Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services

Training

The PCCYFS Training Institute is committed to the development of our child-serving workforce by offering high-caliber trainings at an affordable rate for both member and non-member agencies.

Course Catalog

Adolescent Brain Development

In this highly interactive session, workshop presenters will engage participants in a discussion of the unique developmental markers, strengths and challenges of adolescents as well as how trauma and adverse childhood experiences can impact and derail development. Strategies that support resilience and healing will also be presented.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconSue Badeau
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

In this highly interactive session, workshop presenters will engage participants in a discussion of the unique developmental markers, strengths and challenges of adolescents as well as how trauma and adverse childhood experiences can impact and derail development.  Strategies that support resilience and healing will also be presented.   


Learning Objectives:

· Participants will learn to identify developmental markers and strengths of adolescents.

· Participants will understand the range of trauma responses typically demonstrated by   adolescents.

· Participants will learn about and gain skills in implementing strategies to promote healing and resilience in adolescents as they prepare to transition to adulthood.

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An Introduction to Choice Theory/Reality Therapy: Can You Actually Control Someone’s Behavior?

Have you ever been frustrated or confused by another’s behavior, especially in the workplace? By exploring personality theory and the MBTI personality assessment tool we can learn more about not only ourselves, but also others and how to best relate and work with them.

Clock IconTwo Hour Webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder

Course Details

Have you ever found yourself trying to manage someone else’s behaviors? This can be both a frustrating and daunting task at times. By learning Choice Theory principals, it may help to view things differently and with trying various or alternative approaches. During this 2-hour webinar we will explore an introduction to Choice Theory principals (by William Glasser), some of which state that:

  • All we do is behave/all behavior is purposeful
  • Almost all behavior is chosen
  • We are driven to satisfy five basic human needs: survival, love and belonging, power,freedom, and fun
  • We can only satisfy our needs by matching the pictures in our “Quality World” – thesepictures motivate our behavior
  • One of the most important human basic needs is love and belonging

During this webinar we will also explore and discuss:

  • The Seven Caring Habits (to replace external control psychology and the Seven Deadly Habits)
  • An overview of Choice Theory, a model of hope and empowerment
  • External control vs internal motivation for ourselves and others
  • That the only person’s behavior we can actually control is our own
  • Approaches aligned with this model, such as Reality Therapy
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An Introduction to Personality Theory: Utilizing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Tool for Enhanced Teaming and Understanding of Yourself and Others

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder, LCSW
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Have you ever been frustrated or confused by another’s behavior, especially in the workplace? By exploring personality theory and the MBTI personality assessment tool we can learn more about not only ourselves, but also others and how to best relate and work with them. This theory according to analytical psychologist Carl Jung, who developed a theory of psychological types designed to categorize people in terms of various personality patterns, focuses on four basic psychological functions:

  • Extraversion vs. Introversion
  • Sensation vs. Intuition
  • Thinking vs. Feeling
  • Judging vs. Perceiving

This theory later led to the development of the now-famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI assessment tool used in most fortune 500 companies and around the world. During this interactive and engaging workshop, we will explore the core principals of personality theory and how the MBTI personality assessment tool can be used to better understand others and ourselves. This information can also be used to help develop teams and how to best capitalize on our strengths for the best possible outcomes. During this interactive workshop we will:

  • Review various personality characteristics according to the MBTI tool
  • Informally “type” ourselves for our own 4 letter personality type results for better self-understanding
  • Explore the similarities and differences in our various personality traits
  • Have fun while learning about how others may view and process things differently
  • Discover who may be similar and/or opposite in personality traits
  • Determine next steps for using this information going forward to best engage and work with others

Prework required for this module and all participants will need to conduct prior self-assessment using the following link: https://www.16personalities.com/

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Child Victims of Human Trafficking (CVHT) Overview + Trauma-Informed Screening

Professionals will learn the definition of human trafficking, the warning signs, and action steps to take when a child has been identified as a victim. This course is geared towards staff in residential programs of any type.

Clock Icon3.5 hour webinar
Person IconPhiladelphia Childrens's Alliance
Star Icon3.5 CEU Credits

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Course Details

Professionals will learn the definition of human trafficking, the warning signs, and action steps to take when a child has been identified as a victim. Participants will learn how to identify and screen for human trafficking among children and youth and what supportive services exist. Participants will develop evidence-based skills to effectively engage with CVHT and how to best advocate for them with other professionals and within various systems.

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Criminal Court 101 and 102: The Intersection with Dependency

A basic understanding of relevant terminology and foundational principals of criminal law is essential for those in child welfare practice in order to appropriately recognize and apply the information from interrelated criminal proceedings to child welfare proceedings along the road to permanency. Participants will leave this session with an elementary comprehension of the intersection of criminal and child welfare law and its applicability to our work.

