New PA Webinars for Child Welfare Professionals

All child welfare professionals and organizations must be trained in working with youth from a racial equity lens. Check out these upcoming webinars for child welfare professionals provided by the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services Education & Professional Development Institute:

Youth Suicide Risk Assessment, Prevention and Intervention

September 9, 2020 at 1:00pm-3:00pm

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. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Coyle. Register Here.

Preventing Escalation During Client-Staff Interactions

September 17, 2020 at 10:00am-12:00pm

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. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Coyle— Register Here.

Virtual Support: Providing Strength-Based Services in a

Remote Environment

September 25, 2020 at 1:00pm-3:00pm

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! Presented by Stephanie Snyder, LCSW— Register Here.

Helping Children and Youth Adjust to the “New Normal”

September 30, 2020 at 10:00am-12:00pm

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. Presented by Jennifer Buechel— Register Here.

The Rules Don’t Apply to Me!

October 16, 2020 at 10:00am-12:00pm

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. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Coyle— Register Here.

YLS and Court Testimony

November 4, 2020 at 1:00pm-4:00pm

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. Presented by Nicole Mattern — Register Here.

Payment: PCCYFS will invoice your agency after the training.

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

Webinar Policy: If multiple people plan to attend via one computer, register all individuals at Unregistered individuals will not be able to obtain CEUs or certificates of attendance.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted up to two business days prior to the scheduled course. Non-attending registrants will incur for their agency the same fee as if they had attended. All cancellations/substitutions must be sent to If a registrant must cancel within the 48 hour timeframe due to an emergency, he/she will be able to roll over the registration fee for a future webinar. No-shows on the day of the training will not be able to roll over.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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