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Fri, Jun 02


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Family Historical Information Gathering and Life Cycle Development within Efforts to Support System Involved Youth

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

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Family Historical Information Gathering and Life Cycle Development within Efforts to Support System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Jun 02, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

Training Description

We can’t know how to develop plans to support system involved youth if we don’t understand fully the youth’s context including family relationships, historical trauma, and intergenerational influences. Learn how the history of the biological families of our system involved youth impacts their current functioning and how a family’s life cycle developmental challenges are intricately related to a youth’s own developmental challenges and attachment issues. We will review the importance of creating family trees and timelines withfamilies in order to learn about their culture/stressors/life experiences and other important values. This information guides our case planning and service provision of all kinds. Without context, we cannot possibly understand what the behaviors of our kids in the Continuum of Care mean or how we might go about healing the pain and achieving positive outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

· Explain the Family Systems Theory and the importance of the historical/cultural context when supporting system involved youth.

· Identify at least 2 child development theories and learn the 4 questions of Pain in the Heart Theory, which was developed while working with youth in out of home placement and in the juvenile justice system.

· Identify 3 strategies for examining the impact of family life cycle development on youth attachment


10:00 – 10:10AM  Sign In

10:10 – 11:30AM  Section I: Systems theory and the importance of family history/culture in understanding the symptoms of our system involved youth. Small group break-out discussions.

11:30 – 11:45AM  BREAK (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)

11:45AM – 1PM  Section II:  Building the family tree with the family in the room! Also, small group practice.

1:00 – 1:30PM  LUNCH (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)

1:30 – 3:00PM  Section III: Review of a few child development theories and family life cycle development: How these impact 

the youth’s development and attachment issues.

3:00 – 3:15PM  BREAK (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)

3:15 – 4:20PM  PITH theory introduction and break out groups to apply the day of learning.

4:20 – 4:30PM  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. Dr. Parkinson has spent most of her career working with system involved youth in our Continuum of Care (foster care, juvenile justice, mental health and the kids struggling in our school systems). She is a certified PCOMS evidence-based practice trainer. Pamela currently works as a child/family consultant to CBO’s in the Bay Area and 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 CE hours 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.

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