CTI Trainings

Upcoming Programs

The Explosive Child: From Control to Problem Solving with Dr. Ross Greene

May 19, 2021, 9:00 am
Trainer: Ross Green, PhD

New York Times bestselling author and clinical psychologist, Dr. Ross Greene has been working with families for over 30 years to reduce adult-child conflict and challenging behavior in children. In this compelling training, Dr. Greene will be discussing the evidence-based model Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) that he developed and describes in his books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. The model represents a significant departure from discipline as usual and focuses on solving problems rather than modifying behavior. CPS encourages collaborative solutions, proactive interventions, de-emphasizes diagnostic categories, and helps kids learn skills including empathy and taking another’s perspective. Participants in this training will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the model, its refinements over the past 10 years, and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be used in diverse settings.

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Past Programs

The Yes Brain with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

March 18, 2021 9:00 am
Trainer: Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues (think homework, screen time, food choices, bedtime), children often respond with reactivity instead of receptivity—leading them to act out or shut down. This is a “No Brain” response.

But kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. As clinicians and educators, we can help parents foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a “Yes Brain,” and it leads emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight, and empathy.

In this presentation based on her book (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Tina Payne Bryson discusses ways to encourage children towards this positive, engaged approach to life. Using her trademark warmth and humor, she will discuss specific strategies for child development professionals to create Yes Brain opportunities and help kids thrive.

COVID19: Helping Children and Families Manage Stress and Build Resilience

January 21, 2021 9:00 am
Trainer: Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

Our country is continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 cases and many of us are wondering how the aftermath of this collective experience will manifest in ourselves and in our communities. Dr. Bruce Perry will discuss how patterns of stress can determine risk or resilience and the implications of this dynamic for the current COVID-19 epidemic. He will highlight the importance of structure, predictability, and moderation of daily stress in building resilience as children and families navigate the challenges of school and manage ongoing pandemic issues.

Understanding Children’s Gender Health

October 28, 2020
Trainer: Diane Erhensaft, PhD and Joel Baum, MS

Diane Erhensaft is the Mental Health Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ehrensaft is also on the Expert Panel for the Center for Children and Youth. Her training will provide an integrative and educational approach to understanding and supporting children’s gender health and consider how social distancing orders have affected the community. Explore the importance of gender affirmation both at home and in schools, examining supportive approaches in both contexts. Focused on building mental health care providers’ and educators’ capacity to understand and support a young person’s authentic gender, the training will include an overview of terminology and concepts related to gender diversity; best practices for working with parents in clinical settings; and the use of gender support plans in educational settings. Our hope is to impart what we know about the critical element of adult affirmation—at home and at school—and its relation to the health and wellbeing of transgender and other gender-expansive youth.

Motivational Interview Training: Healthy Choices During a Public Health Crisis

September 24, 2020, 9am — 12:30pm
Trainer: Kristin Dempsey, LMFT, LPCC, EdD

The Motivational Interviewing Basics training is designed to prepare clinicians, case managers, and care managers to use a strategic client-centered approach to assist clients in finding the motivation to change. This workshop will discuss the basic motivational interviewing concepts and will help providers learn the necessary skills to engage clients in the behavioral change process and help reach their goals. The training will focus on skills for promoting healthier choices during a public health crisis and topics typical for adolescents, adults, seniors, and families seeking clinical and case management services.

Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness for Professionals

August 13, 2020, 9am – 12:30pm
Trainer: Lani Rosen-Gallagher, MEd, RYT 200, RCYT

Explore the many benefits of yoga and mindfulness techniques, and how to utilize these techniques for interventions with children both virtually and in person. In this workshop, we will unpack the Social Emotional Learning toolbox and discuss the development of coping skills. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the physiological ways that the brain and body interact. Learn child-friendly terms and phrases to explain the relationship between mind and body, self-regulation, impulse control, and positive social skills. Training participants will leave with the tools to demonstrate games and yoga poses that increase capacity for executive functioning.

Building Resiliency in Young People During Difficult Times

July 16, 2020, 9am – 3pm
Trainer: Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed 

As you know we are facing an unprecedented time in our lives. We are in the midst of a pandemic that is touching the lives of those in our most vulnerable communities, made so by systemic multi-generational oppression, with increasing numbers. We are also witnessing a movement to confront systemic racism. We have an opportunity to offer our staff who work with the most susceptible teens in our communities a groundbreaking multimedia resource that embodies the core belief that identifying, reinforcing, and building on the inherent strengths of young people can facilitate positive development.

Professional training for SF Huckleberry Youth Programs, Bay Area Seneca Family of Agencies, SFDPH Department of Rehabilitation, Girls Inc, Covenant House Northern and Southern CA, and the Center for Children and Youth.

Building Resiliency During COVID19: Self-Care and Vicarious Trauma Prevention

April 2, 2020
Trainer: Olga Phoenix, MPA, MA

Stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma among child and family service providers is a significant public health concern today. The impact is often diminished quality of life, depression, anxiety, immune disorders, addiction, and even suicidal ideation. Exposure to traumatic and uncertain world events, natural disasters, and epidemics, (such as the current stressor COVID-19) intensifies the problem, and leaves family welfare professionals more susceptible to negative consequences of stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma. This training will provide child and family service professionals with practical strategies and sustainable tools for self-care and vicarious trauma prevention during these challenging times—fostering resilience and a greater sense of personal and professional well-being.

