Course Catalog

Course Catalog Foster Care Training Course Catalog

Courses are sorted by Category:

To register for a course, choose a Category and Course Title, then click on the Register link at the end of the row to connect to a sponsoring agency’s website or registration staff person for more information.

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!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Behavioral Strategies

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

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

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!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

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!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Other

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

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

An Overview of Human Trafficking

Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with Lincoln to host “An Overview of Labor Trafficking” for Alameda County providers working with foster youth. While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER on Eventbrite

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Lincoln

Ancestral Grief and Wisdom

When working with youth, it is important to hold the complete version of who they are. Where do they come from? What stories do they carry? What is their lineage? What wisdom do they hold? This training will support participants in creating safe spaces where youth can explore ancestral grief and intergenerational trauma with the intention to uncover ancestral knowledge and wisdom. Participants will be able to mirror and identify youth’s generational patterns and strengths providing more insight on healing practices.

11/22/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills […]

11/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/20/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Building Resilience

This training will focus on how youth build resilience and skills to come back from ongoing challenges they encounter daily. Participants will identify specific strategies for supporting youth to identify their own resilience factors.

11/27/2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/19/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Management and Supervision of TAY Foster Youth

This training will focus on leveraging best practice case management principals to support TAY foster youth.

11/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. This training will look at basic elements to case plan development from a provider perspective. The training will review how to use the CANS in the planning process with youth and families to develop a shared understanding of the priorities of needs and areas to address. Additional focus will be placed on the ways that a TCOM approach can inform the process to elevate youth and family’s perspectives and needs.

11/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fort Bragg Mendocino County Youth Project

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Transitional Age Youth 101

This full day training which provides participants with an overview of commercial sexual exploitation. Unlike other CSEC 101 trainings, Nola Brantley Speaks focuses on the experiences of girls, boys (as victims, exploiters, and buyers), and transgender youth. The training will provide participants with an overview of societal factors that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation such as the objectification and sexualization of women and girls, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Participants will also learn about CSEC risk factors and warning signs. Register on Eventbrite

11/21/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

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.

11/20/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

11/18/2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connecting with Foster Pride/Adopt Pride

We will introduce the PRIDEbook and show you how it is used. The “Competency Categories” will be discussed and in detail. You will learn about the Visio and mission of child welfare and RCS. We will discuss the children who may be joining your families.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Bragg Redwood Community Services, Inc.

CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an 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.

11/23/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Crisis Communication and Workplace Safety: A Facilitated Conversation for Child Welfare Professionals

Participants will learn the fundamentals of crisis communication and community based field safety for use during their work with youth and families in care. In this training, participants will be able to identify crisis and unsafe situations, assess the immediate needs, and take action. Exploration around in the moment self-regulation and stress reducing strategies will be provided. In addition, introduction to key resources and learning how to develop a concrete preparation safety plan will be provided. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Implementing their action plan developed in the training to effectively deal with crises.

11/20/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 102: Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth

This training that builds off CSEC 101 and equips providers with the knowledge and skills to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC and intervene when youth are involved in CSEC. The training starts out with a discussion about vicarious trauma, self-care, and engagement with ourselves. The training then provides a comprehensive overview of trauma as many children experience childhood abuse prior to their exploitation. Participants will also learn about the Stages of Change model as it applies to commercially sexually exploited youth. This knowledge will assist participants in developing realistic expectations for themselves and the youth. Lastly, participants will learn strategies to address peer recruitment and AWOLs. Register on Eventbrite

11/22/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Ukiah Mendocino County Youth Project

CSEC and CSE-IT

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the country. Hidden from view and often unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are recruited, groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatized and without support. Issues specific to sexual exploitation of youth, including the difficulty in identifying youth at risk, can make the provision of appropriate services a challenge for systems that serve the youth. This training will address the importance of early identification and will present the Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool (CSE-IT) as an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. A framework […]

11/21/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

This course introduces participants to the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically included, participants will become critically conscious of their own cultural upbringing and perspective, that could lead to bias. With an objective of building honest and trustworthy relationships with clients, this training offers participants the opportunity to do self-reflective inquiry.

11/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

This course aims to offer a space to reflect, learn, inquire, and be. This course will introduce and/or review terminology in order to generate a shared language related to gender, sexuality, identity development, and diversity. This course will cover concepts including but not limited to: LGBTQI2S, the gender binary, transgender, queer, two spirit, intersex, sexual orientation, gender pronouns, heterosexism, and transmisogyny. Along with the definitions, the histories, sociopolitical implications, distinctions, and interwoven connections of relevant language will be explored. This course will offer self-reflection exercises related to gender and other forms of identity development, as well as models of communication to utilize when assessing, discussing, or documenting identity-related matters with […]

11/20/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care Through Holiday – Spanish

Instructor will present this topic in Spanish. The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

11/27/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the spirit of motivational interviewing and ways to begin to implement it with system-involved youth and families. Participants will gain practical skills to begin implementation of MI skills into their current work in child welfare. Attendees will learn how to assess foster youth’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate the client’s level of motivation. *TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE*: Participants will be able to work with their supervisors to plan how to implement Motivational Interviewing skills in work with […]

11/20/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Katie-A Overview

This orientation covers Katie A./ Intensive Care Coordination, a service provided through WCC, in partnership with Alameda County, to offer intensive care coordination to youth and families with high needs. Intensive Care Coordination services are a result of a lawsuit sought to improve the provision of mental health and supportive services for children and youth in, or at imminent risk of placement in, foster care in California. This training will describe how the county child welfare and mental health systems and service providers can work together to address the mental health needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

11/20/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

11/18/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/20/2019 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Meeting Developmental Needs: Loss, Trauma and Resilience

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.

11/18/2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ukiah 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 […]

11/18/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and self care.

11/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Lakeport Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing: Increasing Adolescent Treatment Engagement in System-Involved Youth

This training will focus on the nuanced application of Motivational Interviewing fundamentals when working with adolescent clients. Attendees will learn about the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing, the four processes, OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), and the different forms of communication (change talk, sustain talk, discord). Attendees will apply these concepts with the practice of adolescent-friendly Motivational Interviewing interventions that nurture agency and independence. The training will conclude with a discussion around how to increase caregiver (family, school staff, other adults) support around the adolescent’s treatment focus. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and practice with concrete MI exercises.

11/22/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.