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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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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Launching Skillfully: DBT-Based Skills for Foster Care Youth Entering Adulthood

This training will deliver useful, adaptable, evidence-based life skills which can be delivered in various settings to current and former foster youth launching into young adulthood.

8/8/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Positive Behavioral Interventions

This training is an introduction to implementing behavioral intervention with children who present with a variety of challenging behaviors. It includes a discussion of basic principles of behavior modification, behavioral assessment, functional assessment and methods of intervention. The discussion addresses the advantages, risks and limitations of these approaches in various settings including group care settings, classrooms and families.

8/9/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

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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Foundations of Helping 0 – 5 Year Olds Thrive: A Three Part Series

This 3 part series will provide introductory information in working with children 0 to 5 and their families from a relational perspective and is designed for those interested in gaining familiarity with the foundation and principles of Early Childhood Mental Health with a focus on the practical applications in community and clinical settings. You will gain an understanding in: how early relationships and environment impact development, assessment of relational and developmental needs of young children and families, and mental health issues that could impact young children and families.

8/4/2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Alameda 5 Family Paths, 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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Attachment and Structural Approaches to Engaging Families, Part II

It is widely assumed that parent/caregiver involvement in the care of children and youth is crucial. Service providers dedicated to serving youth understand that the involvement of families is related to successful outcomes. There is even evidence suggesting that family involvement may be a more critical factor in the effectiveness of services for children and youth than the particular type of intervention provided. The importance of family/caregiver involvement regardless of the setting is evident, Yet service providers often find it challenging to engage key family members. This second-part of a two-part training series provides a more in depth look at how attachment and structural approaches can be used to conceptualize […]

7/31/2017 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Family Finding Boot Camp

Family Finding Boot Camps are a four day immersion for staff, supervisors and managers in learning the philosophy, framework, and skills of Family Finding practice.  Participants work in small and medium sized teams, actually practicing Family Finding for children and youth who are in out-of-home care or supporting families who are new to child welfare.  In past boot camps, participants have typically learned to, and have successfully completed, the Discovery and initial Engagement steps of Family Finding in fewer than four hours of work.  The goal for the teams by day five of the training is to have found 40 or more relatives and other connections, identified family members with […]

8/8/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Foundations of Helping 0 – 5 Year Olds Thrive: A Three Part Series

This 3 part series will provide introductory information in working with children 0 to 5 and their families from a relational perspective and is designed for those interested in gaining familiarity with the foundation and principles of Early Childhood Mental Health with a focus on the practical applications in community and clinical settings. You will gain an understanding in: how early relationships and environment impact development, assessment of relational and developmental needs of young children and families, and mental health issues that could impact young children and families.

8/11/2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Alameda 5 Family Paths, Inc.

Resource Parenting and Unconditional Care: A RFA Pre-Approval Training 

Participants in this training will learn about the unique needs and challenges faced by foster youth and the resource families who care for them and trying to help them heal. Information and strategies for parenting and appropriately disciplining traumatized foster youth from an unconditional and trauma-informed care approach will be discussed.  Guidelines, self-care and advocacy tools for helping caregivers stay calm with difficult behaviors will also be discussed.

8/12/2017 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Spousal/Partner Abuse – Day 2

This is day 2 of the two-day training that is designed for those interested in working with domestic violence. The topics covered will include the current statistical trends, history of partner abuse, and intervention models. The training will address physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. The training will focus on the diverse populations as well as cultural issues that may contribute to spousal abuse. The goal of this training will be to learn about how to prevent spousal abuse (Intimate Partner Abuse). Develop strategies that promote healthy behaviors in relationships as well as prevent abuse. 

7/26/2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 7.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Understanding and Addressing Multigenerational Trauma in the African American Community

The goal of this training is to provide a cultural context for understanding and addressing multigenerational trauma of African American youth, families and community. Information will be presented on the impact of multigenerational trauma and how it is transmitted from parent to child, the added and cumulative effect of racial trauma and how all these stressors impacts African-American lived experience and various responses to this traumatic stress. Participants will also learn supportive strategies and interventions for addressing trauma with African American youth and families.

7/31/2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 7.5 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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CPR and First Aid 

This training introduces participants to hands-on skills and prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. It also teaches the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).In addition this course will prepare participants with skills necessary to respond safely and adequately to minor and serious injuries.

8/26/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Seneca Foster Care Medication Policies and Procedures: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This focus of this training is to provide an introduction regarding the basics of medication administration and management for ISFC foster youth. Information and guidelines regarding mandated protocol for ISFC resource parents will be provided. 

8/5/2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Other

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

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Boundaries and Good Practice

The purpose of this training is to create a renewed and heightened awareness of boundary issues in work with foster youth.  Having boundaries is not just a matter of being professional. Appropriate boundaries are a key ingredient in providing the children in our care with the highest quality of care, which often times requires us to build trusting and healing relationships with them.  Frequently the relationships we build with clients can have ambiguous boundaries, making it important to develop an awareness of possible danger signs for boundary issues that might result in poor practice or which might be red flags for potential exploitation of clients.

8/14/2017 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Boundaries and Good Practice

The purpose of this training is to create a renewed and heightened awareness of boundary issues in work with foster youth. Having boundaries is not just a matter of being professional. Appropriate boundaries are a key ingredient in providing the children in our care with the highest quality of care, which often times requires us to build trusting and healing relationships with them. Frequently the relationships we build with clients can have ambiguous boundaries, making it important to develop an awareness of possible danger signs for boundary issues that might result in poor practice or which might be red flags for potential exploitation of clients.

7/31/2017 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Oakland 0 Seneca Family of Agencies

Boundaries and Good Practice

The purpose of this training is to create a renewed and heightened awareness of boundary issues in work with foster youth.  Having boundaries is not just a matter of being professional. Appropriate boundaries are a key ingredient in providing the children in our care with the highest quality of care, which often times requires us to build trusting and healing relationships with them.  Frequently the relationships we build with clients can have ambiguous boundaries, making it important to develop an awareness of possible danger signs for boundary issues that might result in poor practice or which might be red flags for potential exploitation of clients.

8/28/2017 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Building Safe Caregiving Environments: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This training is designed for caregivers and providers of traumatized youth in the child welfare and juvenile probation systems. The content will include information about guidelines for providing a safe caregiving environment, the role of prudent parenting in creating safe caregiving environments and strategies for building safe, predictable, and appropriate responses to the behaviors of youth who have experienced trauma.

8/12/2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Foster Youth and Education: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

Participants in this training will learn about key concepts and considerations related to the educational needs and rights of youth in care including the impact of trauma on education and existing laws and procedures regarding the safety of foster youth at school.  Participants will also learn effective advocacy skills and ways to effectively support youth in care with making educational progress.

8/26/2017 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Suicide Risk and Prevention with Children and Adolescents: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This training is designed to raise the awareness of caregivers about the risk factors for and the prevention of suicide in children and adolescents with a focus on youth in the foster care who have histories of trauma. This training also provides tools to supporting youth experiencing suicidal ideation.

7/29/2017 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Understanding Attachment When Caring for Foster Youth: A RFA Pre-Approval

This training provides information about the impact of disruptions in attachment relationships on youth in out-of-home care. Participants will gain an understanding of youth behavior in the context of traumatic stress and disrupted attachment. Participants will also learn strategies for how to rebuild attachments with traumatized youth.

7/29/2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Understanding Polyvagal Theory: Revisioning of Our Understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System

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 para- sympathetic nervous system with not one, but two distinct branches: one recently evolved, a social engagement nervous system that emerges in mammals and provides finetuning regulation of the heart and supports calm affective […]

8/29/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland Yes Seneca Family of Agencies

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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Foundations of Helping 0 – 5 Year Olds Thrive: A Three Part Series

This 3 part series will provide introductory information in working with children 0 to 5 and their families from a relational perspective and is designed for those interested in gaining familiarity with the foundation and principles of Early Childhood Mental Health with a focus on the practical applications in community and clinical settings. You will gain an understanding in: how early relationships and environment impact development, assessment of relational and developmental needs of young children and families, and mental health issues that could impact young children and families.

8/18/2017 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Alameda 5 Family Paths, Inc.

Trauma and its Impact on Child Development

A brief history of trauma studies will be given and recent developments in the field regarding complex trauma and developmental trauma disorder will be discussed. The special problems of children who experience trauma at the hands of their caretakers will be described. The effects of some specific forms of trauma and maltreatment will also be covered. Treatment considerations, especially as they relate to children who have both trauma and attachment difficulties will be outlined.

8/30/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Yes Seneca Family of Agencies