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.

Administrative & Organizational

Includes trainings that cover practices for administrative and organizational staff and employees.

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Clinical Supervision in Social Work and Mental Health Practice-Two-Day Training, Part 1

This two day, in-depth training combines lecture, large and small group discussion, role plays and self-reflection. Dr. Bennett will facilitate the 15 hours during which participants will examine the Board of Behavioral Sciences rules and regulations, evaluate on-line and film examples of therapy and supervision, explore their own experiences and discuss what traits make an exceptional clinical supervisor. The second day will involve lecture, large and small group discussion and self-reflection regarding Secondary Trauma. Students will participate in exercises to determine their own obstacles as well as possible supervisees’ experiences with trauma. Diagnoses of childhood and adolescents will be presented from the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual V. There will be […]

9/25/2018 9:15 am – 5:45 pm Berkeley 12 A Better Way, Inc.

Clinical Supervision in Social Work and Mental Health Practice-Two-Day Training, Part 2

This two day, in-depth training combines lecture, large and small group discussion, role plays and self-reflection. Dr. Bennett will facilitate the 15 hours during which participants will examine the Board of Behavioral Sciences rules and regulations, evaluate on-line and film examples of therapy and supervision, explore their own experiences and discuss what traits make an exceptional clinical supervisor. The second day will involve lecture, large and small group discussion and self-reflection regarding Secondary Trauma. Students will participate in exercises to determine their own obstacles as well as possible supervisees’ experiences with trauma. Diagnoses of childhood and adolescents will be presented from the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual V. There will be […]

9/27/2018 9:15 am – 5:45 pm Berkeley 12 A Better Way, Inc.

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – (40-hour, 5-Day)

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and unique […]

9/24/2018 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – (40-hour, 5-Day)

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and unique […]

9/25/2018 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – (40-hour, 5-Day)

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and unique […]

9/26/2018 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – (40-hour, 5-Day)

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and unique […]

9/27/2018 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – (40-hour, 5-Day)

This 40-Hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program 40-Hour Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. It is designed to prepare participants to become administrators in residential therapeutic facilities. Participants will discuss and review CCL regulations as they pertain to administrative oversight. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make practical use of applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members as a means to implementing effective programs for traumatized youth in the child welfare system. This training will include some best practices in the area of service delivery. The curriculum will include strategies designed to me the specific and unique […]

9/28/2018 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Trauma Informed Systems: An Overview

This training is designed to look at the role of trauma in our care system and the impact on all parties in the system including clients and service providers. The purpose of the training is to provide insight into system trauma and ways to address the systems to provide a more trauma informed system to improve services to clients and environments for staff.

10/17/2018 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Hayward Side by Side (formerly Sunny Hills Services)

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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Tree of Life: Engaging Around Professional Identity

Many youth who are struggling in their lives find themselves disconnected to the people, places and ideas that are important to them. This training is based on work created by Ncazelo Ncube and David Denborough designed to help people reconnect to these cherished things in their lives and tell their stories in ways that make them stronger. The group will view a DVD presentation of the Tree of Life and then have an opportunity to create a personal visual representation. Participants will experience the power of sharing information about where we come from, who we learn from, what our hopes and dreams are and the skills that we hold. Tree […]

9/24/2018 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

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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Expanding our toolbox: Intervention ideas working with system involved youth

Working with system involved youth usually means working with people who experienced developmental trauma early in life. Besides the obvious trust issues that can be seen on the surface, developmental trauma affects brain development in essential ways. Having a general understanding of this physiological differences has a potential to improve treatment outcomes. One way the treatment outcomes can be improved through this knowledge is expanding our toolbox and tailoring interventions based on the needs of the population served. In this training, after gaining a basic understanding of effects of early trauma on brain development and its ongoing effects on functioning, participants will learn new intervention ideas to expand their toolboxes. […]

9/27/2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Implications of Utilizing Motivational Interviewing in a Community Based Setting

Participants will be exposed to an overview of motivational interviewing strategies that can be useful for working with youth in care. This training will provide a definition of Motivational Interviewing and the two main components of Motivational Interviewing: spirit and skills. The training will also review the process of MI and the skills used to move through a typical MI interaction. The training will end with 2-3 practical applications that participants can immediately use in their work.

