Course Catalog

Course Catalog Foster Care Training Course Catalog

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Arts & Activities

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

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Behavioral Strategies

These trainings address the importance of using behavioral modification techniques such as positive reinforcement to help a child change their behaviors to those that are more conducive to healthy relationships with adults and peers.

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Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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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Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Cultural Awareness

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

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Family Issues

Topics include how to locate potential permanent family members (Family Finding) as well as how to engage and include family members in a child’s life.

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Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Health & Safety

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

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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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Applying Harm Reduction with CSEC

This training will provide an overview of harm reduction and it’s application with youth involved in the commercial sex industry. The trainers will focus on applying harm reduction principles in alignment with the Stages of Change model. The trainers will also touch on risk assessments and safety plans. This training will better equip providers to effectively meet youth where they’re at in their process and build off safety strategies they’re currently using. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/applying-harm-reduction-with-csec-tickets-89709326009 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/3/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Attachment, The Stress Cycle, and Trauma

In this 3 day series students learn about attachment theories and the means to develop attachments with clients with maladaptive attachment patterns. Students learn how disruptive attachment and neglect lead to a child who is unable to regulate him or herself, and students practice methos of achieving co-regulation with dysregulated clients. On day two, students are walked through the stress cycle and work on ways to utilize stress in a helpful and healthy way as well as ways to work with the not-so-helpful types of stress. On the third morning, students now move into trauma and the results of early childhood abuse and neglect including the effects on brain development, […]

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Boundaries and Counter-transference with Foster Youth: How May I Be Affected by this Work?

The training workshop will take a developmental approach, focusing on the various emotional and physical boundaries that inevitably arise with working with youth and children in foster care. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various counter-transference experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how counter-transference may impact the assessment and interventions we face.

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying Strategies for Improving Cross Cultural/Racial Communication among Children, Providers and Caregivers

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Increase Understanding of Culturally Sensitive/Relevant Parenting of Foster Youth

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Understanding the Importance of Cultural Sensitivity for Children and Youth in Out of Home Care

While foster care providers must address the challenges of improving child safety, well-being, and stability, they also must meet the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse child welfare population. This series of trainings will review how important it is to consider culture when working with youth in out of home care, how to improve communication across diverse cultures and to support foster parents provide culturally relevant caregiving.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

2/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/29/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Pre-Service Training – You will be introduced to the issue of sex trafficking and learn about the traffickers, the buyers and the victims. Participants will practice identifying behaviors and situations that can put our youth in danger of being trafficked. Participants will review resources available to them and the youth them serve.

1/27/2020 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ukiah Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Considerations for Working with Foster Youth Who Play Video Games

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/11/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Countering School Pushout for Black and Brown Girls

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth- telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this highly anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed PUSHOUT on the criminalization of Black girls in schools, Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. 

2/25/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/8/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Concord Alternative Family Services (AFS)

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will bring participants a better understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.Content included terms and definitions, educational, and legal implications for providing first aid/CPR. Review of skills to implement […]

2/22/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Intervention and De-escalation

Participants will learn how to recognize the progression of escalating behavior and implement effective responses and interventions for each stage with the goal of preventing crisis from occurring.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

CSEC 101: The Commercial Exploitation of Children

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to bring CSEC 101 to Alameda County providers working with foster youth. This is an introductory course that provides an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. The training will discuss risk factors for involvement in CSEC, warning signs that youth may be involved in CSEC, pathways of entry, needs of CSEC survivors, and resiliency factors. This training is essential for social workers, probation officers, psychologists, clinicians, advocates, etc. who work with at-risk youth. Location: Oakland City Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94602 Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-csec-101-tickets-83073415823

2/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

CSEC Engagement for Out-of-Home Care Providers

This training to equip out-of-home care providers with the skills and knowledge to identify youth involved in CSE. The trainers will also talk about vulnerabilities and pathways of entry for youth into CSE and ways providers can intervene. The trainers will also focus on engagement skills specifically looking at initial engagement, ongoing engagement, and reengagement. Additionally, peer recruitment and running away will be discussed. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csec-engagement-for-out-of-home-care-providers-tickets-89709994007 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/21/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Cultural Humility

This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact helping organizations have on diverse ethnic and racial groups, cultures, social classes, and groups with minority status in the US. The training will focus on helping participants develop attunement to one’s own cultural value system through cultural self-assessment and exploration of inequity in our work. The values and attitudes of diverse ethno-cultural groups in cross-cultural environments will be discussed.

2/4/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (Session 1 of 5)

Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more expansive approach to human relationships. We will learn how to identify when a courageous conversation, […]

2/13/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Darkness to Light

NOTE: This training is full. Additional training dates and locations coming soon! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training February 12, 2020, Lower Lake On February 12th at 3:00pm immediately following the First 5 Lake Commission meeting, First 5 Lake will sponsor an evidence-based “Stewards of Children” training taught by Jennifer Nielson of Lake Family Resource Center.

2/12/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lakeport

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Developing Skills for Stabilizing Foster Youth

This workshop is focused on tools that foster care providers can utilize to help stabilize foster youth when transitioning to placement. Participants will gain an understanding of the mental health challenges children and youth face entering into foster care depending on their developmental phase.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Skills to Utilize with Difficult to Engage Youth

Increase and improve providers with varying responsibilities to identify skills and/or strategies to engage with youth who AWOL having challenges in placement and/or comprehending the benefits of prosocial behaviors. Encourage and empower providers to identify existing and/or create strategies that work with difficult to engage youth. Identify what are the oppositions that youth have while in care. Identify what are implicit and explicit biases that accompany work between providers and youth.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developmentally Appropriate Strategies to Increase Regulation

Sand Tray techniques can be a powerful tool for helping children process serious concerns like trauma, grief, and much more. Child therapists need tools that can help address the special needs of wounded children, and sand tray can be a powerful tool to promote deep healing in a child.

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5) Training – 2 Days

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood targets clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health perspective, which is developmentally informed, relationship based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. This two-day format allows clinicians to have in-depth knowledge of the approach and content […]

1/31/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm San Leandro 12 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Dual Dialogues

As professionals we are often invited to slip into conversations about the people who consult us when they are not present. This training will focus on the real and possible effects of these second, or dual, dialogues. Participants will read and discuss a brief article written by Johnella Bird (“Professional Talk”) that outlines the dangers of this dual dialogue. We will examine the invitations to engage in professional talk, the effects of these practices, and strategies to avoid falling into a way of working with people that can objectify them. Cultural and political discourse that sustains dual dialogues will be exposed and discussed. The group will participate in an exercise […]

2/7/2020 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults. These can include mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. They may also include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, poor self-esteem, and other problems.

2/12/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Engaging Families in Conversations About Race – 3 CE Credits

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to share challenging conversations or social dynamics in a family. Particularly, in the foster care system, there is often cross-racial relationships between caregivers, foster parents and youth, which have a specific context for engaging in the conversation around race. Providers will gain practical approaches about how to engage families or teach families how to engage more openly about the topic of race and racism. There will be opportunities to start from a culturally humble place of self-reflection and understanding of our own social location and how to talk about it, instead of avoiding it. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding race […]

2/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Oakland 3 Seneca Family of Agencies

Engaging Foster Youth

This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and positive outcomes. Content themes presented throughout this training will include the importance of strategies of engaging youth in foster care, and promoting resilience for youth in and out of home care through involvement in services.

1/31/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Sexual and Gender Identity with Youth

This class explores: age appropriate ways to ask children about gender (including asking elementary school children) age appropriate ways to ask children about sexual orientation tips for talking with caregivers current terms and meaning behind them cultural considerations when talking about gender and sexual orientation.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Growing Up in a Digital Age: The Intersection of CSEC and Technology

This training focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so its crucial providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth about technology. The training will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The trainers will also discuss safety strategies for each of these categories and conversation starters with youth. Registration is provided through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-up-in-a-digital-age-the-intersection-of-csec-and-technology-tickets-89708130433 Questions should be directed to Family & Children’s Services Senior Program Manager Kendra Pashales at pashalesk@mendocinocounty.org or 707-463-7721.

2/18/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-86939884535

1/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

Harm Reduction for Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use 101

This training will explore evidence base principles and philosophies of harm reduction. This framework encourages helping professionals to work in an empowering client-centered non-judgmental, non-coercive way that recognizes that complex nature of addiction with the goal to mitigate harm. This conversation will cover how stigma impacts people’s access to services. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harm-reduction-for-youth-alcohol-and-other-drugs-use-101-tickets-87160492379

1/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

2/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Healing Networks 4-Day Training

4-Day Training Series: February 20 and 26, March 26 and 27, 2020 All youth need an asset base of healthy, supportive and safe connections which ultimately lead to a robust and active network that support them for free, and forever. Youth in foster care rarely have access to these essential connections and networks. Healing Networks will provide examples of extraordinary frameworks that can improve safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care, and how they can be used to find families of children who currently have no family connections and help permanently connect children with their kin.  The training will explore how to help build networks for youth […]

3/27/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

HIV/AIDS 101: A Positive Sexuality Approach – 7 CEs

In this training, HIFY will bring its Harm Reduction and Positive Sexuality principles to bear on a challenging and sometimes stigmatized topic: HIV and AIDS. By first grounding students in HIV/AIDS 101, including epidemiology and prevention, but then moving beyond the basics to explore the cultural, social, and political aspects of HIV, it helps participants deconstruct their own assumptions about the epidemic and try on new perspectives and attitudes. Participants will leave with fresh approaches and a new set of tools for talking about HIV, sero-status, and prevention.

