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.

 

HOW TO REGISTER

 

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Future Title IV-E Trainings

 

 

*** Due to the College cancelling face-to-

face classes for 2 weeks and the moving up

of Spring Break, certain workshops have

been re-scheduled to later dates. The

workshops listed below have the CORRECT

dates/times ***

 

Please see the CCSF website for more information:  https://www.ccsf.edu/en/about-city-college/marketing_publications/news---events/ccsf-community-messages.html 

 

 

Cl# EXT100c Men and Emotions: Challenges for Young Men of Color (No CEUs)

Instructors: Alvin McLean, Jr., Ph.D. and Stewart Perrilliat

Class RE-SCHEDULED: Date TBA

City College of San Francisco, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Rm 821

This seminar is designed to provide an overview of the research and clinical literature on men and their emotions, with an emphasis on young men of color. Additionally, this seminar will focus on how young men can learn to more effective in the expression of their emotions and hence be more effective in their interpersonal relationships and their parenting. In this seminar physiological, neuropsychological, behavioral, and spiritual factors will be examined to better understand men and their emotions.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this seminar, the participants will be able to

1. Define emotions from a physiological, neuropsychological and behavioral perspective

2. Distinguish how men express emotions differently from women

3. Delineate differences in the expression of emotions of young men of color

4. Describe how types of interventions (physiological, cognitive-behavioral, spiritual) can impact how men express and experience emotions.

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Cl# AS100c Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care  6 CEUs

Instructor:  Natalia Estassi PsyD

Class RE-SCHEDULED: Date TBA

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 821

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

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, May 7, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 821

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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CI# SW760e Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, May 14, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street

Psychotic disorders significantly impact children, youth, and families in youth services and child welfare. This course provides an overview of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders including challenges and approaches for working with systems involved children, youth, and adults who have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders or experience psychotic symptoms. A history of schizophrenia is provided including how it became over diagnosed as a ‘protest psychosis’ in African Americans during the social unrest of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the impact of deinstitutionalization on services for the mentally ill. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are presented including brief psychosis syndrome, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, substance induced psychotic disorders, and the proposed attenuated psychosis syndrome. Psychotic symptoms in children and youth and the onset of schizophrenia are reviewed.

Treatment approaches for working with caregivers and youth who have psychotic disorders are provided including cognitive behavioral approaches, assessing active psychosis, and the use of psychotropic medications. Issues in child welfare are discussed including the misdiagnosis of African Americans with psychotic disorders, the challenges faced by caregivers with psychotic disorders, psychosis in children and youth, the misuse of antipsychotic medications with youth, the potential harm to youth of the proposed attenuated psychosis disorder, and the impact of psychotic disorders on future placements and adoptions. Mental status exams, case studies to practice diagnosis, and mental health resources are also reviewed.

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Cl# GS200e Safety in Home Visiting and Community Work 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, May 14, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Center, 88 4th Street @ Mission, Rm 821

Working in our communities and doing home visiting has become an essential part of our work and many of our programs to best support foster youth and their families. Learn how to be safe and most effective in your professional roles. Explore different approaches to help ensure your safety. Discuss

different ethical considerations that need to be considered and how to best address these. Learn how to recognize high risk situations and interventions to best deescalate these encounters. Explore 5150 situations in the community and discuss best ways to prepare for and manage these.

By the end of this training students should have an increased understanding of:

•Different way to stay safe while doing home visiting and community work.

•Understand ethical situations and considerations that can come up and how to best manage these.

•Techniques to anticipate, plan and recognize high risk situations and ways to deescalate these encounters.

Learn how to best manage 5150 situations that may come up in community work and how to best address these.

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Cl# SW540e Clinical Supervision Focused on Child and Youth Well Being 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 15, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

This training is for those supervising MFT/LPCC Interns and ASW’s who are working with our youth receiving services in our continuum of care! We will review any changes to the supervision requirement, the general qualifications to be a supervisor of clinicians working on their BBS hours for licensure, and the resources and BBS forms that are required for all supervisors. So, regardless of your license, if you are supervising folks towards BBS hours, this is an important training. Of course, in addition to the BBS requirements, we will also cover how to develop a strong Supervisory relationship with your supervisee and ways to discuss the challenging issues of cultural differences and identifying countertransference. This is important to the supervisory relationship if we want our supervisees to be able to do this with their clients. It is a parallel process. You will even get a glimpse into PCOMS, an evidence-based practice!

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Cl# SD100e Depression, Anxiety, Suicide Prevention and Awareness 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St. Room 821

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!

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Cl# SW200e Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: Overview 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 29, 2020; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

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# SW270f Brief Family Mirror Seminar -- Trauma Informed Assessment: Supporting Child and Family Teaming 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: TBD

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.

