CTI – Child Training Institute

For mental health professionals specializing in child and adolescent therapy.

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Bay Area continuing education creditsThe Child Training Institute (CTI) provides cutting-edge training to mental health professionals, including clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and more, who seek knowledge in the latest evidence-based treatments and techniques to help young clients and their families.

Working with children and adolescents who have experienced significant trauma and abuse, who struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, or who lag in emotional, psychological, developmental, or intellectual growth can be challenging. CTI is here to support the professionals who are, in turn, helping these children. We offer programs that encourage new ways to think about and approach the work, provide new skills, and support connections between clinicians and disciplines. We believe that on-going training is essential to each individual’s professional development, as well as the community of clients they serve.

CTI is proud to present live one-day and two-day trainings at our San Francisco location. Trainings are open to the public and provide continuing education credits for qualified participants.

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Upcoming CTI Program Schedule


Can Daddy Come Here Too? — Working with Fathers

Thu., October 26, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Trainer: Chandra Ghosh-Ippen, Ph.D

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based treatment for children aged birth through five who have experienced a traumatic event. A central goal is to support and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship as a vehicle for restoring and protecting the child’s mental health. As we do this work, a young child’s question, “Can Daddy come here too?” reminds us to move beyond the mother-child relationship and open our minds and our treatments to fathers.

This workshop presents a brief overview of CPP and then offers multiple case vignettes to illustrate ways that CPP objectives and the CPP framework may guide us as we strive to integrate fathers into this work and honor their place in their children’s lives. The workshop explores the role that our own biases may play in keeping fathers out of treatment, ways to move from dyadic to triadic intervention, processes for working with fathers who have been the perpetrators of violence, and the importance of honoring gender and cultural differences when working with fathers.

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The Impact of Trauma on Immigrant Families

Wed., December 13, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Trainer: Vilma Reyes, Psy.D.
The impact of complex interpersonal trauma, immigration and insidious racial bias has a tremendous impact on children’s development and their family relationships. This course will review the impact of trauma on every developmental domain and on systems of care. It will introduce Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) principles and how they apply to clinical services—especially for immigrant Latino families. Case examples will make the intersection of all these principles applicable and relevant.

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Brainstorm: The Developing Adolescent Mind

Wed., February 21, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Trainer: Daniel Siegel, M.D.
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and oftentimes maddening ways. Parents often enter into this stage of development with their children with immense trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the turmoil, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.

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For more information about CTI trainings, call 415-359-2498 or email StephanieL@jfcs.org.

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