Clock Icon3 hour webinar
Person IconDiakon/Voce
Star Icon3 CEU Credits

Course Details

There are many areas throughout the life of a dependency case that are influenced and impacted by the status of parallel criminal proceedings, as well as numerous cross-references in our child welfare related laws to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. A basic understanding of relevant terminology and foundational principals of criminal law is essential for those in child welfare practice in order to appropriately recognize and apply the information from interrelated criminal proceedings to child welfare proceedings along the road to permanency. Participants will leave this session with an elementary comprehension of the intersection of criminal and child welfare law and its applicability to our work.

Learning Objectives:
• Decode relevant criminal law terminology to contribute to understanding of the interplay between criminal law and child welfare law.

• Recognize the different proceedings throughout the life of a criminal case and their purpose and relevancy to child welfare matters.

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Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Parts 1 and 2

Clock Icon2 hour webinar, 2 parts (4 hours total)
Person IconSue Badeau
Star Icon4 CEU Credits

Course Details

Youth who have experienced trauma, violence, homelessness or mental health challenges are particularly vulnerable to behavioral crises suicidal attempts. Suicide is the nation’s second leading cause of death among teenagers and many more (about 1 in 15 high school students) attempt suicide. Youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems as well as youth of color and LGBTQ youth are at highest risk. In this workshop, participants will learn how to recognize signs of emotional distress, crisis and suicide risk. They will learn to implement immediate help in the midst of crisis as well as longer-term strategies for preventing crises and supporting healing, resilience and hope when working with vulnerable youth. Topics addressed include:

  • Suicide – Facts and Figures
  • Helping in the Short Term – What can I do NOW?
  • The Teen Brain – What do we Know?
  • Impact of Trauma on Adolescents
  • Trauma, Anger and Depression
  • Helping in the Long Term – What can I do every DAY to build resiliency and reduce risk?

This is a two-part webinar. Individuals can register for just one or both parts.

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Cultural Humility

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconJune Fisher, LSW
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

As human service workers, we have an opportunity to celebrate our similarities and differences. It is a professional skill to understand our own values and beliefs and how they may be similar and different than others (both colleagues and clients). It is a professional necessity to embrace cultural humility in the workplace. Attend this interactive webinar to review the ethics of practicing cultural humility in the workplace, and learn about how to better connect across cultures with your coworkers and clients!

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Current Drug Trends: Adolescents

In this session participants will learn to identify current trends in illicit drug use in the adolescent populations. They will also learn to recognize the difference with experimental use and escape use.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconMatthew Null
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Today’s students are not just drinking beer and smoking a little weed. Are you aware of what waxing, boofing, and robotriping are? If you see writing on the bathroom stall from a student looking for Molly, they are not looking for a girl named Molly. If you were a student looking for drugs where would you try to get them?


Learning Objectives:

· To identify current trends in illicit drug use in the adolescent/adult populations.

· To recognize the difference with experimental use and escape use.

· To identify hidden drug references in clothing.

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Documentation for Caseworkers

This course will cover how to write thorough and professional case notes (and other common documents) used in prevention and child welfare agencies throughout Pennsylvania.

Clock Icon14 hour webinar
Person IconJennifer Buechel
Star Icon14 CEU Credits

Course Details

This course will cover how to write thorough and professional case notes (and other common documents) used in prevention and child welfare agencies throughout Pennsylvania.  Some of the topics covered include: how to effectively use professional language in documentation; utilizing the DAP format to write case notes; common grammatical mistakes and how to avoid making them. There is also a section on the effect of procrastination on quality writing and techniques to break this habit.

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Effective On-line Virtual Supervision

Clock Icon1.5 hour webinar
Person IconJune Fisher, LSW
Star Icon1.5 CEU Credits

Course Details

We can and will be effective as virtual leaders and supervisors. We have been providing remote leadership since the telegram was developed in 1832. If we managed virtual communication and leadership in 1832 we can be experts by 2020. Attend this workshop to review and learn the valuable knowledge and skills needed to lead your team virtually (individuals and groups) including: the pros and cons of virtual leadership; planning and assuring HIPPA compliance; and the critical do’s and don’ts of virtual communication and leadership.

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Emotional Intelligence

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconJune Fisher, LSW
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

As social service professionals we must effectively use emotional intelligence (EI) in ALL of our interactions. EI is defined as: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Attend this interactive webinar and collaborative with your colleagues re: The components of EI? How do I recognize when I am using EI? When is it easiest for me to use EI? What situations make it most difficult for me to use EI? How do I reset myself if/when I notice I am not using EI? Do I use the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically?

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Engaging Fathers for Meaningful Case Management

Clock Icon1.5 hour webinar
Person IconAlan Speed
Star Icon1.5 CEU Credits

Course Details

Engaging fathers and paternal relatives is a lost art that many social workers unintentionally overlook when working with children and families. When fathers are not engaged in the case management process, half of the child’s relatives are also unengaged in case planning and achieving stability and permanency for the child. Participants will learn how to locate fathers and dispel the myths that fathers are absence because they do not want to be involve in their children’s lives. Participants will learn methods for working, empowering, and strengthening the family and ensuring that fathers are pivotal in the decision-making process.