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Cl# SW250f Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention in Youth Suicide and Self Harming Behaviors 6 CEU

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 4, 2020       9 AM – 4 PM

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

This course meets the new BBS requirement effective January 1, 2021 that all clinicians complete a 6 hour course or have equivalent experience in Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention

Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system are at an increased risk of suicidal and self-harming behaviors. This course provides a comprehensive overview of mental health issues and assessment and prevention techniques for reducing suicidal and self-harming behaviors in youth. Issues impacting self-harm are reviewed including their experience of trauma, the impact of loss, and complex trauma. The social development of suicidal and self-harming behaviors is examined including negative attachments, school failure, social oppression, and limited life opportunities. Mental health issues in suicidal behavior and treatment approaches are provided depression, post-traumatic stress, the use of psychotropic medications, and other mental disorders.

Group discussions will have participants review their own experience in working with suicidal and self-harming youth. Suicide risk assessment tools are provided to participants including warning signs of suicidal behavior and ASQ screening guidelines from the National Institute of Mental Health. Prevention issues and approaches are discussed included counseling youth with self harm behaviors and reducing self harm by increasing core competences, developing self-regulation skills, and improving future outlook. Guidelines are provided for intervention in suicidal and self-destructive behaviors including cutting, talking with a suicidal youth, crisis risk assessment, and safety planning. We can make a difference in reducing suicidal and self-harming behaviors in our youth and improving their lives.

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CI# CH140f Impact of Sexual Abuse & Trauma on Youth During & After Shelter in Place Order 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, June 4, 2020 9AM-4PM

Location: Online or TBD

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# SW460f Supporting Child and Youth Well Being and the Role of Empathy! 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, June 5, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

What is the role of empathy in our work with kids and families who are receiving services within our continuum of care? This training will take you to a deep level in understanding what empathy really is and how we can actively demonstrate it in our work in a manner that shows clients we really understand and care. This can motivate a client to want to work towards successful outcomes. Is empathy a skill that can be learned? I sure hope so.

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CI# SW810f Human Sexuality: Youth and Young Adult Issues 10 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Wednesday, June 10, 2020      9 AM – 4 PM and

Thursday, June 11, 2020      9 AM – 1 PM

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

This course meets the BBS requirement for all ASW, AMFT, and APCC to complete a 10 hour course in Human Sexuality prior to taking their licensing exam.

This course provides an overview of human sexuality with a focus on youth and young adult sexuality issues. A history of sex from ancient to modern times is presented. Sexuality and relationship issues throughout the life cycle are discussed including childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and older adulthood. Sexuality issues impacting system involved youth and young adults are reviewed including early sexual activity, pregnancy, coercive sex, STI (sexually transmitted infections), and abusive relationships. Youth sexual risk behaviors from a 2017 CDC Survey are also presented.

An overview of LGBTQQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex) youth is provided. Sexuality Counseling guidelines for supporting youth and young adults are reviewed including talking about sexuality, promoting sexual health, consensual sex, preventing STI and HIV, and intimacy and relationships. Adult sexuality and relationship information is discussed related to love and intimacy, living single, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. A model for providing couples therapy is also presented.

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Cl# DV200f Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families, & the Community During & After Shelter in Place Order 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, June 11, 2020 9AM-4PM

Location: Online or TBD

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# SW675f Transitional Age Youth: Thinking Differently about “Independence and the Importance of Natural Support Systems Especially FAMILY! 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, June 12, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

TAY are youth typically between 16-26 years of age who are transitioning from being minors and individuating into young adulthood. For our youth in foster care and in juvenile justice continuums of care, this transition is significantly more difficult than it is for youth not in these systems. Sadly, youth coming out of our systems have poor outcomes into adulthood. Let’s try something different! This training will allow us to look at some additional ways to include the extended family and other “natural” support systems in the lives of our TAY as they make this very difficult transition. This is the single largest developmental transition that we make as we launch into adulthood and we need all the support that we can get! For kids with poor attachments and deep traumatic attachment ruptures, many will not make this transition successfully unless we can help them with this healing.

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CI# SW430 f Anxiety Disorders, Stress, and Self Care During the Coronavirus 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 18, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

On Line Via Zoom

Our society is experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health symptom. Persons with anxiety disorders are reporting increased symptoms and episodes and most people are experiencing some symptoms of anxiety related to the current health crisis. The coronavirus has compounded levels of stress experienced by racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ populations in our society. This course takes a comprehensive look at anxiety disorders and stress, the impact on diverse populations, and the increased challenges and anxiety due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Primary anxiety disorders will be reviewed including phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Treatment approaches and the impact of the coronavirus on these disorders will be discussed. Research on the impact of stress on adult health issues and behaviors for racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ individuals is provided. Racial disparities in coronavirus cases are reviewed. Group discussions will focus on the challenges in our lives and the youth and families that we serve as well as coping strategies during the pandemic. Approaches for managing anxiety and challenges in the coronavirus age are provided and participants will develop an Individual Self Care Plan.

Course Objectives

1. To identify the primary anxiety disorders and how they have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

2. To describe the treatment approaches for anxiety disorders and strategies for

reducing and managing stress.

