Thu, Feb 09|
Working with System Involved Youth Separated from Biological Families: The Impact of Traumatic Separation on Attachment
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Time & Location
Feb 09, 2023, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST
About the Event
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Do we realize the attachment trauma that family separation has on our kids of all ages? This includes kids being separated from their families in foster care, juvenile justice, immigrating to the U.S., etc. What does this breaking up of families do to our kids? This training will look at the deep attachment ruptures that are occurring for system-involved youth and other ruptures that are happening in their lives and which are contributing to the behaviors for which they are exhibiting. These ruptures are interfering with positive outcomes of system involved youth and we need to understand that.
Participants will be able to:
· Explain what is meant by the trauma of loss and identify at least two attachment ruptures that these traumatic losses can create for system involved youth.
· Identify at least 2 ways that we can decrease the pain of attachment ruptures for system involved youth and families.
· Identify at least 2 ways to keep families “intact” after they have been separated that will facilitate possible reunification and more permanent placements.
9:30 – 9:40AM Sign In
9:40 – 11:00AM Discussion of what we mean by the trauma of loss through family separation and what is meant by attachment rupture?
11:00 – 11:15AM BREAK (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)
11:15AM – 12:30PM Review and describe why the healing of these family relationships are important whether the kids live with their families or not.
12:30 – 1:00PM LUNCH (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)
1:00 – 2:30PM Explore Pain in the Heart Theory (PITH) in relation to supporting youth as they recover from the trauma of family separation.
2:30 – 2:45PM BREAK (CE Hours will not be offered for this time)
2:45 – 3:45PM Small Group work to explore strategies for healing the attachment ruptures that our youth experience during and after family separation! Ways we can advocate on behalf of this healing and how important it is to be addressed!
3:45 – 4:00PM Wrap-up/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 (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.