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

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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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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Strength Based Family Engagement: Teaming with the Family  

6 CEU’s        Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

CI# SW380k    

Friday, November 10, 2017;  10AM-4:30PM

CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St., @ 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! Bring a stamped, self-addressed envelope to class to receive an attendance certificate.

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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# SW715k

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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Family History and Life Cycle Development: The Best Assessment!

6 CEUs        Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

CI# SW110k

Friday, November 17, 2017; 10AM-4:30PM

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

Learn how the history of the biological families of our youth impacts their current functioning and how a family’s life cycle developmental challenges are intricately related to a youth’s own developmental challenges.  We will review the importance of utilizing genograms and timelines with families in order to learn about their culture/stressors/life experiences and develop a full assessment.  This information guides our case planning and service provision of all kinds.  Without context, we cannot possibly understand what the behaviors of our kids mean or how we might go about intervening in ways that will decrease those behaviors.

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Vicarious Trauma

6 CEUs    Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# VT100k

Wednesday, November 22, 2017; 9AM-4PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth Street, SF @ Mission Street, Rm. 425

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.

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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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Understanding Family Assessment and Diagnosis:  4 Parts Described below

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Please sign up for all parts listed below.

Part I:   Cl# SW351k Assessing Family Relationships for Youth in the Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, Nov. 29th, Dec. 6th and Jan. 11th    5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Begin the seminar series by increasing your understanding of how to assess and diagnose family dynamics to gain a better understanding of how this impacts children in our continuum of care. This exploration leads to better case planning for our youth.

Part II:  Cl# SW352a Common Theoretical Factors Used in Family-Focused Evidence-Based Practices

Wednesdays, Jan. 18th, 25th, and Feb. 1st, 2018    5:30-8:30 PM

Learn to identify common theoretical evidence-based 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: Cl# SW353b Attachment Needs of Kids in Our Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, Feb. 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 2018    5:30-8:30 PM

Obtain a better understanding of the link between attachment ruptures, child development and trama.  Learn these through the use of demonstration, description, and discussion.

Part IV:  Cl# SW354b How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared

Wednesdays, March 1st, 8th and 15th, 2018    5:30-8:30 PM

Explore the importance of the impact of family trauma on kids and how these resulting attachment ruptures, which increase anxiety and sadness, impact behavioral and other emotional deregulation issues.

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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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PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System): An Evidence Based Practice in Teaming with Youth and Families!

6 CEUs        Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

CI# SW480I

Friday, December 1, 2017; 10AM-4:30PM

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

The root of many controversies in our field is the important question: “what works with kids”. Is success based on the use of specialized techniques or do other factors account for the change? Focus on how to interview and assess from a strength-based, family centered perspective. This premier Evidence-Based Practice, called PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System), is listed on the SAMHSA website and is a client-directed and outcome-informed process. Study the Outcome Rating and Satisfaction Rating Scales as a means of understanding your client’s needs and developing the kind of relational alliance and case plans that lead to improved success and positive outcomes.

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Impact of Sexual Abuse & Trauma on Youth

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# CH140I

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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Saying Good-Bye: Effective Termination for Youth Served in our Continuum of Care

6 CEUs        Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

CI# SW280I

Friday, December 8, 2017; 10AM-4:30PM

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

Termination brings with it many wonderful and sometimes frightening issues for our youth receiving services in our continuum of care.  These issues are related to both the treatment process that has occurred and what the future will hold. It may be planned or unplanned. Either way, it is a stressful process that significantly impacts the well-being of our clients, staff members, family members, and peers of the individual who is terminating. Explore the importance of termination throughout service delivery, what to expect as termination grows closer, and some ways to support a healthy termination process and warm hand-off for everyone even when the termination is unplanned.

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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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Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Prevention

6 CEUs        Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

CI# SD100I

Wednesday, December 20, 2017    9AM-4PM

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

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for people 10-24 years old. Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and youth 12-18 years old. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. These alarming statistics remind us of our crucial role as providers to assess and address suicide with all our youth. Explore the misconceptions about suicide; how to address them; and common suicide risk factors for children and teens. Review the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety; how to recognize these warning signs; and how they are directly linked to suicide. Discuss tips on preventing suicide; assessing the suicide risk level; and problems that may trigger a suicide attempt in children and teens. Learn how you can make a difference!

 

 

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