Understanding Foster Care & Therapeutic Interventions
Speakers: Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T.
The training is designed to teach mental health providers foundational knowledge, skills and values for working with children and youth in the child welfare system. Participants will be familiarized with new and imaginative ways for working with traumatized children in foster care. A wide variety of play-based methodologies and interventions that have proven successful in working with children over the age of five in foster care will be shared. Participants will learn structured treatment activities, view clinical examples, and receive a detailed handout explaining the goals of treatment, materials needed, and the "how to" approach for each methodology.
- Explore the “internal world” of a foster youth firsthand in order to learn 3 concrete ways to support them emotionally, cognitively, and developmentally.
- Identify at least 3 strategies to foster engagement, connection, and trust with resistant children affected by abuse and neglect.
- Incorporate new knowledge into three therapy interventions to use with children/teens to help them express anger, grief and loss.
Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., is the Executive Director and Founder of Celia Center, a non-profit support center which meets the critical needs of all those connected by Foster Care and Adoption and all those who serve the community of Foster Care and Adoption in Los Angeles and beyond.
She is also an adoptions and foster care psychotherapist and director of Yoffe Therapy. Yoffe’s desire to become a therapist with a special focus on adopted and foster care issues derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system.
She has been in the field for over 20 years, providing mental health education and support, as a psychotherapist, foster care social worker, clinical director, trainer for Los Angeles County Child & Family Services and the Department of Mental Health teaching parents, social workers and therapists on adoption & foster care challenges, trauma-informed parenting, impact of pre-adoption trauma, grief/loss, open adoption, and provides support to adult adoptees searching for long lost family members, as well as assists in reunion and family reunification. She is a Court Appointed Reunification Expert for Los Angeles Superior Court in cases involving children at risk for separation. She has appeared on the OWN and TLC Network, as a Psychotherapist teaching about Adoption in the shows Raising Whitley and Long Lost Family. In 1999 she wrote a one-woman play about growing up in foster care and adoption called, “What’s Your Name, Who’s Your Daddy?” which is available on Amazon and Audible.
She facilitates a support group called Adopt Salon, now on Zoom, which brings together all of the constellation members involved in an adoption and/or foster care placement, as well as ignite strength and community, and bring education, awareness and support for all of these members in forming healthy reunions, open adoptions, healing and understanding for all. For more info visit JeanetteYoffe.com
These events are free, and registration is available up until 24 hours prior to the start of the event. There is no penalty for cancellations. Content level is suitable for working mental health professionals with advanced degrees. There will be no breaks during the programs.
Live courses are interactive and recorded courses are non-interactive. In order to complete and receive credit for live courses, attendees must remain for the duration of each event and complete the course evaluation directly following each event. A link to the evaluation will be shared in the Zoom chat box during the live webinar. To earn home-study credits for recorded webinars, viewers must watch each course and complete the evaluation and posttest for each course. Viewers have 3 chances to pass the posttest with a score of 75% or higher. Once the evaluations or the evaluations and postttests are completed, we will generate and issue certificates via email within one week of completion.
Credit is calculated by the hours of the event (1 hour = 1 credit, 2 hours = 2 credits, etc.). The time it takes to complete the course evaluation and/or the posttest does not count toward CE credits.
To participate in a live webinar, a system that runs Zoom is required. To watch a recorded event for home-study, a system that plays recorded videos is required.
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