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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Facilitation and Communication Skills for Child Welfare Professionals: Engaging in Critical Dialogues with Love and Compassion (Part 1 of 2)

2-Day Training In our current social climate, we are increasingly responsible for facilitating uncomfortable and challenging conversations with youth, families, and colleagues. Whether a new or veteran facilitator, challenges arise in leading these discussions. In this interactive workshop attendees will learn facilitation skills to effectively address disengagement, arguments, and divisiveness with love and compassion. As part of our exploration, we will examine our social identities (race, gender, etc.), and explore how youth and families in the child welfare system are impacted by oppression. Addressing oppression, as a root of facilitation challenges will enable you to overcome nuanced issues that derail conversations, empower you to create a safe space, and allow […]

4/29/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 12 A Better Way, Inc.

Facilitation and Communication Skills for Child Welfare Professionals: Engaging in Critical Dialogues with Love and Compassion (Part 2 of 2)

2-Day Training In our current social climate, we are increasingly responsible for facilitating uncomfortable and challenging conversations with youth, families, and colleagues. Whether a new or veteran facilitator, challenges arise in leading these discussions. In this interactive workshop attendees will learn facilitation skills to effectively address disengagement, arguments, and divisiveness with love and compassion. As part of our exploration, we will examine our social identities (race, gender, etc.), and explore how youth and families in the child welfare system are impacted by oppression. Addressing oppression, as a root of facilitation challenges will enable you to overcome nuanced issues that derail conversations, empower you to create a safe space, and allow […]

4/30/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 12 A Better Way, Inc.

Responsible Substance Use and Breaking Relapse Cycle

This training focuses on protective strategies around substance use and abuse. The participants will explore community resources and discuss strategies regarding safety with substances. The training will support resiliency, self-control, and promote physical well-being and independent living.   To register please contact: jonathan@brl-inc.org

4/23/2019 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Oakland Lincoln

Service Coordination, Teaming, and Collaboration

This training will focus on underlining the importance of collaboration and service coordination. This training will review key information to coordinating services and discuss collaboration techniques.

4/26/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland First Place for Youth

Understanding Polyvagal Mindfulness for Child Welfare Workers

Mindfulness has become a mainstream intervention both for provider self-care and client wellbeing. Why does mindfulness work well for some and not for others? In our experience, this depends primarily on two things. First, the skill and attunement of the facilitator, and secondly the degree to which practices recognize and support the present moment state of the client’s nervous system. In this training, we will review the Polyvagal Theory, and learn about what it means to apply it when teaching mindfulness. When complemented by a thorough understanding of deep nervous system states, which provide information about what practices will be most useful to different individuals in different moments, we can […]

4/30/2019 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Berkeley 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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Celebrating Victories through the Courageous Progress of Self

Participants in this training will reflect on the trajectory of their own progress with relational competence, collaboration and contribution throughout the course of the group. Through individual and group exercises, participants will practice using validating responses to group members’ growth in contributions to group cohesion. Participants will learn strategies to pay particular attention to their courageous expressions of vulnerability and trust with others, as well as overcoming barriers in group dynamics. To register please contact: jonathan@brl-inc.org

4/23/2019 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Oakland Lincoln

Honoring Connections within Strength in Relationships

Trainees will identify and understand the development of connections as well as what does maintaining healthy relationships look like to each individual. Through the exploration of strengths within established connections, participants will have the space in honoring bonds formed throughout the process of group of formation, training, and interaction. To register please contact: jonathan@brl-inc.org

4/30/2019 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Oakland Lincoln

Cultural Awareness

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

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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 […]

4/19/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Effectively Supporting LGPQ-TI2S 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 […]

4/19/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

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 the Impacts of Intersectionality

Intersectionality, a term and concept coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, is used to describe the multiple ways individuals can experience oppression. For example, it is possible for a person to identify as a person of color, experience racism, sexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, ageism, being considered too short, or “not meeting weight standards” and/or more. Recognizing these intersections supports us as practitioners to better understand and support clients who need assistance working through trauma. It also supports us with our own healing, by recognizing areas where we ourselves may need support.