9/25/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Positive Behavioral Interventions – 4 CE Credits

This training is an introduction to implementing behavioral intervention with children who present with a variety of challenging behaviors. It includes a discussion of basic principles of behavior modification, behavioral assessment, functional assessment and methods of intervention. The discussion addresses the advantages, risks and limitations of these approaches in various settings including group care settings, classrooms and families.

9/25/2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Supporting Foster Youth During the Holidays

In this class students explore the reasons that holidays can be especially triggering for youth in foster care. Students learn to distinguish between holiday blues and clinical depression. Students learn how to recognize risk factors and signs of suicidality, and how to most effectively intervene when confronted by suicidality. (Trainer: Natalia Estassi) Note: Class location is San Rafael

10/16/2018 10:30 am – 1:00 pm San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

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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Engaging Foster Youth

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

9/24/2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Foundations of Helping 0 – 5 Year Olds Thrive: A Three Part Series with Ayumi Kurtz, MFT

This 3 part series will provide introductory information in working with children 0 to 5 and their families from a relational perspective and is designed for those interested in gaining familiarity with the foundation and principles of Early Childhood Mental Health with a focus on the practical applications in community and clinical settings. You will gain an understanding in: how early relationships and environment impact development, assessment of relational and developmental needs of young children and families, and mental health issues that could impact young children and families while examining the impacts of culture and diversity. This training is targeted for providers who are interested or recently began working with […]

9/28/2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Oakland 4.5 Family Paths, Inc.

Foundations of Helping 0 – 5 Year Olds Thrive: A Three Part Series with Ayumi Kurtz, MFT

This 3 part series will provide introductory information in working with children 0 to 5 and their families from a relational perspective and is designed for those interested in gaining familiarity with the foundation and principles of Early Childhood Mental Health with a focus on the practical applications in community and clinical settings. You will gain an understanding in: how early relationships and environment impact development, assessment of relational and developmental needs of young children and families, and mental health issues that could impact young children and families while examining the impacts of culture and diversity. This training is targeted for providers who are interested or recently began working with […]

10/12/2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Oakland 4.5 Family Paths, Inc.

Cultural Awareness

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

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Best Practices Working with Latino Families

In this training, participants will be exposed to a basic understanding of the LatinX population, including the difference between Hispanics, Latinos, and other most commonly used references towards this population. The curriculum will have a concentration in the area of trauma, including historical and intergenerational trauma that LatinX families may experience in their country of origin, in their immigration journey, and while residing in the United States. We will also discuss cultural factors and considerations when providing treatment to LatinX families, including challenges in treatment, and terminology as well as translation of key terms. Lastly, we will review strategies/best practices when delivering services in the different phases of treatment, including […]

10/10/2018 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Cultural Self Awareness and Culturally Responsive Therapy

This workshop will provide participants with tips and tools to help participants effectively engage in difficult conversations with clients and families during the assessment phase. Participants will learn to create continuous family involvement in therapeutic process, producing effective support and outcomes to children and families in the welfare system.

10/16/2018 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Fremont East Bay Agency for Children

Cultural Self Awareness and Culturally Responsive Therapy

This workshop will provide participants with tips and tools to help participants effectively engage in difficult conversations with clients and families during the assessment phase. Participants will learn to create continuous family involvement in therapeutic process, producing effective support and outcomes to children and families in the welfare system.

10/17/2018 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Fremont East Bay Agency for Children

Supporting Trans Youth

Explore your understanding of and assumptions related to sex, gender, and gender identity. Discuss the ways that the binary system of masculine and feminine results in micro-aggressions* toward transgender and gender-variant youth. Develop the skills and the methodology needed to provide safe spaces for transgender and gender-variant youth in care and in our workplaces and communities. (Trainer: Natalie Thoreson) Note: Class location is San Rafael

10/23/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Trauma Informed and Culturally Aware Family Engagement

Utilizing a trauma informed and culturally inclusive lens, this training is designed to teach the participants practical tips to use when engaging family in the therapeutic work that happens in a school setting.

9/28/2018 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Working in the Community

Serving foster youth in the community can bring many contextual factors to consider when providing services. There is a need for critical examination of the numerous ways in which culture, race, power, privilege, oppression, and environment impact service decisions and the relationship between youth and providers. This training is designed to support providers as they orient to working in the community with diverse youth. Participants will engage in a discussion to raise awareness regarding logistical and service related concerns when working with youth.

9/24/2018 9:00 am – 10:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Family Issues

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

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Grief and Loss

Learn about ways to deal with grief and loss of loved ones. The group will learn ways in which they can help themselves with grief and loss and how to express feelings.

10/24/2018 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Katie A Training

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 […]

9/27/2018 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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CCL Regulations While Caring for Foster Youth: A RFA Pre- Approval Training 

The focus of this training is about Community Care Licensing (CCL) regulations for resource parents and homes. The goal is for participants to develop a better understanding and gain concrete skills for implementing licensing regulations. The training also focuses on the parent’s responsibility to act as a reasonable and prudent parent, and how to create a family setting that promotes normal childhood experiences that serve the needs of the youth and provides safe caregiving environments.

9/29/2018 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Culturally- Sensitive Restorative Practices for Providers Working with System-Involved Youth

When we engage in conversations about self-care, the representational politics of this discourse are generally white. Self-care, and often the mindfulness movement in general, uses language and framing that speaks to a white-dominant middle class culture, and which therefore poorly meets the needs of other cultures to see themselves reflected in its language and values. How then do we extract the value of restorative practices, including mindfulness, which are truly universal, but set them within a cultural context that makes them relevant and accessible within other cultures? How do we claim appropriate symbols and frameworks that take into consideration race, class, and gender and the ways these shape understanding of […]

9/28/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Progressive Crisis Intervention: A RFA Pre-Approval Training

This training introduces participants to a crisis communication model that utilizes verbal crisis communication. Multiple crisis models and effective response and de-escalation strategies and interventions will be provided to assist caregivers when foster youth are in crisis.

9/29/2018 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Resource Family Approval (RFA) Pre-Approval Training Series

CPR/First Aid for Caregivers: RFA Pre-Approval This training introduces participants to hands-on skills and prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. It also teaches the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).In addition this course will prepare participants with skills necessary to respond safely and adequately to minor and serious injuries. The Seneca foster care pre-approval training series is primarily designed for prospective ISFC (Intensive Services Foster Care) resource parents with the purpose of developing or strengthening the knowledge, understanding and skills essential when caring for traumatized foster youth with intensive needs. […]

10/13/2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

Health & Safety

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

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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.

9/24/2018 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Children

Come and learn about ways to help kids stay away from drugs and alcohol.

10/10/2018 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Other

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

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Law and Ethics for Social Workers and Behavioral Health Care Professionals

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

9/26/2018 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

SAFE Supervisors Training

Prerequisite: All Attendees MUST have completed the SAFE 2-day training. The SAFE Supervisors Training is targeted at Front Line Supervisors who are responsible for the on-going Supervision of Home Studies. The one-day training provides guidance as to how to Supervise SAFE in the most effective manner. The training provides a road map for the Supervision of SAFE as well as tips, supports and suggestions to make the process easier.

