Alameda Course Catalog

Alameda County Foster Care Training Course Catalog

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Administrative & Organizational

Includes trainings that cover practices for administrative and organizational staff and employees.

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Arts & Activities

Trainings offered cover the importance of art and activities for youth as well as how to design engaging and therapeutic activities.

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Behavioral Interventions

These trainings address the importance of using behavioral modification techniques such as positive reinforcement to help a child change their behaviors to those that are more conducive to healthy relationships with adults and peers.

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Behavioral Intervention Techniques

This training will teach social workers specific behavior techniques they can use with youth to address emotional crisis, be more aware of how youth are feeling, and deal with future stressful and triggering situations youth may experience.

10/10/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Diagnostic Classification of Mental and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood: DC: 0-5, Applications for Children in Care

This training will provide an overview of the new diagnostic manual for infants and young children with special emphasis for children in care. It will describe changes from the DC: 0-3R and highlight changes in the new manual. Participants will have the opportunity to practice utilizing the diagnostic schema.

9/26/2017 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Berkeley 5.5 A Better Way, Inc.

How Incorporating Body Psychotherapy Principles & Techniques Supports Youth in Foster Care

Body Psychology has long been a diverse tradition, from the time of Sigmund Freud, of theoretical orientations with techniques and interventions that aim to support mental health from a multi-dimensional body-oriented holistic perspective. The Wisdom of the Body is such that it holds the memory of our suffering and incomplete experiences as well as the impulse to heal these said same wounds. Wounded, however, an individual may often feel disconnected, disappointed, fearful and even distrustful of their body and the messages it conveys, drifting further towards seeking external means to navigate life’s stressors. Endemic in psychological forums is the axiom of “internal locus of control” as a barometer for mental […]

9/27/2017 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing – Day 1

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining positive behavior changes.  Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 300 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations and target behaviors.* In particular, MI has been shown to be especially effective in brief clinical encounters and for individuals not ready or unsure about change.

9/27/2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Motivational Interviewing – Day 1

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining positive behavior changes.  Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 300 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations and target behaviors.* In particular, MI has been shown to be especially effective in brief clinical encounters and for individuals not ready or unsure about change.

9/28/2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Motivational Interviewing – Day 2

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining positive behavior changes.  Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 300 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations and target behaviors.* In particular, MI has been shown to be especially effective in brief clinical encounters and for individuals not ready or unsure about change.

9/28/2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Utilizing Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) in Child Welfare Cases

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. Versions of the CANS are currently used in 25 states in child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and early intervention applications. A comprehensive, multi-system version exists as well.

10/20/2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Berkeley 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Child Development

Trainings include topics such as an overview of the stages of child development to the importance of understanding a child’s actual age versus their developmental age, and why that distinction is important in caring for children.

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Fight/ Flight/ Freeze: Understanding the Continuum of Threat Responses in Working with System-Involved Youth

How come some young people respond to threat by getting aggressive, whereas others totally shut down, and others try to get away? Stephen Porges landmark Polyvagal Theory may well be the most important revisioning of our understanding of the autonomic nervous system that has emerged in the last 50 years. It provides a new map of the way that the mammalian nervous system regulates social engagement and threat states, including fight/ flight and freeze states. It provides an elegant description of the range of behaviors that are available to us depending on how safe or unsafe we feel. Porges ground-breaking insights involve the recognition of a parasympathetic nervous system with […]

10/19/2017 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Family Issues

Topics include how to locate potential permanent family members (Family Finding) as well as how to engage and include family members in a child’s life.

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Cultural Competence & Awareness when Working with Youth in Care

Children and adolescents living in foster care are a vulnerable and ethnically diverse population. As providers, we must be culturally sensitive and aware in our approaches with you. Better understand the differences between Cultural Competence, Cultural Awareness, and Cultural Sensitivity. Review importance of role modeling and good boundaries and how these impact our youth. Explore Self-disclosure and self-awareness. Create awareness of our triggers and how to best manage these, in order to be most effective in our roles, as providers and have a positive impact on our youth and families.

