Training Class Details
Class Title: Supporting Youth and Families in Understanding the Pros & Cons of Medication for Youth - 3 CAMFT & RN CEUs
Class Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Class Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Availability: No availability at this time.
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: Rachel Michaelsen
Class Description:

Training Title:

Supporting Youth and Families in Understanding the Pros & Cons of Medication for Youth - 3 CAMFT & RN CEUs


There is a lot of stigma surrounding the use of medication in relationship to mental wellness and sometimes the discussion can feel taboo to families. Even mentioning medication can cause anxiety within the family and within the youth in care, leading to a refusal or aversion from the help that medication can provide. In this class you will learn what mental wellness issues that youth might struggle with could be treated with medication, how to support our youth through the referral process and options, which types of medication are used for which diagnoses, what benefit and risk there are with different medication, how to know when side effects need to be reported to medication prescribers. The purpose of this training is to give professionals who work with youth and families a solid background in how to support system involved youth in medication compliance, how to talk to care givers about compliance and other concerns related to psychotropic medication and how to help care givers and youth make the most out of their appointments with their medication prescribers. The aim is to be able to facilitate conversations about medication with youth and families while reducing anxiety and educating the youth and family to help them make the best decision for themselves.

•             Identify when a system involved youth shows symptoms that might benefit from a medication evaluation

•             List three things they can do to help system involved youth get the most out of medication evaluation and follow-up appointments

•             Describe three strategies for supporting medication treatment adherence in system involved youth

•             Identify and discuss with caretakers their concerns about making a medication referral for a system involved youth

Trainer Bio:

Rachel Michaelsen MSW, LCSW have been providing mental health services to individuals, couples and families as an LCSW for over 30 years. Prior to going to graduate school, Rachel worked in women’s health as a patient advocate and health educator in community health clinics. Rachel has provided training and patient education on STDs. Her master’s thesis focused on HIV issues, while providing pro-bono counseling to individuals with HIV in the early 1990s. 





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.



Seneca offers several types of CE Credits. Attendees are responsible for ensuring the course they take meets the CE unit type they need.

Please refer to individual courses to see the amount of continuing education credits available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and for psychologists as required by the California Board of Psychology. 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 is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.

Seneca Family of Agencies is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15222. Training meets the qualifications for the amount of hours specifically stated for each individual training of continuing education credit for Registered Nurses as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. BRN approval extends only to continuing education courses and does not include tour arrangements.

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.