Tue, May 10|
Being Strength-Based with System Involved Youth: Avoiding the Labeling Trap!
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Time & Location
May 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM PDT
About the Event
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Strength-based, strength-based, strength-based! Wow, this seems to be an important mantra in our field! Since all of us understand our youth in our own ways, I hope that anyone supporting system involved youth and their families will attend! This training is about how we can remain strength-basedwhen we have to use pathologizing/stigmatizing labels. While I hope that we are all advocating (in our own ways) for important changes that will allow us to be more strength-based and individualized, what do we do NOW to make sure that these negative labels don’t follow our youth in the system of care (foster care, juvenile justice and mental health systems)?
This training is meant to help us see the importance of understanding why our system-involved youth are struggling and how we can provide support for them without using negative labels! If we can get better at this, it will be a win-win for system involved youth and families and our organizations to better support them with better outcomes!
1. Describe and understand what being strength-based does and does NOT mean and to articulate at least 3 principles of strength-based support that we can use with system involved youth.
2. Identify what the negative language/labels are that we use and how these can follow our kids and worsen their outcomes! Learn the history behind this confusing language that has stigmatized those most at risk (our kids in the system of care)!
3. Apply our understanding of our system involved youth in a meaningful way by integrating/honoring:
a. The role played by environmental risk factors related to stress and trauma that most of our kids in the continuum of care have experienced.
b. The role played by Cultural Relativism.
10:00 – 10:30AM Check-in and defining/understanding what strength-based and negative labeling are.
10:30 –11:00AM Group work and brainstorming on specific pathologizing labels and what we believe they tell us that is unhelpful to our system-involved youth.
11:00 – 11:15AM BREAK (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
11:15AM – 1:00PM Identify what these labels are really trying to communicate albeit in a confusing kind of way.
1:00 – 1:30PM LUNCH (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
1:30 – 2:00PM Culture and Environmental factors in exploring/understanding the challenges of our youth: Applying
these as a core factor.
2:00 – 3:00PM Group work on identifying reducing the use of stigmatizing labels.
3:00 – 3:15PM BREAK (CEUs will not be offered for this time)
3:15 – 3:45PM Review of theory and what this actually is? I almost never hear anyone discussing theory in depth. It can’t guide our how we support our youth if we don’t know what it is!
3:45 – 4:15PM Final group work on applying theory to guide our support services.
4:15 – 4:30PM Check-out and ADJOURNMENT
Meet Our Trainer
Pamela Parkinson, PhD, LCSW, is a clinical psychologist and clinical social worker, whose specialty area is working with youth and their families who are being served by our continuums of care. Dr. Parkinson’s emphasis is on the importance of family engagement and the healing of traumatic attachment ruptures. Pamela is also a certified PCOMS evidence-based practicetrainer. She currently works as a child/family consultant 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.