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.




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Future Title IV-E Trainings

CI# SW770 k Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, November 21, 2019 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.


Cl# SW375k  Working with Kids who have Challenging Behaviors:  Understanding Behavioral & Emotional Principles        6 CEU’s

Instructor:  Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

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

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 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 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.


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

Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, and again on Jan 8, 2020  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.

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

Wednesdays, TBD, 5:30-8:30PM

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, TBD,  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, TBD,  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.


CL# VT100l Vicarious Trauma, Self-care in Avoiding Burnout and how to Prepare for the Holidays 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD, LCSW

Thursday, December 5, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

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

Mental health care providers who work with grief, loss and trauma, often hear detailed stories about the unfair, undeserved and often unimaginable traumatic experiences that their youth and families have endured. As a result, we are at risk for vicarious trauma, also known as secondary traumatization, secondary stress disorder, or insidious trauma. Vicarious Trauma can not only have a negative impact on providers, but on client care. Explore techniques to maintain appropriate self-disclosure when working with foster youth and their families. Learn how to create self-awareness in recognizing symptoms related to VT. Understand the difference between being burnout and stressed out. Discuss the importance of self-care, boundaries, and positive role modeling. Create your own self care plan, to best prevent VT. This class will include lecture, discussion and experiential exercises. This is a class you cannot afford to miss! Come take care of you so you can continue to care for others.


CI# SW810l Human Sexuality: Youth and Young Adult Issues 10 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Thursday, December 5, 2019 9 AM – 4 PM and

Friday, December 6, 2019 9 AM – 1 PM

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

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.

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


Cl# TR210l  Working with Youth who are Separated from Their Biological Families: The Impact of Traumatic Separation on Attachment!     6 CEU’s

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, December 6, 2019      9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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

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.


CI# SW545l Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare 6 CEUs

Instructor: Paul Gibson, LCSW

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 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!


Cl# CD140l Child Development: Infant & Child Mental Health 6 CEUs

Instructor: Natalia Estassi, PsyD, LCSW

Thursday, December 12, 2019; 9 AM – 4 PM

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

Mental health is an essential part of children's overall health. There is a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside. It is estimated that over 15 million of our nation's young people can currently be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Many more are at risk of developing a disorder due to risk factors in their biology or genetics; within their families, schools, and communities; and among their peers. There is a great need for mental health professionals to provide the best available care based on scientific evidence, good clinical expertise, and that takes into account the unique characteristics of the infant, child or adolescent.

Contrary to common belief, infants and toddlers can suffer from mental health issues, and despite this are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent long lasting developmental plans This class will discuss these issues and the importance of healthy attachments and the effects of trauma, resulting in mental health issues. Child Parent Psychotherapy, play, and art therapy and other ways to best work with children will be will be explored


Cl# SW280l Saying Good-Bye: Effective Termination for Youth Served in our Continuum of Care   6 CEUs

Instructor: Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW

Friday, December 13, 2019       9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: CCSF Evans Campus, Room 255, 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.