4/23/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 2 Fred Finch Youth Center

Using Intentional Language: Understanding the Power and Importance of Language and its Impacts on Youth

This interactive training is for professionals and caregivers of youth in the foster system and/or juvenile justice system. These participants will learn the importance of recognizing how their life experiences and positions of power can influence how they communicate with the young people that they serve/support. Participants will explore ways to relinquish traditional roles of power and authority, and purposely use language in a way that empowers youth to discover their own truths about their life, wellness, values, choices, and contributions.

4/29/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

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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Child Welfare 101

This course will review the history of child welfare in the United States and the significant laws and policies that guide child welfare practice in California.  Public child welfare programs are complicated and this training will assist the participant gain a better understanding of the complexities and nuances of this public system. Additionally participants will learn what contributes to child abuse and neglect and how they can support vulnerable families prior to becoming involved in the system.

4/26/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 2.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

Family Systems Interventions

This workshop will provide a comprehensive framework for applying systems principles and family therapy theories. The workshop will facilitate a detailed practical application of Family Systems Theory and family treatment best practices. Participants will learn specific strategies and interventions for family engagement, family system change, parent-child conflict, and boundary enhancement. The presenter will utilize didactic instruction, experiential learning, role plays, and group discussion training methods.

4/30/2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 6.25 Fred Finch Youth Center

Foundations for Providing Effective Family Support

This is training is part of a series of skill-based trainings on the topic of family support. This is relevant to providers responsible for providing effective support to families with children returning from, or at risk of entering, out-of-home care. In this course, participants will learn about common family systems issues and a variety of frameworks that will help them conceptualize problems and conduct effective approaches. They will be given the opportunity to practice applying frameworks to common family scenarios. They will also be provided tools to identify their own strengths and gaps so that they may engage effectively in an intentional and well-planned way.

4/24/2019 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland 3 Lincoln

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Intake and Matching Stategies

Understanding the Intake Process when placing Youth into out of home care. Addressing matching efforts when searching for the appropriate/right fit for a youth. Clarification of any misconceptions that resource families may have and question/answer session. Also, LOC assessment explanation and how and when to utilize the Resource Parent Reporting Tool with their Caseworker and Child Welfare Worker.

4/24/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Intake and Matching Strategies – Spanish Training

This training is designed for the Spanish speaking caregiver. Understanding the Intake Process when placing Youth into out of home care. Addressing matching efforts when searching for the appropriate/right fit for a youth. Clarification of any misconceptions that resource families may have and question/answer session. Also, LOC assessment explanation and how and when to utilize the Resource Parent Reporting Tool with their Caseworker and Child Welfare Worker.

4/24/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Permanency Programs: Foster Care/Adoption Orientation

This pre-service training includes PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) curriculum. The focus of this training is: Goals and objectives of A Better Way’s pre-service training and the PRIDE curriculum; Teamwork Towards Safety, Permanency and Well Being; Developing Awareness – Child Development; Developing Understanding – Trauma: Grief and Loss; Developing Awareness – Discipline; Strengthening & Continuing Family Relationships; Planning for Change and Promoting Safety, Permanency and Well Being *How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Participants can use increased understanding and awareness to potentially relate to their foster child or adopted child in more productive and fulfilling ways.

4/25/2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Sessions 1 & 2

The Child Welfare Overview is the first of four sessions designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the Child Welfare System structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children’s individual and unique needs. Understanding Your Role as a Foster Parent. is the second of four sessions designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will continue to receive information regarding the Child Welfare System and how crucial resource parents are in providing quality care to youth and how to create an […]

4/27/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – 5-Days

5-Day Training This 40-hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Treatment Program Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. Presenters will discuss CCL regulations, applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members, and community support services. This training will also include valuable information regarding caring for clients in an out of home (STRTP) setting. Specifically, discussions will focus on meeting the clients’ unique psychosocial, educational, physical, and medical needs. The safety of foster youth, behavior modification systems, emergency interventions, the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, non-discrimination, and cultural competency practices will also be trained during the course of the week. In addition to […]

4/22/2019 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – 5-Days

5-Day Training This 40-hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Treatment Program Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. Presenters will discuss CCL regulations, applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members, and community support services. This training will also include valuable information regarding caring for clients in an out of home (STRTP) setting. Specifically, discussions will focus on meeting the clients’ unique psychosocial, educational, physical, and medical needs. The safety of foster youth, behavior modification systems, emergency interventions, the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, non-discrimination, and cultural competency practices will also be trained during the course of the week. In addition to […]

4/23/2019 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – 5-Days

5-Day Training This 40-hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Treatment Program Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. Presenters will discuss CCL regulations, applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members, and community support services. This training will also include valuable information regarding caring for clients in an out of home (STRTP) setting. Specifically, discussions will focus on meeting the clients’ unique psychosocial, educational, physical, and medical needs. The safety of foster youth, behavior modification systems, emergency interventions, the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, non-discrimination, and cultural competency practices will also be trained during the course of the week. In addition to […]

4/24/2019 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – 5-Days

5-Day Training This 40-hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Treatment Program Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. Presenters will discuss CCL regulations, applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members, and community support services. This training will also include valuable information regarding caring for clients in an out of home (STRTP) setting. Specifically, discussions will focus on meeting the clients’ unique psychosocial, educational, physical, and medical needs. The safety of foster youth, behavior modification systems, emergency interventions, the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, non-discrimination, and cultural competency practices will also be trained during the course of the week. In addition to […]

4/25/2019 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Oakland Seneca Family of Agencies

STRTP Initial Certification Training Program – 5-Days

5-Day Training This 40-hour course meets the requirements outlined in the Short Term Residential Treatment Program Initial Certification Core of Knowledge Guidelines. Presenters will discuss CCL regulations, applicable laws, general business operations, management, supervision and training of staff members, and community support services. This training will also include valuable information regarding caring for clients in an out of home (STRTP) setting. Specifically, discussions will focus on meeting the clients’ unique psychosocial, educational, physical, and medical needs. The safety of foster youth, behavior modification systems, emergency interventions, the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, non-discrimination, and cultural competency practices will also be trained during the course of the week. In addition to […]

4/26/2019 8:30 am – 5:00 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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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) & CSE-IT Training

Open to all, this training provides a foundational overview to understand exploitation of minors. 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 […]

4/22/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Strengthening Youth Physical Well-Being through Healthy Habits

This training will promote physical well-being and independent living skills. The participants will learn protectives strategies for managing responsibilities and nagivigating resources. The purpose of this training is to ensure youth have skills necessary for safety planning.   To register please contact: jonathan@brl-inc.org

4/30/2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland Lincoln

Suicide Prevention

For many service providers, determining suicide risk can be an anxiety-provoking event. Service providers often feel unequipped to provide an adequate risk assessment and intervention when a client is suicidal. However, most service providers will encounter during their career a client that is experiencing suicidal ideation and behaviors. This 2-hour workshop provides mental health professionals tools that can be used immediately to provide a adequate risk assessment and help the clinician create a safer environment for their client. The workshop uses a variety of teaching methods including but not limited to movie clips, lecture, role-play, discussion and case study. This workshop will focus explicitly on suicidality of youth.

4/19/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families and the Community – 2 Days

2 Day Training The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the number one health concern in our country today; many youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have been exposed to it. Domestic Violence can have a devastating impact on children, families, and our communities. Learn how to best recognize symptoms and behaviors related to Domestic Violence and how to best work with children and families affected by DV.

4/30/2019 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Alameda 15 Seneca Family of Agencies

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Families and the Community – 2 Days

2 Day Training The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared domestic violence to be the number one health concern in our country today; many youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have been exposed to it. Domestic Violence can have a devastating impact on children, families, and our communities. Learn how to best recognize symptoms and behaviors related to Domestic Violence and how to best work with children and families affected by DV.

4/29/2019 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Alameda 15 Seneca Family of Agencies

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.

