Alameda Course Catalog

Alameda County Foster Care Training Course Catalog

Courses are sorted by Category:

To register for a course, choose a Category and Course Title, then click on the Register link at the end of the row to connect to a sponsoring agency’s website or registration staff person for more information.

Administrative & Organizational

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

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Empowering Youth Workers Through Effective Staff Development Workshops

Training staff is not just an important way to equip youth workers with skills to meet program outcomes-it is an essential tool for staff engagement and retention. Whether you are a supervisor who leads in-service training or staff development exercises, or a human resources/training professional that develops new staff/volunteers, this workshop will provide valuable and accessible tools to engage youth workers in opportunities to hone their craft. Come together with staff development colleagues for valuable networking and skill building, so that we may optimally prepare providers to meet challenges of 21st century youth service provision and systems change work.

11/30/2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 2.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

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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A Healing Lens: Changing our Worldview on Imperfections, Disabilities, and Disorders in the…

We will use Story Telling, history and critical analysis to explore the obsession of cure, fixing people and changing them for the “better”. Discussions, practices and art will be used to learn and sustain the new skills through practicing in workshop. See, do and experience the value of these practices.

12/14/2017 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.25 Fred Finch Youth Center

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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Eating Disorders

Children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system are at increased risk of eating disorders. This course provides an overview of eating disorders in youth including the origins of eating disorders, incidence in youth, contributing factors, and mental health issues. Eating disorders in specific populations are discussed including the prevalence in young females, obesity in children, and males. The types of eating disorders in children, youth, and adults are reviewed including pica, rumination disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. New disorders in the DSM 5 are discussed including avoidant /restrictive food intake disorder and binge eating disorder. Treatment approaches are provided for eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia […]

12/13/2017 9:00 am – 1:15 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth Center

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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Identity Development in Foster Youth of Color

In this course, we examine the role that diversity and multiculturalism plays in identity development of system involved youth of color. Culturally specific education, reflection, and community building are key components of identity development, and critical for system involved youth who have historically been marginalized and subjugated. In this course, we identify ways to support young people healing from traumatic experiences.

12/7/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.25 Fred Finch Youth Center

Speech Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

12/13/2017 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

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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How to Speak and Hold Space for Families Given Current World Times and Challenges

These times are unprecedented and in my 65 years I have never seen people so anxious and troubled given current times of tremendous hardship for so many. Please come and be with be with us as we share our very best practices from the field of being able to be grounded, protected, and nourished by your work. New and old, tried and true, and cutting edge skills will be taught, shared and experienced in a small, intimate, welcoming, and honoring setting.

12/6/2017 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Fred Finch Youth Center

Parent Partner as Advocate for Child Welfare Exits

Child Welfare is a complex system to navigate and sometimes even harder to exit and not return. This course will provide the parent partners/parent supports with an overview of the Child Welfare system and how a family’s case moves through it. Further, it will explore advocacy and the support needed for families to succeed once they are ready to exit the system, reducing the likelihood of re-entry into Child Welfare. At the conclusion, participants will be able to identify ways to support parents and recognize when a family is ready to be successful in exiting Child Welfare.

11/30/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

PCOMS: Delivering What Works with Kids and Families

The root of many controversies in our field is the important question: “what works with kids?” Is success based on the use of specialized techniques or do other factors account for the change? Focus on how to interview and assess from a strength-based, family centered perspective. This Evidence-Based Practice, called PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System), is a client-directed and outcome-informed process which is focused on helping us to develop and sustain a therapeutic alliance with all of our clients. Study the Outcome Rating and Satisfaction Rating Scales as a means of understanding your client’s needs and developing the kind of relational alliance that leads to improved success and […]

12/5/2017 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth Center

Health & Safety

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

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Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities

This training is intended for Clinicians and non-clinician staff working directly with the LGBTQ community in an outpatient setting. Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, and learn how to become an ally.

12/12/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Safety in the Workplace

If you work with clients who have a history of interpersonal violence, you know that they have the potential to become violent in your presence. Learn to assess for violence potential, identify the signs of increasing upset, and de-escalate anger. Participants will develop a safety plan for their work site (office, school or home visits).

