Alameda Course Catalog

Alameda County Foster Care Training Course Catalog

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

Arts & Activities

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

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Behavioral Strategies

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

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Addressing and Mitigating Self-Harm in Youth in Foster Care

Many youth and adolescents, especially those navigating overwhelming experiences and attachment ruptures common in the foster care system, by default, struggle with the aftermath of traumatic symptomology. As a result of abuse, neglect and other pain narratives that place them at increased vulnerability for engaging in self-harming, addictive cycles, and other disordered behaviors to cope and self-soothe, numb and dissociate from unresolved pain. As we de-pathologize these behaviors and view them through a strengths-based lens, participants will learn about a specific “cycle of self-harm” which emphasizes the impact and influence of triggering events, negative cognitions and affect, dissociation, and anxiety on self-harming behaviors. A variety of right-brain and left-brain based […]

2/27/2019 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Berkeley 2 A Better Way, Inc.

Ahimsa: Behavior Support Strategies for Providers of Youth in Care – Deepening Practice

This training is geared toward service providers working with youth in care. This training is separate from New Employee Orientation and will help providers deepen their practice. Some Seneca-specific policies and procedures may be discussed, although those outside of Seneca are welcome to attend. Support Basics (Ch. 4 “Understanding Crisis: Strategies for Support” and Ch. 5 “Support Strategies by Category”): Explores the purpose of actively intervening with clients to help them meet preferred behaviors. Highlights four things to think about in any given situation before choosing how to intervene: your personal state, the desired outcome, the situation and environment, and which approach to use. Discusses several different categories of strategies […]

2/21/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Case Management Foundations

This training will focus on building a foundation of knowledge on the principals of solid case management practice.

2/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care

Ongoing Series The purpose of the training is to address Cultural Accountability with providers training to work with children who are in foster care, or are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Training will focus on considering cultural responsiveness and its intersections with trauma. Through discussing several readings and using the ADDRESSING framework participants will be engaged in understanding trauma across developmental lifespan. The aim of this training is to increase cultural responsiveness by increasing provider’s reflective capacities and introspection thereby developing the provider’s ability to understand the cultural experiences of children in foster care and acquire the skills necessary to work with birth parents and caregivers of children in […]

3/6/2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care

Ongoing Series The purpose of the training is to address Cultural Accountability with providers training to work with children who are in foster care, or are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Training will focus on considering cultural responsiveness and its intersections with trauma. Through discussing several readings and using the ADDRESSING framework participants will be engaged in understanding trauma across developmental lifespan. The aim of this training is to increase cultural responsiveness by increasing provider’s reflective capacities and introspection thereby developing the provider’s ability to understand the cultural experiences of children in foster care and acquire the skills necessary to work with birth parents and caregivers of children in […]

3/13/2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care

Ongoing Series The purpose of the training is to address Cultural Accountability with providers training to work with children who are in foster care, or are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Training will focus on considering cultural responsiveness and its intersections with trauma. Through discussing several readings and using the ADDRESSING framework participants will be engaged in understanding trauma across developmental lifespan. The aim of this training is to increase cultural responsiveness by increasing provider’s reflective capacities and introspection thereby developing the provider’s ability to understand the cultural experiences of children in foster care and acquire the skills necessary to work with birth parents and caregivers of children in […]

3/20/2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care

Ongoing Series The purpose of the training is to address Cultural Accountability with providers training to work with children who are in foster care, or are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Training will focus on considering cultural responsiveness and its intersections with trauma. Through discussing several readings and using the ADDRESSING framework participants will be engaged in understanding trauma across developmental lifespan. The aim of this training is to increase cultural responsiveness by increasing provider’s reflective capacities and introspection thereby developing the provider’s ability to understand the cultural experiences of children in foster care and acquire the skills necessary to work with birth parents and caregivers of children in […]

3/27/2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Effective Client Engagement and Negotiation in Challenging Situations

Effectively engaging with clients can be challenging, especially when services are mandated and when the client is under a heightened amount of stress. The intention of this training is to understand potential obstacles to effective client engagement and improve your ability to confidently work with clients who may be hesitant around receiving services.      