4/22/2019 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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Aging and Long-Term Care for Caregivers of Children at Risk (2-Day)

2 DAY TRAINING Working with the families of youth in care often means working with grandparents and other elderly relatives, especially as the number of people in the US over 60 continues to grow. Therefore, developing knowledge and skills for working with this population is becoming increasingly important. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the pertinent mental and physical health issues often experienced by older adults, how these may affect the involvement of older adults in caring for the foster youth in their lives, and how caregivers of foster youth can deal with these issues in their work.

4/29/2019 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Oakland 10 Seneca Family of Agencies

Aging and Long-Term Care for Caregivers of Children at Risk (2-Day)

2 DAY TRAINING Working with the families of youth in care often means working with grandparents and other elderly relatives, especially as the number of people in the US over 60 continues to grow. Therefore, developing knowledge and skills for working with this population is becoming increasingly important. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the pertinent mental and physical health issues often experienced by older adults, how these may affect the involvement of older adults in caring for the foster youth in their lives, and how caregivers of foster youth can deal with these issues in their work.

4/30/2019 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Oakland 10 Seneca Family of Agencies

Bed Wetting

There are many factors on why most foster youth wet the bed (enuresis). Not only do kids suffer trauma from the circumstances that led to foster care in the first place, but they also experience the grief of being separated from their primary attachment. you’ll know if a child has enuresis if he/she is over the age of 6, and often wakes to a wet bed. you and your health care provider will want to learn the cause of the bed wetting.

4/24/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Helping Youth to Support One Another: An Introduction to Peer Mentoring

Through this experiential training, participants will gain insight into how to better support youth in their lives. It will include much of today’s widely used terminology, as well as recognizable signs of support and safe spaces. There will also be a module that explores what it might be like to identify as a youth in a supportive or unsupportive environment. The workshop concludes with helping individuals create action plans around how they can be a support to those youth they encounter in their lives and how training is a critical aspect of ensuring consistency and confidence in peer supporters. Specific training needs will be developed in association with the defined […]

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

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 […]

4/26/2019 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Overview of Behavioral Health Supports at STAT

This training for service providers is designed to introduce 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.

4/26/2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Preparing to Work with Youth in Our Continuum of Care: Going to Graduate School

Are you working hard on the line with our kids who are referred to us through our systems of care: child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and the school districts? Are you one of those folks, like I was, who is getting this great experience and wanting to consider going on to graduate school in this field? And, again, like I was, are you confused about which direction might be the best one for you? The wide variety of options can be overwhelming for child care workers, residential counselors, case managers, teaching assistants, and anyone else working with kids in foster care and at-risk kids who are thinking of returning […]

4/19/2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Systems Overview: Probation

This training is open to all and provides a foundational overview of the probation system. Transitional age youth in care represent a higher percentage of the population in probation than the general population of youth. Providers working with youth in care who participate in this training will understand essential information about the probation system in Alameda County and identify strategies and resources for helping youth and families best navigate this component of the legal system and understand youth rights.

4/25/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Body Psychotherapy: Accessing Body Wisdom and Fostering Sustainable Resiliency in Work with System-involved Youth

From the time of Sigmund Freud, body psychology has long been a diverse tradition of understanding and deepening the holistic application of mind-body principles and techniques to ameliorate mental health challenges. The wisdom of the body is such that it holds the memory of our past, our suffering and incomplete experiences, as well as the impulse to heal these said same pains. Wounded, however, an individual may often feel disconnected, disappointed, fearful and even distrustful of their body and the messages it conveys, drifting further towards seeking external means to navigate life’s stressors. Endemic in psychological forums is the axiom of “internal locus of control” as a barometer for mental […]

4/24/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Child Welfare Automated Systems: Avatar

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.

4/23/2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Clinical Supervision in Social Work and Mental Health Practice

Clinical Supervision is an important tool used to enrich the relationship between new clinicians and clients. This six-hour training is required every two years for those supervising MFTis, LPCCis and Psych interns. Topics covered will include necessary paperwork for supervision, exploration of supervisory styles and choices, as well as challenges and obstacles encountered in supervision. Time will be allowed for questions, cases and discussion. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Utilizing newly learned skills to effectively supervise others in a clinical setting. Devising strategies on how best to effectively and sensitively overcome obstacles that may arise while supervising others.

