth including their experience of trauma, the impact of loss, and mental health issues, 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 other mental health issues, helping them develop coping 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.


Empathy, the Heart of our Work:  Using It Effectively with Kids & Families  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW460L     Friday, Dec. 11, 2015      10 AM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Explore the role of empathy in our work with kids and their families. Obtain a deeper understanding of what empathy really is and how it will likely make the difference between a client having successful outcomes with you or not having successful outcomes.  Empathy a skill that can be learned that will benefit you and your clients.  


Differential Diagnosis & the DSM 5 with Youth & Families  6 CA BBS CEUs   
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW760L    Wednesday, December 16, 2015   9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 107: 1400 Evans St. @ Mendell St.


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.


Understanding Family Dynamics Seminar:  Four Parts  
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
250 Executive Park Blvd., 4th floor, 4668   San Francisco

If possible, please sign up for all parts of Understanding Family Dynamics Seminars listed below.

Part III:  Attachment Needs of Kids in Foster Care
Cl# SW353a   Weds, Jan 20, 27, & Feb. 3 2016  5:30-8:30 PM

Obtain a better understand the attachment challenges of our kids through the use of demonstration, description, and discussion.  

Part IV:  How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared
Cl# SW354b     Weds, Feb 10, 17, & 24 2016   5:30-8:30 PM

Explore the importance of the impact of family trauma on kids and how the resulting anxiety and sadness impact behavioral and other emotional stabilization issues.

____ Cl# SW725i   Changing Harmful Behaviors: Interventions & Guidelines         Tues, Sept. 8, 2015     9 AM – 4 PM 

____ Cl# SW775i    DSM 5 in Youth Services, Child Welfare, & Juv Justice  Thurs, Sept. 10, 2015         9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# SW380i    Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement         Fri., Sept 18, 2015             10 AM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# SW710i   Cultural & Language Considerations … Spanish Speaking Families  Tues, Sept. 22, 15  9 AM – 4PM 

____ Cl# SW780i    Boundaries, Secondary Trauma & Self Care               Thurs., Sept 24, 2015         9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# SW270i    Pain in the Heart Assessment         Mon., Sept 28 – Oct 23. 15    5:30PM – 8:30 PM

____ Cl# SW375j    Working w Families w Kids with Challenging Behaviors   Fri., Oct 2-9, 2015           10 AM – 4:30 PM      

____ Cl# SW730j 
  Infant Child Mental Health   Tues, Oct 6, 2015  9 AM – 4 PM

____ Cl# SW110j    Family History & Life Cycle Development ...Youth in FC  Wed., Oct 7, 2015     12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# SW810j    Human Sexuality: Youth & Young Adult Issues            Wed & Thurs 10/7 & 8, 2015     9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# SW610j   Understanding the Impact of Child Abuse & Trauma …            Tues, Oct 13, 2015       9 AM – 4PM

____ Cl# SW275j    Pain in the Heart Trauma                            Mon., Oct 19 – Nov 2, 15      5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

____ Cl# SW545j    Law & Ethics Issues in Youth Services & Child Welfare  Thurs, Oct  22, 2015          9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# SW400j    Working with Multi-stressed Families           Fri., Oct 23, 2015            10 AM – 4:30 PM  

____ Cl# SW390j    Boundaries, Boundaries, Darn Those Boundaries          Fri., Oct 30, 2015            10 AM – 4:30 PM   

____ Cl# SW120k    Missing Fathers in FC: Understanding This Trauma       Wed., Nov 4, 2015             12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# SW740k    PTSD, Complex Trauma, Attachment Disorders…            Thurs, Nov 5, 2015            9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# GR100k   Grief & Loss: When New Losses Occur & Old Losses …          Tues, Nov 10, 2015     9 AM – 4 PM 

____ Cl# SW351k    Assessing Family Relationships & Their Impact…         Wed, Nov 11 – Dec 2, 2015     5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

____ Cl# SW360k    Awareness of Our Reactions …                           Fri., Nov 13, 2015            10 AM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# SW775k    DSM 5 in Youth Services, Child Welfare, & Juv. Justice Thurs, Nov. 19, 2015          9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# SC100L   Holiday Blues: Depression, Anxiety, & Suicide Prevention        Wed, Dec. 2, 2015       9 AM – 4PM

____ Cl# SW780L    Boundaries, Secondary Trauma & Self Care               Thurs, Dec 3, 2015            9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# SW380L    Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement         Fri., Dec 4, 2015             10 AM – 4:30 PM  

____ Cl# SW280L    Saying Good-bye: Effective Termination              Wed, Dec 9, 2015              12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# SW352L    Common Theoretical Factors…Family-Focused EVP          Wed, Dec 9 – Jan 13, 16       5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

____ Cl# SW250L    Youth Mental Health Issues & Self-Harming Behaviors    Thurs, Dec 10, 2015           9 AM – 4 PM  

____ Cl# SW460L    Empathy, the Heart of Our Work: Using it Effectively   Fri., Dec 11, 2015;           10 AM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# SW760L    Differential Diagnosis & the DSM 5 with Youth & Families  Wed, Dec 16, 2015                    9 AM – 4 PM

____ Cl# SW353a    Attachment Needs of Kids in Foster Care                Wed, Jan 20 – Feb 3, 2016     5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

____ Cl# SW354b    How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared               Wed, Feb 10 – 24, 2016        5:30 PM – 8:30 PM