9/28/2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

SAFE Training – Part 1 of 2

This two day SAFE training provides home study practitioners with unique strategies with information gathering tools, analysis tools and procedures that enable them to produce industry-standard home studies in an efficient, uniform manner and yet produce a more in-depth, concise and comprehensive report than a traditional home study. SAFE is an evidence-based, structured home study methodology that allows child welfare agencies to effectively and systematically evaluate prospective families for foster and adoptive placement. Using research-based tools and processes, SAFE allows even the most novice Home Study Practitioner to do a thorough job evaluating prospective families. Which, in turn, allows for better family matching for the child. Objectives: Participants will reflect […]

9/26/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

SAFE Training – Part 2 of 2

This two day SAFE training provides home study practitioners with unique strategies with information gathering tools, analysis tools and procedures that enable them to produce industry-standard home studies in an efficient, uniform manner and yet produce a more in-depth, concise and comprehensive report than a traditional home study. SAFE is an evidence-based, structured home study methodology that allows child welfare agencies to effectively and systematically evaluate prospective families for foster and adoptive placement. Using research-based tools and processes, SAFE allows even the most novice Home Study Practitioner to do a thorough job evaluating prospective families. Which, in turn, allows for better family matching for the child. Objectives: Participants will reflect […]

9/27/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

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.

9/28/2018 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Trauma Impact

These trainings address the impact that trauma has had on the lives of children in our care and how we can help them begin to heal from the trauma they’ve experienced.

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Creating Alliances with Teachers to Build Trauma Awareness and Equity in the Classroom for Students in the Child Welfare System

Children and youth living in communities affected by urban poverty are disproportionately impacted by traumatic life events, which in turn can impact development and learning. Educators in public schools who serve these communities may find themselves overwhelmed as they strive to meet the needs of these children and their families. This stress can result in teacher burnout as well as a tendency to operate under a deficit model of thinking – or identifying what children and families lack as opposed to their adaptive abilities. Mental-health clinicians who work in schools are in a unique position to serve as catalysts for reducing the impact of trauma and inequity in the classroom […]

10/5/2018 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Creating Alliances with Teachers to Build Trauma Awareness and Equity in the Classroom for Students in the Child Welfare System

Children and youth living in communities affected by urban poverty are disproportionately impacted by traumatic life events, which in turn can impact development and learning. Educators in public schools who serve these communities may find themselves overwhelmed as they strive to meet the needs of these children and their families. This stress can result in teacher burnout as well as a tendency to operate under a deficit model of thinking – or identifying what children and families lack as opposed to their adaptive abilities. Mental-health clinicians who work in schools are in a unique position to serve as catalysts for reducing the impact of trauma and inequity in the classroom […]

10/19/2018 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Trauma & Regulation: The Impact of Trauma on Development & Learning

Although trauma has been recognized and grappled with in psychotherapeutic circles for nearly a century, the burgeoning field of neuroscience has brought increasing credibility to the relevance of our earliest years on our development and learning. What we didn’t know 30 years ago was that the early years (0-5) are extremely important in how our brains are wired, influencing our future capacities and experience of ourselves, others, and the world. The many functions of the brain do not work in isolation, and they are not simply defined by our “genes.” Rather, genes need environment to find their expression, and our body is the channel through which our brain health is […]

11/15/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am San Rafael Catholic Charities / St. Vincent’s School for Boys

Trauma Informed Care Series: Trauma Informed Techniques

Many foster youth experience various forms of complex trauma, which leaves a lasting impact on the child. In the face of trauma, service providers might begin to feel overwhelmed with the trauma and may not always be aware of appropriate ways to engage youth who have experienced trauma. This 3-part training series will introduce participants to understanding the implications of trauma and how best to intervene based on case examples.

9/26/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Foster Youth: Basic Foundations

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

9/25/2018 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Trauma related to CSEC: Risk factors for Foster Youth who have experienced trauma

An introduction to complex trauma, the impact of complex trauma on the development of the brain in adolescents and how trauma creates vulnerabilities for youth at risk for exploitation is provided. Special focus will be placed on the relationship between youth in foster care at risk for exploitation and the impact of complex trauma.

9/26/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic