Training Class Details
Class Title: Unconditional Care: Curiosity and Relational Assessment-3.5 CAMFT, RN, & APA CE Credits
Class Date: Thursday, June 29, 2023
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 0
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: John Sprinson
Class Description:

Unconditional Care: Curiosity and Relational Assessment - 3.5 CE Credits  

Training Summary:

This training reviews some basic assumptions and problems that are encountered in all initial assessments of clients. An approach to assessment based on attachment theory is offered. This approach involves describing the child’s working model of relationships and utilizes data from the child’s experience with caretakers and data from his or her current interpersonal functioning. How this data can be used in relational treatment planning is discussed. 


· Participants will learn three barriers currently active in the field that interfere with carrying out thoughtful, curious assessments.

· Participants will be able name four premises underlying effective assessment practices.

· Participants will be able to describe five observational categories related to the child’s experience with caretakers.

· Participants will be able describe five categories related to the child’s current interpersonal functioning.

Trainer Bio:

John Sprinson, Ph.D. is currently the Clinical Director at Seneca Center.  John joined Seneca during its first year of existence and has been actively involved in the clinical leadership of the agency throughout its history.  With Ken Berrick, Seneca’s founder, John co-authored Unconditional Care: Relationship-based, Behavioral Intervention With Vulnerable Children and Families, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.  This book is a comprehensive statement of the theoretical and methodological base of the agency’s efforts to support vulnerable children and youth.  Since the 1980s John has been interested in attachment theory, learning theory, trauma and clinical training and staff training. John received his graduate training in Psychology at Duke University and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at UCSF.  Prior to joining Seneca Center he was an assistant director of a day treatment program for young children. 


You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend.


Course meets the qualifications for 3.5 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.  

We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed.



• You must sign IN & OUT before you leave. 

• You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written.



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing:



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through

registration confirmation email or by calling:

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004


Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605

(510) 654-4004 x2244


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event.

Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.