Arts & Activities

Trainings offered cover the importance of art and activities for youth as well as how to design engaging and therapeutic activities.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

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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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Cultural Awareness

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

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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

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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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Health & Safety

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

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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

On Demand

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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

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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5 Non-Medication, Non-Addictive Ways to Release Pain, The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping

Virtual Instructor Led Training Pain affects 1/3 of the adult population. Pain is pervasive and interrupts functioning. Pain also shifts mood and often erupts into angry outburst. Pain medication can be addictive and may progress into illegal, unregulated Opioid usage. The approaches in this workshop are non- addictive ways to aid in releasing pain safely. Thus, helping family members have a safe way to release pain, to stay away from potential addiction, and out of proportion anger is useful for the entire family, promotes more normalcy, and is an aid in the battle against the opioid epidemic. These methods may be useful in Relapse Prevention.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Anti-Racism as a Process and Practice: an 8-Part Workshop Series for Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth and Families (Part 5 of 8)

Virtual Instructor Led Training “Anti-racism is a journey not a destination” – Ibram X. Kendi Exploring anti-racism as a process and practice is a journey through understanding our personal experiences throughout our lives and the institutions we work within. By starting with ourselves as individuals, we can take intentional steps to identify experiences and systems that impact our role in dismantling racism. By examining white supremacy as the root of racist structures and practices, we can push this discourse even further, challenging the way we have been socialized and professionalized to maintain the status quo. For some practitioners, talking about race is a regular part of daily life and family […]

5/24/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide specific hands on practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: Learning multiple hands on mindfulness skills for a broad age range, Practice multiple mindfulness skills for increased regulation, Learn psychological benefits of mindfulness practice. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize practices. There will be a place for providers to discuss how these practices support client mental health and stress reduction.

5/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Attachment: An Introduction

Online Class Lynn Robinson, LMFT – In this training students learn attachment theories, and means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students also come to see attachment as the means through which infants learn co-regulation, which leads to a child capable of achieving self-regulation. Students learn how disrupted attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methods of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity through a Neurodiversity Lens: Sharing Useful Information

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trainees will learn about the neurodiversity model and how to apply this model to ADHD. Topics covered will include the strengths and differences model, neurobiological impact of ADHD and the “ADHD brain”, giving feedback, and understanding the importance of identifying ADHD symptoms. Trainees will incorporate examples into understanding of their work with foster youth in this two week training.

5/27/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Bearing Witness and the Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote healing, and will learn how to apply these healing principles to engage and work with youth.

5/25/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and ways to implement it with multi-system-involved youth and families. Participants will learn practical ways to implement MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth and families, how to engage youth and families’ current motivation to change a particular behavior, and how to use MI Open-ended Questions, Affirmations, and Reframing/Reflections (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. This training has many activities, handouts, and videos to support all learning styles.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

5/14/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums and Meltdowns

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

5/27/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for children. Some […]

5/28/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Children’s Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Early Childhood

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our youngest children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help early educators, parents and providers be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Children’s Drawings: Attachment, Trauma, and Cultural Contexts

Online Training Engaging youth in foster care can at times be difficult, particularly when youth are quiet or when they don’t wish to communicate verbally with those in their family or the system. This training will explore how to understand children’s drawings as a form of communication that youth may use with grownups. We will view drawings of foster children, children who have experienced trauma, and children of varied cultural backgrounds in order to highlight the importance of including contextual elements, thus seeing more deeply into children’s subjective experience. We present drawings from a research sample of US & international cases of foster children and facilitate discussion of cultural characteristics.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Childrens Books and Activities that Promote Social Emotional Awareness for Elementary Aged Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will highlight the building of social-emotional skills through free resources and books that can support our elementary-age children in developing the skills they need to identify emotions, recognize the size of emotions and to regulate their emotions in times of stress and uncertainty and when they have “big emotions.” A wealth of tools and resources will be presented in this 2-hour training to help educators, parents and professional to be able to walk away with more tools on supporting children in developing social and emotional literacy. General concepts covered are: Learn the neurobiology of the brain and behavior, Identify how stress, novelty and uncertainty […]

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth

Online Training This course is designed to provide staff serving system involved youth management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with youth who are diagnosed with a depressive disorder differentiate between the variety of Depressive Diagnoses and Co-morbid possibilities (e.g, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, etc.). Participants will use resources, large and small group discussion as well as lecture to consider best practice treatment options.

