Training Class Details
Class Title: Strategies That Support System Involved Youth’s Healing Based on Neuroplasticity- 3 CAMFT & RN CEUs
Class Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Class Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 17
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Rachel Michaelsen
Class Description:

Training Summary: Provide a couple sentences summary (content themes/training techniques, and how this training is relevant to working with children who live in out of home care)

All learning and memory is based on neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to wire new connections. Abuse and neglect can teach system involved youth that they are not safe in the world and people are not trustworthy. In order to change these beliefs, all individuals working with these youth can support new learning through the types of interactions and strategies they engage in. You will learn how brain plasticity impacts learning and re-learning and how to apply this theory to the types of interactions you have with both youth and their families. As this class involves lecture, video, self-reflection and interaction please plan to have your camera on for much of the class (if you don't have a working camera, plan to actively interact).


Class Objectives: (what knowledge, ideas or skills will participants explore, learn, practice, etc during the training) Provide at least 3 class objectives.


Participants will be able to:

·         Explain how brain plasticity impacts learning and memory

·         Identify at least 2 signs that a system involved youth has learned to feel unsafe and/or untrusting

·         Determine which types of support strategies will counter negative learning and increase a sense of safety and trust

·         Support parents and caretakers in having interactions that create a sense of safety and trust in system involved youth



How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? (provide at least 2 transfer of learning strategies)


1.       Discuss with supervisor current case load to determine how impact to brain plasticity might have affected youth in care.

2.       Create a support plan for a current youth in care, keeping neuroplasticity and trauma impact in mind.

Trainer Bio:

Rachel Michaelsen MSW, LCSW have been providing mental health services to individuals, couples and families as an LCSW for over 30 years. She has studied, utilized and taught interventions from the fields of energy psychology, energy medicine, neuroplasticity and trauma informed care for the last 25 years. Rachel currently teaches a variety of classes inclduing diagnosis, energy psychology, human sexuality, trauma informed care, law and ethics, supervision, HIV, suicide and more.



You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, San Francisco 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.