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Thu, Jun 01


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The Brief Family Mirror Seminar with an Emphasis on Family Relationships and Trauma: A Four Session Seminar

This is a four-week training and attendance is required for all four sessions. In order to register for this training, you must have completed the “Working with Families in our Systems of Care Using Evidence Informed Principles: An Overview” pre-requisite training with Pamela Parkinson.

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The Brief Family Mirror Seminar with an Emphasis on Family Relationships and Trauma:  A Four Session Seminar
The Brief Family Mirror Seminar with an Emphasis on Family Relationships and Trauma:  A Four Session Seminar

Time & Location

Jun 01, 2023, 4:00 PM PDT – Jun 22, 2023, 7:00 PM PDT

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About the Event

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

*This is a four-week training and attendance is required for all four sessions. The sessions will be held on the following Thursdays 6/1/23, 6/8/23, 6/15/23, 6/22/23 from 4:00-7:00pm.

Training Description

This training teaches how to understand family dynamics from a relational perspective that will allow us to develop case plans for our system-involved youth using a strength-based lens with the Pain in the Heart Healing (PITH) Questions. These questions were developed specifically to utilize evidence-based elements from structural and attachment-based family theories in an applied way for kids in our continuum of care who have experienced multiple serious trauma and attachment ruptures in their lives. We will explore the link between past trauma, current feelings about the past trauma, and the fear of what might happen in the future. Since our kids are acting out these traumas in their behavioral symptoms, it is important to be able to understand these from their perspective so that we can more easily respond to the healing necessary to increase positive outcomes using evidence-informed principles. This training is for anyone who is working with our youth in ANY capacity.

Learning Objective

Participants will be able to:

· Explain how PITH questions reflect systemic concepts including emotional boundaries, attachment and, of course, trauma.

· Apply at least two concepts learned to better understand the ineffective family relational patterns, attachment ruptures, and the interaction of stressors in a family’s life on these patterns.

· Identify at least 2 ways that we can help to facilitate the improvement of outcomes despite these family relational traumas.


Week One:

4:00PM – 4:10PM     Sign In and welcome

4:10PM – 5:00PM     Review of what mirror work looks like and remote implications.

5:00PM – 5:15PM     Review of the benefits of live mirror observation and research on in-vivo training with coaching

5:15PM – 5:30PM     BREAK (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)

5:30PM – 6:00PM    Small group work to Identify the 4 PITH Questions and the family systems concepts to which they are related.

6:00PM –7:00PM     Paired practice on how to invite the family to participate in a “live” Zoom session.

Week Two:

4:00PM – 4:10PM     Sign In and welcome

4:10PM – 4:30PM     Follow-up questions regarding structure of the training.

4:30PM – 5:30PM     Case presentation and application of the PITH Questions.

5:30PM – 5:45PM     BREAK (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)

5:45PM – 6:50PM     Walk through of Zoom techniques as we role play the case presentation family

6:50PM – 7:00 PM    End and check out

Weeks 3 & 4 (CE Hours will not be offered on these dates):

4:00PM – 4:30PM    Sign-in and brief family tree/timeline presentation of the family who is coming in for the strength-based mirror consultation today.

4:30PM – 5:30PM     Observation via the Zoom remote one-way mirror of the family meeting that is occurring.

5:30PM – 6:00PM     Strength-based reflection team feedback for the family while they get to “watch us” through the Zoom one-way mirror.

6:00PM – 6:30PM    Family response to the feedback and suggested “tasks” for the family to try over the next week if they are willing to.

6:30PM – 7:00PM     Family leaves and team debriefs the dynamics of what occurred and why and next steps to help the family continue their progress!

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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