2/26/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Infant and Early Childhood Assessment Part II

Participants will be introduced to socio-emotional measures aimed at understanding socio-emotional development in infancy and early childhood. Training will focus on normative socio-emotional and interpersonal development and the impact of psychosocial adversity and trauma on these domains. Participants will gain exposure to structured and unstructured measures, including play-based projective measures. Participants will have the opportunity to practice story-based protocols including the Dyadic Dollhouse Interview and MacArthur Story Stem Battery.

2/27/2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Motivational Interviewing – DAY 1 (2 Day Training – Must register for both days!)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining positive behavior changes. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 750 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations and target behaviors.* In particular, MI has been shown to be especially effective in brief clinical encounters and for individuals not ready or unsure about change. This intensive 2-day MI introductory workshop will provide participants an overview of the theory, principles, skills, and current advances of MI. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and shape MI practice behavior, and to support the on-going process […]

2/27/2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Motivational Interviewing – DAY 2 (2 Day Training – Must register for both days!)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining positive behavior changes. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 750 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations and target behaviors.* In particular, MI has been shown to be especially effective in brief clinical encounters and for individuals not ready or unsure about change. This intensive 2-day MI introductory workshop will provide participants an overview of the theory, principles, skills, and current advances of MI. Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and shape MI practice behavior, and to support the on-going process […]

2/28/2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy Strategies for Family Engagement – Part 2

Part one offered on 2/13/19 is a prerequisite to this training, which will provide a deeper look at Child Parent Psychotherapy techniques, including its application to families with siblings or more than one parent.

3/13/2019 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Rights of Youth

This training will focus on discussing the rights of youth in foster care and tenancy rights for THP+FC youth living in market rate apartments.

2/22/2019 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Teaching Mindfulness to Youth

It’s a fact much of the trauma experienced in younger years (and after 12 years of age) lives in the body and cognitive therapy may prove less than effective for regulating trauma in the moment. Many of the youth suffer from inability to self-regulate in the moment, especially when experiencing trauma triggers, challenged with new skills, and/or faced with situations where they lack power. Mindfulness techniques designed for youth will be explained, demonstrated and experienced by participants in the workshop. Goals: to support young people to manage their energy and feel empowered to relate confidently to others, make good decisions for themselves, and act on those decisions. Simple techniques that […]

2/21/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 2 Fred Finch Youth Center

Understanding Suicidality in the African American Community for Child Welfare Professionals

This course will focus more in depth on what are the contributing factors surrounding suicidality within the African-American/Black community in child welfare. Importance will be placed on the possible identifying signs and symptoms around self-harm with this population. Most significantly, this learning opportunity will provide a space for individuals to learn different ways to identify means of support for family members and loved ones. Additionally, this training will assist practitioners to collaboratively uncover methods to develop their interventions while serving system-involved individuals from this community.

2/25/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 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.

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Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care

The Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care training series is targeted to providers working with children in foster care. The aim of the training is to increase cultural responsiveness by increasing provider’s capacities working within a social justice framework thereby developing the provider’s ability to understand the diverse cultural experiences of children in foster care and acquire the skills necessary to work with birth parents and caregivers of children in out of home placement. The training occurs in a seminar/workshop and is part of an ongoing series.

2/21/2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care

The Culturally Responsive Services to Children in Foster Care training series is targeted to providers working with children in foster care. The aim of the training is to increase cultural responsiveness by increasing provider’s capacities working within a social justice framework thereby developing the provider’s ability to understand the diverse cultural experiences of children in foster care and acquire the skills necessary to work with birth parents and caregivers of children in out of home placement. The training occurs in a seminar/workshop and is part of an ongoing series.

2/28/2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Foster Care Children in the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ youth in foster care face additional challenges. These include the losses that brought them into care in the first place, as well as traumas they may have suffered while in foster care. LGBTQ youth in foster care need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate adolescence and grow into healthy adults. This training is to help families understand what they need to know to provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming home for an LGBTQ youth in foster care.

3/27/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Cultural Awareness

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

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An Introduction to Restorative / Transformative Justice for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth

Transformative Justice/Community Accountability models respond to incidents of harm and violence by working for accountability and justice, while also seeking to shift and transform the conditions and misuses of power that perpetuate harm and violence. In this process of working for accountability and transformation we ultimately seek to prevent harm and violence from reoccurring. We are also able to move towards deeper healing for those that have been harmed, and lasting change/transformation for those that have harmed others. These models operate outside of a focus on punishment, and do not rely on criminal legal systems. It is our belief that punishment does not equal or bring about true accountability and […]

2/27/2019 9:15 am – 3:45 pm Berkeley 5 A Better Way, Inc.

Apoyando a los Jóvenes y Familias en la Navegación de los Retos Puesto por la Aculturación – Supporting the Youth and their Families in Navigating the Challenges Placed by Acculturation

THIS TRAINING WILL BE IN SPANISH When parents immigrate to the United States from another country, particular those countries plagued with trauma and poverty, they often arrive with hopes and dreams for a better future, especially for generations to come. Families with recent immigrant roots often hope that their children will have a future with less poverty, trauma, and other challenges that parents may have experienced in their country of origin. However, upon raising children in the United States, they may experience tension with their children, particularly in the adolescent years, as children learn the culture and customs of the United States and they continue to negotiate the cultural ties […]

2/26/2019 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4 Family Paths, Inc.

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (7 Sessions)

7 SESSIONS Participants* of this Professional Learning Community (PLC) will read Dr. Ken Hardy’s book “Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision.” Participants will engage in thoughtful discussion to increase collaborative learning and reinforce concepts over the course of 7 sessions. Per Dr. Ken Hardy, the rapidly changing demographics of our society make it virtually mandatory for supervisors and clinicians to develop effective strategies for attending to issues of diversity throughout all domains of the clinical process. Even when the desire and commitment to be more culturally attuned are clear, possessing the “know how” to achieve such a lofty and often-difficult undertaking leaves many supervisors in a quandary. *This training is intended […]

2/27/2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (7 Sessions)

7 SESSIONS Participants* of this Professional Learning Community (PLC) will read Dr. Ken Hardy’s book “Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision.” Participants will engage in thoughtful discussion to increase collaborative learning and reinforce concepts over the course of 7 sessions. Per Dr. Ken Hardy, the rapidly changing demographics of our society make it virtually mandatory for supervisors and clinicians to develop effective strategies for attending to issues of diversity throughout all domains of the clinical process. Even when the desire and commitment to be more culturally attuned are clear, possessing the “know how” to achieve such a lofty and often-difficult undertaking leaves many supervisors in a quandary. *This training is intended […]

3/27/2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (7 Sessions)

7 SESSIONS Participants* of this Professional Learning Community (PLC) will read Dr. Ken Hardy’s book “Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision.” Participants will engage in thoughtful discussion to increase collaborative learning and reinforce concepts over the course of 7 sessions. Per Dr. Ken Hardy, the rapidly changing demographics of our society make it virtually mandatory for supervisors and clinicians to develop effective strategies for attending to issues of diversity throughout all domains of the clinical process. Even when the desire and commitment to be more culturally attuned are clear, possessing the “know how” to achieve such a lofty and often-difficult undertaking leaves many supervisors in a quandary. *This training is intended […]

4/17/2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision – Professional Learning Community (7 Sessions)

