Alameda Course Catalog

Alameda County Foster Care Training Course Catalog

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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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

STRTP ICTP 40-Hour

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and […]

7/17/2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP ICTP 40-Hour

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and […]

7/18/2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP ICTP 40-Hour

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and […]

7/19/2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP ICTP 40-Hour

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and […]

7/20/2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP ICTP 40-Hour

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and […]

7/21/2017 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

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. The CANS was developed from a communication perspective so as to facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans including the application of evidence-based practices. The CANS is easy to learn and is well […]

6/23/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

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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Creative Play with Children in Care

Learn how art and play can support regulation and integration, increase sensory processing capacity, build connection, and enhance social-emotional skills. This interactive training will include playful art activities, movement and breathing; discussion, case examples, & lecture based on years of clinical experience, neurobiology & research. Information will be relevant to children who are survivors of developmental and incident-based trauma.

6/29/2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 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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Awareness of Our Own Reactions and Countertransference When Working with Youth and their Families

Examine the reasons why you chose to work in this field. They can be a “double-edged sword”— by being both the very things that make you excellent at your work and cause burn-out. Explore how your own “stuff” impacts your work with youth and their families and, if you are a supervisor, how to support those you supervise with all of this. Discuss self-disclosure with clients, explore ourselves and counter-transference, identify how we know when we are over-involved with our clients, and review ways to address this.

6/27/2017 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

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.

6/26/2017 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Progressive Crisis Intervention: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This training introduces participants to a crisis communication model that utilizes verbal crisis communication. Multiple crisis models and effective response and de-escalation strategies and interventions will be provided to assist caregivers when foster youth are in crisis.

7/22/2017 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland 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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Child Development & Relational Treatment – 4 CE Credits (In Person Only) 

This training is an introduction to key concepts in the development of relatedness and attachment in young children. The history of the concept of attachment and early work in the field will be reviewed. The negative effects of maternal deprivation and disrupted early connections to caretakers will be described. Participants will be introduced to the concept of attachment styles and there will be a particular focus on the disorganized/disoriented attachments that are regularly seen in the children served by the child welfare and mental health systems. The complementary states of mind observed in caretakers will be examined and then a case example will be used to illustrate the presence of […]

7/12/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

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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Culturally Responsive Caregiving: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This training uses a historical orientation to assist caregivers of foster youth in developing a culturally responsive approach to caring for culturally diverse foster youth. This training seeks to generate understanding regarding cultural and social identity and child development for youth of color in out of home placement and examine the importance of taking culture and history into consideration. Caregivers will build awareness and learn skills to support the ability to positively impact the cultural identity development for youth of color in out of home placement.

6/24/2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Reaching Latino Adolescents Within a Cultural Context

This workshop will provide an overview of trends; explore the experiences of Latino adolescents. The experience will be reviewed within a cultural context; understanding how cultural values and experiences influences decisions; lifestyles, gender roles, assimilation and acculturation, racism and discrimination. Explore how stereotypes, systemic barriers contribute to ineffective interventions with Latino Adolescents. Finally examples of effective culturally responsive and strength-based approaches will be presented when working with Latino adolescents.

6/29/2017 12:30 pm – 3:30 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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CCL Regulations While Caring for Foster Youth: A RFA Pre-Approval Training 

The focus of this training is about Community Care Licensing (CCL) regulations for resource parents and homes. The goal is for participants to develop a better understanding and gain concrete skills for implementing licensing regulations. The training also focuses on the parent’s responsibility to act as a reasonable and prudent parent, and how to create a family setting that promotes normal childhood experiences that serve the needs of the youth and provides safe caregiving environments.

7/8/2017 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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Advanced Concepts in Mindfulness for Youth

In this training, a deeper exploration of somatic, emotional, relational and nature awareness is presented. This highly experiential training introduces the concept of grounding and settling practices and how they can be useful with youth. A framework for understanding mindfulness practices based on the physiology of the stress response and the relaxation response is explored.

6/23/2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Becoming a Resource Parent – Part 2: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This training provides information and education to assist caregivers in understanding the child abuse reporting laws and reporting responsibilities for caregivers for youth in out-of-home care. Participants will also be engaged in discussion regarding the identification of signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect in addition to information that will increase caregiver awareness regarding child abuse prevention.

7/22/2017 10:00 am – 1:00 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.

7/17/2017 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.

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

Curiosity and Relational Assessment

This training reviews some basic assumptions and problems that are encountered in all initial assessments of clients. An approach to assessment based on attachment theory is offered. This approach involves describing the child’s working model of relationships and utilizes data from the child’s experience with caretakers and data from his or her current interpersonal functioning. How this data can be used in relational treatment planning is discussed.

7/20/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Self-care and Introducing Mindfulness to Youth

This highly experiential training introduces the concept of grounding and settling practices and how they can be useful with youth. A framework for understanding mindfulness practices based on the physiology of the stress response and the relaxation response is explored. This training begins to introduce how the relaxation response needs to be cultivated and does not form on its own in response to stress, and how to adapt approaches to youth with trauma exposure.

