Awareness of our Own Reactions and Countertransference when Working with System Involved Youth and Their Families
Time & Location
About the Event
Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW
Examine the reasons why you chose to work in this field. They can be a “double-edged sword”- by being both the very things that make us excellent at your work and that can also cause our burn-out. Explore how our own “stuff” impacts our work with system-involved youth and their families and, if you are a supervisor, how to support those you supervise with all of this. In this training, we will discuss self-disclosure, explore ourselves and countertransference, identify how we know when we are over-involved, and review ways to address this.
- Describe the importance of separating our own issues (countertransference) from those of the youth and families in our continuum of care.
- Identify ways in which our self-awareness is directly linked to providing services to our system-involved youth in a manner that can improve outcomes.
- Apply today’s learning on our own stuff to our work in this field.
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Sign In
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Section I: Defining the relationship between our own stuff and the tendency to step over ethical boundaries.
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Group work on self-exploration and who we really are.
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM BREAK (CEUs will not be offered during this time)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Identifying our own triggers when working with system-involved youth and their families.
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH (CEUs will not be offered during this time)
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Culture: Discussing differences with clients.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Role play practice of a variety of typical boundary struggles in our
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK (CEUs will not be offered during this time)
3:15 PM – 4:20 PM Knowing our triggers is the start but now it is time to focus on the
strategies for how to process them so that they will not interfere with
our work with system-involved youth or lead to our own burn out.
4:20 PM – 4:30 PM 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 CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.