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.

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 Trainings

Class# SW380C Strength-Based Family Engagement

Friday, March 17, 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Location: 150 Executive Park Blvd., San Francisco

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”.

Bring a stamped, self-addressed envelope to class to receive an attendance certificate.

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Cl# DV200c The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families & the Community 6 CA BBS CEUs

Wednesday, March 22, 2017; 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 110: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.

The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the number one health concern in our country today; many youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have been exposed to it. Learn to recognize the behaviors and effects on the children who have been exposed to domestic violence. Explore the impact it has on their relationships, learning, and the ways it may lead to mental health issues. Review contemporary research findings on DV and ways to support these youth.

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Cl# SW340c Clinical Supervision: Legal & Ethical Issues in Youth Services & Child Welfare

6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, March 23, 2017; 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

Clinical supervision of trainees and associates has a critical role in the development of mental health professionals. Review the legal clinical supervision requirements provided by the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences) and the BOP (Board of Psychology) for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPPC) and Licensed Psychologists. Describe the role of the clinical supervisor and the foundations for developing an effective supervisory relationship. Learn supervisory skills and competencies including case consultation and supervisee evaluation guidelines will be provided. Review liability and legal issues including standards of care, minor consent, confidentiality, and mandated reporting. Discuss ethical best practices in situations involving clients and supervisees. Review issues related to self-awareness and care including transference, counter-transference, secondary trauma, and self-care techniques. This training meets the CA BBS bi-annual 6 CEU unit requirement for clinical supervisors with ASWs, MFTIs, and LPPCI for both Clinical Supervision and Law and Ethics.

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Cl# SW540C Law & Ethics for Clinical Supervisors 6 CA BBS CEUs

Friday, March 31, 2017; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Instructor Pamela Parkinson

Location: 150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room

This training has been developed to address the legal and ethical dilemmas we face in our work with youth and their families AND to simultaneously, address the challenges of the supervisory relationship surrounding these dilemmas. Address these issues from a client-directed, strength-based, and outcome-informed perspective. Take a glimpse into PCOMS, an evidence-based practice. Explore ways to enhance the supervisory alliance in order to support the challenging work that we do on behalf of youth and their families. This training meets the CA BBS requirements for 6 hours of Legal and Ethical Training AND for the 6 hours of Supervision Training.

Bring a bag lunch to eat in class. There will only be a 30 minute lunch break. MFT’s and LCSW’s: Bring a stamped, self-addressed envelope to class if you wish to receive 6 California Board of Behavioral Sciences CEUs.

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Cl# AA100d Helping Youth Manage Anger and Aggression 6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, April 6, 2017; 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.

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, posttraumatic 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. Practice developing a behavior change plan with youth to help them manage their anger and aggression.

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Cl# SW460D Empathy: the Heart of our Work with Kids & Families 6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 14, 2017; 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: 150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room

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.

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Cl# TR100d Trauma’s Impact on Youth Behaviors, Cognition, & How It Effects Diagnoses 6 CA BBS CEUs

Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 9 AM - 4 PM

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 110: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.

Youth in foster care and in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System often exhibit challenging behaviors which may result in a variety of mental health issues. This can lead to an array of diagnoses as a result of their traumatic experiences; frequently they are diagnosed with Conduct and Mood disorders. Examine the root causes of their behaviors and cognitions as the youth relate to the trauma they experienced. Review the importance of correct diagnoses and how to work with the trauma to decrease acting-out behaviors. Explore strength-based approaches and the best ways to apply these in our work.

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Cl# SW810d Human Sexuality: Youth and Young Adult Issues 10 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Wednesday, April 19; 9 AM – 4 PM and Thursday, April 20; 9 AM – 1 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.

Explore an overview of human sexuality with a focus on youth and young adult sexuality issues. Learn about the history of sex from ancient to modern times. Review sexuality and relationship

issues throughout the life cycle including childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and older adulthood. Discuss sexuality issues impacting youth and young adults in the child welfare and juvenile justice system including early sexual activity, gender roles, pregnancy, coercive sex and sexual exploitation, STI (sexually transmitted infections), and issues impacting LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex) youth and young adults.

Discuss counseling guidelines for supporting youth and young adults including talking about sexuality, promoting sexual health, consensual sex, preventing STI and HIV, and intimacy and relationships. Review biological perspectives on female and male sexuality including sexual anatomy and the sexual response cycle. Examine adult sexuality and relationship issues related to love and intimacy, cohabitation and marriage, living alone, and couples therapy.

