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

SW270f Trauma Informed Assessment: to Support Child and Family Teaming Pain in the Heart Assessment 9 CEUs Available

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD. LCSW

3 Wednesdays, June 6, 13, July 11, 2018 5:30-8:30 PM

Location: AFS4668

Sign up for BOTH of the following seminars!

This is Part I. Part II. is SW275 below.

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.

SW275f TRAUMA Informed Practice with Youth in FC and Their Families 9 CEUs Available

3 Wednesdays, June 20, 27, August 1, 2018 5:30-8:30 PM

This is a companion to SW270 (above).

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.


Cl# SW375g Working with Kids who have Challenging Behaviors: Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Principles 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, July 20, 2018; 9:30 AM - 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107 1400 Evans @ Mendell St.

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.


Cl# SW775g The DSM 5 and Mental Health Issues in Working with Youth and Families 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, July 26, 2018 9 AM – 4 PM

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

Licensed Clinicians. This course provides extensive information in understanding and developing accurate mental health diagnoses with youth and adults.

Clinical Associates. This course includes extensive information on mental health diagnoses that will assist you with your licensing exam.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the DSM 5 and mental health issues in working with youth and families. The history of the DSM and theories on the origins of mental illness are reviewed including genetics, biochemical imbalance, and the environment. Controversies in mental health services are discussed including the verification of mental disorders, the overdiagnosis and medication of people in our society, the harmful influence of the pharmaceutical industry, the effectiveness of antidepressants, the overuse of antipsychotic medications with low income youth, the false epidemic of bipolar disorder in youth, the misdiagnosis of schizophrenia in African Americans, and the overdiagnosis of youth of color with behavior disorders.

The organizational structure and changes in the DSM 5 are reviewed. New sections of the DSM 5 discussed include the Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Neurocognitive Disorders. New diagnoses reviewed include Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. Revised diagnoses include Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. The use of the DSM 5 for youth and family service providers will be discussed with a focus on improving mental health services for children, youth and families.


Cl# SW380g Strength Based Family Engagement: Teaming with the Family 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, July 27, 2018; 9:30 AM - 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107 1400 Evans @ Mendell St.

For years we have been told to be “strength-based and client centered”, however, we have not typically been told what this really means. We will clarify/define what it means in our work to be “strength-based” and what it means to "engage" with a family in a "client directed" way. 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 these difficulties, that everyone has strengths and abilities and good intentions. This training focuses on understanding the importance of teaming with family members from the beginning and being able to assess what kinds of case plan strategies might create a “family friendly” process of engagement even with families who just don’t want to work with us!


Cl# SW545h Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEUs Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, August 9, 2018 9 AM – 4 PM 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.

This course explores legal and ethical issues for licensed professionals working in youth and family services and child welfare. Topics include an overview of liability issues, the sources of procedure in our work, and how to minimize liability. Court cases involving liability issues will be discussed. Liability issues specific to youth and family services will be reviewed including consent, confidentiality, mandated reporting laws, and the duty to protect. Ethical practice issues in working with youth and families will be discussed. Transference and counter-transference with also be provided with guidelines for

professional helping relationships provided. The NASW and CAMFT Codes of Ethics will be reviewed with attention to relevance in youth and family services. The California Business and Professions Code unprofessional practices are provided. Clinical practice issues will also be reviewed. An ethical decision making model will be discussed with practical application to youth and family service providers.


CI# SW715h Replacement Behavior 6 CEUs

Thursday, August 16, 2018 9AM-4PM

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

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

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.


Cl# CD180h Eating Disorders in Youth and Families 4 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW Wednesday, August 22, 2018;

9 AM – 1 PM CCSF Evans Campus

1400 Evans @ Mendell Street, Room 106

Children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system are at increased risk of eating disorders. This course provides an overview of eating disorders in youth including the origins of eating disorders, incidence in youth, contributing factors, and mental health issues. Eating disorders in specific populations are discussed including the prevalence in young females, obesity in children, and males. The types of eating disorders in children, youth, and adults are reviewed including pica, rumination disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. New disorders in the DSM 5 are discussed including avoidant /restrictive food intake disorder and binge eating disorder. Treatment approaches are provided for eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Participants will also review case studies involving eating disorders.


Cl# LF100h Cultural & Language Considerations When Working with Latino Families 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, August 23, 2018; 9 AM – 4 PM

City College of San Francisco, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Rm TBD

Working with Latino families requires an understanding of different worldviews that may impact how individuals communicate with professionals and their own children; these worldviews shape expectations for development. Explore statistics, etiquette, family values, rituals, religion, teaching styles, and learning implications helpful to those working with Latino Families. Discuss general family beliefs regarding mental health and disabilities and other important concepts in the Latino culture. What is acculturation and how do we best understand and help Latino families through their process? Review cultural sensitivity& competence and the importance of effective professional and personal boundaries. Learn clinical terminology and vocabulary relevant to our field. Examine the importance of your own triggers and how to have intentional interaction vs. reactions. Discuss the best way to manage these and create awareness for ourselves as providers making us truly effective in our roles.


Cl# VT100h Vicarious Trauma 6 CEUs

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 9 AM - 4 PM

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

Mental health care providers who work with grief, loss and trauma, often hear detailed stories about the unfair, undeserved and often unimaginable traumatic experiences that their youth and families have endured. As a result, we are at risk for vicarious trauma, also known as secondary traumatization, secondary stress disorder, or insidious trauma. Vicarious Trauma can not only have a negative impact on providers, but on client care. Explore techniques to maintain appropriate self-disclosure when working with foster youth and their families. Learn how to create self-awareness in recognizing symptoms related to VT. Understand the difference between being burnout and stressed out. Discuss the importance of self-care, boundaries, and positive role modeling. Create your own self care plan, to best prevent VT. This class will include lecture, discussion and experiential exercises. This is a class you cannot afford to miss! Come take care of you so you can continue to care for others.


CI# TR200i Attachment and Trauma 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Monday, September 10, 2018 9AM-4PM

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

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.


Cl# SW340i Clinical Supervision in Youth Services, Social Work & Mental Health     6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, September 13, 2018; 9 AM - 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus, 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street, Room 106

This course meets the BBS requirements for clinical supervisors with ASW, MFTI, and LPPCI to take a 6 CEU course in Clinical Supervision every 2 years

Clinical supervision of trainees and associates has a critical role in the development of mental health professionals. Review the legal clinical supervision requirements provided by the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences) and the BOP (Board of Psychology) for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPPC) and Licensed Psychologists. Review supervisory skills and competencies including the role of the supervisor, case consultation and supervisee evaluation guidelines. Discuss cultural issues relevant to clinical supervision. Review liability and legal issues including standards of care, minor consent, confidentiality, and mandated reporting. Discuss ethical best practices in situations involving clients and supervisees. Review issues related to self-awareness and care including transference, counter-transference, secondary trauma, and self-care techniques


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

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, September 20, 2018 9AM-4PM

City College of San Francisco, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ 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.


Cl# AA100i Helping Youth Manage Anger and Aggression 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW Thursday, September 20, 2018

9 AM - 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.


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.


Cl# GL160i Supporting LGBTQQI Youth & Young Adults 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW Thursday, September 27, 2018

9 AM - 4 PM 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.