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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ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals

8 Day Training Series ACT is a permanency curriculum that provides intensive practice and training to adoption and permanency professionals and community based service providers. The curriculum expands the application of techniques and knowledge from related fields, such as education and neurobiology to the practice of adoption and relative guardianship. ACT is designed to advance and inform adoption practice, expand the pool of qualified permanency professionals available to families, integrate permanency practice across an array of programs, and engage and retain qualified staff in adoption and post-permanency services. ACT transmits core competencies to individuals and to agency staff groups seeking to improve and standardize their programs with shared, quality knowledge […]

8/2/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 44 CE, 48 GHA Seneca Family of Agencies

ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals

8 Day Training Series ACT is a permanency curriculum that provides intensive practice and training to adoption and permanency professionals and community based service providers. The curriculum expands the application of techniques and knowledge from related fields, such as education and neurobiology to the practice of adoption and relative guardianship. ACT is designed to advance and inform adoption practice, expand the pool of qualified permanency professionals available to families, integrate permanency practice across an array of programs, and engage and retain qualified staff in adoption and post-permanency services. ACT transmits core competencies to individuals and to agency staff groups seeking to improve and standardize their programs with shared, quality knowledge […]

8/3/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 44 CE, 48 GHA Seneca Family of Agencies

Attachment, Regulation and Competencies (ARC) Consultation Series

On-going monthly ARC consultation will be provided. This training will focus on core components of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework. Consultation will include didactic overview, case discussion, and experiential exercises.

8/8/2018 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland 1.5 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Clinical Supervision in Social Work and Mental Health Practice

Clinical Supervision is an important tool used to enrich the relationship between new clinicians and clients. This six-hour training is required every two years for those supervising MFTis, LPCCis and Psych interns. Topics covered will include necessary paperwork for supervision, exploration of supervisory styles and choices, as well as challenges and obstacles encountered in supervision. Time will be allowed for questions, cases and discussion.

7/31/2018 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Mandatory Reporting

When working with children and families, there are some situations where helping professionals and educators are required to make mandatory reports to protects clients. Learn the latest laws regarding mandatory reporting and breaking client confidentiality, explore different situations and explore situations regarding current cases.

7/27/2018 1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 BBS 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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Behavioral Strategies

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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Basic Risk Assessment for Foster Youth

This training will focus on the best practices for assessing risk with foster youth. This training will cover bio-psycho-social assessment and assessing risk in crisis oriented situations.

8/31/2018 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

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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Gender Clinic

The Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC), a collaboration between UCSF and community organizations, offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to gender non-conforming/transgender youth and adolescents.

8/22/2018 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland 2 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Trauma and Child Development

Traumatic experiences occur in children 0-6, when a child is exposed to chronic trauma, like abuse or neglect, the child’s brain remains in this heightened pattern. Remaining in this heightened state can change the emotional, behavioral and cognitive functioning of the child in order to maintain and promote survival. Over time, these traumatic experiences can have a significant impact on a child’s future behavior, emotional development, mental and physical health.

8/8/2018 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland 2 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Cultural Awareness

Includes trainings that cover cultural awareness, including unconscious bias, cultural humility, cultural competence and working with certain populations.

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Immigration Trauma: Special Focus on Central American Immigrants

In this training, participants will review risk factors and exposure to trauma that Central Americans experience in their country of origin and while residing in the United States. Participants will review a general introduction to the Latin American population, such as differences between Latinos/Hispanics/LatinX. The diversity found throughout Latin America will be highlighted to create a foundation in exploring the trauma and challenges that are specific to Central America. Lastly, participants will identify ways to engage with LatinX families that is considered supportive and culturally responsive.

7/25/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 BBS Fred Finch Youth Center

Introduction to Culture & Community

7-Part Series This 7-part series will focus on how culture and community influence work and engagement with youth and caregivers. This session will focus on definitions of culture and community and begin exploration on the impact of communities of origin on development.

8/20/2018 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working in the Community

This deeper look at community based work with youth and families will explore how elements of identity and culture surface in child welfare cases when “in the field.” Participants will be encouraged to examine how youth/family identities, values, and expectations interact with those of their providers, social workers, or others working with and supporting them.

8/6/2018 9:00 am – 10:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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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Collaboration with Youth and Families when Working within Large Teams

This training will explore ways to improve collaboration with youth and families, particularly when there are large teams of providers and child welfare. This training, led by Jovan Yglecias, will look at values that influence collaboration strategies, obstacles encountered within large, complex systems, and collaborative models and strategies for working with families.

7/24/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

The Dependency and Probate Court Processes—Understanding what’s happening when children are in court

With Kristin Mateer, East Bay Children’s Law Offices This training is designed to explain the basic framework of two court processes involving the custody of children—the juvenile dependency process and the probate guardianship process. You will learn who initiates each court process, what rights and responsibilities different individuals have within each process, the series of hearings that occur in each court, and what determinations are being made at each hearing. The two systems will be compared and contrasted throughout. You will hear from an attorney who has represented children in both systems about how clinicians and attorneys can work together to support their mutual clients throughout either process and what […]

8/28/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland Family Paths, Inc.