This course meets the California BBS requirement for ASW and MFTI working towards licensure to have a 10 hour CEU course on Human Sexuality.

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Cl# TR200d Attachment and Trauma 6 CA BBS CEUs

Wednesday April 26, 2017; 9 AM – 4 PM

Instructor Natalia Estassi PsyD

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

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.

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Cl# SW775d The DSM 5 in Youth Services, Child Welfare and Mental Health        
 6 CA BBS CEUs
Thursday, April 27, 2017;      9 AM – 4 PM
Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW                                                                                                     
CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.


Examine a comprehensive overview of the DSM 5 with attention to changes relevant for youth service, child welfare, and mental health providers. Study critical information for service providers including understanding new diagnoses working to ensure appropriate mental health 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 including the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (childhood diagnoses) and Trauma and Stressor Related 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, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. Discuss implementing other DSM 5 for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers with implications for improving mental health services for children and families.

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Cl# SW200D Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: Overview

6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 28, 2017; 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: 150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room

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.

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Cl# CS100e Cultural Sensitivity & Awareness When Working with Youth in Foster Care & Families 6 CA BBS CEUs

Tuesday May 2, 2017; 9 AM – 4 PM

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

Children and adolescents living in foster care are a vulnerable population. Most have emotional, behavioral, developmental, and health problems that have their roots in the difficult family and environmental circumstances they came from before entering the foster care system. As providers, we must be culturally sensitive in our approaches with you. Explore the differences between Cultural Competence, Cultural Awareness, and Cultural Sensitivity. Review the importance of role modeling and good boundaries and how these impact our youth. Discuss self-disclosure and self-awareness in order to help workers be effective in their roles as providers.

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Cl# SW341e Clinical Supervision in Supervising Social Workers 15 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Wednesday, May 3, 9 AM – 5 PM and Thursday, May 4, 8 AM – 5 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St., @ Mendell St.

Day 1. Clinical supervision of Associate Social Workers has a critical role in the development of mental health professionals. Review the clinical supervision and licensing requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) and Licensed Psychologists. Discuss the components of clinical supervision including the clinical supervisor role, learning contracts, record keeping, case consultation guidelines and intern evaluations. Identify legal and ethical issues impacting clinical supervision including liability issues, minimizing liability, consent and confidentiality issues and mandated reporting guidelines. Discuss ethical practice issues with both clients and supervisees and the BBS regulations for unprofessional conduct.

Day 2. Review guidelines for providing group clinical supervision including ground rules, group process, and ongoing supervisor responsibilities. Discuss cultural competency and humility in providing clinical supervision including cultural identity, self-disclosure and ethics, social class and professional development, the cycle of oppression, micro aggressions, and supervision guidelines. Identify self-awareness issues in supervision including transference, counter-transference, and secondary trauma. Learn self-care practices and review the NASW Code of Ethics including obligations to clients, colleagues, practice settings, professionals, social work, and the broader society. Practice a model for ethical decision making will also be provided. This course meets the BBS requirement to take a one time 15 hour CEU course if you are supervising Associate Social Workers. It also meets the BBS requirement for licensed clinicians to take a 6 hour course in Law and Ethics every 2 years. 

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Cl#: SW480E PCOMS: Delivering What Works with Kids & Families 6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 12, 2017; 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: 150 Executive Park Blvd., First Floor Conference Room

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 Evidence-Based Practice, called PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System), 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. 6 CA BBS CEUs available for LCSW’s and MFT’s.

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SW270E and SW275F The Power of Assessing the Family Dynamics in our Work with Youth in Foster Care --

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Location: Alternative Family Services: 250 Executive Park Blvd. Suite 4668, SF

The instructor requires that you have taken the prerequisite SW200 AND that you sign up for BOTH of the following seminars or you will not be in the mirror training!

Cl# SW270E Pain in the Heart Assessment 9 CA BBS CEUs Available

3 Mondays, May 15, 22, June 05, 2017; 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Study theoretical underpinnings of family systems assessment including structural, strategic, functional, behavioral, and developmental theories with a special emphasis on assessing and understanding these dynamics within  Pain in the Heart Theory. We will discuss, role play, and demonstrate with video and some one-way mirror observations how these theories work in helping to heal pain, increase attachment, and decrease negative child symptoms.

Cl# SW275F Pain in the Heart Trauma 9 CA BBS CEUs Available

3 Mondays, June 12, 19 & 26, 2017; 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Learn how trauma is one of the core elements of  Pain in the Heart Theory. 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 be successful Discuss, role play; participate in role play, watch video, observe through the one-way mirror how these traumas may impact our kids’ lives.

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Cl# SW715e Replacement Behavior 6 CA BBS CEUs

Tuesday, May 16, 2017; 9 AM - 4 PM

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

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.

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Cl# SW545e Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, May 18, 2017; 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street

Explore the legal and ethical issues for providers in youth and family services and child welfare. Topics include an overview of liability issues and how to minimize liability. Review consent, confidentiality, practice issues in youth and child welfare services, and mandated reporting laws. Discuss ethical best practices and ethical decision making in working with youth and families. Review the NASW and CAMFT Codes of Ethics and

the California Business and Profession Code with attention to professional conduct guidelines relevant to youth services and child welfare. This training meets the CA BBS CEU requirement for a Law and Ethics training for LCSWs and LMFTs.

This training meets the CA BBS 6 CEU requirement for LCSWs, LMFTs, and LPPCs to take a Law and Ethics course very two years.

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Cl# AS100e Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care 6 CA BBS CEUs

Tuesday, May 30, 2017; 9 AM – 4 PM

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

As a provider we are the vehicles for our work; this can put a lot of strain on us as a provider. Support is here! Explore how the importance of reflecting on your own experiences and developmental stages helps when working with our youth. Create awareness of your strengths and weaknesses to impact positively your professional development. Review the importance of boundaries, self-care, cultural sensitivity, and tips to approach self-disclosure to positively impact relationships with youth in foster care. Study research on resiliency and tips to become more resilient.

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Cl# SW740f PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Attachment Disorders: Youth Impact and Treatment Approaches 6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 1, 2017; 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 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 in supporting youth impacted by trauma to develop physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral self regulation skills.

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Cl# CH140f Impact of Sexual Abuse & Trauma on Youth 6 CA BBS CEUs

Tuesday, June 13, 2017; 9 AM – 4 PM

Instructor Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106; 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

Examine the definition of sexual abuse and learn how to recognize signs and symptoms related to sexual abuse and trauma in children at various stages of their development. Study Information presented on sexual abuse and the traumatic impact it can have on children and adolescents. Explore factors affecting the impact of sexual abuse on behavior, learning, relationships, and cognition. Discuss the connections between sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, reproductive health issues, and how to talk to teens about healthy relationships. Review research on prevalence of STI's and teen pregnancy. For youth in foster care, the changes in adolescence occur in settings where they may lack the support of a trusted adult, the autonomy to make decisions about their well-being, or an awareness of health care resources. Discuss guidelines to understand and support youth who have experienced sexual trauma through these changes and help ensure their healthy transition to adulthood.

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Cl# SW775f The DSM 5 in Youth Services, Child Welfare, and Juvenile Justice

6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 15, 2017 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St @ Mendell St.

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 understanding new diagnoses working to ensure appropriate mental health 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 including the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (childhood diagnoses) and Trauma and Stressor Related 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, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorder. Discuss implementing other DSM 5 for youth service, child welfare, and juvenile justice providers with implications for improving mental health services for children and families.

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Cl# SW760f Differential Diagnosis with Children, Youth, and Adults in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CA BBS CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 29, 2017; 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus Room 106: 1400 Evans St. @ Mendell St.

The primary goal of all recent editions of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for mental disorders (DSM) has been to improve consistency of diagnosis provided by different providers. The quality of mental health services can be negatively impacted when there have been different diagnoses given to the same patient by different providers. This situation is made more difficult when common mental health symptoms (i.e. depression, anxiety, and aggressive behavior) overlap with multiple mental disorders.

Review the DSM 5 with attention to using differential diagnoses in improving the diagnosis of children, adolescents, and adults. Learn a step-by-step rule-out to follow at the beginning of the differential diagnosis process. Use decision trees to make differential diagnoses based on observed primary mental health symptoms. Review differential diagnosis based on the primary mental disorders seen in children, adolescents, and adults. Practice using differential diagnosis with your clients and participate in discussions of client case studies.

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