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

Trauma’s Impact on Youth Behaviors, Cognition, & How It Effects Diagnoses   6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# TR100e      Tuesday, May 3, 2016      9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 110: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St
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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.


Law & Ethics Issues in Youth Services & Child Welfare   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW545e Thursday, May 5, 2016;    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.


Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: An Overview vs. Challenging Behaviors       6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW200e   Friday, May 13, 2016      10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., SF; First Floor Conference Room 
 

Staff who work directly with family systems study an overview of family work concepts consistent with many of the principles that underlie such Evidence-Based practices (EBP) as functional, structural, brief strategic, and multi-systemic work. Develop an understanding of some of the theoretical concepts/ principles including Pain in the Heart Theory (PITH). Discuss case assessment specific to exploring the underlying issues in the family including family violence, family needs, strengths, and resources. This case assessment prepares the worker to move forward with an effective case plan to support the youth in the safest and healthiest manner. Helping youth in foster care with these family challenges increases permanency planning (fewer placement failures) and reunification.


Youth Mental Health Issues and Self-Harming Behaviors   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW250e  Thursday, May 19, 2016      9 AM – 4 PM
Evans Campus Rm 106, 1400 Evans St Rm 106 @ 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 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.


Understanding & Assessing Challenging Youth Behaviors in the Context of Family Issues   8 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW375e   Friday, May 20, 2016;   10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., SF; First Floor Conference Room 
 

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


Helping Youth Manage Anger & Aggression  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# AA100e      Thursday, June 9, 2016      9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.


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

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. 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.


PTSD, Complex Trauma, & Attachment Disorders: Youth Impact & Treatment Approaches      6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW740f    Thursday, June 23, 2016       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.


Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW380f  Friday, June 24, 2016; 10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., SF; First Floor Conference Room 
 

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”.

____ Cl# TR100e   Trauma’s Impact on Youth Behaviors, Cognition, …  Tues, May 3, 2016           9 AM – 4 PM

____ Cl# SW545e   Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services & Child Welfare  Thurs, May  5, 2016         9 AM – 4 PM

____ Cl# SW200e   Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: An Overview vs. Challenging Behaviors         Friday, May 13, 2016         10 AM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# SW250e   Youth Mental Health Issues & Self-Harming Behaviors      Thurs, May 19, 2016              9 AM – 4 PM

____ Cl# SW375e   Working w Families w Kids with Challenging Behaviors      Fri., May 20, 2016              10 AM – 4:30 PM

____ Cl# AA100f     Helping Youth Manage Anger & Aggression          Thurs, June 9, 2016             9 AM – 4 PM

____ Cl# SW740f   PTSD, Complex Trauma, Attachment Disorders…      Thurs, June 23, 2016           9 AM – 4 PM

____ Cl# SW380f    Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement           Fri., June 24, 2016         10 AM – 4:30 PM