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Health & Safety

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

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How to Effectively Meet the Needs of Youth in Foster Care with Intellectual Disabilities

This training is appropriate for caregivers and staff working with you in foster care with Intellectual Disabilities. With regard to foster youth of all ages, from a trauma-informed stand point, trainer will present and discuss intellectual disabilities, the reasons for some of the disabilities and tools case managers and foster parents can implement to aid the foster youth in his or her educational journey. Trainer will discuss use of IEP process, parent’s/foster parent’s/child’s educational rights and collaboration with the Regional Center when appropriate. Discussion will also include cognitive dysfunctions which may hinder the child’s integration into the foster family and ways in which foster care givers can overcome these and […]

7/25/2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Telling Their Story

Creating life books.

7/25/2018 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Other

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

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Clinical Supervision of the Struggling Supervisee!

This training is for those supervising MFT/LPCC Associates (previously referred to as Interns) and ASW’s who are working with our youth and their families. If you work primarily with adults, the issues discussed will still be relevant, however, the focus with be on the child/family population. This brief Supervision training will focus solely on issues related to supporting the struggling supervisee! I know that we all want our supervisee to be successful, however, this can be challenging. There are many ways to address the primary issues and sometimes we have to acknowledge that it is just not a “match”.

7/26/2018 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland 2.5 BBS Fred Finch Youth Center

Ethical Challenges in the Digital Age: Maintaining Boundaries and Privacy in Work with System Involved Youth and Their Families and Caretakers

As service providers and clients have become accustomed to the use of smart phones, email, texting and social media in both our personal and professional lives, we could easily miss the ways we could put our clients’ well-being and privacy at risk. Identify areas of vulnerability and strategies to protect the privacy of both client and provider, the therapeutic relationship and collegial interactions.

7/27/2018 9:30 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 BBS Fred Finch Youth Center

HIV/AIDS and STIs: Education and Training

This training will provide a general overview of HIV/AIDS and other STIs nationally and locally with an emphasis on youth and HIV/STIs. Current trends in HIV/AIDS, transmission, testing, and treatment will be reviewed. Participants will gain an understanding of the relationship between HIV/AIDS and other STIs and increase their comfort discussing sexual health with youth. This training meets the BBS requirement for training on HIV/AIDS that is required for licensure purposes.

7/30/2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 7 BBS Fred Finch Youth Center

PCOMS: An Evidence Based Practice that Works in Achieving Positive Outcomes with Our Clients!

The root of many controversies in our field is the important question: “What works with our clients?” Is success based on the use of specialized techniques or do other factors account for the change? This Evidence-Based Practice, called PCOMS (Partners for Change Outcome Management System), is a client-directed and outcome-informed process which is focused on partnering with clients and getting their feedback in order to develop and sustain a therapeutic alliance. Study the Outcome Rating and Satisfaction Rating Scales as a means of understanding our clients’ needs and developing the kind of relational alliance that leads to improved success and positive outcomes.

7/27/2018 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 BBS Fred Finch Youth Center

Promoting Healthy Relationships and Building Resiliency in Child Welfare Cases

Youth in foster care often struggle to find ways of developing meaningful relationships with others and staying connected to their strengths. Resiliency, an important strength, may be something that youth have already or a strength they work to develop with the support of caregivers, service providers, or other professionals. This interactive and experiential training will be geared towards those overseeing child welfare cases in order to develop their knowledge around ways of utilizing relationships as a means of building resiliency and buffering the impact of trauma on youth and providers.

8/3/2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Foster Youth: Collaborative Care Planning with Youth and Families

Collaborative care planning ensures that plans effectively describe the intended outcome of services with the specific objectives towards reaching goals, service approaches, and appropriate timeframes with the needs of youth and families as critical focus points. This training reviews practices in collaborative care planning and how the Child & Adolescent Needs & Strengths (CANS) can be used to facilitate understanding of the goals of treatment for youth, families, and providers. Through participation in this training, youth and families are able to differentiate between plans that include their concerns and goals in language that is their own from plans that do not effectively involve them in plan development and providers are […]

8/1/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Foster Youth: Stages of change as a framework for understanding CSE Foster Youth

These trainings provide an overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in foster care with an emphasis on the impact of trauma. Common challenges experienced by those that work with CSEC will be reviewed along with suggestions for an effective engagement and service approach. Information related to appropriately advocating for CSEC within the various systems will be discussed. The trainings are designed to be sequential and build upon each other. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives

8/8/2018 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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Trauma and Substance Use

This training will cover how trauma and the uses of substances are related. This training includes how the effects of trauma and why youth use substance as a coping tool for trauma effects.

7/27/2018 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Understanding Multi-systemic Approaches to Working with Youth

In this training, providers will learn more about the systems in which foster youth reside and learn concrete ways of navigating and accessing the different systems in order to promote placement stability and healthy relationships. Trainees will learn why it is imperative to understand how to enter into the systems so that they can better support youth in care.

8/13/2018 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic