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Saturdays at the Center 2018-2019

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Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services

3200 Motor Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90034

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NOVEMBER 16, 2018

9:00am–4:15pm | 6 CE Credits

Current Legal and Ethical Considerations in Clinical Practice

Presented by a nationally recognized lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice

Pamela Harmell. Ph.D., is a full-time Lecturer at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology: a past Chair of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee, serves as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee, is the former President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association; and had received a Gubernatorial appointment to the California Board of Psychology where she served her final year as President. She also maintains a private practice in Brentwood.

This year's Law and Ethics is presented in two parts: 1. As we become a more multicultural society, psychotherapists face new challenges in assessing child maltreatment. Understanding multcultural child-rearing practices within a framework that includes poverty and immigration is critical. A culturally sensitive approach to assessment and intervention is emphasized inlcuding guidelines for working with families from diverse populations. 2. Awarness of the connection between suicide, social media, and substance use are a constant in today's professional community. Updates to the relationship between social media, suicide, and substance abuse are discussed along with "safety agreements" and Non-suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI).

Learning Objectives

  • List the four major groups into which culturally diverse parents fall when engaging in physically abusive disciplinary practice.
  • Describe at least three ways to convey respect to diverse family members during an interview.
  • Identify the connection between social media, suicide and substance use.
  • Name what the literature suggests is one of the primary predictors of suicide besides previous attempt.
  • Discuss the current primary "predictors" of suicidal behavior.

DECEMBER 14, 2018

10:00am-1:15pm | 3 CE Credits

S.P.Y. Comprehensive Support Services for Homeless & At-Risk Youth

Presented by the founder of A Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y) and passionate advocate for homeless and at-risk nine to 25 year old young people across the Los Angeles community.

Alison Hurst is the founder and executive director of A Safe Place for Youth. Her pioneering and passionate advocacy and community based solution for homeless and at-risk young people has taken services to the resilient youth in our community from care packages out of the trunk of her car to full supportive services with the aid of a dedicated, caring staff and volunteers - each wanting to make a difference this vulnerable population of young people.

A Safe Place for Youth - S.P.Y. offers young people access to critical services and their continuum iof care five days a week, in a safe, welcoming space. Located in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles, S.P.Y. helps youth meet basic needs including improving physical, mental and emotional well-being and helping youth to develop meaningful relationships with peers, staff and volunteers through a myriad of supportive services within four major categories: Street Outreach, Case Managment, Education & Employment and Health and Wellness. Alison and some of her staff will educate attendees not only on the state of youth homelessness in our community, but what can be done to help homeless and at-risk youth to help themselves and thus begin to reverse the growing pattern of youth homelessness in our communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe youth homelessness and its impact on the wellness of young people in our community
  • List four ways that S.P.Y., a community-based organization, in addressing youth homelessness
  • Explain S.P.Y.'s innovative solutions to address youth homelessness


JANUARY 25, 2019

9:00am–4:00pm | 6 CE Credits

NOTE: This is a Friday presentation

Using Reflective Supervision to Build Competence and Promote Equity

Presented by an Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Mentor with considerable experience leading workshops on Reflective Supervision.

Barbara Stroud, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Endorsed Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Mentor, Member of ZERO TO THREE Academy of Fellows, U.C. Davis Extension Faculty for the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, and recipient of the 2018 ‘Bruce D. Perry Spirit of the Child’ Award.

Reflective Supervision by design is empowering, strength-based, culturally respectful, collaborative, non-judgmental, and intro­spective. As supervisors, we must take dedicated time to reflect on our interpersonal process, self-understanding, and the internal­ized values that influence our ability to guide others as they embrace complex challenges that lack simple solutions. This training will stand on the science of nurturing and emotional wellness. We will look at the foundational elements of Reflective Supervision. Reflective questions will be used to teach, challenge, and wonder together, and together we will use the reflective process to consider issues of inequity for our families and in our field.

Learning Objectives

• To describe the parallel process as influenced by nurturing relationship across the caregiver/child, therapist/caregiver,supervisor/therapist, and service system/family system

• To demonstrate the use of reflective questions to increase mentalizing skills within clinical staff as well as caregivers

• To explore internalize-dominant culture values that may hinder non-dominant family systems in moving toward emotional health

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