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Engaging with your Child’s Birth Family, Kin & Siblings

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconSue Badeau
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Positive, meaningful engagement with the birth families, kin and siblings of children in foster, kin and adoptive homes is essential for safety, well-being and healing from trauma. While positive and purposeful visitation is one of the single most important indicators of successful reunification, engagement is also important for successful transition to permanency in both kinship and adoptive families. Using a “Recipe for Success” as a framework, this webinar provides fun, engaging and interactive opportunities for participants to learn how to prepare for and support children while also keeping them safe as they learn about, connect with, or even say goodbye to their birth family members.

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Ethical Dilemmas for Management

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconJune Fisher, Stephanie Snyder
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Front line staff can be an agency’s greatest resource when supervisory vacancies arise. These individuals can be some of the most committed and mission-driven. Moreover, having done direct service work with the organization, they bring a unique perspective. Promoting front line staff can also benefit workplace and staff morale and lead to greater buy-in and staff commitment.  In order to ensure that these staff  members are ready to step into a leadership role, they need to be ready to take on new challenges. In their new roles they may find themselves supervising former peers. Some former line staff may have a hard time letting go of their direct service work and setting up professional boundaries with former clients. This training is designed to help them develop the skills they need to successfully transition from case manager to supervisor!

Learning Objectives:

· Review Core Values of the NASW Code of Ethics

· Review and apply the NASW Standards to workplace dilemmas 

· Review and apply the 8 steps of ethical decision making

· Review and apply how to respond to an ethical dilemma

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Ethics and Technology

In the past 15 years technology has become beneficial to the delivery of quality professional services, however, the use of technology can also cross ethical standards.

Clock IconThree hour webinar
Person IconJune Fisher
Star Icon3 CEU Credits

Course Details

As professionals it is necessary to consider the ethical use of technology. In the past 15 years technology has become beneficial to the delivery of quality professional services, however, the use of technology can also cross ethical standards. For example: are we doing all we need to do to safeguard against breaches of confidentiality? Are we asking for informed consent before a client internet search is conducted? Are we maintaining ethical boundaries within the agency and with clients? Are we preparing clients to use technology in the most effective way possible? Attend this workshop to answer these questions and so much more. This workshop is for all levels of staff, from the director who leads the development of technology policies within the agency to our direct staff who are using technology daily with their consumers.

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Helping Children and Youth Adjust to the “New Normal”

This training will focus on understanding the feelings, behaviors, and reactions of children to the “new normal” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconJennifer Buechel
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

This training will focus on understanding the feelings, behaviors, and reactions of children to the “new normal” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics to be discussed include the following:
• Signs to look for that children may be experiencing anxiety, fear, worry, depression as various activities resume, and they return to school.
• Signs that children may be grieving their “old normal” and/or grieving the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19.
• Techniques to help children, in various settings, with their feelings as they adapt to the “new normal.”

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How to Become Recognized as a Leader by Your Employer

Clock Icon
Person IconAlan Speed
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Are you interested in moving up in your agency, but unsure how to go about it? Have you applied for a supervisory position and been denied, and unsure what to do differently? This presentation will help identify some internal strategies to help you to become noticed by management for your leadership potential as you transition from line worker to supervisor. We will delve into the importance of professional development and how it can strengthen and transform your ability to assess and evaluate opportunities for growth within your organization. We will also explore ways to handle stress in the work place and the importance as it relates to becoming a leader.

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Leadership 3.0: Strengthening Your Team in a Virtual Climate

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconJune Fisher
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Group supervision and team bonding is an essential part of any work setting, and is key in boosting staff morale and productivity. In today’s climate it requires creativity and flexibility to achieve this in a remote work setting. Participants will work together to practice some of these techniques and better understand what will work for their respective teams.


Learning Objectives:

· To learn techniques to promote team bonding in a virtual climate.

· To develop ways to strengthen the team virtually by building on existing strengths.

· To understand how to best engage new hires and include them in the existing team.

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Leading a Diverse Team

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Have you ever been frustrated or confused by another’s behavior, especially in the workplace? By exploring personality theory and the MBTI personality assessment tool we can learn more about not only ourselves, but also others and how to best relate and work with them. This theory according to analytical psychologist Carl Jung, who developed a theory of psychological types designed to categorize people in terms of various personality patterns, focuses on four basic psychological functions. This theory later led to the development of the now-famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI assessment tool used in most fortune 500 companies and around the world. During this interactive and engaging workshop, we will explore the core principals of personality theory and how the MBTI personality assessment tool can be used to help manage teams.


