Behavioral & Emotional Development: Attachment

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

 

Introduction to Attachment Theory
Understanding attachment is key to working with youth in foster care. Explore attachment theory components and learn to build strategies for working with youth who have witnessed domestic violence and have disrupted attachment to an adult. Focus on the way trauma affects the youth’s connection to family, how to build safety, and affect regulation.

Attachment Issues of Youth & Children in Social Service System

Children who have experienced removal from caretakers and multiple placements often struggle with issues of attachment. One of the many goals of treatment in group homes is to help children learn how to trust others and have healthy, satisfying, and reciprocal relationships. Learn to identify the different types of attachment disorders children struggle with and how to be more effective in healing through their relationships.

Attachment and Emotions in Working with Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Sometimes it seems like the kids you work with should just forget about their family and move on. You may worry that they are getting hurt more as they hope for things to change rather than accepting that things are not changing and letting go of the situation.  For better or worse, this attachment, or lack of it, carries a lifelong impact and influences every relationship they will ever have.  Explore the effects of separation on child development and its impact on attachment.  Examine how family relationships are about continuously finding ways to stay connected and negotiating this connection through various developmental stages.  

Birth Family Connections: Helping Youth with Birth Family Connections
Explore ways in which group home staff can partner with birth families to achieve improved outcomes for youth in foster care. Learn to understand common problems associated with birth family involvement and discussstrategies for dealing with negative feelings about birth families. Discuss why it is important that foster children maintain connections with birth families and learn techniques for strengthening these relationships. Focus on the importance of understanding birth family dynamics, patterns, and experiences when helping youth deal with emotional or behavioral challenges. Examine approaches to helping youth in foster care deal with the complicated feelings surrounding birth families and techniques for structuring safe, healthy visitations. 

Building Trust When Working with Youth in Foster Care

Trust is the first stage of development in the growing child. The trust process must be applied in every phase of growth, expansion, and change. Explore the foundations of trust in development, the role of the caregiver, and the experience of the youth in foster cafe with trusting relationships. Discuss strategies for creating trusting experiences in the group home environment that empower youth in foster care to develop appropriate trust in all phases of societal relationships and contribute to their future success.  

Creating Helping Relationships with Foster Youth   
The relationship foster parents and group home staff have with youth in their care is critical to helping them achieve successful outcomes. Explore practical guidelines for helping relationships with foster youth including how to develop relationships, elements of successful relationships, positive communication skills, ensuring youth needs are met, personal and professional boundaries, making decisions, and having a supportive role in their lives.

Reactive Attachment Disorders
Study Reactive Attachment Disorder of infancy and early childhood. Obtain the basic information relative to supporting and understanding formation of attachment, the effects of interruption on attachment, and the elements needed to establish attachment. Study an overview of the diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder , the patterns of attachment, and review helpful interventions.

The Value of Healthy Attachment
Study Reactive Attachment Disorder of infancy and early childhood. Obtain the basic information relative to supporting and understanding formation of attachment, the effects of interruption on attachment, and the elements needed to establish attachment. Study an overview of the diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder , the patterns of attachment, and review helpful interventions.

Attachment Issues of Teen Mothers: Causes & Consequences

Attachment Issues: Breaking the Cycle of Family Violence

Developing Attachments with Children & Adolescents with Histories of Abuse & Neglect

Facilitating Attachments across the Lifespan