Behavioral & Emotional Trainings: Psychological Topics

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

Adolescent Mental Health Issues
Foster youth are at greater risk of having mental health and behavioral issues related to their backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Obtain an overview of mental health issues for adolescents in out-of-home care including the impact of trauma, range of conditions, and counseling and treatment guidelines. Mood, anxiety, behavior, and psychotic disorders are discussed including approaches for addressing specific conditions and behavior issues provided.

Dual Diagnosis: (Mental Illness/Addiction): Treatment & Relapse Prevention

Dual Diagnosis: Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)

Individuals who have co-existing substance-related and psychiatric disorders must overcome a number of significant hurdles on their way to recovery: multiple health and social problems, double the stigma, a poor response to traditional treatments, a lack of joint treatment options, and a chronic cycle of treatment entry and re-entry. Learn which of your clients are at highest risk for COD and how you can use evidence-based practices (such as integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment) in your practice to help them recover.

Effects  / Impact of Verbal & Psychological Abuse on Child & Adolescent Development
The tongue is a small sword that has the ability to deliver deep wounds in the healthy psychological development of children and adolescents. Examine verbal and psychological abuse from a social emotional perspective focusing on forms and patterns of verbal and psychological abuse, their impact, and level of danger of the victim repeating the cycle of abuse. Discuss phases of healing and intervention strategies that promote the development of positive self-image.

Mental Health Issues of Youth in FC

Foster youth are at greater risk of having mental health and behavioral issues related to their backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Obtain an overview of mental health issues for adolescents in out-of-home care including the impact of trauma, range of conditions, and counseling and treatment guidelines. Mood, anxiety, behavior, and psychotic disorders are discussed including approaches for addressing specific conditions and behavior issues provided.

How to Handle Serious Mental Health Conditions of Children in Foster Care
Examine an overview of serious mental health problems experienced by children placed in foster homes. Discuss the range of mental conditions and learn to recognize the conditions. Review treatment options and obtain suggestions on when and how to seek professional help and when to refer foster children to another level of care if the mental health conditions are too severe to be addressed in a foster home placement.

Psychological Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence: Attention-Deficit Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Self-injurious Behaviors
Explore self-injurious behaviors in youth and depression. Study the warning signs of depression in the youth’s cognitive, physical, and behavioral development and the negative impact of depression as it relates to self-injurious behaviors. Examine intervention techniques, resources, treatment options, and psychiatric evaluations. Learn to build self-esteem and promote healthy behavior contributing to the well-being  of children who live in out of home care.  Most self-injurious behavior is related to early experiences of sexual, physical, emotional, and verbal abuse; it typically starts during the adolescent stage of development. Understanding the causes and meanings of self-injurious behavior allows caregivers to provide the early interventions necessary for youth to avoid long-term psychological problems. Explore the idea, causes, and effects of self-injurious behavior. Obtain a basic understanding of how and why clients engage in self-injurious  behavior. Explore a set of strategies to respond to the needs of those clients.