Wed, Aug 31|
Awareness of our Own Reactions and Countertransference when Supporting System Involved Youth and Their Families
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Time & Location
Aug 31, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM PDT
About the Event
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Examine the reasons why you chose to support system involved youth and families. They can be a “double-edged sword”— by being both the very things that make us excellent at supporting them and they can also cause our burn-out. Explore how our own “stuff” impacts our efforts to support system-involved youth and their families and, if you work with others who support system involved youth, how to support each other. Discuss self-disclosure with system involved youth and families, explore ourselves and countertransference, identify how we know when we are over-involved with system involved youth we support, and review ways to address this.
1. Describe the importance of separating our own issues (countertransference) from those of the youth and families in our continuum of care.
2. Identify ways in which our self-awareness is directly linked to providing support to our system-involved youth and families in a manner that can improve their outcomes.
a. How our stuff can interfere with system involved youth progress.
b. The importance of supervision to help us identify and work through our own stuff.
c. How dual relationships can lead us down a slippery slope.
3. Apply today’s learning on our own stuff to our work in this field:
a. Role plays to help identify our triggers and ways to react productively to them in the moment when we are with our youth.
b. Strategies for how to continue to identify our own triggers and ways to work on them so that they are less likely to interfere with of support of system-involved youth/families or lead to our own burn out.
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Sign In
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Section I: Defining the relationship between our own stuff and the tendency to step over ethical
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Group work on self-exploration and who we really are.
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM BREAK (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Identifying our own triggers when working with system-involved youth and their families.
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Culture: Discussing differences with clients.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Role play practice of a variety of typical boundary struggles in our everyday work.
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
3:15 PM – 4:20 PM Knowing our triggers is the start but now it is time to focus on the strategies for how to process them
so that they will not interfere with our work with system-involved youth or lead to our own burn out.
4:20 PM – 4:30 PM ADJOURNMENT
Meet Our Trainers
Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW, is a clinical psychologist and clinical social worker, whose specialty area is working with youth and their families who are receiving services in our continuums of care. Dr. Parkinson’s emphasis is on the importance of family engagement and the healing traumatic attachment ruptures. Pamela is also a certified PCOMS evidence-based practice trainer. She currently works as a child/family consultant and trainer to CBO’s in the Bay Area and Pamela has worked in level 14 residential, NPS, hospitals, and a variety of community-based settings including outpatient clinics, schools, diversion, kinship, etc.
This course meets the qualifications for (5.5) BBS CEUs for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.