10/30/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ Clients and Colleagues within the Child Welfare System

The Department of Health and Human Services describes “the lack of culturally competent providers [as] a significant barrier to quality health care for many LGBT people, particularly those who identify as transgender.” Creating truly inclusive, affirming, and healthy environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people requires intentionality and commitment from an entire community/organization/staff. This workshop will present participants with basic concepts, vocabulary, and skills necessary to provide safe and inclusive support to intersex, transgender, and other sex/gender non-conforming clients in foster care and colleagues who support youth in care, specifically by providing safe spaces and challenging the institutional, cultural, and personal beliefs and inequities that lead to a […]

10/19/2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Health & Safety

Includes trainings on best practices for insuring children are healthy, safe and receiving the medical care they need.

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Crisis De-Escalation and Safety in the Field for Professionals Working with System Involved Families

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis de-escalation and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided.

10/18/2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Working with System Involved Families: Fulfilling and Managing Your HIPAA/ Mandated Reporting Responsibilities

Service providers working with system involved children, youth, and families are held to many local, state, and federal expectations. Among these expectations include adhering to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), privacy practices (including confidentiality), and mandated reporting. This training will provide a comprehensive overview of HIPAA, protected health information (PHI), confidentiality, and mandated reporting requirements for service providers. Due to the ever changing nature of how we communicate with children, families, and other services this training will include how to ensure electronic communications adhere to the requirements as well. Mandated reporting will cover child and elder abuse reporting practices.

10/17/2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Other

These trainings include topics that are not listed in any other categories.

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Clinical Supervision in Social Work and Mental Health Practice (Two-Day Training)

This two day, in-depth training combines lecture, large and small group discussion, role plays and self-reflection. Dr. Bennett will facilitate the 15 hours during which participants will examine the Board of Behavioral Sciences rules and regulations, evaluate on-line and film examples of therapy and supervision, explore their own experiences and discuss what traits make an exceptional clinical supervisor. The second day will involve lecture, large and small group discussion and self-reflection regarding Secondary Trauma. Students will participate in exercises to determine their own obstacles as well as possible supervisees’ experiences with trauma. Diagnoses of childhood and adolescents will be presented from the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual V. There will be […]

10/11/2017 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Berkeley 15 A Better Way, Inc.

Clinical Supervision in Social Work and Mental Health Practice (Two-Day Training)

This two day, in-depth training combines lecture, large and small group discussion, role plays and self-reflection. Dr. Bennett will facilitate the 15 hours during which participants will examine the Board of Behavioral Sciences rules and regulations, evaluate on-line and film examples of therapy and supervision, explore their own experiences and discuss what traits make an exceptional clinical supervisor. The second day will involve lecture, large and small group discussion and self-reflection regarding Secondary Trauma. Students will participate in exercises to determine their own obstacles as well as possible supervisees’ experiences with trauma. Diagnoses of childhood and adolescents will be presented from the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual V. There will be […]

10/12/2017 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Berkeley 15 A Better Way, Inc.

Cultural Values in Community Work

This training will encourage participants to explore identity and value formation and ways that these influence work with youth. Please email WestCoast’s training department if you would like to attend this training at training@westcoastcc.org.

10/30/2017 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Cultural Identity

This training will provide information and lead exercises geared toward identifying components of cultural identity that are most salient to working with youth in the community. Please email WestCoast’s training department if you would like to attend this training at training@westcoastcc.org.

10/23/2017 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Foster Youth and the Pursuit of Higher Education

Foster youth need the support from care providers to make it to high school graduation and then on to college. However, often times these providers do not know the range of services and support foster care youth (and probation youth in out of home placement) can receive. This training will discuss all of the varied types of support foster youth can receive while enrolled in higher education or training programs. 

10/11/2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Hayward Sunny Hills Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work and Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

10/4/2017 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Navigating Power & Privilege Dynamics in Management & Supervision

This training addresses the kind of awareness, engagement, and information that is necessary for understanding and addressing power and privilege when working across cultural difference in clinical supervision. Please email WestCoast’s training department if you would like to attend this training at training@westcoastcc.org.

9/29/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Trauma Impact

These trainings address the impact that trauma has had on the lives of children in our care and how we can help them begin to heal from the trauma they’ve experienced.

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Attachment Foundations & Trauma

This training will provide foundational information on the concept of attachment and the ways that relationships are impacted by trauma. Discussion of the relevance to working with youth will also be explored. Please email WestCoast’s training department if you would like to attend this training at training@westcoastcc.org.

10/2/2017 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrative Treatment for Complex Trauma for Adolescents

This training will provide an overview of an evidence based practice that has been useful for working with adolescents that have experienced complex trauma.  An overview of the model will be introduced and discussion about its benefits for youth will be provided. Please email WestCoast’s training department if you would like to attend this training at training@westcoastcc.org.

10/20/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work.  This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life.   We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

9/26/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

Self, Others, and Nature: Enriching Connection for Professionals Working with System Involved Families

Many of the challenges that youth in care face come from feeling disconnected. When we act from a place of disconnection, we can’t value, understand, or respect ourselves, we can’t value, understand, or respect others, we can’t value, understand, or respect the world around us. This training explores mentoring young people in connection: to themselves, to each other, and to the natural world. These three concentric circles of connection rely on a foundation in mindful awareness, a tool that allows us to focus our attention in the present moment, in an intentional, non-judgmental way. Through the process of bringing mindful awareness to our own internal experience, to our experience of […]

10/6/2017 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Substance Abuse in Children, Youth and Families in Foster Care

At ages 17 or 18, foster youth are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer from lifetime and/or past year mental health disorders compared to transition aged youth in the general population. As well, substance use and abuse has been consistently found to be higher among youth in child welfare than in the general population. Even more so, many times caregivers of these same youth may be similarly vulnerable to navigating life’s stressors through various “stress-reduction” strategies that involve sanctioned, illicit or prescribed substances. The prevalence of comorbidity between substance abuse and mental health challenges is thus a significant and relevant clinical issue to be addressed.

10/25/2017 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Trauma & Attachment in the Brain & Body, Part I

In part 1 of this 2-part training, participants will learn basic information about the link between early childhood trauma and sensory integration. This training will review the process of sensory integration and provide information about the 8 senses.  Information will be shared regarding the impact of trauma on developing brain as relates to sensory processing and how to identify sensory processing difficulties in children.  Participants will engage through didactic training, video and images, and case examples.Please email WestCoast’s training department if you would like to attend this training at training@westcoastcc.org.

10/9/2017 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Trauma & Attachment in the Brain & Body, Part II

In part 2, participants will review basic information about the link between early childhood trauma and sensory integration that was taught in part I. Participants will participate in sensory-motor activities to build an understanding of how various materials and strategies can be used with children and families to support emotional and physical regulation. This training will review the process of sensory integration, the 8 senses, the impact of trauma on developing brain as relates to sensory processing, and how to identify sensory processing difficulties in children.  Please email WestCoast’s training department if you would like to attend this training at training@westcoastcc.org.

10/23/2017 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Trauma Transform Training for Staff Interfacing with System Involved Children

Trauma surrounds the care that providers provide for children in care and their families. The children and families have extensive histories of multigenerational and institutional trauma that is reflected in their daily functioning. In addition, many providers have their own histories of trauma. Working with children in care and their families affects the provider and the agency they work in and can lead to an unhealthy environment that is characterized by excessive stress and trauma. By understanding the effects of stress and trauma on the children in care, their families, your colleagues and you and by having tools to address the effects one can foster wellness and resilience.

10/19/2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Wellness in the Workplace for Professionals Working with System Involved Families

There is well documented evidence that working long term with system-involved youth can, if not addressed, contribute to the experience of vicarious trauma and organizational burnout amongst employees. This vicarious trauma, also referred to as compassion fatigue and secondary trauma can often cause high employee turn-over; a bi-product that is particularly detrimental to a population of infants, children and youth that have experienced significant disruption.

10/18/2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.