Courage and Fear: The Intersection Between Immigration and Trauma

January 16, 2020
Trainer: Vilma Reyes, PsyD

This training will cover the impact of complex trauma, toxic stress, and fear on brain development, learning, and family attachments, as well as ways to intervene. It will be framed in the context of historical immigrant experiences and the current socio-political climate and immigration policy of forced family separations. The experience of immigration including potential risk and protective factors will be a thread throughout the conversation. Trauma-informed strategies to foster repair among ruptured attachments will be explored by using case-based learning in small groups. Training participants will learn how the theoretical pillars of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) can be applied to work with Latino immigrant families.

Building Resiliency in Young People: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach

October 29, 2019
Trainer: Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed 

Young people who have endured adverse childhood experiences may have lifelong effects on their brain, health, and behaviors. The power of caring adults in their life, who can nurture their strengths rather than trigger their earned reactivity, cannot be exaggerated. This educational seminar for professionals will focus on the importance of healthy, healing connections and strategies that restore control to young people from whom it may have been taken away. Training participants will learn how to utilize and develop stress management strategies that are designed to move youth away from self-destructive quick fixes and towards positive behaviors.

Suicide Crisis: Assessing for Imminent Risk

May 23, 2019
Trainer: Igor Galynker, MD

Depression and suicidality among adolescents is exceptionally high in the San Francisco Bay Area. This worrying trend has clinicians searching for ways to identify the signs and symptoms of acute pre-suicidal mental states associated with imminent suicide risk. In this important training, Dr. Igor Galynker, M.D. will introduce the suicide-specific diagnosis of the Suicide Crisis Syndrome, provide clinical illustrations that support his work, and introduce us to the leading methods of imminent risk assessment. Reflecting the extensive work introduced in Dr. Galynker’s book The Suicidal Crisis: Clinical Guide to the Assessment of Suicide Risk, this training is a must for all clinicians working with adolescents and young adults struggling with potential suicidality. Training participants will learn to identify five suicide warning signs and symptoms of the acute pre-suicidal states associated with imminent suicide risk. Discuss two models that explain suicidal behavior and the suicide-specific diagnosis of the Suicide Crisis Syndrome.

Raising a Secure Child: The Child-Parent Relationship

April 11, 2019
Trainer: Alicia Lieberman, PhD and David Oppenheim, PhD

In this training, two internationally known experts in child development and the child-parent relationship will draw on their decades of research, clinical practice, and parent counseling to present the scientific basis for raising secure children. They will describe how to use insightfulness to reconcile child and parent emotional needs and discuss how raising emotionally healthy children calls for understanding the individual and developmental characteristics of the child while giving caregivers the space they need to fulfill their own needs.

Dr. Alicia Lieberman will use the toddlerhood years to illustrate young children’s striving to find a balance between their longing for love and approval and their impulse to assert their wish for independence. She will describe the treatments she developed to help parents understand the connections between their childhood experiences and their parenting struggles and discover rewarding ways of interacting with their children.

Dr. David Oppenheim will highlight how parents foster their children’s emotional health by taking into consideration their inner world and the motives underlying the child’s actions and feelings. Examples from research with normative and at-risk samples will be used to illustrate insightful parenting that promotes child security and self-understanding as well as the barriers parents face in this process. He will also focus on how insightfulness can be fostered to help parents of children with neurodevelopmental challenges.

Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)—Two Day Training

October 1 — 2, 2018
Trainer: Lisette Rivas-Hermina, LMFT

This training will provide an overview of the importance of trauma assessment and how to incorporate it in treatment. Training participants will learn about both the clinical and societal context of trauma assessment, how to identify appropriate client candidates for Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and how to implement the model through the PRACTICE components. Discuss TF-CBT using a variety of interventions that integrate cultural values and beliefs throughout implementation of the model. Discuss the role of vicarious trauma and the importance of self-care, along with skills for the cognitive processing of trauma-related thoughts.

Brainstorm and the Yes Brain: Cultivating Resilience in Adolescents from the Inside Out with Dan Siegel, MD, Expert Trainer

February 21, 2018
Trainer: Daniel Siegel, MD

Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and oftentimes maddening ways. Daniel Siegel will explore the nature of the changes in the teenage brain and how they set the stage for changes in adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being. This presentation will explore the increased risk-taking and statistically demonstrated heightened chances of harm during this period of life. But these negative aspects of adolescence are only one side of the coin of this period of life.

Seen from an inside view, adolescence is an essential part of our development and our evolution. This “inside-out approach” to this second dozen years of life, gives us an exciting new perspective on the essence of adolescence. Emotional intensity, social engagement, novelty-seeking, and creative explorations are not aspects of an “immature” stage of development, but actually can be seen as a necessary set of characteristics that are essential for both the individual’s development and for the health and adaptation of our species. Further, these features of the teenage brain set the stage for changes that not only shape our life as adolescents, but can surprisingly be seen as essential to thriving in adulthood. How we approach adolescence as a period and adolescents as individuals can make all the difference in how these important years are navigated.

For more information about trainings, call 415-359-2484 or email [email protected].