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Tue, Mar 16


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Family Assessment, History and Life Cycle Development when working with System Involved Youth

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

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Family Assessment, History and Life Cycle Development when working with System Involved Youth
Family Assessment, History and Life Cycle Development when working with System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Mar 16, 2021, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

Training Description

We can’t know what we are treating if we don’t do a full assessment of the youth’s context including family relationships, historical trauma, and intergenerational influences. Learn how the history of the biological families of our system involved youth impacts their current functioning and how a family’s life cycle developmental challenges are intricately related to a youth’s own developmental challenges and attachment issues. We will review the importance of utilizing genograms and timelines with families in order to learn about their culture/stressors/life experiences and other important values. This information guides our case planning and service provision of all kinds. Without context, we cannot possibly understand what the behaviors of our kids in the Continuum of Care mean or how we might go about healing the pain and achieving positive outcomes.

Learning Objective

  •  Review Family Systems Theory and the Importance of Assessment when working with youth in our systems!
  • Identify child development theories and learn the 4 diagnostic questions of Pain in the Heart Theory, which was developed while working with youth in out of home placement and in the juvenile justice system.
  • Identify 3 techniques for assessing the impact of family life cycle development on youth attachment


10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Sign In

10:10 AM – 11:30 AM Section I: Systems theory and the importance of family assessment in understanding the symptoms of our system involved youth. Small group break-out discussions

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Section II:  Building the genogram (family tree) with the family in the room! Also, small group genogram practice break-out groups

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Section III: Review of a few child development theories and family life cycle development: How these impact the youth’s development and attachment issues.

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

3:15 PM – 4:20 PM PITH theory introduction and break out groups to apply the day of learning.


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 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.

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