Foster Youth Training Series

Understanding and Effectively Working with Foster Youth Victims

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Foster youth have unique mental and behavioral health needs. From their various placements, transitions between families and homes, and “aging out” of the foster care system, the needs of these youth require professionals to have a wide knowledge base. This basic training is designed to share information on how to understand and better serve this population and will include practical and effective strategies that can be used immediately. This beginning level training is intended for therapists, social workers and advocates.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of working transitional age youth in foster care
  • Identify typical behaviors exhibited by foster youth
  • Discuss attachment issues that arise with foster youth
  • Describe the phases of identity development and identity management
  • Demonstrate competency in how to create affirming environments for LGBTQ foster children and youth.
  • Apply the history of the changes in the DSM as they relate to LGBTQ in working with foster youth
Presenter: Teresa DeCrescenzo

Teresa DeCrescenzo, LCSW is a much sought after keynote and plenary speaker in the domains of social policy, especially policy as regards LGBTQ mental health issues, LGBTQ issues, substance misuse and addiction, and foster care. She has conducted hundreds of staff and administrative staff trainings across the country and locally to a variety of disciplines including trained clinicians, MFTs, psychologists, social workers, probation and sworn personnel. For at least a decade, DeCrescenzo has trained all foster parents in Los Angeles County and at most state-wide foster parent conferences on working with LGBTQ children and youth. She has been acknowledged for her impact on national mental health policy by the National Association of Social Workers in 2012.

  • 9:00 – 10:50 Welcome & Introduction, Adolescent identity development
  • 10:50 – 12:15 Best practices for youth in foster care
  • 12:15 – 1:15 LUNCH
  • 1:15 – 2:15 Assessment and treatment planning
  • 2:15 – 2:50 Legislation impacting interventions with foster care youth
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Clinical vignettes, Q & A and wrap-up

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Tiffany Anderson at or (805) 584-0525. Requests must be received by the registration deadline for each event.

For more information, questions, or grievances please contact Tiffany Anderson at (805) 584-0525 or email

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Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #128510). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Associations of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event for a fee of $45. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

San Jose - June 30, 2017

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  • June 30, 2017
  • 9am - 4pm
  • Provided with confirmation materials
  • Free
  • June 16, 2017


Livestream Opportunity

This training is being livestreamed for rural agencies who cannot travel to the event. If you have a group of staff who would benefit from attending this training remotely please contact Tania Shaw at (707) 992-0834 or by email at to find out more.


Limited space is available for livestreaming, priority will be given to underserved rural agencies in CA. You must contact us in advance to participate.