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

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Cl# SW351/352/353/354 Understanding Family Assessment and Diagnosis: 4 Parts Described below

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Location: Some at MUB and some at AFS.

Part II Cl# SW352 Common Theoretical Factors Used in Family-Focused Evidence-Based Practices

Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and again on April 3, 10 and 17.      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#SW353 Attachment Needs of Kids in Our Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and 13, and again on April 24, May 1 and 8, 2019 5:30-8:30 PM.

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

Part IV Cl#SW354 How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared

Wednesdays, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, and again on May 15, 22 and 29, 2019 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 disregulation issues.

Part I Cl# SW351: Assessing Family Relationships for Youth in the Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, March 13, 20 and 27 and again on                   5:30-8:30 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.

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Cl# VT100b Vicarious Trauma   6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, February 7, 2019;  9 AM - 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, 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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CI# SW715b Replacement Behavior     6 CEUs

Tuesday, February 12, 2019;  9AM-4PM

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

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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CI# SW180b Eating Disorders in Youth and Families 4 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, February 14, 2019; 9AM-1PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)

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. 

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CI# TR200b Attachment and Trauma    6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, February 21, 2019;  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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Cl# SW390b Continuum of Care: Supporting Our Healthy Boundaries for Youth & Family Well Being 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, February 22, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

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, and issues regarding the boundaries relating to physical contact with our kids. 

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CI#SW545b Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, February 28, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)

Law and Ethics Exam. This course includes extensive information to assist ASW, AMFT, and 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 provides an overview of legal and ethical issues in youth and family services and child welfare. Topics include liability issues in youth and family services and how to minimize liability including recent court cases. Current information on consent, confidentiality, practice issues, and mandated reporting laws is provided. Ethical best practices are discussed and ethical decision making model is given. Issues related to transference and counter-transference are reviewed with guidelines for professional helping relationships. An overview of the NASW and CAMFT Codes of Ethics and the California Business and Profession Code are provided with attention to information on professional conduct relevant to youth services and child welfare. 

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Cl# DV200c Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families, & the Community 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Wednesday, March 6, 2019; 9AM-4PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Rm 425

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.

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CI#SW250C Youth Mental Health Issues and Self-Harming Behaviors    6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, March 14, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ 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 self-harm in youth including their experience of trauma, the impact of loss, complex trauma. Examine social development issues including negative attachments, school failure, social oppression, and limited life opportunities. Learn mental health issues involved 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 PTSD, developing coping skills, learning self-regulation 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.

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CI# TR100c Trauma's Impact on Youth Behaviors, Cognition, and How it Affects Diagnosises    6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Wednesday, March 14, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth Street, San Francisco @ Mission, Room 425

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 diagnosed with Conduct and Mood disorders. Examine the root causes of their behaviors and cognition 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.

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Cl# SW375c Working with Kids who have Challenging Behaviors: Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Principles 6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, March 15, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

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 behaviros 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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CI#SW775C The DSM and Mental Health Issues in Working with Children, Youth and Families      6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, March 21, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)

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, Posstraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. The impact of the DSM 5 on services to children, youth, and familites will be discussed. 

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Cl# SW120d Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma 6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 5, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to our youth. 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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CI#GL160d Supporting LGBTQQI Youth and Young Adults 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, April 11, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ Mendell)

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 adults. 

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Cl# SD730d Infant & Child Mental Health        6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Wednesday, April 17, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 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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Cl# AS100d Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care  6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Tuesday, April 23, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 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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CI#AA100d Helping Youth Manage Anger and Aggression 6 CEUs 

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, April 25, 2019; 9AM-4PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Rm 106 (1400 Evans @ 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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Cl# SW540d Clinical Supervision Focused on Child and Youth Well Being 6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 26, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

This training is for those supervising MFT/LPCC Interns and ASW’s who are working with our youth receiving services in our continuum of care! We will review any changes to the supervision requirement, the general qualifications to be a supervisor of clinicians working on their BBS hours for licensure, and the resources and BBS forms that are required for all supervisors. So, regardless of your license, if you are supervising folks towards BBS hours, this is an important training. Of course, in addition to the BBS requirements, we will also cover how to develop a strong Supervisory relationship with your supervisee and ways to discuss the challenging issues of cultural differences and identifying countertransference. This is important to the supervisory relationship if we want our supervisees to be able to do this with their clients. It is a parallel process. You will even get a glimpse into PCOMS, an evidence-based practice!

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Cl #: GR100e Grief & Loss: When New Losses Occur & Old Losses Resurface 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, May 9, 2019;  9 AM - 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 425

Explore reoccurring losses that happen to children, youth, and their caregivers and effective methods to manage these.  What is Grief & Loss and how are they related to Trauma? Examine the effects of grief, loss, and trauma on brain functioning, behavior, and thinking. Review attachment theory and the impact this has on reoccurring losses. Discuss triggers such as anniversary dates, smells, counter-transference; how to anticipate and manage these; and childhood traumatic grief and loss symptoms related to grief.  Study genetic and environmental statistical correlations between mental health, trauma, and loss.  Focus on their impact; understanding this reminds us of the underlying reasons why the youth we work with may exhibit such challenging behaviors. Explore the impact of Holidays for our youth. Review several strength-based techniques used to work with reoccurring loss that allow us to be effective in our professional roles, including the importance of self-care and self-awareness to avoid burn-out and experiencing secondary trauma. Discuss specific losses your youth and families may be experience and receive the necessary tools and support to manage these occurrences.

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Cl# SW740e ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorders, & PTSD  6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Tuesday, May 14, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 425

We all work with significant amounts of trauma and children with acting out behaviors in our field; as providers we need to know how to best understand, intervene and support the youth and families we work with.  Review the different diagnosis of ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorders, and PTSD. Potential origins of these diagnosis and underlying issues. 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-care and self-awareness practices in avoiding burnout and vicarious trauma.

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Cl# SW280e Saying Good-Bye: Effective Termination for Youth Served in our Continuum of Care 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 17, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

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.