Learning Objectives:

· Review and discuss staff strengths

· Apply 16 Personalities (similar to MBTI) personality assessment to yourself and your team

· Review the layers of diversity how to adjust your skills to meet the needs of a diverse team

· Review emotional intelligence (EI) and how to effectively use it to guide and motivate staff

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Managing Anger: Yourself and Others

Clock Icon2 Hour Webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder, LCSW
Star Icon2 CEU Credits
Star IconIV-E Eligible

Course Details

Have you ever said or done something that you later regretted while in an anger state? Anger is one of the most powerful emotions that we have and experience as human beings and learning how to best navigate this powerful emotion can benefit both ourselves and others. During this webinar we will explore thedifference between using anger constructively vs destructively and explore how the human brain works and responds when we experience this emotion. Other learning objectives include:•Define and explore the basic principles and properties of constructive and destructive anger

  • Review the ways anger can impact children and manifest in their behaviors
  • Acquire basic information about brain structure, growth, development, and functioning
  • Review how anger can be related to the brain’s functioning and the impact ofneurotransmitters and hormonal responses to outside stimuli
  • Examine ways to promote healthier expressions of anger in children and caregivers
  • Discover ways to effectively manage and provide healthy and appropriate responses to anger
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Mindfulness: Exploring the Practice

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder, LCSW
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Have you ever wanted to address or support others with: reducing drug or alcohol intake, increase empathy, lower blood sugar levels, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, release and reduce stress, lower blood pressure, gain insight and awareness and/or decrease depression symptoms? Well the exploration and practice of mindfulness may be your answer! Mindfulness is used as a therapeutic tool and also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them. Psychologists and experts from the 1970’s to the present have studied the effects of Buddhist mindfulness meditation techniques and found that these are effective in reducing anxiety and reducing relapse rates in both depression and drug addiction. Recent studies have found that incorporating mindfulness into your life and professional practice can increase positive emotions, improve the immune system, reduce stress…and so much more!

Learning Objectives:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • How to practice/use meditation
  • How to practice mindfulness (personal and professional)
  • Developing a personal self-care practice
  • Mindfulness in treatment planning
  • Use of technology and mindfulness apps
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Motivational Interviewing Series (Web-based)

Comprehensive live web-based motivational interviewing training series.

Clock IconFour 3.5 hour sessions
Person IconMary Jane Rogan
Star Icon14 CEU Credits

Course Details

Motivational Interviewing (MI) can be simply described as a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. Using MI, a professional strategically guides a conversation so the person hears themselves talk about possibilities and advantages of change. Research is clear that an effective MI conversation can improve targeted outcomes in multiple behavioral domains by helping people reduce ambivalence and hear their own thoughts about change.

This 14-hour (12 instructional hours) course is presented in four sessions. At the end of the course, participants will have a new skill can to help them partner with their consumers and their families in order to encourage change.

Learning Objectives:

· Practice active listening.

· Understand Motivational Interviewing and the effectiveness of brief interventions.

· Identify and avoid roadblocks.

· Overview of the spirit, skills, process of MI.

· Learn to engage with clients using open questions and simple reflections.

· Craft genuine affirmations.

· Practice moving from engagement to focus.

· Identifying change talk and sustain talk.

· Responding to and reducing resistance.

· Guiding the client using evocative questions.

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Older Adolescents and Money Management

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconSue Badeau
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

With the passing of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, resource parents, case workers and providers are working to increase their skills to best support older youth. Children in foster care often miss out on normal opportunities to learn about how money works – from earning and saving to budgeting and spending wisely, this workshop will provide caregivers with an outline and plan for helping the children in their care to learn about money and begin to develop money-management skills that will assist them in becoming successfully independent as adults.

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Postpartum Depression: An Informative Overview

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder, LCSW
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Are you supporting new or soon to be mothers? Mothers of any age can experience postpartum depression (PPD) which can present similar to other depression symptoms and is the most common medical complication of childbirth. PPD is estimated to affect 10% to 20% of women in the US after childbirth – up to 1 in every 5 new mothers. As professionals we need to be aware of the signs and symptoms and address accordingly, while helping to reduce the stigma and resistance to acknowledging this condition.

Learning Objectives:

•             Overview of PPD

•             Signs and symptoms

•             Diagnosis and impact

•             Treatment of PPD

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Preventing Escalation during Client-Staff Interactions

Staff working with children, youth and families involved in the child welfare and delinquency systems must understand the importance of being safe while helping to ensure the safety of others. Many harmful incidents can be avoided if staff recognize and respond appropriately to potentially volatile situations. .

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconDr. Elizabeth Coyle
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Staff working with children, youth and families involved in the child welfare and delinquency systems must understand the importance of being safe while helping to ensure the safety of others. Many harmful incidents can be avoided if staff recognize and respond appropriately to potentially volatile situations. .

Learning Objectives

· Assess the use of verbal and nonverbal communication skills during client-staff interactions

· Deepen the ability to self-regulate emotions and manage stress levels

· Identify the best practices that enhance a client’s ability to manage emotions and the recommended contexts for delivery

· Analyze the variable reasons why children and adults exhibit challenging behaviors

· Increase the ability to reframe a challenging interaction with a client

· Match the correct staff verbal and nonverbal responses with the defined escalation stage of clients

· Demonstrate evidence-based techniques to prevent and de-escalate a crisis situation developing between a client and staff member or between clients

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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Implications for Working with Impacted Children, Youth, and Families

Attachment matters can be a wide-spread concern in the child welfare field. Knowing and being aware of one of the most serious attachment diagnoses (Reactive Attachment Disorder or RAD) is a “must know” for any professional working with children and youth.

