Free Training for Foster Care Service Providers

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.

How to Register

Register for training online! Fill out the required online form -and click "submit". Upon completion, you will receive an email confirmation.

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Future Title IV-E Trainings


Cl# SW270g Brief Family Seminar, Trauma Informed Assessment: Supporting Child and Family Teaming SW270!       6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Date: Wednesdays, July 15, 22, 29, 2020 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Study how to assess the youth within the context of the impact of trauma on the family system including its effects on emotional attachment for kids in our continuum of care. Understand the connection between these relationships and the behaviors that our youth exhibit and some ways to increase attachment and emotional safety in order to decrease negative child symptoms that interfere with life success for our youth.

AND signing up also for this one at the same time:

Cl# SW275h Brief Family Seminar, TRAUMA Informed Practice with Youth in Our Continuum of Care and Their Families 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Date: Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 2020 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Learn how trauma impacts the functioning of youth in our continuum of care. Obtain a better understanding of the link between past traumas, current feelings about the past trauma, and the fear of what might happen in the future. Knowing more about what the youth are experiencing helps us to adapt case planning to help kids

heal from these traumatic experiences and be better able to benefit from the services we offer in our continuum of care.


SW715h Strength-Based Approaches to Replacement Behavior

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: Online

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.


CI# CD145h   Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Special Needs Youth (Intellectual Disability, Autism, ADHD, Learning Disorder & Emotional Disturbance)   6 CEUs                         

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW                                                                                                                      

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020      9 AM – 4 PM 

Location: Live Via Zoom 

Special needs children and youth comprise up to half of all youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice system. This course provides an overview of the prevalence and types of disabilities in special education and how they impact youth in the child welfare system including developmental, physical, mental health/emotional, and learning disabilities. Four primary disabilities identified in the new Neurodevelopmental Disorders section of the DSM 5 are discussed including Intellectual Disability, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Specific Learning Disorder. Emotional disturbance is also reviewed. Information about these disorders is reviewed including causes, development, symptoms and treatment approaches for working effectively with special needs youth.  

The impact of children and youth with special needs on child welfare and youth services is discussed including challenges for caregivers, diagnosis controversies, disproportionality with youth of color, ensuring appropriate resources, permanency options, and the transition to adulthood. Service needs reviewed include early intervention, special education, family support, case management, mental health, medical care, and employment and transition. Information on systems of care is also provided with special education, regional centers, mental health services, medical care, rehabilitation, and independent living centers all providing critical support in ensuring special needs youth achieve their maximum potential and well-being in life. 


Cl# SW120h Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to our youth. This epidemic of the often-absent biological 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.


Cl# TR210h Working with Youth who are Separated from Their Biological Families: The Impact of Traumatic Separation on Attachment! 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Do we really realize the attachment trauma that family separation has on our kids of all ages? While we seem to be very concerned about what has recently been happening at the border regarding separating kids from their families who are trying to immigrate to the U.S., what about other reasons that we are separating kids and breaking up families? This training will look at the deep attachment ruptures that are occurring in our kids in foster care and other ruptures that are happening in their lives and which are contributing to the behaviors/symptoms for which they are being referred to us for services.


Cl# SW340h Clinical Supervision in Youth Services, Mental Health and Child Welfare    6 CEUs 

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 9 AM - 4 PM 

Location: Live Via Zoom 

This course meets the BBS requirements for clinical supervisors with ASW, AMFT, APPC, and Psychology interns to take a 6 CEU course in Clinical Supervision every 2 years 

Clinical supervision of associates and interns has a critical role in the development of youth service, mental health and child welfare professionals. This course reviews the legal clinical supervision requirements provided by the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences) and the BOP (Board of Psychology) for Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW), Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFT), Associate Professional Clinical Counselors (APPC) and Psychologist Interns for obtaining their clinical licenses. 2019 BBS changes in clinical supervision will also be reviewed. Guidelines for providing clinical supervision, case consultation, supervise evaluations, and clinical supervision best practices will be provided. Liability and legal issues in providing clinical supervision are reviewed including standards of care, minor consent, confidentiality, and mandated reporting. Ethical best practices in situations involving clients and supervisees are discussed. Information is also provided on issues related to self-awareness and care including transference, counter-transference, secondary trauma, and self-care techniques. 


Cl# SD100h Depression, Anxiety & Suicide Prevention After COVID-19 Pandemic 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 9:00 AM - 4 PM

Location: Online

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for people 10-24 years old. Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and youth 12-18 years old. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. These alarming statistics remind us of our crucial role as providers to assess and address suicide with all our youth. Explore the misconceptions about suicide; how to address them; and common suicide risk factors for children and teens. Review the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety; how to recognize these warning signs; and how they are directly linked to suicide. Discuss tips on preventing suicide; assessing the suicide risk level; and problems that may trigger a suicide attempt in children and teens. Learn how you can make a difference!


Cl# SW480h PCOMS: An Evidence Based Practice in Teaming with Youth and Families! 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Date: Friday, August 28, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

The root of many controversies in our field is the important question: “what works with kids”. Is success based on the use of specialized techniques or do other factors account for the change? Focus on how to interview and assess from a strength-based, family centered perspective. This premier Evidence-Based Practice, called PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System), is listed on the SAMHSA website and is a client-directed and outcome-informed process. Study the Outcome Rating and Satisfaction Rating Scales as a means of understanding your client’s needs and developing the kind of relational alliance and case plans that lead to improved success and positive outcomes.


Cl# AA100i     Helping Youth Manage Anger and Aggression        6 CEUs                                                   

 Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW                                                                                                                     

 Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020      9 AM - 4 PM                                                                                    

Location: On Line Via Zoom 

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, post-traumatic 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. 


CI# TR200h Attachment and Trauma 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020 9AM-4PM

Location: Online

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.


CI# SW545i   Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare     6 CEUs 

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW                                                                                                                     

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2020    9 AM –4 PM                                                                              

Location: On Line Via Zoom 

Law and Ethics Exam. This course includes extensive information to assist ASW, AMFT, an 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 countertransference are reviewed with guidelines for professional helping relationships. An overview 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. Information is also provided to specifically help Associates pass their Law and Ethics Exam!