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.

Future Title IV-E Trainings

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Cl#SW770I Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 City College CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018; 9AM – 4PM

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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CI# SW110L Family History and Life Cycle Development: The Best Assessment!    4 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Wednesday, December 12, 2018; 10AM - 4:30 PM

S.F. location: CCSF Main Campus, 50 Frida Kahlo Way, Multi-Use Building

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# CS100l Cultural Sensitivity & Awareness When Working with Youth in Foster Care & Families 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD, LCSW

Thursday, December 13, 2018; 9 AM – 4 PM

CCSF DTN Ctr, 88 Fourth St., San Francisco @ Mission St., Room 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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Cl# SW280l Saying Good-Bye: Effective Termination for Youth Served in our Continuum of Care 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, December 14, 2018; 9:30AM – 4:00PM

CCSF Evans Campus, Room 107, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Termination brings with it many wonderful and sometimes frightening issues for our youth receiving services in our continuum of care. These issues are related to both the treatment process that has occurred and what the future will hold. It may be planned or unplanned. Either way, it is a stressful process that significantly impacts the well-being of our clients, staff members, family members, and peers of the individual who is terminating. Explore the importance of termination throughout service delivery, what to expect as termination grows closer, and some ways to support a healthy termination process and warm hand-off for everyone even when the termination is unplanned.

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Cl# SW200a Assessing Family Issues Using Evidence-Informed Principles: Overview 6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, January 25, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 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# SW351/352/353/354 Understanding Family Assessment and Diagnosis: 4 Parts Described below

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Location: Some at MUB and some at AFS.

Part II Cl# SW352 Common Theoretical Factors Used in Family-Focused Evidence-Based Practices

Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and again on April 3, 10 and 17.      5:30–8:30 PM

Learn to identify common theoretical evidence-based elements used to gain a better understanding of family dynamics and to analyze the family dynamics that contribute to challenges with our youth.

Part III CL#SW353 Attachment Needs of Kids in Our Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and 13, and again on April 24, May 1 and 8, 2019 5:30-8:30 PM.

Obtain a better understanding of the link between attachment ruptures, child development and trauma. Learn these through the use of demonstration, description, and discussion.

Part IV Cl#SW354 How Trauma makes Kids Anxious and Scared

Wednesdays, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, and again on May 15, 22 and 29, 2019 5:30-8:30 PM

Explore the importance of the impact of family trauma on kids and how these resulting attachment ruptures, which increase anxiety and sadness, impact behavioral and other emotional disregulation issues.

Part I Cl# SW351: Assessing Family Relationships for Youth in the Continuum of Care

Wednesdays, March 13, 20 and 27 and again on May                  5:30-8:30 PM

Begin the seminar series by increasing your understanding of how to assess and diagnose family dynamics to gain a better understanding of how this impacts children in our continuum of care. This exploration leads to better case planning for our youth.

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Cl# SW390b Continuum of Care: Supporting Our Healthy Boundaries for Youth & Family Well Being 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, February 22, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

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, and issues regarding the boundaries relating to physical contact with our kids. 

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Cl# SW375c Working with Kids who have Challenging Behaviors: Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Principles 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, March 15, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

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 behaviros 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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Cl# SW120d Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 5, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to our youth. This epidemic of the often-absent 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# SW540d Clinical Supervision Focused on Child and Youth Well Being 6 CEU’s

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, April 26, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 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# SW280e Saying Good-Bye: Effective Termination for Youth Served in our Continuum of Care 6 CEUs

Instructor Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, May 17, 2019; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 254, 1400 Evans Avenue @ Mendell Street

Termination brings with it many wonderful and sometimes frightening issues for our youth receiving services in our continuum of care. These issues are related to both the treatment process that has occurred and what the future will hold. It may be planned or unplanned. Either way, it is a stressful process that significantly impacts the well-being of our clients, staff members, family members, and peers of the individual who is terminating. Explore the importance of termination throughout service delivery, what to expect as termination grows closer, and some ways to support a healthy termination process and warm hand-off for everyone even when the termination is unplanned.