Alameda Course Catalog

Alameda County Foster Care Training Course Catalog

Courses are sorted by Category:

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

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

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.

10/26/2018 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Law and Ethics in Social Work and Mental Health Practice

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

10/25/2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Fremont 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety: An evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse. Objectives: To review current understanding of evidence-based treatment of trauma and substance abuse. To increase empathy and understanding of trauma and substance abuse. To describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse. To provide assessment and treatment resources. To identify how to apply Seeking Safety for specific populations, such as homeless, adolescents, criminal justice, etc.

12/5/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland Side by Side (formerly Sunny Hills Services)

Substance Use 101: Understanding the Impact of Substance Use on Youth

This training provides information about substance abuse issues among adolescents in the foster youth system, including how to recognize signs of a substance use disorder, as well as giving an overview of evidence-based models of recovery. The purpose of this training is to support providers at all professional levels with increased knowledge about how to support youth in the foster care system with substance use issues.

11/14/2018 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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Creative Practices to Increase Social Emotional Skills in Foster Children and Youth

Social emotional skills include being aware of our emotions; being able to communicate our feelings safely; and being able to manage strong emotions. These skills allow us to calm ourselves; make and maintain positive relationships; and navigate conflicts. Children, youth and families who are involved in systems of foster care, child welfare and juvenile justice have typically experienced trauma that impedes the development of effective social emotional skills. The training will include experiential art activities; movement and breathing; lecture and case examples of using art, play and communication skills in therapy with children and youth.

10/25/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

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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Empowering Conversations and Coaching for TAY Populations

Many of our young people suffer from low motivation and confidence related to trauma and negative life experiences. How do we meet people where they are at and help them find motivation to make changes in their life? Additionally, what coaching techniques work to empower them to successfully stay away from self-sabotaging behaviors or at least move towards that goal? This training serves to provide insights and hands on practice to answer these questions. We will learn how to meet people where they are at expanding upon the uses of motivational interviewing for cessation and combining coaching techniques to support behavior change. Situational leadership coaching techniques will be shared and […]

10/23/2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland 3 Fred Finch Youth Center

Managing Behaviors in Group Work While Working with Youth in Foster Care

In this training, participants will learn how to develop and maintain a safe group space, address disruptive behaviors and promote pro-social interactions among group members within youth development programming. Trainees will learn strategies and techniques in addressing and managing disruptive behaviors in their youth development groups. Trainees will discuss the importance of fostering pro-social interactions among group members. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-behaviors-in-group-work-while-working-with-youth-in-foster-care-tickets-50377894639

10/22/2018 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland Lincoln

Navigating Holidays in the World of Foster Care and the Child Welfare System

Time and time again I hear foster parents, adoptive parents and social workers wonder out loud “what is in the water” near the holidays. Those of us who have worked in the field for some time know that youth who have experienced trauma and relationship loss often struggle during the holidays (and don’t always understand themselves why they are struggling). This can be especially baffling for caregivers who have a history of positive holiday experiences and for whom holidays signify family, ritual and belonging. This training is designed to help caregivers and social workers understand how to support youth before, during and after holidays (birthdays, anniversaries, and cultural holidays). Specific […]

10/30/2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.25 Fred Finch Youth Center

Overview of Harm Reduction for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth and Families

Harm Reduction aims to identify the multiple harms related to engagement in risky behaviors such as sex work and drug use, while ultimately working toward increasing overall health and well-being. This course provides a foundation in the philosophy, principles, and practice of harm reduction as it exists in the context of the United States. Participants will learn tools to more effectively understand the different types and levels of harm, including overdose, HIV and Hep C risks, and develop practical skills and interventions that can be used in their work with substance users and other participants. This course is a foundation course for those in all disciplines interested in harm reduction.

10/23/2018 9:15 am – 3:45 pm Berkeley 5 A Better Way, Inc.

Strategies for Conflict De-Escalation, Intervention, and Prevention While Working with Youth in Foster Care

Designed to increase staff capacity to address and de-escalate conflict, the goal of this training is to teach concrete skills toward building safe and healthy communities for program participants and staff. We will focus review the psychobiology of emotions and crisis, focusing on self-control and self-care. We will also revisit basic conflict prevention concepts including the role of professionalism, boundaries, communication, and trust with clients and between team members. Participants learn and practice the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Model, designed to help staff provide for the best possible care and welfare of disruptive and/or out-of-control clients/members.

10/24/2018 9:15 am – 3:45 pm Berkeley 5 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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CSEC and CSE-IT

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

10/22/2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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.

10/22/2018 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Cultural Awareness

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

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Acculturation and Community

Acculturation is an issue that can greatly impact the way a person is able to engage with the world. Participants will engage in a discussion of acculturation and cultural differences. Participants will review Berry’s Acculturation Model and consider their family’s own acculturation history. The training will explore challenges of acculturation and the ways in may affect the clients to whom they are providing services.

10/29/2018 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in Working with Diverse Populations: Identifying strategies for improving cross cultural/racial communication among children, providers and caregivers

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

10/31/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Building Skills in working with diverse populations: Understanding the importance of cultural sensitivity for children and youth in out of home care

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

10/24/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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 […]

10/31/2018 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 […]

11/28/2018 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 […]

1/30/2019 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 […]

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

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

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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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.

10/29/2018 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.

10/30/2018 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Oakland 10 Seneca Family of Agencies

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

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Applying A Theoretical Understanding to the Emotional and Behavioral Issues in Work with System Involved Youth and Their Care Takers

Bringing a theoretic understanding to the dynamics of a client’s emotional and behavioral challenges increases providers understanding of the clients. This understanding will have a positive impact in how providers interact and support youth and their caretakers. Learn to apply a theoretical orientation to your thinking and interacting with youth and their support systems to increase individual and system functioning.

10/25/2018 9:00 am – 1:15 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth Center

Boundaries, Boundaries, Darn those Ethical Boundaries!

Do you ever struggle with how close or distant your relationships with your clients should be in order to maintain your ability to be helpful and therapeutic? We provide services to our youth and their families in their own homes, in schools and in their communities; this can be confusing for us and for our clients as to what our roles are and what kinds of relationships are being developed with our clients. The true helping relationship requires clear relationship boundaries so that we don’t unintentionally exploit our clients or experience “burn out”. This training clarifies what we mean by boundaries, ways in which we might be overstepping them, what […]

10/24/2018 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.75 Fred Finch Youth Center

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.

10/23/2018 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training-Session 1 and 2

This training is session 1 and 2 of a 4 part series of training designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the foster care system structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children’s individual and unique needs, and how to create an environment that promotes children’s social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Participants will review the County’s Core Competencies, Interim Licensing Standard Regulations, Child Growth and Development, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Cultural Diversity, Working with Biological Families and meeting client’s educational needs. Objectives: Foster/Resource parents will develop an understanding […]

12/1/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Parent Pre-Approval Training – Session 4

This training is the final session of a 4 part series of trainings designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will review in depth Child Growth, Appropriate Developmental milestones, Medication Guidelines and Management, Discipline Childhood trauma and what loss and transition looks like for youth in the foster care. Objectives: Learn about child development and be aware of some of the common challenges that youth entering foster care tend to face. Understand long term effects child abuse has on the child’s brain. Increase knowledge of appropriate medication management and documentation. Strategies for positive parenting when working with traumatized youth. Steps to create […]

10/25/2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Parent Pre-Approval Training Session 3 & 4

This training is the final session of a 4 part series of trainings designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will review in depth Child Growth, Appropriate Developmental milestones, Medication Guidelines and Management, Discipline Childhood trauma and what loss and transition looks like for youth in the foster care. Objectives: Learn about child development and be aware of some of the common challenges that youth entering foster care tend to face. Understand long term effects child abuse has on the child’s brain. Increase knowledge of appropriate medication management and documentation. Strategies for positive parenting when working with traumatized youth. Steps to create […]

12/8/2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Working with LGBTQ and SOGIE Youth in Foster Care (English)

This training equips child welfare professionals with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge on LGBTQ youth and families and their experiences within the child welfare system. Participants will explore key concepts and terminology, research on LGBTQ families and experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care, as well as the steps every child welfare professionals can take to welcome and affirm LGBTQ youth and families within the walls of their agencies and beyond. Objectives: Review current state of affairs regarding gender identity issues. Skills and techniques to effectively work with foster youth in the home and the community. Increase knowledge of key concepts and current terminology used with in the LGBTQ community. […]

10/24/2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Working with LGBTQ and SOGIE Youth in Foster Care (Spanish)

This training equips child welfare professionals with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge on LGBTQ youth and families and their experiences within the child welfare system. Participants will explore key concepts and terminology, research on LGBTQ families and experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care, as well as the steps every child welfare professionals can take to welcome and affirm LGBTQ youth and families within the walls of their agencies and beyond. Objectives: Review current state of affairs regarding gender identity issues. Skills and techniques to effectively work with foster youth in the home and the community. Increase knowledge of key concepts and current terminology used with in the LGBTQ community. […]

10/24/2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Health & Safety

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

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Compassion Fatigue: The Importance of Self-Care When Working with Youth & Families in Care

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 […]

10/25/2018 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

System Overview Probation

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.

10/23/2018 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Foster Youth: Collaborative Care Planning with Youth and Families

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

10/31/2018 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.

10/26/2018 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Relevant Service Approach for CSEC: Special considerations in working with CSEC

This training 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.

10/24/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Other

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

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Considerations of Socioeconomic Status

Issues of class and socioeconomic status are often at the core of many people’s experience of oppression and mistreatment. People’s interaction with these social constructs are often not discussed in way that leaves people struggling to name their experience. This training will focus on historical factors that may influence their access to resources and the ways it also may impact engagement with others.

10/22/2018 9:00 am – 10:30 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Dealing with Challenging Behavior Part 2 (Proactive and Reactive Intervention Techniques)

In previous sessions, participants learned to identify and assess challenging behaviors in the context of disabilities. In session 2, Presenter will continue with lecture, handouts and discussion in the area of managing challenging behaviors focusing on specific interventions to address these specific behaviors. Presenter will lead and direct question and answer sessions throughout this session. Objectives: Learn the difference between proactive and reactive interventions. Peer-discuss interventions they have used in their practice and will brainstorm interventions that might be effective in particular situations. Participants will practice with one another ways to discuss proactive interventions with care givers.

10/28/2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Alameda Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Motivational Interviewing and Client Systems: Using MI to Initiate Change in the Systems Surrounding the Client for Child Welfare Professionals

This 6-hour course examines the many systems with which the client interacts, and how to motivate the systems to be more conducive to client desired change. Systems include, but are not limited to, family, school, work, mental health and medical programs, probation/parole, and child welfare. Trainees will learn the basics of Motivational Interviewing and how to apply these skills when interacting with reluctant system players.

10/22/2018 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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How to Recognize and Treat The Impact of Parental Intimate Violence on Children

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency. Many children and teens who are in the child welfare system have witnessed violence between adult caregivers, and they carry the emotional scars and behavioral symptoms of having been impacted. This training will examine the impact of adult intimate partner violence on children, and will explore the latest research regarding how to promote resiliency and recovery for children who have been effected by caregiver domestic violence. It can be confusing and challenging to be a caring adult in the lives of children who witnessed violence between their parents. Consequently this training will offer support strategies to therapists, foster parents […]

10/23/2018 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Oakland 4.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Impacto del Trauma de la Inmigración en las Familias

THIS TRAINING WILL BE IN SPANISH. Exploraremos el impacto traumático de las políticas de inmigración en niños/as y familias Inmigrantes latinas (con un enfoque en las familias Mexicanas y Centroamericanas), incluyendo el impacto de la detención y separación. Usaremos una perspectiva informada de trauma sobre la experiencia de los niños/as pequeños y sus padres/cuidadores en relación a temores de inmigración. Usaremos una metodología interactiva, usando ejemplos de casos específicos y discutiremos los desafíos que proveedores pueden experimentar al trabajar con familias que enfrentan circumstancias abrumadoras. También revisaremos estrategias para apoyar a proveedores que están expuestos a trauma secundario mientras trabajan con el trauma que enfrenta la comunidad inmigrante. Los participantes […]

10/26/2018 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Oakland 4 Family Paths, Inc.

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 and its Impact on Child Development

A brief history of trauma studies will be given and recent developments in the field regarding complex trauma and developmental trauma disorder will be discussed. The special problems of children who experience trauma at the hands of their caretakers will be described. The effects of some specific forms of trauma and maltreatment will also be covered. Treatment considerations, especially as they relate to children who have both trauma and attachment difficulties will be outlined.

10/23/2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Foster Youth: The impact of Stages of exploitation in work with foster youth

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.

10/23/2018 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Foster Youth: Trauma Bonding and CSE Foster Youth

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.

10/24/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding the Connections Between Trauma and Substance Use for Professionals Working in the Child Welfare System

Substance use and thus drug related harm occur within the context and conditions of people’s lives including their current and past experiences of trauma. As harm reduction service providers we must include a trauma informed framework within the spectrum of harm reduction services in order to best meet the needs of all clients. This training supports providers working with active drug users in holistically understanding, identifying, and addressing the multiple impacts of trauma and violence on people’s lives, substance use and potential for drug related harm.

10/29/2018 9:15 am – 3:45 pm Berkeley 5 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding the impact of trauma on development for foster youth: Basic Foundations

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. Other family stress factors such as poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, and incarceration can lead to a child’s removal from […]

10/30/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding the impact of trauma on development for foster youth: Basic Foundations

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. Other family stress factors such as poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, and incarceration can lead to a child’s removal from […]

10/31/2018 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Trauma related to CSEC: Complex Trauma and Adolescent Development

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.

10/30/2018 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic