Wed, Jan 24|
Working with System Involved Youth and their Families Using Evidence Informed Principles: An Overview
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Time & Location
Jan 24, 2024, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST
About the Event
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
This training is targeted to those who support system involved youth and their families within community settings such as in the schools and homes. We will focus on understanding unhealthy family relationship patterns and traumatic attachment ruptures via the use of the Pain in the Heart Theory (PITH). For youth in the continuum of care, their lives are very disrupted by these ruptures due to removal from home, losing placements, deportation and incarceration, to mention a few. Once we are able to understand the pain, we will be ready to know where the healing needs to occur so that our youth can start experiencing positive outcomes in all of their settings including more likelihood of not being removed from the home, successful reunifications and more sustainable permanent placements!
· Participants will be able to identify at least 2 primary family systems concepts that create the basis for Pain in the Heart Theory.
· Participants will be able to identify 4 pain questions that underlie Pain in the Heart (PITH) Theory and which family relational concepts each one addresses.
· Participants will be able to identify at least 2 strategies that address and heal the relational pain our youth in the continuum of care are experiencing so that we are healing traumatic attachment ruptures and supporting successful outcomes.
9:30-9:45AM Welcome and sign in.
9:45-10:30AM Overview of the Evidence Based Movement. Where we have been. Where we are headed.
10:30-11:15AM Brainstorming and discussion of the reasons to work with families and the reasons that you might be hesitant!
11:15-11:30AM BREAK (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
11:30-11:45AM How are Secondary and Primary Emotions different?
11:45AM-12:00PM The skill of Centralizing and how we become the lightening rod.
12:00-12:15PM The intersection of Positive Reframing & Empathy: Can’t have 1 without the other
12:15-12:30PM Using Facilitative Questions to bring the family pain into the “room”.
12:30-12:45PM How Enactment relates to the healing of traumatic attachment ruptures.
12:45-1:15 PM LUNCH (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
1:15-1:30PM Identifying emotional boundaries and they pain they can cause in families.
1:30-1:45PM Trauma and retraumatization in families.
1:45-2:00PM Getting to the heart of what PITH Theory is.
2:00-2:30PM Cultural impact on family trauma and Salvador’s Minuchin’s belief about this.
2:30-2:45PM BREAK (CE hours will not be offered for this time)
2:45-3:15PM Review of video clips of a real family and practice identifying process and positive intent.
3:15-3:45PM Small group work to understand the pain from a PITH perspective and large group sharing of one strategy, or service, that you might try
with the family to begin the healing process.
3:45-4:00PM Discovering the pain for each family.
4:00-4:15PM Tasks for you to try in your very next family meeting.
4:15-4:30PM Check-out process 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 with an emphasis on the importance of family engagement and on the healing of traumatic attachment ruptures in work with youth, especially youth who we serve in our continuum of care: child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and the school systems. Dr. Parkinson is also a certified PCOMS evidence-based practice trainer. She currently works as a child/family trainer and 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 (6.0) 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.