5/25/2021 10:00 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/19/2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register […]

5/25/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Communication Skills Toolkit for Foster/Adoptive Parents and Social Workers

Online Training Learn how to leverage personality styles to improve relationships, communication and outcomes for children in care. Speaker: Betsy Allen Manning

5/12/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Lake County

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will be taught the common signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession. Register Here

5/20/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Complex Trauma Foundations

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

5/12/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/19/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID Care: Staying Well Amidst Tough Times

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services As a way in which to support our communities during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, Redwood Community Services is offering a free webinar focused on supporting the wellness of our children, families and community members. Participants will be taught the common signs and symptoms of toxic stress and trauma and learn how to recognize it in themselves and others. Having this knowledge will bring awareness and ability to identify and interrupt the progression of stress and trauma to allow successful client-staff relationships and increase staff retention in the helping profession, while working from home. This training is intended for those that […]

5/18/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

COVID-19 Crisis Preparation for Providers

Virtual Instructor Led Training The response to a pandemic poses substantial physical, personal, social and emotional challenges to individuals across communities, including providers of services for foster youth. This training will discuss strategies to prepare providers to move into engaging foster youth and families in the context of the pandemic. This training will focus on enhancing capability for foster youth to engage to address their needs while adhering to social distancing requirements and strategies/considerations for remote engagement.

5/26/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

COVID-19 Health Education for Youth and Families – Part 3

Virtual Instructor Led Training The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and undue stress for many of us. During this three part one hour a session series EBAC’s Outreach and Health Education program will provide up-to-date information to help dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccine with facts from various trusted sources to help participants make an informed decision. We will also share information to resources and services that may help ease the needs of our hurting community and reinforce preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will also provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, fears, and hopes related to our slow return […]

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

CSEC Advocacy

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is ONLY for Alameda County providers. The CSEC Advocacy training is designed to equip providers with the essential skills to be an advocate for youth. The training focuses on vicarious trauma and self-care, confidentiality, and boundaries. Participants will also learn how to apply the Stages of Change in advocacy. Additionally, participants will learn how to create effective advocacy and safety plans for youth. This training is made possible in collaboration between Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County Social Services Agency through Title IV-E funding. Alameda County providers will […]

5/26/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Cultural Humility and Addressing Bias (Including the Indian Child Welfare Act)

Online Training Kelsey Pacha, MA, Mdiv – This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth. […]

5/19/2021 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Deepening Our Community’s Commitment to Diversity-Informed Practice – Introduction to the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families 

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Virtual Instructor Led Training This is a 4-hour session that introduces participants to the Tenets through reflective exercises. The content focuses on Tenet #1 (Self-Awareness Leads to Better Services for Families), a selection of our Core Concepts, and bringing the Tenets back to participants’ spheres of work/life. The learning goals for this workshop are: To provide an introduction to the meaning, value, and practice of the Tenets To deepen awareness of how systems of oppression prevent us all from doing our best work on behalf of infants, children, and families To support an initial exploration of how Tenet #1 can be applied to roles and […]

5/14/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

5/11/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

5/11/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

5/17/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Directive Teleplay for System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This workshop will demonstrate various interventions that can be used during virtual play sessions with youth in the welfare system, probation system and/or behavioral health system. Participants will also be able to engage in experiential activities throughout the workshop in order to learn the interventions and implement them clients. This workshop will also address how these interventions can be applied either individually and/or in family sessions to better meet their client’s desired goals and needs.

5/21/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Discipline of Foster Youth

Online Training This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. Thus, Resource Parents need to accept them as they are in the present, and not as they wish to see them in the future. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. This training will give examples for effective and thoughtful consequences, […]

5/18/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Diverse Daily Spiritual Practices that Create Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive […]

5/19/2021 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.5 East Bay Agency for Children

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

5/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Effects of Secondary Trauma: The Importance of Self Care When Working With System Involved Youth and Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed for those looking to understand the concepts of Compassion Fatigue, addressing risks and resiliency factors when caring for others in both a professional and non-professional capacity. Also known as secondary trauma, its recognized as a significant and serious condition that leaves service providers and caregivers with their own symptoms of traumatic stress.

5/17/2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Enlisting Collaboration When Screening Youth and Engaging Caregivers

Online Training Services involving screening of youth needs traditionally involve a one-directional focus and power dynamics were youth and families struggle to feel as though they have the ability to self-advocate. This training looks at frameworks involving collaboration and engagement with youth and families during screening services. Service providers will have opportunities to examine and discuss a case-based example of how enlisting collaboration from the start of services can uncover important dynamics in family relationships and youth needs.

5/13/2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

5/18/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting: Telehealth

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, […]

5/18/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Explaining Mindfulness to Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in support of […]

5/20/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/13/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

5/27/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)