12/8/2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth Center

Self Care and Restoration

Being able to intentionally evoke the relaxation response is one of the most beneficial things clients can do to support their own wellbeing. Especially in these politically challenging and distressing times, self-care skills are essential to maintaining our balance. So how do we help clients learn to take care of themselves? And how do we do this ourselves? In this daylong training, we will discover why the stress response just happens, while the relaxation response needs to be cultivated. We’ll deeply explore engaging the relaxation response, to help us cultivate resilience at the level of the nervous system. We will engage in a variety of movement and mindfulness practices to […]

12/4/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Other

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

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Aging and Long-Term Care for Caregivers of Children at Risk – Day One – 5 CE Credits 

As longevity and quality of life continue to improve, the population of elders in the United States will continue to grow, increasing the number of elders involved in the child welfare system. To bring about opportunities for success for those living in the child welfare system, young people, adults and elders need to work together as partners. Both youth and elders have much to offer in this partnership. However, we often overlook the emotional and social challenges that elders face, which can compound the negative outcomes of their physical health. Depression, isolation, and grief, for example, are common among the elderly and can interfere with their ability to thrive with long-term illness.

11/27/2017 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5 Seneca Family of Agencies

Aging and Long-Term Care for Caregivers of Children at Risk – Day Two – 5 CE Credits 

As longevity and quality of life continue to improve, the population of elders in the United States will continue to grow, increasing the number of elders involved in the child welfare system. To bring about opportunities for success for those living in the child welfare system, young people, adults and elders need to work together as partners. Both youth and elders have much to offer in this partnership. However, we often overlook the emotional and social challenges that elders face, which can compound the negative outcomes of their physical health. Depression, isolation, and grief, for example, are common among the elderly and can interfere with their ability to thrive with long-term illness.

11/28/2017 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5 Seneca Family of Agencies

Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol: How to Recognize Addiction & Treat Youth and their Caregivers – 15 CE Credits

2 Day Class This 15-hour course will use lecture, group exercises, video and group discussion to educate participants about drug and alcohol use and how to effectively intervene if children, teens, and their caretakers are negatively affected by substance abuse or dependence.  Participants will learn how to identify signs and symptoms of DSM-IV Substance Use Disorders, make treatment recommendations based on current research and practice, intervene effectively and make good referrals, and support teens and caregivers as they get into recovery (and learn what to do if they don’t).  Issues of dual diagnosis and parental substance abuse and its effects will be addressed, as will myths and realities about substance […]

11/30/2017 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 15 Seneca Family of Agencies

Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol: How to Recognize Addiction & Treat Youth and their Caregivers – 15 CE Credits

2 Day Class This 15-hour course will use lecture, group exercises, video and group discussion to educate participants about drug and alcohol use and how to effectively intervene if children, teens, and their caretakers are negatively affected by substance abuse or dependence.  Participants will learn how to identify signs and symptoms of DSM-IV Substance Use Disorders, make treatment recommendations based on current research and practice, intervene effectively and make good referrals, and support teens and caregivers as they get into recovery (and learn what to do if they don’t).  Issues of dual diagnosis and parental substance abuse and its effects will be addressed, as will myths and realities about substance […]

12/1/2017 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 15 Seneca Family of Agencies

Pre-Service for Resource Parents

This presentation is designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the foster care system structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children’s individual and unique needs, and how to create an environment that promotes children’s social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Participants will review the County’s Core Competencies Title 22 (CCL) Regulations, Child Growth and Development, Child Abuse Reporting, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Cultural Diversity Working with Biological Families and meeting client’s educational needs. Objectives: Participant will identify and review key elements of successful foster parenting. Participants will reflect […]

12/2/2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Pre-Service for Resource Parents

This presentation is designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the foster care system structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children’s individual and unique needs, and how to create an environment that promotes children’s social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Participants will review the County’s Core Competencies Title 22 (CCL) Regulations, Child Growth and Development, Child Abuse Reporting, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Cultural Diversity Working with Biological Families and meeting client’s educational needs. Objectives: Participant will identify and review key elements of successful foster parenting. Participants will reflect […]

12/9/2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders impact children, youth, and families in the youth services, child welfare and juvenile justice. A brief history of schizophrenia is provided including how it became a black mental illness during the social protests and unrest of the 1960’s and 1970’s. This schizophrenia spectrum is reviewed including schizophreniform disorder and brief psychotic disorders. Prominent symptoms seen in children and youth are discussed including the onset of schizophrenia. Other psychotic disorders are also reviewed including schizoaffective, delusional disorder, substance induced psychotic disorders, disorders with psychotic features, and the proposed attenuated psychosis syndrome. Treatment approaches for psychotic disorders are provided with discussion of the use of psychotropic medications. Mental […]

11/29/2017 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4.25 Fred Finch Youth Center

Self-awareness with Youth & Communities

In this 4-part series, service providers will discuss their unique experiences of community work with youth as informed by their various cultural locations and identify ways that values and identities intersect with cultures in systems to inform their experience of systemic dynamics. Facilitated discussion, didactic material and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the various intersections of cultures of origin, the culture of origin systems, the diverse cultures of youth, families, & communities.

11/27/2017 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Transforming Mental Health Agencies to be Trans-Affirming Practitioners in the 21st Century

Mental Health practitioners play a vital role in creating an inclusive and affirming environment that responds to the needs of transgender and other gender non-conforming individuals. Like all individuals, transgender people appreciate friendly and courteous service. It is important to understand how cisgender privilege obscures practitioners in providing respectful and non-oppressive services. In addition, it is important to have an awareness of the unique needs when providing clinical services to transgender individuals. Many transgender people experience stigma and discrimination in their day to day lives, and particularly when seeking services. As a result, many fear they will be treated disrespectfully by health care staff, which can lead to them delaying […]

12/11/2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 2.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

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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Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A)

ITCT-A is an evidence-based treatment that was developed to assist clinicians in the evaluation and treatment of adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of psychological trauma, often in the context of negative living conditions such as poverty, deprivation and social discrimination. The core components of ITCT-A include: Assessment driven treatment; attention to complex trauma issues; use of multiple treatment modalities; relational processing of early attachment schema and current interpersonal expectations; skills development; therapeutic exposure and exploration of trauma and advocacy and interventions at the system level.

11/29/2017 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Oakland 6 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Neuropsychology and Youth Trauma

This training workshop will take a developmental approach, highlighting the impact of trauma on brain development and cognitive functioning at different stages of infancy, childhood, and adolescence. This course provides an overview of early brain development and how complex trauma can affect such development. Attendees will learn about the impact of such trauma, as well as gain a deeper understanding on how it may show up in all relationships, symptoms, and behaviors.

12/8/2017 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland 3.25 Fred Finch Youth Center

Oppression, Structural Violence, and Motivational Interviewing

This 6-hour training is intended for providers that have received at least two full days of Motivational Interviewing training. The training focuses on the experience of marginalized groups and the means of tailoring Motivational Interviewing to capture a client’s experience of oppression. Trainees practice the facilitation of change plans that highlight the client’s means of remaining safe in oppressive treatment systems.

12/11/2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Restorative Self-Care and Resiliency: Teaching Child Welfare Professionals Skills to Teach Foster Youth

Being able to intentionally evoke the relaxation response is one of the most beneficial things clients can do to support their own wellbeing. Especially in these politically challenging and distressing times, self-care skills are essential to maintaining our balance. So how do we help clients learn to take care of themselves? And how do we do this ourselves? In this daylong training, we will discover why the stress response just happens, while the relaxation response needs to be cultivated. We’ll deeply explore engaging the relaxation response, to help us cultivate resilience at the level of the nervous system. We will engage in a variety of movement and mindfulness practices to […]

12/20/2017 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Teaching Mindfulness to Youth in Care

Mindfulness is a trending topic these days, but if not introduced skillfully, with an awareness of young people’s trauma history and nervous system state, it can be ineffective.  In this training, we explore a trauma-informed approach to helping young people develop inner life skills- awareness of their inner worlds and the various dimensions of attention, self-awareness, body awareness, emotion regulation, and relational competence.  This training provides a safe, sequential, step-by-step introduction to mindful awareness and its various applications.  We’ll begin with exploring foundations of mindful awareness, including developing a felt sense of safety, the distinction between the inner world and the outer world, and the concept of basic goodness.  Then […]

12/13/2017 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.