Family Training Topics: Trauma & Violence in the Community

The Title IV-E Program offers free trainings 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 from the currently offered list 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

Aggression & Community Violence
Explore the impact mass systemic involvement in Community Violence has on disadvantaged neighborhoods. Examine how children who are negatively impacted by Community Violence filter choices that feed poverty and criminality and further perpetuate the disenfranchisement of these communities.  

Anger Management
Explore:  What is and is not anger;  Social skill development;  Helping children understand and express feelings;  Helping adults understand and express feelings appropriately;  Positive coping and defensive strategies;  Prevention and de-escalation techniques.

Anger Management for Foster Care Staff
Many foster youth have issues related to anger and aggression related to past trauma and abuse. Review the contributing factors to anger and aggression in youth. Discuss techniques for helping youth to manage their anger, including monitoring feelings, assertive communication, changing behaviors, revising negative thoughts and beliefs, developing empathy, and reducing stress. Explore staff approaches for responding to aggressive behavior.

Bullying
Explore immediate interventions for de-escalating and preventing bullying and other intimidating behaviors. Examine bullying behaviors in the context of other disruptive and violent behaviors. Discuss nonviolent communication methods to assess the underlying needs of bullying and to identify the consequences to allow for safe, alternative choices. Explore ways to model behaviors to meet underlying needs. Exercises and role playing illustrate and demonstrate these learning methods and tools.

Conflict De-Escalation
Conflict is nearly always present in the foster care field. Conflict resolution requires building trust and a spirit of cooperation. Explore basic negotiation strategies, communication and language skills, and non-verbal behavior. Discuss realistic and unrealistic emotions and how to employ active listening as a conflict resolution skill. This workshop is customized to meet the specific needs of the agency. The topics are covered using lecture, case studies and materials, role-play, and group exercises

Conflict Resolution & Communication Skills for Staff

Conflict resolution requires building trust and a spirit of cooperation.  Good conflict resolution skills are imperative for success in the community, on the job, at school, and with inter-personal relationships. They arise on a daily basis in our work with youth. It is important that caregivers be able to model appropriate conflict resolution skills as well as mediate the conflict resolution process. Examine a model for working with youth whose difficulties in resolving conflicts have led to placement failures, relationship failures, and losses of freedom.  Develop a greater ability to listen to clients as they work through difficult feelings and learn to have a calm presence even in crisis situations.  Explore basic negotiation strategies, communication and language skills, and non-verbal behavior. Discuss realistic and unrealistic emotions and how to employ active listening as a conflict resolution skill.

Conflict Resolution: Helping Youth with Conflict Resolution
Explore ways to help children and youth resolve conflicts. Examine:  Peer to peer relationships; The skills needed for self-discipline and self-control; Problem solving strategies; Techniques of conflict resolution; De-escalation techniques ; and Methods to deal with bullying and harassment.

Gang Awareness, Intervention & Prevention: Helping Youth Cope   
Learn to recognize the signs of gang involvement and influence along with how institutional gang activities overflow into community violence and change the behavior of citizens within their communities.  Explore the roots of aggression, gangs, and the repercussions for gang dropouts.  Discuss strategies for preventing youth involvement in gangs and intervening with youth who may be considering gang involvement and the growing phenomena of girls and gangs. Learn to correctly interpret behavior of teens in regards to gang involvement and the signs that inform the caregiver that his/her youth are involved in gangs. Strategize ways to intervene with youth already involved in gangs ways of preventing youth from becoming involved in gangs. Also, review California Gang Law.

Gangs:  Urban Gangs
Explore the roots of aggression, gangs, and the repercussions for gang dropouts.  Obtain insight on how institutional gang activities overflow into community violence and change the behavior of citizens within their communities. Discuss the growing phenomena of girls and gangs.

Trauma: The Impact of Trauma on Youth
Children with backgrounds of abuse and neglect face extensive challenges and behavioral issues as adolescents. This class reviews the impact of trauma on youth including negative messages they receive in childhood and the consequences for them.  Discuss effective program approaches, including developing a relationship, meeting basic needs, addressing behavior issues, and increasing core competencies: communication, coping skills, and self esteem.

Trauma: Impact of Trauma on Child Development & Behavior
Review basic concepts concerned with the effects of trauma on child development and a brief history of trauma studies. Discuss problems that arise when attempting to empathize with traumatized children and the risks of normalizing their behavior. Consider the role of helplessness; become familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and the different types of child abuse.  Discuss the needs of children who have been abused, how to handle certain behaviors, the healing process, and tools that can be used to help facilitate the healing process.  Finally, learn about secondary trauma and how to minimize its impact.

Trauma: Its Effects on the Family Systems

Violence: The Impact of Community Violence on Youth

Examine useful tools to help you and support youth who have been impacted by community violence. Explore:  the youth perspective on community violence; strategies to support youth who have been impacted by violence; practical skills for partnering with youth; the different behaviors and emotions youth have due to violent traumatic experiences; the value of creative expression and explore healing tools; ways to create awareness and sensitivity around youth issues and concerns; and alternatives to violence and how to engage youth in these activities

Understanding Sexual Trauma & Subsequent Behaviors

Study Sexual Trauma, symptoms, recovery and treatment in foster children. Examine the impact of sexual trauma on children and how it leads to subsequent sexually acting out behaviors. Study tools that will help you to work with sexually-traumatized kids.

Violence: Helping Kids Deal with Violence in the Community
Examine useful tools to help you and support youth who have been impacted by community violence. Explore:  the youth perspective on community violence; strategies to support youth who have been impacted by violence; practical skills for partnering with youth; the different behaviors and emotions youth have due to violent traumatic experiences; the value of creative expression and explore healing tools; ways to create awareness and sensitivity around youth issues and concerns; and alternatives to violence and how to engage youth in these activities

Violence Prevention in Our Community When Working with Youth
Life in impoverished neighborhoods is increasingly looking like a war zone as a result of desperation, drugs, and gang warfare. Growing up in a violent environment has many effects on children’s emotional and physical welfare. Explore the effects of living in violent communities, as well as interventions to help children survive and resurrect hope in the face of great adversity. Study basic concepts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to identify and address symptoms in school as well as in out-of-home care. Learn about larger, community-based interventions that children can be involved with so that they can be part of the solution to end community violence.