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Wed, May 24


Online Event

Working with System Involved Youth and their Families Using Evidence Informed Principles: An Overview

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW and Annya Shapiro

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Working with System Involved Youth and their Families Using Evidence Informed Principles: An Overview
Working with System Involved Youth and their Families Using Evidence Informed Principles: An Overview

Time & Location

May 24, 2023, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

Training Description

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!

Learning Objective

1. Participants will be able to identify at least 2 primary family systems concepts that create the basis for Pain in the Heart Theory.

2. 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.

3. 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.


9:30AM – 9:45AM Welcome and sign in.

9:45AM – 10:30AM  Overview of the Evidence Based Movement: Where we have been and where we are headed.

10:30AM – 11:15AM  Brainstorming and discussion of reasons to work with families and the reasons that you might be hesitant!

11:15AM – 11:30PM   BREAK (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

11:30PM – 12:45PM  Enactment, Positive Reframes, and the most important concepts in doing family work.

12:45PM – 1:15PM  LUNCH (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:15PM – 2:15PM  Introduction to PITH: Pain in the Heart Theory

2:15PM – 3:00PM   Review of video clips of a real family and practice identifying process and positive intent.

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

3:15PM – 4:15PM  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.

4:15PM – 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.

Annya Shapiro, LMFT | Executive Director, Daly City Youth Health Center:  Annya, LMFT, joined DCYHC as Director of Behavioral Health in 2020 and has dedicated over 15 years to providing youth and families with trauma-informed mental health support services. Annya is passionate about family work and training clinicians to provide the best possible mental health care for the most vulnerable members of our community. Annya’s commitment to community mental health is evident in her innovative and collaborative approach to identifying and meeting the needs of the communities she serves. She believes that lasting mental health is best achieved when healing and support is extended beyond the individual to families, schools, and communities.  Annya has been promoted to Executive Director of DCYHC but continues to support the center with clinical supervision and training.

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.

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