Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is one of the largest providers of mental health services for children and families on California’s central coast. We serve over 430 families daily, many of whom have faced abuse and neglect, severe emotional disturbances, mental health challenges, multiple out-of-home placements, and a variety of other challenges.Our campus and community services include: Emergency Shelter, Residential Treatment, Non-Public School, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Health Services Clinic, Therapeutic Behavioral Services/Intensive Behavioral Services, Wraparound, and Emergency Crisis Response. We provide year-round training seminars and workshops for organizations, staff, families and more.
Course content focuses on empirically-supported relationship-based strategies for understanding behavior, solving problems, and helping children grow. View Course Descriptions
Trainers have direct-care experience in a wide range of disciplines and many have been certified by nationally-recognized curriculum specialties. View Trainer Bios
Flexible and Affordable Options
Workshops can be facilitated at your site, on your schedule, and for competitive rates. more...
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Half-day workshops designed for foster, adoptive, relative caregivers and those who care about children in our local community. Join us for one or more in this series at any location. Course highlights include: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Relational Safety, Significance & Mattering, Positive Youth Development, Character Strengths, Communication Pitfalls, Trauma & Self Care and much more!
Gold-Standard of Training
“The training [from Casa Pacifica] has become the gold-standard by which we measure all other training provided or received since. The value that sets Casa Pacifica apart from other trainers includes…you effectively individualize the training to meet our needs while maintaining the integrity of the curriculum [and] unlike other programs, you foster independence in our continued growth by providing us with resources and tools. The greatest value to us, however, has been gaining colleagues with the integrity and passion possessed by Casa Pacifica staff. Thank you for your commitment to the improvement of care provided to children and families.”
Kristine Parkins, MSW, LCSW, SAC
Chief Clinical Officer
“The Academy is proud that our instructors include some of the top Child and Youth Care Practitioners in the field. Their wealth of knowledge, creativity and commitment to practice is exceptional. The Academy’s training for trainers program is rigorous. Only the best are chosen as Approved Trainers. It is a great joy to work with people of this caliber who are taking the field of youth services to new heights.”
Frank Eckles, LCCA, CYC-P
Academy for Competent Youth Work
Magic Triangle of Training
“The “magic triangle” of effective training consists of deep conceptual knowledge, practical, “use it tomorrow” application and dynamic presentation. You’re guaranteed to get all three with Casa Pacifica. James, Meredith and Tone provide this powerful combination of brain knowledge, real-world application with kids and passionate, engaging delivery. These trainers will stimulate your mind, broaden your understanding, build your toolbox and keep you interested and involved.”
Frank Kros, MSW, JD
The Upside Down Organization