Clock Icon3 Hour Webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder

Course Details

Attachment matters can be a wide-spread concern in the child welfare field. Knowing and being aware of one of the most serious attachment diagnoses (Reactive Attachment Disorder or RAD) is a “must know” for any professional working with children and youth who have experienced some type of trauma, abuse, or neglect – especially in the first 5 years of their life. We will explore attachment challenges and therapeutic interventions regardless of if they have an official RAD diagnosis. It is our job as professionals to be trauma-informed and help support those with early life challenges. Join us on a learning experience to explore the dynamics and factors related to human attachment and bonding. Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how healthy infant attachment occurs
  • Describe the effects of maltreatment on brain development, self-concept, and behavior
  • Define risk factors and symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Identify treatment options for a child with RAD/attachment challenges
  • Understand attachment parenting principles
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Rebounding from Adversity: Facilitating Resilience

Participants will learn strategies that promote and strengthen resiliency in children and families who experience adverse events in their lives. Multiple researched-based resiliency frameworks and models will be provided to assess risk and protective factors, along with practical ways to integrate resiliency-building techniques during interactions with children and their families.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconDr. Elizabeth Coyle
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

This workshop provides strategies that promote and strengthen resiliency in children and families who experience adverse events in their lives.  Multiple researched-based resiliency frameworks and models will be provided to assess risk and protective factors, along with practical ways to integrate resiliency-building techniques during interactions with children and their families. 

Learning Objectives

· Define past and current research on the impact of childhood adverse events and resilient outcomes.

· Recognize traits of resiliency in children, families, schools and communities.

· Utilize an array of asset model assessment tools during case planning and collaboration meetings.

· Identify current level of functioning in relation to resiliency models and frameworks.

· Implement home and school strategies to build resiliency.

· Utilize asset-building approaches during family conferences and interactions.

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Recognizing and Managing Your Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Clock Icon3 hour webinar
Person IconJune Fisher LSW
Star Icon3 CEU Credits

Course Details

Staff and Families need a vision; they need consistency from providers; when they struggle with that vision, providers need to be the glasses. If the glasses are broken, things are not in focus. They need bifocals and distance lenses. If families won’t wear the glasses, they can’t see clearly. Your own ACEs can fog up the lenses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess Our Own Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Review How Our ACE’s may impact our supervision and provision of ethical services
  • Develop strategies to ethically manage our ACEs
  • Review emotional boundaries as part of self-care
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Secondary Trauma and Self Care: Digging Deeper

Child welfare workers are vulnerable to experiencing secondary traumatic stress due to their role in supporting kinship, foster, and adoptive families. You will learn how to recognize the signs of secondary traumatic stress using self-assessment, as well as concrete strategies to help manage vicarious trauma.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconSue Badeau
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Child welfare workers are vulnerable to experiencing secondary traumatic stress due to their role in supporting kinship, foster, and adoptive families. You will learn how to recognize the signs of secondary traumatic stress using self-assessment, as well as concrete strategies to help manage vicarious trauma.


Learning Objectives:

· Participants will deepen their knowledge and awareness of the signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) on themselves and within their professional domains.

· Participants will learn to use a tool, the ProQol to help measure and manage STS.

· Participants will gain knowledge and skills to balance their own STS and self-care needs with the needs of the group.

· Participants will gain knowledge of Critical Success Analysis and how it can be adapted to deepen supportive connections.

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Self-care and Alternative Interventions

Clock Icon1 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder, LCSW
Star Icon1 CEU Credits

Course Details

Have you ever wondered about adopting or increasing a self-care practice? What about other alternative interventions that may help? During this learning experience we will explore the practice and essential use of self-care and adopting other possible alternative interventions that may assist in not only helping ourselves with the balance of life, but also role-model and learn ways to support others.

Learning Experience:

•             Explore symptoms of stress burnout

•             Define self-care

•             Explore alternative interventions (such as mindfulness, meditation, and Reiki)

•             Develop a personalized self-care action plan

•             Live meditation practice 

•             Adopt skills to help guide others!

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The Impact of Social Media on Youth Mental Health and Development

This session explores how youth engagement in social media influences their mental health and physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconDr. Elizabeth Coyle
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

It comes as no surprise that recent trends indicate children and adolescents are spending ever increasing amounts of time on social media, particularly during the pandemic when alternative opportunities for peer socialization are limited. What impact is this having on our youth? Is it all negative or are there positives?

This session explores how youth engagement in social media influences their mental health and physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Current research on social media use and its connections to depression, suicide, cyberbullying, and at-risk behavior will be provided. Additionally, participants will learn about the signs and treatment of social media addiction, and caregiver guidelines for monitoring and managing child and adolescent screen time.

Learning Objectives

· Describe the trends in youth social media use and screen time.

· Explain why the pandemic has increased social media use and screen time.

· Describe the impact of youth social media use and screen time on the four domains of child development.

· Identify the correlations between social media use on rates of youth depression, suicide, cyberbullying, and the development of at-risk behavior.

· List the signs of social media addiction and types of treatment.

· Explain how technology can increase youth awareness and treatment of mental health disorders through websites, online support groups and communities, and telehealth.

· Develop a list of screen time monitoring resources to share with caregivers.

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The Medicated Child: Social Work Ethics Applied to Decision-Making When Using Pharmacology to Address Behavioral Health Issues in Children and Youth

Have you ever noticed a disparity in psychotropic medications being used to treat or manage behavioral concerns for children and youth in the foster care system? If so, or if you have ever been curious or concerned, then this training is for you!

Clock Icon3 Hour Webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder

Course Details

Have you ever noticed a disparity in psychotropic medications being used to treat or manage behavioral concerns for children and youth in the foster care system? If so, or if you have ever been curious or concerned, then this training is for you! It is not uncommon to have to learn, educate and spread awareness as professionals about the use of psychotropic medications in the children and youth population that we serve in today’s society. During this interactive webinar we will be reviewing the statistics and information about the use of psychotropic medications as well as how to best advocate and use the NASW code of ethics in relation to this topic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review best practice standards for the use of pharmacological interventions with childreninvolved in the child welfare system
  • Critically think about the ethical consideration that one must address when advocating for achild who is receiving pharmacological interventions

Format for the 3 Hour Webinar:

  • Review and discuss the NASW Code of Ethics in relation to the use of psychotropicmedications for Children/Youth
  • Examination of current research and statistics related to the use of psychotropicmedications for children and youth in the child welfare system
  • Classifications of medications prescribed to Children/Youth to address learning andbehavioral challenges
  • Discover helpful tips to assist caregivers/youth with the use of psychotropic medications
  • Case application
  • Evaluation
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The Rules Don’t Apply to Me!

This workshop provides strategies that promote and strengthen resiliency in children and families who experience adverse events in their lives.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconDr. Elizabeth Coyle
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

This workshop provides strategies that promote and strengthen resiliency in children and families who experience adverse events in their lives.  Multiple researched-based resiliency frameworks and models will be provided to assess risk and protective factors, along with practical ways to integrate resiliency-building techniques during interactions with children and their families. 

Learning Objectives

· Recognize risk factors for the development of disruptive behaviors and learn how to interrupt the escalation of disruptive behaviors

· Implement a five-step process to respond to opposition and defiance

· Successfully interrupt anger escalation

· Develop a plan for holding children accountable for their disruptive behaviors and address skill-building to minimize the frequency with which the disruptive behaviors occur

· Learn how to implement effective home/school collaboration techniques

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Time Management for Your Team

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder, June Fisher
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Do you want another hour or two added to your day? Are you constantly feeling like you are unable to complete all your tasks? The most important skill a social service professional can have is time management, for themselves, and as a leader, be able to use their skills to maximize the potential of each team member as an individual. Attend this workshop to understand core skills of time management  and to understand how factors such as trauma can impact productivity.

Learning Objectives:

· Review existing and new time management knowledge/skills

· Review how to teach “managing time” and organization

· Review how trauma can negatively impact performance and productivity

· Using time to support agency CQI (continuous quality improvement

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Toward Greater Trauma Sensitivity in Agencies and Schools

Participants will learn four overriding principles that guide organizational decisions, and the trauma sensitive attributes that characterize an organization’s culture and climate.

Clock IconTwo hours
Person IconDr. Elizabeth Coyle
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

This session explores the policies, procedures and practices of trauma sensitive agencies and schools. Participants will learn four overriding principles that guide organizational decisions, and the trauma sensitive attributes that characterize an organization’s culture and climate.   Checklists to assess current levels of trauma sensitivity, tools that guide needed organizational culture changes, approaches to prevent development of secondary traumatic stress in staff members, and recommendations to enhance cross-system collaboration will be offered.

Learning Objectives

· Describe the guiding principles and characteristics of trauma sensitive organizations.

· Assess current levels of organizational trauma sensitivity.

· Apply tools to guide organizational culture change toward greater trauma sensitivity.

· Identify strategies to address staff secondary traumatic stress.

· Enhance organizational capacity to collaborate across community systems that serve children and families.

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Transitioning to a Leadership Position

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder, June Fisher
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Front line staff can be an agency’s greatest resource when supervisory vacancies arise. These individuals can be some of the most committed and mission-driven. Moreover, having done direct service work with the organization, they bring a unique perspective. Promoting front line staff can also benefit workplace and staff morale and lead to greater buy-in and staff commitment.  In order to ensure that these staff  members are ready to step into a leadership role, they need to be ready to take on new challenges. In their new roles they may find themselves supervising former peers. Some former line staff may have a hard time letting go of their direct service work and setting up professional boundaries with former clients. This training is designed to help them develop the skills they need to successfully transition from case manager to supervisor!