3. To describe the impact of stress and the coronavirus on racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ individuals.

4. To discuss challenges faced by ourselves and the youth and families we serve along with coping skills during the pandemic.

5. To identify approaches for reducing anxiety and managing our lives during the pandemic and develop an Individual Self Care Plan.

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Cl# SW380f Strength Based Family Engagement: Teaming with the Family 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, June 19, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

For years we have been told to be “strength-based and client centered”, however, we have not typically been told what this really means. We will clarify/define what it means in our work to be “strength-based” and what it means to "engage" with a family in a "client directed" way. 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 these difficulties, that everyone has strengths and abilities and good intentions. This training focuses on understanding the importance of teaming with family members from the beginning and being able to assess what kinds of case plan strategies might create a “family friendly” process of engagement even with families who just don’t want to work with us!

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Cl# SD300f Youth Suicidality: Understanding, Assessing, Safety Planning and Decreasing Future Suicidal Ideation 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

Come to this training on understanding suicidal ideation with kids. This is going to be a training within the context of family because we need the larger team to keep kids safe. We are going to talk about why kids might choose suicide, things to look for, how we talk about it, ways to assess and how to keep kids safe! However, once kids are safe, our focus will shift to how do we keep them alive and having a future outlook that does not include seeing suicide as a viable option for managing their pain.

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CI# SW545f Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, June 25, 2020      9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 106 1400 Evans @ Mendell Street

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!

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Cl# SW110g Family History and Life Cycle Development: The Best Assessment! 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, July 10, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

Learn how the history of the biological families of our youth impacts their current functioning and how a family’s life cycle developmental challenges are intricately related to a youth’s own developmental challenges. We will review the importance of utilizing genograms and timelines with families in order to learn about their culture/stressors/life experiences and develop a full assessment. This information guides our case planning and service provision of all kinds. Without context, we cannot possibly understand what the behaviors of our kids mean or how we might go about intervening in ways that will decrease those behaviors.

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

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

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

Location: TBD

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

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

Location: TBD

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.

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Cl# AS100g Self-Awareness & Resiliency when Working with Youth in Foster Care, Effects of COVID-19

6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, July 16, 2020; 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: Online or TBD

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# SW390g Continuum of Care: Supporting Our Healthy Boundaries for Youth and Family Well Being 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, July 17, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

Do you ever struggle with how close or distant our relationships with our clients should be in order to maintain our ability to be helpful and therapeutic within our continuum of care services? If you work as part of a team, do you all agree on what healthy relationship boundaries with our clients should look like? We provide services to our youth and their families in their own homes, in schools and in their communities; this can be confusing for us and for our clients as to what our roles are and what kinds of relationships are being developed. The true helping relationship requires clear relationship boundaries so we don't unintentionally exploit our clients, undermine our team members, or experience our own "burn out". This training clarifies what we mean by boundaries, ways in which we might be over-stepping them, what is meant by dual relationships, & issues regarding the boundaries relating to physical contact with our kids.

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Cl# SW360g Enhancing Child and Youth Well-Being by Attending to our Reactions When Working with Them 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, July 24, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

Explore the limits of self-disclosure with youth in our continuum of care and how our own past experiences impact these relationships, and identify how we know when we are over-involved in a way that could accidentally exploit our clients or burn ourselves out! Examine the reasons why you chose to work in this field. Explore how your own “stuff” impacts your work with youth and their families and, if you are a supervisor, how to support those you supervise with all of this.

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Cl# SW740g PTSD, ADHD, ODD, and Conduct Disorders and Effects of Shelter in Place 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, July 30, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: Online or TBD

We all work with significant amounts of trauma and children with acting out behaviors in our field; as providers we need to know how to best understand, intervene and support the youth and families we work with. Review the different diagnosis of ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorders, and PTSD. Potential origins of these diagnosis and underlying issues. 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-care and self-awareness practices in avoiding burnout and vicarious trauma.

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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

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

Location: TBD


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.

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SW715h Strength-Based Approaches to Replacement Behavior

Instructor: Natalia Estassi PsyD

Thursday, August 6, 2020 9 AM – 4 PM

Location: Online or TBD

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# SW375h Working with Kids who have Challenging Behaviors: Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Principles 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, August 7, 2020 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: TBD

Obtain an overview of the important ingredients in creating a behavior plan and the function of the behavior that the youth is attempting to communicate. Learn what these behaviors mean in the context of school and family relationships so that we can better support caregivers and teachers as they attempt to help our kids to be successful in school and in the home. Learn to apply theoretical principles shown to be effective, avoiding power struggles, and the basics of developing an effective plan.

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CI# TR200h Attachment and Trauma 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

Thursday, August 13, 2020 9AM-4PM

Location: Online or TBD

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# SW120h Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

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

Location: TBD

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.

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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

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

Location: TBD

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.

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

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD

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

Location: Online or TBD

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!

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

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

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

Location: TBD

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.