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

Cl# SW760e Differential Diagnosis with Children, Youth, and Adults in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 City College CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Thursday, May 3, 2018 9 AM - 4 PM

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

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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Cl# SW810e Human Sexuality: Youth and Young Adult Issues 10 City College CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 9 AM – 4 PM and

Thursday, May 10, 2018 9 AM – 1 PM

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

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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Cl# SW545e Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 City College CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 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 course is designed to assist interns and associates working towards their clinical license in preparing for the Law And Ethics Exam

This training meets the CA BBS 6 CEU requirement for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPPCs to take a Law and Ethics course very two years.

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Cl# SW200e Assessment of Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: An Overview 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 18, 2018; 9:30 AM - 4 PM

Location: CCSF, Evans Center Room 107

Staff who work directly with the families of youth, who are receiving services in our continuum of care, will obtain an overview of family work concepts consistent with many of the principles that underlie such Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) as functional, structural, attachment-based, brief strategic, and multi-systemic family work. Better understand strength-based family work and the basic systemic theoretical concepts/principles including: Pain in the Heart Theory (PITH).

Participants will address case assessment specific to exploring and identifying 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 regarding how to support the youth in the safest and healthiest manner. Helping youth with these family challenges increases successful outcomes.

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SW480f PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System): An Evidence Based Practice in Teaming with Youth and Families! 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, June 1, 2018 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF, Evans Center Room 107

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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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.

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CI# CH140f Impact of Sexual Abuse & Trauma on Youth 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, June 7, 2018 9AM-4PM

CCSF, DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 821

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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CI# CD145b Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Special Needs Youth (Intellectual Disability, Autism, Learning Disability, ADHD & Emotional Disturbance) 6 CA BBS CEUs  

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Thursday, June 7, 2018      9 AM – 4 PM 

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

Special needs children and youth comprise up to half of all youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice system. This course provides an overview of the prevalence and types of disabilities in special education and how they impact youth in the child welfare system including developmental, physical, mental health/emotional, and learning disabilities. Four primary disabilities in the new Neurodevelopmental Disorders section of the DSM 5 are discussed including Intellectual Disability, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Specific Learning Disorder as well as Emotional Disturbance. Information about these disorders is reviewed including causes, development, symptoms and treatment approaches for working effectively with special needs youth.

The impact of children and youth with special needs on child welfare and youth services is discussed including challenges for caregivers, disproportionality and social justice issues involving youth of color, ensuring appropriate resources, permanency options, and the transition to adulthood. Service needs reviewed include early intervention special education, family support, case management, mental health, medical care, and employment and transition. Systems of care are also reviewed with special education, regional centers, mental health services, medical care, rehabilitation, and independent living centers providing critical support in ensuring special needs youth achieve their maximum potential and well being in life.

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CL# SW390f Continuum of Care: Supporting Healthy Boundaries for Youth and Family Well Being 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, June 8, 2018; 9:30 AM - 4 PM

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

Do you ever struggle with how close or distant our relationships with our clients should be in order to maintain our ability to be helpful and therapeutic within our continuum of care services? If you work as part of a team, do you all agree on what healthy relationship boundaries with our clients should look like? 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. The true helping relationship requires clear relationship boundaries so we don't unintentionally exploit our clients, undermine our team members, or experience our own "burn out". This training clarifies what we mean by boundaries, ways in which we might be over-stepping them, what is meant by dual relationships, & issues regarding the boundaries relating to physical contact with our kids. Do you ever struggle with how close or distant our relationships with our clients should be in order to maintain our ability to be helpful and therapeutic within our continuum of care services.

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CI# TR200f Attachment and Trauma 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Monday, June 11, 2018 9AM-4PM

CCSF, DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 821

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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Cl# SW760f Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 City College CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Thursday, June 14, 2018 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street

Psychotic disorders significantly impact children, youth, and families in youth services and child welfare. This course provides an overview of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders including challenges and approaches for working with systems involved children, youth, and adults who have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders or experience psychotic symptoms. A history of schizophrenia is provided including how it became over diagnosed as a ‘protest psychosis’ in African Americans during the social unrest of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the impact of deinstitutionalization on services for the mentally ill. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are presented including brief psychosis syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, substance induced psychotic disorders, and the proposed attenuated psychosis syndrome. Psychotic symptoms in children and youth and the onset of schizophrenia are reviewed.

Treatment approaches for working with caregivers and youth who have psychotic disorders are provided including cognitive behavioral approaches, assessing active psychosis, and the use of psychotropic medications. Issues in child welfare are discussed including the misdiagnosis of African Americans with psychotic disorders, the challenges faced by caregivers with psychotic disorders, psychosis in children and youth, the misuse of antipsychotic medications with youth, the potential harm to youth of the proposed attenuated psychosis disorder, and the impact of psychotic disorders on future placements and adoptions. Mental status exams, case studies to practice diagnosis, and mental health resources are also reviewed.

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Cl# SW200f Assessment of Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: An Overview 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, June 15, 2018; 9:30 AM - 4 PM

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

Staff who work directly with the families of youth, who are receiving services in our continuum of care, will obtain an overview of family work concepts consistent with many of the principles that underlie such Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) as functional, structural, attachment-based, brief strategic, and multi-systemic family work. Better understand strength-based family work and the basic systemic theoretical concepts/principles including: Pain in the Heart Theory (PITH).

Participants will address case assessment specific to exploring and identifying 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 regarding how to support the youth in the safest and healthiest manner. Helping youth with these family challenges increases successful outcomes.

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Cl# AS100f Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, June 21, 2018; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room # 821

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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Cl# SD100f Depression, Anxiety & Suicide Prevention 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9 AM - 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room # 821

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!

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CL# SW120g The Absent Parent Trauma: Missing Fathers 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, July 13, 2018 , 9:30 AM - 4 PM

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

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

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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.

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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!