Learning Objectives:

· Identify existing skills that will transfer to a leadership role

· Review agency/department mission – why we do the work we do

· Review key knowledge and skills to be an effective remote/virtual leader

· Review boundaries and the positive/negative impact of dual relationships with staff

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Trauma Informed Care and Parenting: An Overview of the Effects of Trauma on the Developing Brain & Parenting Strategies

Have you ever been confused by a child or youth’s behaviors, especially when the situation did not seem to match their behavioral response? A trauma informed approach may help to examine and discover new ways to view behaviors and determine best fit interventions.

Clock IconTwo Hour Webinar
Person IconJohn Smith

Course Details

Have you ever been confused by a child or youth’s behaviors, especially when the situation did not seem to match their behavioral response? A trauma informed approach may help to examine and discover new ways to view behaviors and determine best fit interventions. During this 2-hour webinar we will examine the effects of trauma on a developing human brain and learn how that may be related to current overall functioning. Trauma can occur from being exposed to certain environmental factors as well as from experiencing any form of abuse, domestic violence, neglect, and/or serious medical issues. We will discuss potential parenting strategies and therapeutic interventions that may help the child, youth, or now adult to continue their journey of healing and self-improvement. During this webinar we will:

  • Recognize the effects of being exposedto traumatic experiences/stress
  • Review the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and their impact on behavior and child development
  • Review trauma informed techniques to guide a child/youth’s behavior
  • Discover various and alternative therapeutic interventions that may help
  • Explore strategies to manage traumatic stress and promote resiliency for the child/youth and the caregiver
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Trauma-Informed Care: Healing Support for Traumatized Children

Children who experience trauma through child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, school violence, and community violence are at risk for a host of behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. However, trauma-informed care and treatment can mitigate both the short- and long-term effect of these adverse life experiences.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person Icon
Star Icon2 CEU Credits
Star Icon2 ACT 84 Credits

Course Details

Children who experience trauma through child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, school violence, and community violence are at risk for a host of behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. However, trauma-informed care and treatment can mitigate both the short- and long-term effect of these adverse life experiences. This workshop examines the impact of trauma on children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and the protective factors that promote resilience. Additionally, evidence-based mental health treatment, school-based practices, and caregiver approaches within a trauma-informed framework will be provided.

Learning Objectives

· Identify school-based practices that lessen traumatized children’s concentration, memory and

      behavioral challenges and increase resilience traits.

· Identify the types of trauma and the ways in which it impacts the developing brain, particularly in the early childhood years.

· Analyze traumatized children’s emotions, behavior and learning through a neuroscientific lens.

· Address children and families’ traumatic stress reactions and experiences.

· Utilize an array of trauma-informed mental health interventions to enhance children’s ability to process trauma, enhance emotional regulation, and develop anxiety management skills.

· Support caregivers of traumatized children by providing information on traumatic stress reaction symptoms and recommending parenting approaches that mitigate the short- and long-term effects of trauma.

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Unique Strengths and Challenges of Kinship Families, Parts 1 and 2

Clock Icon2 hour webinar, 2 parts (4 hours total)
Person IconSue Badeau
Star Icon4 CEU Credits

Course Details

This two-part webinar begins by helping participants understand both the unique strengths of and challenges faced by kinship families and how to begin the process of successfully engaging kinship families as part of the child’s team to work towards safety, permanency and well-being for the children in their care. This session will include a discussion of the conflicting feelings kinship caregivers have related to working with the agency and supporting children’s relationships with their birth-families.

This is a two-part webinar. Individuals can register for just one or both parts.

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Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Self-care: A Guide for Human Service Professionals

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Have you ever experienced feeling very physically and emotionally tired after working with others or found an inability to meet desired outcomes? If you are in the field of human services and are guiding and supporting others, then you are at risk of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and/or professional burn-out. Knowing ourselves and how to best counter the effects of supporting others, especially during challenging times, is a must for all human service professionals. Join us as we explore these conditions and how to best identify and treat them for ourselves and others.

Learning Objectives

•             Explore the difference between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout

•             Increase awareness of the contributing factors and symptoms

•             Learn how to effectively manage trauma and stress

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Virtual Support: Providing Strength-Based Services in a Remote Environment

Based on years of virtual clinical experience, we will explore the best practices and most important aspects of conducting direct services online. This will enable us as professionals to best optimize our virtual performance and keep others motivated to keep working at what’s important for their success.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconStephanie Snyder
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

In today’s ever-changing society, we need to stay apprised of the aspects of virtual work and how to best engage and provide services to those that we are serving remotely. Based on years of virtual clinical experience, we will explore the best practices and most important aspects of conducting direct services online. This will enable us as professionals to best optimize our virtual performance and keep others motivated to keep working at what’s important for their success.


Learning Objectives:

· Review utilizing a strengths-based approach

· Critical Do’s and Don’ts of working with others virtually

· Understand the Pros and Cons of working virtually

· Explore technologies

· Review HIPAA compliance and confidentiality

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Well-Becoming: Supporting Adolescents as They Transition & Strive for Adulthood

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconSue Badeau
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

Adolescents need families for a lifetime, skills for successful adulthood and resources to support their safety and well-being.  Positive social, emotional and physical well-being is a core aspect of a young person’s development.  To be healthy and well, young people need to be able to develop and maintain relationships and social networks, effectively recognize, understand, and express emotions  and maintain their physical health by making constructive life choices. This workshop will present a framework for well-being for older youth transitioning from foster care and highlight recommended strategies for improving the social, emotional and physical well-being of older youth.

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Youth Level of Service (YLS) and Court Testimony

This 3 hour training will walk participants through the risk/needs assessment tool, Youth Level of Service (YLS) 2.0, utilized by all 67 probation departments in the Commonwealth.

Clock Icon3 hour webinar
Person IconNicole Mattern

Course Details

This 3 hour training will walk participants through the risk/needs assessment tool, Youth Level of Service (YLS) 2.0, utilized by all 67 probation departments in the Commonwealth.  During the review of the YLS, participants will explore all domains and the definitions of each item will be reviewed to understand how a Probation Officer selects each item.  After the review of the YLS, participants will focus on how to structure Court Testimony regarding youth in out of home placement or a community based program.  The Court Testimony will focus on presentation of the YLS and treatment goals for the youth served.  Participants will have to opportunity to discuss issues and ask questions around the YLS and the presentation of Court Testimony.

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Youth Suicide Risk Assessment, Prevention and Intervention

Participants will learn the role that schools, agencies, caregivers and communities play in reducing suicide risk factors through implementation of a systems approach and recommended prevention and intervention strategies.

Clock Icon2 hour webinar
Person IconDr. Elizabeth Coyle
Star Icon2 CEU Credits

Course Details

This session explores the current research on the rising rates of youth suicide in the United States and the risk factors associated with suicidal behavior in youth, particularly children exposed to trauma, in foster care, receiving mental health treatment, or who identify as LGBTQ. Participants will learn the role that schools, agencies, caregivers and communities play in reducing suicide risk factors through implementation of a systems approach and recommended prevention and intervention strategies.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to describe the myths and facts associated with youth suicide.

· Participants will be able to assess the unique suicide risk correlates for children exposed to trauma, in foster care, receiving mental health treatment, or who identify as LGBTQ.

· Participants will be able to analyze the use of a systems approach in preventing youth suicide.

· Participants will be able to define the protective role that schools, agencies, families and communities play in preventing youth suicide.

· Participants will be able to apply recommended suicide risk assessment, prevention, and treatment approaches.

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Educational & Professional Development

The PCCYFS Training Institute is committed to the development of our child-serving workforce by offering high-caliber trainings at an affordable rate. For more information about our trainings, contact webinars@pccyfs.org.

Monthly Training

PCCYFS has an expansive portfolio of pertinent, thought-provoking trainings that it regularly presents. Visit our calendar of events for upcoming trainings.

WeDeliver

The PCCYFS Training Institute is available to organize on-demand training sessions both in-person or virtual for clinical teams, foster parent groups, social workers, probation officers, teachers, and other relevant stakeholders. The Training Institute will take care of all the administrative details of these trainings, including finding a trainer, scheduling at a time that works best for your team, certificates of attendance, and other specifics. You can select from our list of pre-existing training topics or we can design a curriculum for your group. Rates start at $200/hour.

Training Policies

Training Rates & Requests
Two-hour webinars are $40 for PCCYFS members, and $60 for the public. PCCYFS can also invoice your agency after the training.

In-person training sessions and longer webinars may have a different rate, but will be indicated at registration.

Many of our sessions are available for an agency to purchase solely for its own staff. Please contact webinars@pccyfs.org for more details.

Certificate Policy
Certificates will be processed only for those who are actively engaged. This is verified by participation in polls, verbal/chat responses, and log in time. Attendance less than 50 minutes per 1 hour scheduled, will be considered unsatisfactory.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations will be accepted up to one hour prior to the scheduled web-based course or registration deadline, whichever comes first. Non-attending registrants will incur for their agency the same fee as if they had attended. Cancellation information can be found in the registration details. All substitutions must be sent to webinars@pccyfs.org.

Cancellations for in-person sessions, must be 3 business days prior to the course or registration deadline, whichever comes first. If a registrant must cancel within the 72-hour timeframe due to an emergency, he/she will be able to roll over the registration fee for a future session. All cancellations/substitutions must be sent to webinars@pccyfs.org. No-shows on the day of the training will not be able to roll over the fee.

Continuing Education
Act 48 credits for teachers and educators are available upon request with a $10 processing fee for sessions as indicated in the course description. Credits are available through a partnership with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

CEUs for social workers, counselors, therapists are available upon request with a $10 processing fee.

PCCYFS will maintain electronic and on-site records for two years; after two years, records will be sent to storage. You may apply for CEUs if the evaluation was completed in a timely manner

The Pennsylvania Council of Children Youth & Family Services (PCCYFS) #SWPR004114 is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. PCCYFS maintains responsibility for the program(s).

Please note that you may only apply for CEUs, Act 48 or CLE credits for courses where noted in the registration information. You may not receive more than one type of credit for a single course.