7 SESSIONS Participants* of this Professional Learning Community (PLC) will read Dr. Ken Hardy’s book “Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision.” Participants will engage in thoughtful discussion to increase collaborative learning and reinforce concepts over the course of 7 sessions. Per Dr. Ken Hardy, the rapidly changing demographics of our society make it virtually mandatory for supervisors and clinicians to develop effective strategies for attending to issues of diversity throughout all domains of the clinical process. Even when the desire and commitment to be more culturally attuned are clear, possessing the “know how” to achieve such a lofty and often-difficult undertaking leaves many supervisors in a quandary. *This training is intended […]

5/29/2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

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

How can I ever become “competent” in a culture that is not my own? Cultural competency training was the focus of many providers who were serving increasingly more diverse population, with the idea that if they could become more culturally sensitive or competent, that they could provide better care for their patients. While the intention was a good one, the dynamic it often set up was that they were still the expert, the client was “the other,” and ultimately that the providers knew better than the clients and what the clients’ experience was and needs were. Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection and discovery to understand oneself and then […]

2/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Developing Cultural Humility in Our Work with System-involved Children, Youth and Families (Training Module 2 for Managers & Supervisors)

This training introduces the practice of cultural humility, challenging oneself to suspend what you know or what you think you know about a person based on generalization 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 identify 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.

3/18/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Alameda 3 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Increasing Positive Outcomes for LGBT Youth

This training has been designed by an LGBT family to explore and assess risk and protective factors that impact LGBT individuals and their families. The training is provided in two parts. The first part is the story of how a parent and her teenage children had to navigate the transition of the parent from male to female. Throughout the story, we will identify risk and protective factors for the children, the transitioning parent, and others who might find themselves in similar circumstances, as well as ways mental health professionals can work to amplify protective factors and mitigate risk factors. Part two of the training focuses on family acceptance and how […]

2/26/2019 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Module 1 Learning Community on Cultural Humility

Follow-up session 1 for more in-depth discussion on cultural humility and awareness. Requires a minimum of 8 participants.

2/28/2019 9:00 am – 10:30 am Alameda UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Module 1 Learning Community on Cultural Humility

Follow-up session 2 for more in-depth discussion on cultural humility and awareness. Requires a minimum of 8 participants.

3/14/2019 9:00 am – 10:30 am Alameda UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Module 1 Learning Community on Cultural Humility

Follow-up session 3 for more in-depth discussion on cultural humility and awareness. Requires a minimum of 8 participants.

3/28/2019 9:00 am – 10:30 am Alameda UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Module 2 Learning Community on Cultural Humility

Follow-up #1 for more in depth discussion on cultural humility and awareness. Requires a minimum of 8 participants.

3/28/2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Alameda UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Module 2 Learning Community on Cultural Humility

Follow-up #2 for more in depth discussion on cultural humility and awareness. Requires a minimum of 8 participants.

4/11/2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Alameda UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Module 2 Learning Community on Cultural Humility

Follow-up #3 for more in depth discussion on cultural humility and awareness. Requires a minimum of 8 participants.

4/25/2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Alameda UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Foster Youth: Stages of Change as a Framework for Understanding CSE Foster Youth

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

2/26/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Family Issues

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

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Identifying, Analyzing, and Transforming Systemic Oppression In-Action: Practicing for Social Justice, Healing, and Transformation

This will be an interactive session, focused on understanding key theory and pervasive elements of systemic oppression and utilizing social justice theater (Theater of the Oppressed-Boal), drama therapy, and other creative modalities to better ally, empathize with, and serve our communities. These creative modalities will be utilized as tools for change, inviting participants to analyze, experiment, and explore different strategies for directly addressing issues of oppression and bias that occur at their schools, organizations, and lives. We will also discuss how this embodied and creative practice can be used with and in our school and work communities for positive and sustainable change.