2/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 7 Seneca Family of Agencies

Identifying Appropriate Responses for Foster Youth Who Have Experienced Varying Levels of Trauma

Youth in foster care may experience varying degrees of trauma exposure and response. For providers who may be new to working with foster youth, this can pose challenges for engaging and addressing youth’s needs. This training will discuss strategies to address varying levels of trauma that foster youth experience. The aim will be to help providers to understand the proper level of containment once a traumatic event has been experienced.

2/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

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.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that have Experienced Trauma

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.

2/12/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth

This training is offered for those who aren’t sure how to begin to offer visual art activities to others as well as for those who want to be more effective when integrating creative process into therapy or other supportive relationship with children, youth and families who have experienced trauma. This training combines mindfulness practices, art making, movement, breathing, lecture, case examples & interactive conversation including practical considerations for preparation, planning and implementation when beginning to invite others to make art to support healing. Information is grounded in clinical experience as well as research in neurobiology, trauma, and expressive arts. Class Objectives: Practice one art activity, as well as breathing and […]

2/4/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 Family Paths, Inc.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Communities with an Emphasis on Youth

Participants will learn how intimate partner violence specifically impacts the LGBTQ communities compared to the heterosexual and cisgender communities, will receive a brief background of LGBTQ challenges, especially among youth, and learn how to become an ally.

2/28/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Introduction to Using Restorative Practices with Youth

Introduction to Restorative Practices includes instruction in basic Community Building Circle Practices as well as experiential knowledge/understanding through personal participation in the Circle Process.

2/21/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Introduction to Utilizing DBT to Regulate from Trauma

Trainer Bio: Dr. Rachel Chapple is a licensed clinical psychologist who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Dr. Rae is honored to be a founding member of the DBT team at Clearwater Clinic for eight years where she served youth and families who engage in suicidal and/or self-harming behaviors. Now in private practice, she brings her DBT training to teens, young adults and adults who have experienced complex trauma, intense emotions, depression, anxiety and she especially adores clients who self-harm and/or experience intense anger. Dr. Rae has multi-modal roots including sensorimotor, psychodynamic, humanistic, art therapy which provides her with a plethora of avenues […]

1/31/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Know Your Rights for Providers Working with LGBTQ Youth in Care

This training will educate providers about the laws that protect LGBTQ youth in care in California, as well as alert them to procedures for reporting anti-LGBTQ discrimination and how to support a client’s name and/or gender change. Participants will participate in a group assessment regarding knowledge of these laws, learn procedures for filing various types of discrimination reports, and complete a case study in small groups. They will also consider what recourse a client at their agency (or other context) may have in reporting discrimination against a fellow provider and strategize about how to support such clients in advocacy.

2/5/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Law and Ethics in Social Work & Mental Health Practice

Professional social work/mental health ethics codes, case law and regulations are ever changing. With the busy schedules most MHPS have, it can be difficult to keep up with these changes. As a result, licensing boards have been requiring regular updates for practicing professionals (e.g., the Board of Psychology and the BBS), and malpractice insurers are encouraging their insured members to regularly engage in continuing education on the topic. The purpose of this course is to meet and exceed the requirements of regulatory organizations, assist social work/mental health professionals in maintaining competence in this vital area, and in better managing the risks of social work/mental health practice. It will do so […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

Pre-Service Training – You will understand the “Pathway Through the Grieving Process,” the role of resource parents in helping children with unresolved grief and the impact and definition of trauma.

1/27/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

2/10/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Missing Fathers: The Absent Parent Trauma

Develop a better understanding of the importance of fathers to the youth with whom we work. This epidemic of the often-absent father doesn’t mean that the father doesn’t fulfill an important role in a child’s and family’s life. We often leave the paternal side of the youth’s family completely out of an assessment when developing our treatment plans with youth in out of home care even though the father is very much a part of the youth’s “picture” and impacts their day-to-day functioning.

2/6/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services