The Clinical Training Institute at Children of Promise, NYC offers three in-person workshops of various durations to meet different attendees’ needs.

Treating Parental Incarceration as Childhood Trauma: Revolutionizing Clinical Services Using an Anti-Racist Community Practice Model

$200 with 6 CE Contact Hours / $100 without CE Contact Hours:

June 22nd (Saturday), 2019 10 am - 5 pm at CPNYC


This 6-hour course expands on the dialogue regarding children of incarcerated parents by recognizing that the phenomenon known as mass incarceration is associated with conscious and unconscious racial practices in clinical practice. Contextual factors like structural racism compound the impacts of mass incarceration on children and have the potential to create inherent biases in clinicians and the general population alike. This presentation explores and recommends solutions to “anti-blackness” in clinical practice, which refers to the unconscious racist beliefs and practices that fail to account for the historical and contextual needs and issues specific to populations affected by mass incarceration.

Children of Promise, NYC was the first to establish this community practice orientation using evidence-informed treatment modalities with the specific population of children of incarcerated parents. Trauma symptoms exhibited by children and adolescents, generally follow a similar symptomatology: depression, anger, isolating and self-harming behaviors, cognitive distortions, and escalated symptoms of physical distress. Therefore, this trauma-focused modality is applicable to the treatment of the childhood trauma of parental incarceration just as to other forms of childhood trauma. This presentation explores the psychological manifestation of trauma symptoms related to parental incarceration and lays the groundwork for the implementation of Children of Promise, NYC’s community-based treatment modality.

Through its integration of the micro-level clinical interventions, along with the mezzo and macro-level identification of the historical and present day oppression of parental incarceration, attendees will gain a holistic approach to identifying the trauma of parental incarceration and best practices in treating children of incarcerated parents.


Participants will: 

  • Understand historical oppression and mass incarceration through the lens of anti-blackness in clinical practice on micro, mezzo, and macro levels

  • Identify parental incarceration as a newly-recognized form of trauma and the post-traumatic symptoms exhibited by children of incarcerated parents

  • Speak to the efficacy of evidence-based and evidence-informed treatment models, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Community Psychiatry as best practices for clinical treatment with children of incarcerated parents

  • Develop an increased capacity to interrupt the profound impact of mass incarceration on children, families, and communities and identify the skills necessary to target and dismantle anti-blackness in clinical practice

Anti-Blackness in Social Work: A Conversation

$100 including 3 CE Contact Hours / $50 without CE Contact Hours.

Wednesday June 12th, 2019 6 pm - 9 pm at CPNYC


This 3-hour course uses a historical framework that will allow participants to understand the influence of racial prejudice. Social work is not exempt from the paradigms of anti-blackness, and its toxic teachings, which perpetuate a cycle of dehumanization. As practitioners, we find ourselves cycling the master's tools of silence and complacency in the face of black suffering. It is imperative that we understand how deeply rooted our perceptions of blackness are in this country, and how they affect our ability to serve those who are impacted directly by this system. This is a shift that is required on not only the macro and mezzo levels, but also at the micro level, in our daily interactions. In this conversation, we will be applying theories such as Critical Consciousness, Cultural Humility, and Critical Race Theory with the goal of employing what they teach us into clinical praxis.


  • Participants will begin to examine their own practices and apply what is learned in the class through cross cultural supervision lens

  • Participants will develop practice skills which allow for uncomfortable conversations about identity and what role each of us plays in someone else’s oppression

  • Participants will become change agents in our own respective agencies; to impact the way we practice social work in a clinical and case management setting

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents

$40 including 1.5 CE Contact Hours / $20 without CE Contact Hours.



In the United States, 2.7 million children have a parent who is incarcerated. In New York alone, there are 105,000 children living under these circumstances. Children impacted by parental incarceration often face significant traumatic impacts caused by this experience, including the ambiguous loss of their parent to incarceration and the collateral consequences of that incarceration on their family. Children with an incarcerated loved one may struggle with the stigma and shame of having a parent in prison.

This 1-hour webinar will provide an overview of the oppressive systems that impact families with an incarcerated parent, the mental health needs of children and families impacted by parental incarceration, and trauma-informed recommendations based on a community-practice model of service.


  • Participants will be able to describe the clinical impact of parental incarceration on children

  • Participants will be able to identify treatment modalities and theories to inform clinical practice when working with children of incarcerated parents


About the Instructor

Joshua Ware, LMSW is a clinical social worker for Mental Health Services Corp at SUNY Downstate’s Family Health clinic and a specialist in anti-oppressive clinical practice for Children of Promise, NYC.

Mr. Ware’s expertise and curricula focus on dismantling the stigma of mental health care within the Black/Caribbean community to foster healing and self-love. Mr. Ware’s work primarily involves psychotherapy with adults who would not be able to afford therapy otherwise. He also participates in policy work within mezzo and macro practice around undoing the system of mass incarceration. Mr. Ware has developed the curriculum for a college-level course at Sing Sing Correctional Facility; he also co-created the Mass Incarceration Conversation Series (MICS) at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Mr. Ware has presented his work around dismantling anti-blackness in social work with Children of Promise, NYC at the NASW-NYC Conference, as well as at the National Conference in Washington, DC.