2/21/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

We Found Connections, What’s Next?: Principled Practices for Network Building – (2-Day)

This institute will focus on the efforts to identify and understand the values, intentions, and purposes of those we engage to develop loving, healthy, and sustained support networks for children and families. We will begin by outlining the objective of integrating collaborative practice activities into the Family Finding approach, and then provide the opportunity for attendees to learn and apply the tools of Appreciative Inquiry, Mattering, Intentional Strengths and the Tree of Life in their work. There will be facilitation of attendees’ participation in these activities to promote comprehension and replication in their work. A combination of short periods of lecture, tool demonstration, experiential practice, and reflection will be utilized. […]

2/28/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

We Found Connections, What’s Next?: Principled Practices for Network Building – (2-Day)

This institute will focus on the efforts to identify and understand the values, intentions, and purposes of those we engage to develop loving, healthy, and sustained support networks for children and families. We will begin by outlining the objective of integrating collaborative practice activities into the Family Finding approach, and then provide the opportunity for attendees to learn and apply the tools of Appreciative Inquiry, Mattering, Intentional Strengths and the Tree of Life in their work. There will be facilitation of attendees’ participation in these activities to promote comprehension and replication in their work. A combination of short periods of lecture, tool demonstration, experiential practice, and reflection will be utilized. […]

3/2/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Culturally Responsive Caregiving: A RFA Pre-Approval Training (Session 8)

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

2/23/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Restorative Practices for Addressing Vicarious Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue – DAY 1 (2 Day Training – Must register for both days)

This training has a didactic and an experiential component. The didactic portion covers the concepts of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue. We will begin with administration of the ProQOL (Professional Quality of Life measure, a self-report measure that identifies burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion satisfaction). We will then proceed to an in-depth review of Dr. Laurie Ann Pearlman’s framework of Vicarious Trauma. In this review, we’ll define the term, explore who is most at-risk and why, and examine signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma, as well as Dr. Pearlman’s concept of the two levels of responding to vicarious trauma. We will then comprehensively review the neurophysiology […]

2/25/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

Restorative Practices for Addressing Vicarious Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue – DAY 2 (2 Day Training – Must register for both days)

This training has a didactic and an experiential component. The didactic portion covers the concepts of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue. We will begin with administration of the ProQOL (Professional Quality of Life measure, a self-report measure that identifies burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion satisfaction). We will then proceed to an in-depth review of Dr. Laurie Ann Pearlman’s framework of Vicarious Trauma. In this review, we’ll define the term, explore who is most at-risk and why, and examine signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma, as well as Dr. Pearlman’s concept of the two levels of responding to vicarious trauma. We will then comprehensively review the neurophysiology […]

2/26/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

Health & Safety

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

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Administration of Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medicines are taken for the purpose of improving the emotional and behavioral health of a child or adolescent diagnosed with a mental health condition. There is evidence that psychotropic medications are both over and under prescribed for children and adolescents.. Prescribing psychotropic medications for children and adolescents requires a competent prescriber, optimally a child and adolescent psychiatrist, with training and qualifications in the use of these medications in this age group. Learn how to get help through health care professionals when providing medication.

3/13/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Boundaries and Good Practice – Deepening the Work

This training is geared toward service providers working with youth in care. This training is separate from New Employee Orientation and will help providers deepen their practice. Some Seneca-specific policies and procedures may be discussed, although those outside of Seneca are welcome to attend. The purpose of this training is to create a renewed and heightened awareness of boundary issues in work with foster youth. Having boundaries is not just a matter of being professional. Appropriate boundaries are a key ingredient in providing the children in our care with the highest quality of care, which often times requires us to build trusting and healing relationships with them. Frequently the relationships […]

2/20/2019 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Professionalism: Prevention of Harassment for Providers of Youth in Care – Deepening Practice

This training is geared toward service providers working with youth in care. This training is separate from New Employee Orientation and will help providers deepen their practice. Some Seneca-specific policies and procedures may be discussed, although those outside of Seneca are welcome to attend. The purpose of this training is to teach participants to focus on respectful and professional conduct in the workplace and across all aspects of work with children, youth, and families. As a part of that approach, they are instructed on the legal definition of sexual harassment, as well as the reality of what types of potentially inappropriate conduct occur in the workplace. Supervisors and managers are […]