6/23/2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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

Teaching Mindfulness to Youth

See Seneca website for description. Class is currently full.

6/30/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Unconscious Bias: Eyes Wide Shut (3 Day Series)

This training will explore the complex mix of unique people rising from different identities, beliefs, education, gender, upbringing, point of views and ethnicities. We will enter this world of inquiry through self-reflective modes intended to empower competency and proficiency.

6/28/2017 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 11 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

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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Building Resiliency with Youth Impacted y Trauma and Loss; A RFA Pre-Approval Training

The focus of this training is to provide caregivers information to build understanding and strategies for providing trauma-informed and culturally responsive care to address grief and loss experienced by youth in the foster care system.  Participants will gain an understanding about how trauma that foster youth experience link to how they might act out their trauma and grief in addition to some of the long term consequences of excessive emotional stress for youth in foster care placement.

6/24/2017 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CSEC Program Design, Part III

This training looks at the key elements of trauma-informed programming treatment that any and all staff can use with all clients or students. Using specific inter-locking and reinforcing elements (Herman, 1992; Perry, 2006; Porges, 2011), attendees can build a high-quality, robust program for CSEC survivors. An experiential art project will allow attendees to bring back a visual to help with program transformation. An assessment tool will also be provided to give concrete recommendations for trauma-informed change within programming for CSEC-involved youth.

6/23/2017 10:00 am – 3:30 pm Oakland 5.25 Fred Finch Youth Center

Differential Diagnosis Using the DSM 5 with Children, Youth and Families

Children and youth are often difficult to diagnosis and this process becomes more complex when symptoms overlap (i.e. depression, anxiety, and aggression) and there are different diagnoses given by other providers. The use of the DSM 5 with Medi-Cal clients requires practitioners to make an appropriate diagnosis in a short period of time. This course provides a step by step process for using differential diagnosis with the DSM 5 to improve the diagnoses given to children and youth. A summary of new diagnoses and changes in diagnoses in the DSM 5 is provided. Initial rule outs are discussed in diagnosis including malingering, substance use, medical conditions, and not having a […]

6/28/2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

Exploring Adolescent Attachment Trauma

This workshop will introduce the concept of pathological mourning and demonstrate the intersections of attachment trauma and pathological mourning with adolescents. The training begins with the presentation a case of a 17-year-old girl presenting with difficulties with emotion regulation, depression, and social anxiety beginning in early childhood. This will be followed by a discussion of attachment theory constructs, highlighted by the Adult Attachment Projective Picture System. A specific focus will be paid to the concept of pathological mourning and the implications it has on the ability for one to grieve early attachment trauma in order to achieve emotional and behavioral regulation. The workshop then returns to the case example and […]

6/26/2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

HIV infection

Recognize the important role that the pediatrician plays in the prevention, detection, and care of patients infected with and affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

7/12/2017 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Multidisciplinary Services For Young Children in Child Welfare

The purpose of the training is to strengthen intake and assessment skills of team of providers working with children birth to 5 who are in foster care. Training will focus on identifying development capacities in infants and small children, medical issues that require treatment and that impact functioning, assessing safety and identifying critical mental health needs of infant and small children and in particular children in dependency. Additionally, this training will enhance providers’ capacity to integrate service of collaborators including parent advocates and family partners in the system of comprehensive care with the aim of improving the relationships of children in dependency with their parents, families, and caregivers.

6/29/2017 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Narrative Approaches to Understanding Trauma, Part IV

This 6-part series reviews how the process of externalizing narratives pertaining to trauma can reduce the impact of past traumatic events in lives of children and youth.

6/26/2017 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ripple Effect

This workshop presents an integrative framework for understanding and communicating across systems about how trauma can affect a child, a family, and a system.

6/28/2017 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Alameda East Bay Agency for Children

Stages Involved in Becoming an Informed and Effective Trauma Care Provider

Many individuals working in the trauma field do not realize that working regularly with traumatized populations requires a continual reaffirmation of and commitment to evolving as a psychosocial and spiritual care provider. This is essential if individuals are going to have an effective and sustainable career working with and caring for traumatized individuals. This process of professional growth and commitment typically goes through a number of phases or stages that care providers are often unable master and move beyond without the help of peers, supervisors and/or mentors. This workshop will examine what is involved in and required to successfully work through the major issues and challenges that all trauma care […]

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

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.

6/28/2017 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Understanding Child Abuse and Caregiving Reporting Requirements: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This training provides information and education to assist caregivers in understanding the child abuse reporting laws and reporting responsibilities for caregivers for youth in out-of-home care. Participants will also be engaged in discussion regarding the identification of signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect in addition to information that will increase caregiver awareness regarding child abuse prevention.

7/8/2017 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies