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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Ahimsa: Dangers of Restraint and Seclusion

Dangers of Restraint and Seclusion (Ch. 7 “Safety and Dangers”) Examines the physical, emotional, and mental risks of using restraint and seclusion both for clients and for staff. Also places the use of crisis interventions into a cultural context and examines public perception of the work we do. Covers the particularly serious physical dangers that can occur, including death, and methods of preventing them. Objectives for participants are to comprehend the seriousness of using restraint and seclusion, to participate in discussion and roleplays about how to make restraint as safe as possible, and to gain skills in assessing situations of crisis intervention and responding safely.

1/17/2018 10:00 am – 11:30 am Alameda Seneca Family of Agencies

Energy Psychology Days 1 & 2

NOTE: 2 Day Training Energy Psychology (EP) has been found to be effective with many emotional problems (PTSD, phobias, other anxiety disorders, substance abuse cravings, overeating) with adults and children. EP reconditions the nervous system from a sympathetic, flight or flight state, to a parasympathetic, relaxed stated, thus eliminating symptoms ranging from hypervigilance, flashbacks, fear, worry, procrastination, lack of focus, cravings and more. Participants will learn energy medicine and energy psychology techniques and how to apply them in their work with children and adults experiencing a variety of emotional problems and behaviors. Material will be taught through lecture, demonstrations and dyadic practice. Day 1: -What is Energy Medicine and Energy […]

1/25/2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 12 Fred Finch Youth Center

Energy Psychology Days 1 & 2

NOTE: 2 Day Training Energy Psychology (EP) has been found to be effective with many emotional problems (PTSD, phobias, other anxiety disorders, substance abuse cravings, overeating) with adults and children. EP reconditions the nervous system from a sympathetic, flight or flight state, to a parasympathetic, relaxed stated, thus eliminating symptoms ranging from hypervigilance, flashbacks, fear, worry, procrastination, lack of focus, cravings and more. Participants will learn energy medicine and energy psychology techniques and how to apply them in their work with children and adults experiencing a variety of emotional problems and behaviors. Material will be taught through lecture, demonstrations and dyadic practice. Day 1: -What is Energy Medicine and Energy […]

1/26/2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 12 Fred Finch Youth Center

Motivational Interviewing

Two Days Motivational Interviewing is a model of interpersonal communication focused on unearthing the motivations of an individual. Motivational Interviewing is a proven effective approach for working with high risk youth.

2/15/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Motivational Interviewing

Two Days Motivational Interviewing is a model of interpersonal communication focused on unearthing the motivations of an individual. Motivational Interviewing is a proven effective approach for working with high risk youth.

2/16/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Oppression, Structural Violence, and Motivational Interviewing

This 8-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 will identify aspects of their own privilege and use this to better understand systemic violence. Trainees will also identify oppressive public service entities. The training will conclude with trainees practicing the facilitation of change plans that highlight the client’s means of remaining safe in oppressive treatment systems.

1/22/2018 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 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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Adolescent Development

This training focuses on the biological, psychological and social development of adolescents and transitional aged youth. Typical developmental milestones will be discussed, along with how trauma may impact milestones and developmental skills of older foster youth. Along with didactic content, case vignettes will be analyzed and discussed. 

1/17/2018 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Alameda 3 Sunny Hills Services

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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Family Finding and Engagement – 1. Search Strategies

In this training participants will learn the various search strategies used within the Family Finding and Engagement model in order to build teams of natural supports for foster youth.  The importance of building a team of natural supports will be emphasized and supported by research related to the detrimental impact of loneliness.  Time will be spent presenting the different search tools used, including Seneca Searches, Mobility Mapping and Facebook.  Participants should come prepared to do some search work related to a youth they are currently serving as they will have opportunities to engage with the strategies during this workshop and receive feedback.  Although the Family Finding model was created to […]

1/25/2018 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Alameda Seneca Family of Agencies

Family Finding and Engagement – 2. Engaging Networks

In this training participants will learn and practice a variety of ways to engage natural supports of the youth they serve.  Principles related to inquiring about what people give value to and how to get to know people as more than the problems they face will be presented.  Tools such as the Tree of Life and interviewing for strengths as intentional practices will be demonstrated and then practiced by the group.  Emphasis will be placed on paying particular attention to the local cultural practices of those we engage.  The notion that we, as listeners, are changed by the stories the invite to be told will be included as part of […]

1/30/2018 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Alameda Seneca Family of Agencies

Family Road Map Facilitator Training

This interactive training explores a simple, practical Road Map ® that healthcare providers can use to encourage patients and their families to become active partners in service planning and treatment.  The workshop uses team-based experiential methods to learn and rehearse positive interactions. Emphasis is placed on everyday issues encountered by healthcare providers, nuances in local and individual family culture, and practical tools for collaborating with colleagues across other service systems. More at: http://teamupforfamilies.org/

1/17/2018 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Alameda Seneca Family of Agencies

Structural & Attachment Considerations for Working With Families

Working with youth in care often involves work with caregivers and complex systems. This training will provide considerations from structural and attachment perspectives that may be useful in working with families and engaging them in supporting youth in care.

1/22/2018 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with Families Using Evidence-Based Principles: An Overview

Staff who work directly with family systems obtain an overview of family work concepts consistent with many of the principles that underlie such Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) as functional, structural, brief strategic, and multi-systemic family work. Better understand such theoretical concepts/principles including: Pain in the Heart Theory (PITH); address assessment specific to exploring and identifying the underlying issues in the family including family violence, family needs, strengths, and resources. This prepares the worker to move forward with how to support the youth in the safest and healthiest manner while working with families.

1/31/2018 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 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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Risk Assessments with Cultural Considerations

An overview of information related to assessing for risk in the following areas: domestic/intimate partner violence, suicidality and self-harm, child abuse and substance abuse. This training is built on a cultural humility framework and emphasizes the importance of exploring one’s own cultural values while learning how to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. It will include up-to-date relevant information and statistics while also providing participants the opportunity to practice new skills.

1/23/2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth Center

Other

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

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Advanced Facilitation Skills for Supporting Difficult Conversations on Oppression and Privilege with Youth in Care, Days 1 & 2

NOTE: 2 Day Training In our current social climate, we are increasingly responsible for facilitating uncomfortable and challenging conversations with youth, families, and colleagues. Whether a new or veteran facilitator, challenges arise in leading these discussions. In this interactive workshop attendees will learn to effectively address disengagement, arguments, and divisiveness. We will also examine our social identities (race, gender, etc.), and explore how group participants are impacted by oppression. Addressing oppression, as a root of facilitation challenges will enable you to overcome nuanced issues that derail groups, empower you to create a safe space, and manage common facilitation challenges effectively and successfully. During this two day workshop, participants will explore […]

1/29/2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 12 Fred Finch Youth Center

Advanced Facilitation Skills for Supporting Difficult Conversations on Oppression and Privilege with Youth in Care, Days 1 & 2

NOTE: 2 Day Training In our current social climate, we are increasingly responsible for facilitating uncomfortable and challenging conversations with youth, families, and colleagues. Whether a new or veteran facilitator, challenges arise in leading these discussions. In this interactive workshop attendees will learn to effectively address disengagement, arguments, and divisiveness. We will also examine our social identities (race, gender, etc.), and explore how group participants are impacted by oppression. Addressing oppression, as a root of facilitation challenges will enable you to overcome nuanced issues that derail groups, empower you to create a safe space, and manage common facilitation challenges effectively and successfully. During this two day workshop, participants will explore […]

1/30/2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 12 Fred Finch Youth Center

Building Alliances with Teachers to Reduce the Impact of Trauma and Inequity in the Classroom

Building Alliances with Teachers to Reduce the Impact of Trauma and Inequity in the Classroom presented by Rebecca Anguiano & Cynthia Martinez.

1/17/2018 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Deconstructing Violence

NOTE: 2 Day Training In this training participants will learn about violence as a multi-determined phenomenon, and will become familiar with notions of violence as a preventable public health issue. Participants will examine the preventability of violence in a variety of interpersonal and institutional aspects. We will learn about prevention and intervention tools and discuss their applicability to our work in schools and within family and community dynamics. Participants will gain knowledge of violence embedded in our language and attitudes regarding diverse and marginalized populations. Additionally, participants will acquire skills at identifying the dynamics of power and dominance Vs, cooperation and collaboration and note their impact on personal, social and […]

1/23/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Alameda Yes Seneca Family of Agencies

Deconstructing Violence

NOTE: 2 Day Training In this training participants will learn about violence as a multi-determined phenomenon, and will become familiar with notions of violence as a preventable public health issue. Participants will examine the preventability of violence in a variety of interpersonal and institutional aspects. We will learn about prevention and intervention tools and discuss their applicability to our work in schools and within family and community dynamics. Participants will gain knowledge of violence embedded in our language and attitudes regarding diverse and marginalized populations. Additionally, participants will acquire skills at identifying the dynamics of power and dominance Vs, cooperation and collaboration and note their impact on personal, social and […]

1/24/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Alameda Yes Seneca Family of Agencies

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Frustrated with clients who seem to frequently make the ‘wrong’ choices for themselves? Strengthen your ability to assist your clients to change problem behaviors such as substance abuse, diabetes, and anger management. This introductory workshop will familiarize you with the spirit, principles and basic techniques of Motivational Interviewing (MI).

1/22/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Alameda Yes Seneca Family of Agencies

Understanding SOGIE

This training provides an overview of SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) in which we will define these categories, discuss appropriate language to use when talking about SOGIE, and explain pronouns, with specific focus on gender-neutral pronouns; looking at how SOGIE intersects with systems such as mental health and foster care; trauma-informed approaches when working with LGBTQ youth; becoming LGBTQ affirming; and intervening when LGBTQ youth are being mistreated based on their SOGIE.

1/25/2018 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with Non-conforming Youth

This training provides an overview of gender identity and gender expression in which we will define these categories, discuss appropriate language to use when talking about non-conforming youth, and explain pronouns, with specific focus on gender-neutral pronouns.

1/23/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am 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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Healing the Healers: Working Through Vicarious Trauma

In this course, we examine the impact of vicarious trauma on service providers and the systems in which they work. Emphasis is placed on identifying risk factors and symptoms of burn out, as well as in identifying practices and tools that support self-care and healing. Participants will have the opportunity to practice self-care activities with colleagues and develop skills that promote sustainability and longevity in their work.

1/24/2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth Center

PTSD, Complex Trauma and Attachment Disorders

Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems often experience extensive trauma in their backgrounds. Many youth experience complex trauma due to chronic exposure to multiple and severe traumatic events. Review the impact of trauma on youth development, including mental health and behavioral consequences. Discuss the trauma related disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); complex trauma; reactive attachment disorder; and disinhibited social engagement disorder. Review evidence-based practices and treatment approaches for working with youth who have trauma-related disorders. Explore the development and components of self-regulation skills in maintaining positive mental health. Discuss cognitive and behavioral techniques for helping youth impacted by trauma develop physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral […]

1/17/2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families and the Community 

NOTE: 2 Day Training The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the number one health concern in our country today; many youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have been exposed to it. Domestic Violence can have a devastating impact on children, families, and our communities. Learn how to best recognize symptoms and behaviors related to Domestic Violence and how to best work with children and families affected by DV.

1/29/2018 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Alameda Yes Seneca Family of Agencies

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families and the Community 

NOTE: 2 Day Training The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the number one health concern in our country today; many youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have been exposed to it. Domestic Violence can have a devastating impact on children, families, and our communities. Learn how to best recognize symptoms and behaviors related to Domestic Violence and how to best work with children and families affected by DV.

1/30/2018 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Alameda Yes Seneca Family of Agencies