2/20/2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Skills for Preventing Burnout and Promoting Wellness for Child Welfare Professionals

In our work as child welfare providers much of our time is spent taking care of client needs. However, finding ways to care for ourselves is crucial to our own sustainability and that of our work/programs. We know that working with other people that are experiencing past and/or current trauma can cause vicarious or secondary trauma leading to burnout and compassion fatigue. This includes people surrounding, supporting someone thru, and/or hearing about a traumatic event that may develop similar traumatic symptoms, including PTSD. The goal here is to provide participants with tools to understand and identify risks and symptoms of vicarious trauma, and reduce and prevent burnout and compassion fatigue. […]

2/26/2019 9:15 am – 3:45 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Relevant Service Approach for CSEC: Necessary Adaptations for Approaching Services with CSEC

This training for service providers will provide a review of relevant and evidence supported service approaches for foster youth at risk for exploitation. Additionally, the training will review strategies for adapting services to ensure they are CSEC and trauma informed. Special issues such as best practices for meeting the needs of culturally diverse foster youth, LGBTQI2-S foster youth, as well as youth engaged in substance abuse will be considered.

2/20/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Relevant Service Approach for CSEC: Special Considerations in Working with CSEC

This training for service providers will provide a review of relevant and evidence supported service approaches for foster youth at risk for exploitation. Additionally, the training will review strategies for adapting services to ensure they are CSEC and trauma informed. Special issues such as best practices for meeting the needs of culturally diverse foster youth, LGBTQI2-S foster youth, as well as youth engaged in substance abuse will be considered.

2/20/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Relevant Service Approach for CSEC: Special Considerations in Working with CSEC

This training for service providers will provide a review of relevant and evidence supported service approaches for foster youth at risk for exploitation. Additionally, the training will review strategies for adapting services to ensure they are CSEC and trauma informed. Special issues such as best practices for meeting the needs of culturally diverse foster youth, LGBTQI2-S foster youth, as well as youth engaged in substance abuse will be considered.

2/27/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with the CSEC and TAYS Population

Youth who are sexually exploited are often in need of significant support and may be difficult to engage in traditional services. In addition, as youth get older and move into early adulthood, they are faced with more need for responsibility and independence that may be difficult for foster youth to navigate. This trainer will be presenting on common challenges that might come up for these youth, and share case examples to demonstrate strategies and best practices that can provide support and engage these youth.

2/25/2019 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Other

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

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Ahimsa: Personal Motivations, Self-Care & Self-Control, Teamwork – Deepening Practice

This training is geared toward service providers working with youth in care. This training is separate from New Employee Orientation and will help providers deepen their practice. Some Seneca-specific policies and procedures may be discussed, although those outside of Seneca are welcome to attend. Personal Motivations (Ch. 1 “Why Are You Here?”): Explores each staff member’s personal reasons for doing this work when they could choose to do something less stressful or dangerous. Encourages staff to explore their personal histories and values to understand what’s brought them to the work. Objectives for participants are to come up with a list of personal motivators to return to frequently, to share personal […]

2/20/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

I’m All Caught Up! Clearing the Barriers to Efficiently Completing Paperwork for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

Barriers to completing paperwork and meeting productivity deadlines are a common stressor for providers in mental health and social services agencies working with system involved youth. In this course participants will explore emotional reasons for resisting paperwork (it reminds us of homework, it’s raises our authority issues, it challenges our perfectionism, we fear criticism) and struggling over meeting productivity goals. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and eliminate their blocks and develop a plan to stay on top of paperwork and productivity in order to provide better care to the youth and families served.

2/28/2019 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Law & Ethics Considerations for School Based Practices

Presented by Daniel O. Taube. Dr. Taube earned his J.D. from Villanova University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in 1987, as a member of the Hahnemann/Villanova Joint Psychology and Law Graduate Program. He is a Full Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco at Alliant International University, past Psy.D. Program Director, founder and coordinator of the Forensic Family Child Track and member of the Child/Family Track. Location: 21455 Birch St. Hayward CA Room 215

3/15/2019 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Hayward 6 East Bay Agency for Children

Overview of Behavioral Health Supports at STAT

This brief training is designed to introduce care providers to the Assessment Center shift, and specifically, the role of a provider on shift and how they support youth coming into care. The training will help participants to familiarize themselves with the major components of STAT cases, including screening, providing transitional services, and collaborating with various service providers. The training is also designed to help providers consider how the systems and structures in which STAT operates impacts our youth and our roles.

2/27/2019 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

SOGIE 101 and Inclusive Intake Process

SOGIE 101 will include: an overview of SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) in which we will define these categories, discuss appropriate language to use when talking about SOGIE, and explain pronouns, with specific focus on gender-neutral pronouns; looking at how SOGIE intersects with systems such as mental health and foster care; how to be trauma-informed when working with LGBTQ youth; how to make your organization LGBTQ affirming; and how to intervene when your LGBTQ youth are being mistreated based on their SOGIE.

2/20/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Hayward Side by Side (formerly Sunny Hills Services)

Strategies to Ensure Therapeutic Closure

Understanding termination and the therapeutic process of closure. Discussing and understanding its effects to the clinician and the impact to the children and families served. How do therapist bring their best work to the process of termination? Do they understand the need and impact of the therapeutic closure? Exploration and understanding the process of Therapeutic Closure is fundamental and necessary in order to provide solid therapeutic services to children in the welfare system.

3/19/2019 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Strategies to Ensure Therapeutic Closure

Understanding termination and the therapeutic process of closure. Discussing and understanding its effects to the clinician and the impact to the children and families served. How do therapist bring their best work to the process of termination? Do they understand the need and impact of the therapeutic closure? Exploration and understanding the process of Therapeutic Closure is fundamental and necessary in order to provide solid therapeutic services to children in the welfare system.

3/20/2019 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Supporting LGBTQI2S and Gender Non-Conforming Clients & Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

Challenging the gender binary is the starting point in supporting Lesbian, Gay, Pansexual, Queer, Questioning, Transgender, Intersex and Two Spirit communities. This course provides participants with a thorough examination of how we socially constructed gender based on homophobia, how that differs from sex assigned at birth, gender identity and sexual orientation. By understanding the differences between this terminology, we can begin to unpack the multiplicity and complexity that each individual can explore about their identity, if given the opportunity to be liberated from the constraints of a strict gender binary. The course uses videos that center the authentic experiences and voices of transgender, intersex, and two spirit people, addressing the […]

2/21/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Child Welfare Automated Systems: Welligent

This training for service providers will provide an overview of automated systems for child welfare. Service providers will be exposed to systems such as welligent & avatar and develop an understanding of navigating these.

2/21/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Privacy Practices for Foster Youth

Service providers attending this training will learn about privacy practices relevant to youth in care. They will be exposed to strategies for protecting youth privacy and other related processes.

2/22/2019 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Quality Mental Health Services and Resources for Foster Youth

Service providers working with youth in care must understand basics for youth and families accessing services, such as the nature and scope of the services provided and ways to navigate service systems in order to access those services.

2/22/2019 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with System-Involved Youth Impacted by the Police and Criminal Justice System

Young people from the child welfare system are adversely impacted by criminal justice issues, regardless of whether they spend time in jail or prison. Whether it’s from having an incarcerated parent, transitioning from foster care with a criminal record, or living in a community that suffers from over-policing, our clients need support and advocacy to deal with these barriers. At this engaging workshop where we’ll learn to address mental and behavioral health challenges, obstacles to independent living, and the effects of oppressive racial profiling and police brutality. With raised awareness, we will then identify effective trauma and healing-informed practices including the development of culturally identity, media literacy, coping and other […]

2/22/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 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.

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

This training for service providers will review how complex trauma that occurs and manifests in youth and their communities. Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential […]

2/20/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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

This training for service providers will review how complex trauma that occurs and manifests in youth and their communities. Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential […]

2/27/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Reducing the Effects of Secondary Trauma

Understanding Secondary Trauma, its effects to the clinician and the impact to services provided to children and families is cyclical unless addressed. How do therapist bring their best work? Exploration and understanding of Secondary Trauma is fundamental and necessary in order to provide solid therapeutic services to children in the welfare system.

2/20/2019 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Trauma and Mindfulness Series

This training series teaches evidence based practices using mindfulness and movement that can address traumatic reactions by turning off the trauma response and increasing self-regulation. It includes psychoeducation about neurobiology and trauma which can be shared with caregivers and providers to reduce the impact of secondary trauma. Participants will be using these practices with their clients, caregivers of clients, and for themselves. They will be tracking the outcomes of their efforts to increase accountability and assess the efficacy of the interventions. This will be a 6 session series from 9:30-11am on Mondays. The dates are: 2/4, 2/11, (no meeting on Presidents’ Day), 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18. To enroll you […]

2/25/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland Lincoln

Trauma and Mindfulness Series

This training series teaches evidence based practices using mindfulness and movement that can address traumatic reactions by turning off the trauma response and increasing self-regulation. It includes psychoeducation about neurobiology and trauma which can be shared with caregivers and providers to reduce the impact of secondary trauma. Participants will be using these practices with their clients, caregivers of clients, and for themselves. They will be tracking the outcomes of their efforts to increase accountability and assess the efficacy of the interventions. This will be a 6 session series from 9:30-11am on Mondays. The dates are: 2/4, 2/11, (no meeting on Presidents’ Day), 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18. To enroll you […]

3/4/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland Lincoln

Trauma and Mindfulness Series

This training series teaches evidence based practices using mindfulness and movement that can address traumatic reactions by turning off the trauma response and increasing self-regulation. It includes psychoeducation about neurobiology and trauma which can be shared with caregivers and providers to reduce the impact of secondary trauma. Participants will be using these practices with their clients, caregivers of clients, and for themselves. They will be tracking the outcomes of their efforts to increase accountability and assess the efficacy of the interventions. This will be a 6 session series from 9:30-11am on Mondays. The dates are: 2/4, 2/11, (no meeting on Presidents’ Day), 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18. To enroll you […]

3/11/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland Lincoln

Trauma and Mindfulness Series

This training series teaches evidence based practices using mindfulness and movement that can address traumatic reactions by turning off the trauma response and increasing self-regulation. It includes psychoeducation about neurobiology and trauma which can be shared with caregivers and providers to reduce the impact of secondary trauma. Participants will be using these practices with their clients, caregivers of clients, and for themselves. They will be tracking the outcomes of their efforts to increase accountability and assess the efficacy of the interventions. This will be a 6 session series from 9:30-11am on Mondays. The dates are: 2/4, 2/11, (no meeting on Presidents’ Day), 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18. To enroll you […]

3/18/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland Lincoln

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Development for Foster Youth: Basic Foundations

This training series for service providers will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on youth needs and strengths. From the time they enter the state’s care and likely long before, foster youth experience trauma that can severely alter their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. The impact of trauma on foster youth can mean that this vulnerable population faces numerous additional challenges as they grow and develop into adulthood. Foster youth experience trauma in many ways, often starting at home. Youth will enter the foster care system because they have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, a loss of a parent, or abandonment, forcing the state to step in. […]

2/27/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Utlizing Game Play

This training provides an overview of utilizing board games to promote youth’s healthy development and age appropriate functioning which is particularly important for children impacted by systems and trauma. Through didactic teaching and small group experiential learning, participants will practice strategies to build youth’s ego strength, ability to manage emotions, and communicate effectively.

2/22/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland Lincoln