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Wed, Sep 22


Online Event

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

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

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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

Sep 22, 2021, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Online Event

About the Event

Pamela Parkinson, Ph.D., LCSW

Training Description

This training is targeted to staff who support system involved youth and their families within community settings such as in the schools and homes. We will focus on understanding how to understand unhealthy family relationship patterns and traumatic attachment ruptures via the use of 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

  • Identify the top primary family systems concepts that create the basis for Pain in the Heart Theory including the pain of relational ruptures for our youth separated from their families in the continuum of care.
  • List the 4 Pain Questions that underlie Pain in the Heart (PITH) Theory and which family relational concepts each one addresses.
  • Develop sample 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. Without addressing these areas of family relational ruptures, and how our youth experience these as they continue to be separated from those they love (and worry about the possibility of more separation), we cannot help them heal in a meaningful way that will most likely result in sustainable positive 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  (CEUs will not be issued for this time)

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

12:45PM – 1:15PM LUNCH (CEUs will not be issued 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 (CEUs will not be issued 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, evaluations, 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 CEUs 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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