4/23/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding DSM-5 Diagnoses: History, Cultural Factors and Diagnoses Used with System Involved Youth

To understand the origins and meaning of the diagnoses given to youth, it is helpful to understand the history of diagnoses, the cultural considerations required when making diagnoses and the criteria for diagnoses most commonly used with system involved youth. Through lecture, video and vignettes, participants will learn about the history of mental health diagnosing, the definition of a mental health diagnoses and cultural considerations as they impact mental health diagnoses. DSM-5 diagnoses that are most commonly used with children, adolescents and young adults will be reviewed in depth.

4/25/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

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.

4/26/2019 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding the Neurophysiological Systems that Support Making Connections for Child Welfare Professionals

For 30 million years, humans evolved within what researcher Darcia Narvaez terms ‘the evolved developmental niche’. This context prioritizes the development and stabilization of the connection system- the neurophysiological systems that support connecting to ourselves, to each other, and to the living world. In the past several hundred years, the way that we have been living has begun to radically deviate from this ancestral context, with extremely negative impacts on our ability to connect. The connection system is the primary source of wellbeing and regulation, so knowing how to access it and turn it on is critical for our own wellbeing. The ability to access this vital connection system is […]

4/26/2019 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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Family Support Professionals, Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Program

Cohort A –Unit 5: Creating Change; Session Three: Agency Impact, Part II

4/19/2019 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland 3 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Family Support Professionals, Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Program

Cohort B — Unit 5: Creating Change; Session Three: Agency Impact, Part II

4/19/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland 3 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Initial Screening of Foster Youth Needs and Strengths

This training introduces the goals embedded in the initial phase of engagement with foster youth. It provides service providers with an in-depth understanding of what to consider and include when beginning work with children and adolescents who are linked to multiple systems of care. In addition, it covers a developmental framework that can be used to understand children and adolescents. Finally, it discusses how trauma informed care can be applied during initial engagement with children and adolescents.

4/25/2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Preventing Vicarious Trauma for Professionals Working with System Involved Families

This highly interactive training is designed to address the self-care needs of those working with children, youth and adults impacted by traumatic life events. Participants are encouraged to verbalize their understanding and connectedness to the multiple aspects of compassion fatigue. By taking a self-inventory, participants will see first-hand, the levels of stress they experience. The group will look at several tools and techniques to circumvent the most challenging aspects of their compassion fatigue and to be able to regain a state of neuro-physiological (mind-body) regulation, recovery and resilience. Addressing stress in the workplace has traditionally been avoided or seem as a distraction to the delivery of service. This training integrates […]

4/22/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm San Leandro A Better Way, Inc.

The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Strategies to Reduce Trauma

Understanding mindfulness and the impact of self-regulation. Discussing and understanding clinical impact and effects of mindfulness to the clinician and the impact to the children and families served. How does mindfulness support self-regulation and increase mental health benefits for the client? How can the therapist bring their best work to the process? Do they understand the need and impact of the therapeutic process of mindfulness and self-regulation? Exploration and understanding the process of self-regulation is fundamental and necessary in order to provide solid therapeutic services to children in the welfare system.

4/23/2019 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Strategies to Reduce Trauma

Understanding mindfulness and the impact of self-regulation. Discussing and understanding clinical impact and effects of mindfulness to the clinician and the impact to the children and families served. How does mindfulness support self-regulation and increase mental health benefits for the client? How can the therapist bring their best work to the process? Do they understand the need and impact of the therapeutic process of mindfulness and self-regulation? Exploration and understanding the process of self-regulation is fundamental and necessary in order to provide solid therapeutic services to children in the welfare system.

4/23/2019 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding Self-Harming Behaviors

This training will assist mental health staff in understanding the various types of self-harm behaviors, typical diagnoses that correlate to self-harming behaviors, models of intervention, and safety planning. This training will draw upon examples to illustrate how to apply techniques in the office, the field, or at caregiver homes or facilities.

4/26/2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth Center