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

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SW740a PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Attachment Disorders: Youth Impact and Treatment Approaches  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW  CLASS FULL
Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015; 9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room TBA: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems often experience extensive trauma in their backgrounds; many youth experience complex trauma due to chronic exposure to multiple and severe traumatic events. Review the impact of trauma on youth development, including mental health and behavioral consequences. Discuss the trauma related disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); complex trauma; reactive attachment disorder; and disinhibited social engagement disorder. Review evidence-based practices and treatment approaches for working with youth who have trauma-related disorders. Explore the development and components of self-regulation skills in maintaining positive mental health. Discuss cognitive and behavioral techniques for helping youth impacted by trauma develop physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral self-regulation skills.

Empathy, the Heart of our Work:  Using It Effectively with Kids & Families  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW460a     Friday, Jan. 16, 2015      10 AM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF

Explore the role of empathy in our work with kids and their families. Obtain a deeper understanding of what empathy really is and how it will likely make the difference between a client having successful outcomes with you or not having successful outcomes.  Empathy a skill that can be learned that will benefit you and your clients. 


Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: Overview   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW200a    Friday, Jan. 23, 2015      10 AM – 4:30 PM   
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF

Students 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 in foster care with these family challenges increases permanency planning (fewer placement failures) and reunification.


When New Losses Occur & Old Losses Resurface 6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl # GR100a Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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

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.


The Power of Assessing the Family System in Our Work with At-Risk Youth:  Using Direct Observation as a Primary Means of Assessment      15 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Cl# SW260b 6 Mondays: Feb. 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 2015   5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Alternative Family Services: 250 Executive Park Blvd. # 4668, SF


Both “old-timers” in the field and newcomers, are welcome to attend this Summer Series “one-way mirror” training. Observe from behind the mirror and participate in a reflecting team with the family during the session. Study theoretical underpinnings of this systemic training, including structural, strategic, functional, behavioral, and developmental theories with a special emphasis on Pain in the Heart Assessment.


Boundaries, Boundaries, Darn Those Ethical Boundaries! 3 CA BBS CEUs Available
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
CL# SW390b Friday, February 6, 2015;     10 AM – 4:30 PM   150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, SF


Do you ever struggle with how close or distant your relationships with your clients should be in order to maintain your ability to be helpful and therapeutic?  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 with our clients.  The true helping relationship requires clear relationship boundaries so that we don't unintentionally exploit our clients or experience "burn out".  This training clarifies what we mean by boundaries, ways in which we might be overstepping them, what is meant by dual relationships, and issues regarding the boundaries relating to physical contact with our kids.


Adolescent Mental Health Issues & Treatment with DSM 5 Updates 6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW330b  Thursday, Feb 12, 2015; 9 AM -  4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 110: 1400 Evans Ave. @ Mendell St.


Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are at an increased risk of having mental health issues related to their histories of trauma, abuse, and neglect. Review the origins of mental health issues experienced by youth, primary mental health issues with DSM 5 updates on new diagnoses, and changes to existing diagnoses that impact adolescents. Explore these mental health topics: depressive and bipolar disorders, borderline personality traits, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, behavior disorders, and psychotic disorders. Review information on psychotropic medications and discuss controversies concerning the increase in mental health diagnosis and the use of medications with adolescents. Discuss your own experiences working with teens with mental health issues. Participants receive treatment guidelines for working with youth on each of the mental health topics reviewed in class. 6 CA BBS CEUs available for LCSW’s and MFT’s.


Challenging Behaviors: An Overview      6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW370b    Wed., Feb. 18, 2015   12:30 PM – 4:30 PM   
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room  SF


Obtain an overview of the important ingredients in creating a behavior plan that works for kids. In order to help kids improve their behaviors, we have to avoid power struggles and remember that we are trying to teach them new behaviors. Learn to apply theoretical principles shown to be effective and the basics of developing such a plan.


Awareness of Our Reactions When Working with Youth & their Families   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW360b    Friday, February 20, 2015   10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Examine the reasons why you chose to work in this field. They can be a “double-edged sword”— by being both the very things that make you excellent at your work and cause burn-out.  Explore how your own “stuff” impacts your work with youth and their families and, if you are a supervisor, how to support those you supervise.  Discuss self-disclosure with clients, explore ourselves and counter-transference, identify how we know when we are over-involved with our clients, and review ways to address this.


Understanding the Impact of Child Abuse & Trauma and Unhealthy Attachments on Youth in Foster Care  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi,  PsyD
Cl# SW610b  Thursday, Feb.y 26, 2015   9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Rm 110: 1400 Evans Ave. @ Mendell St.


We all work with significant amounts of trauma in our field; as providers we need to know how to work with it 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.


Understanding & Assessing Challenging Youth Behaviors in the Context of Family Issues:  4-Session Seminar  12 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl # SW375c  4 Wednesdays: March 4 - 25; 1 -  4 PM
Location: 150 Executive Park Blvd. First Floor Conference Room, SF


Learn specific practices 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 Teaching for Challenging Behaviors:  An Overview


Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW380c:  Friday, March 6, 2015; 10 AM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, SF


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”.  


PTSD, Complex Trauma, & Attachment Disorders:
Youth Impact & Treatment Approaches   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW740c    Thursday, March 12, 2015       9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110: 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.


Changing Harmful Behaviors: Techniques & Guidelines  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD
Cl# SD725c Thursday, March 19, 2015; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Children and adolescents living in foster care are a vulnerable population; most have emotional, behavioral, developmental, and mental health problems with roots in the difficult family and environmental circumstances they came from. They develop challenging and harmful behaviors that we must work with. Explore the origin of these behaviors and well-known approaches to change, such as the "Stages of Change" model. Review techniques for changing harmful behavior; what counts as harmful behaviors; reasons why youth may hurt themselves; the effects of self-harm; how self-harm behavior can be addictive; effective communication techniques; and how appropriate role modeling and self-disclosure can affect our work. Learn the importance of positive attention for youth and how to consistently provide this to youth. Discuss behavior contracts and the positive impact they can have by setting limits for behavior and sending a clear message to youth that there are consistent consequences to the good or bad choices they make.


Empathy, the Heart of our Work:  Using it Effectively with Kids & Families  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW460C Friday, March 20, 2015;        10 AM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, S
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Explore the role of empathy in our work with kids and their families. Obtain a deeper understanding of what empathy really is and how it will likely make the difference between a client having successful outcomes with you or not having successful outcomes.  Empathy a skill that can be learned that will benefit you and your clients.  LCSW's and MFT's: Bring a stamped, self-addressed envelope to class if you wish to receive California Board of Behavioral Sciences CEU’s.  There is a 30 minute lunch break; bring a lunch or eat at the café on site.


Avoiding Parent/Caregiver Burn out in the Midst of Challenging Youth Behaviors:  How can we Help Caregivers put on that Oxygen Mask!?   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW377d   Friday, April 3, 2015 10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, SF


Learn specific practices and ways to support caregivers/parents who are struggling to 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 while understanding what this all means to the caregiver.  If we can’t understand and support the caregiver, they will not be able to support their kids in a healthy way!   


Working with Multi-Stressed Families     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW400d  Monday, April 13 - 27, 2015 10 AM – 4:30 PM
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


When working with families with few resources in their lives, traumatic pasts, and challenged relationships within their families, it can be easy to feel some of the same loss of hope that many of them experience and to become overwhelmed with what to focus on next.  Bring in the case that you are most stuck with and let’s trouble shoot together some things that you can try in your next session!  This is a special training to try to get “unstuck” at least for your next session


Being the Best Supervisor or Manager that You Can Be:  
Working Effectively with Staff Who Serve Youth in Foster Care   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson
Cl# SW530d   Friday, April 17; 10 AM– 4:30 PM   
150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, SF


Few supervisors or managers have had training in providing supervision; rather, most learn on the job.  Supervisors/managers specifically will focus on understanding the basic skills necessary to provide effective and supportive supervision for staff who work with kids in foster care.  Study issues including team building, strength-based management, boundaries, accountability and, most importantly, how to help your staff avoid “burn out” by facilitating their awareness of what they are bringing to the work.  Anyone who provides supervision or is a manager, is welcome to attend.


Depression: Working with Teens That Are Stressed & Depressed   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi LCSW
Cl# SD100d   Thursday, April 23, 2015   10 AM – 4:30 PM   
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Teens involved in the child welfare and the juvenile justice systems often experience overwhelming amounts of stress and are clinically depressed.  Adolescent suicide, a serious problem, is the second leading cause of death (following accidents) among youth and young adults in the US. Examine teen suicide warning signs, teenage depression, and techniques to help a teen through their depression and stress.  Many teens suffering from depression report feeling as though they've lost the ability to imagine a happy future or remember a happy past. Often they don't realize they're suffering from a treatable illness and seeking help may not have entered their mind. Explore the types of depression, how it relates to teens, its causes, effects, symptoms, and signs; and the difference between depression and blues in teens. Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. Discuss the benefits to healthy stress and how it can affect our mind, body, and spirit. Examine tips on communicating with a stressed and depressed teen.  Learn how you can make a difference!


Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: Overview   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW200d    Friday, April 24, 2015      10 AM – 4:30 PM   
150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room   SF


Students 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 in foster care with these family challenges increases permanency planning (fewer placement failures) and reunification


The DSM 5 and Mental Health     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW775d   Thursday, April 30, 2015      9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St
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The DSM 5 (fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has been implemented and used in licensing exams as of December, 2014. Examine a comprehensive overview of the DSM 5 with attention to changes relevant for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers. Study critical information for service providers including recognizing new diagnoses, understanding mental health reports, and working providers to ensure appropriate services. Review the history of the DSM and the origins of mental illness.  Evaluate controversies in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders including the rising prevalence of mental disorders, the diagnosis of children and youth, and the overuse of psychotropic medications. Examine the organizational structure and changes in the DSM 5.

Discuss new sections of the DSM 5, including the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (childhood diagnoses); Depressive Disorders; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. Review new diagnoses including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. Review revised diagnoses including Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. Discuss the practical application of the DSM 5 for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers with implications for improving mental health services for children and families.


The Power of Assessing the Family System in Our Work with At-Risk Youth:  Using Direct Observation as a Primary Means of Assessment      15 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW260e 4 Mon: May 11 – June 8, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Alternative Family Services: 250 Executive Park Blvd. # 4668, SF


Both “old-timers” in the field and newcomers, are welcome to attend this Summer Series “one-way mirror” training. Observe from behind the mirror and participate in a reflecting team with the family during the session. Study theoretical underpinnings of this systemic training, including structural, strategic, functional, behavioral, and developmental theories with a special emphasis on Pain in the Heart Assessment.


Transition to Adulthood and Extended Care  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW670e Thursday, May 14, 2015; 9 AM - 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Child welfare and youth in the juvenile justice system face extensive challenges in making a successful transition to adulthood. Explore an overview of the transition to adulthood for all people in our society between the ages of 16 and 24. Discuss the current transition outcome data for child welfare and youth in the juvenile justice system, the impact of AB 12/AB 212 extended care in supporting young adults, and the challenges they face. Review our progress in extended care and share the successes of young adults, effective practices and positive outcomes.

Review how to work effectively with youth and young adults to help them make a positive transition to independence. Discuss transition service needs including housing options, post-secondary education, family and permanency supports, employment, mental health, and preparing young adults for exiting extended. Examine case management and counseling practices for working with young adults including transition planning, engaging young adults in services, expanding permanency options, encouraging positive health care, and supporting education and employment .  Obtain transition resources for young adults.  


Strength-Based Family Work & Family Engagement  6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW
Cl# SW380e:  Friday, May 15, 2015; 10 AM – 4:30 PM  
150 Executive Park Blvd. first Floor Conference Room, SF


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”.  


Recognizing the Signs & Working with Physically & Sexually Abused Children   6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Natalia Estassi,  PsyD
Cl# SW620e    Thursday, May 21, 2015   9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are at an increased risk of being physically and sexually abused. Teenagers abused as children are three to four times more likely to be depressed and /or suicidal than teens that were never abused.  (Sexual abuse carries the greatest risk for suicide.)  Learn to recognize behaviors and thoughts associated with teased, bullied, physically and abused youth.  Explore how abuse and trauma may impact sexual health, mental health, teenage pregnancy, teen rape, sexual identity, and attachment.  Review contemporary research findings about  physically and sexually abused youth and how to support these youth.


The DSM 5 and Mental Health     6 CA BBS CEUs
Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW
Cl# SW775f   Thursday, June 11, 2015      9 AM – 4 PM
CCSF Evans Campus Room 110: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


The DSM 5 (fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has been implemented and used in licensing exams as of December, 2014. Examine a comprehensive overview of the DSM 5 with attention to changes relevant for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers. Study critical information for service providers including recognizing new diagnoses, understanding mental health reports, and working providers to ensure appropriate services. Review the history of the DSM and the origins of mental illness.  Evaluate controversies in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders including the rising prevalence of mental disorders, the diagnosis of children and youth, and the overuse of psychotropic medications. Examine the organizational structure and changes in the DSM 5.

Discuss new sections of the DSM 5, including the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (childhood diagnoses); Depressive Disorders; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. Review new diagnoses including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. Review revised diagnoses including Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. Discuss the practical application of the DSM 5 for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers with implications for improving mental health services for children and families.