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.

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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CSEC: Working with Foster Youth Involved in CSEC and Sex Trafficking Survivors

The focus of this training is to support staff in identifying best practices for working with former CSEC youth and sex trafficking survivors. Additionally, the training will focus on housing placement, managing our own assumptions in providing support, identifying exploiters/recruiters in our AB12 housing and looking at ways to create more safety and less vulnerabilities for our clients. Staff will participate in breakout groups and practice interventions and solutions. Finally, we will review possible legal interventions and resources.

8/22/2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland First Place for Youth

Motivational Interviewing for Teens with Psychosis

One of the most significant challenges for clinicians today is to effectively engage patients and clients, especially those with borderline personality disorder, maladaptive behaviors, and substance use disorder. We will learn how to expand upon the uses of Motivational Interviewing (MI) by exploring MI “microskills” such as enhanced listening and “reading” techniques and dive deeper into the power of affirmations. The training will also include an overview of trauma informed coaching to support dually diagnosed people towards achieving healthier lifestyles. This training is geared toward individuals who have previously had an introduction to Motivational Interviewing.

8/28/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy Strategies for Family Engagement Part 1

This training will give an overview of the impact of interpersonal and historical trauma on the child, the family unit and the community. Will introduce CPP (Child-Parent Psychotherapy) principles and give examples of its usefulness in working with caregivers and their young children.  This training will give an overview of the impact of interpersonal and historical trauma on the child, the family unit and the community. Will introduce CPP (Child-Parent Psychotherapy) principles and give examples of its usefulness in working with caregivers and their young children.  To increase awareness of the impact of trauma in early childhood and in the caregiver-child relationship. Be able to identify 2 specific ways in which trauma impacts the caregiver-child relationship. […]

8/20/2019 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy Strategies for Family Engagement Part 2

This training will provide a deeper look at Child Parent Psychotherapy techniques including its application to families with siblings or more than one parent. To explore how to build a foundational phase of treatment and do a trauma informed assessment. To learn how to introduce child/children to treatment To learn ways to co-create a trauma narrative with caregiver(s) and child(children)

8/22/2019 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

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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A Social Worker’s How To Guide: Promoting Employment Skills For Youth In Care

The workplace of tomorrow is an uncertain place. We live in a rapidly changing world, and innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and big data are rapidly changing the fundamental nature of how we live and work. As these technologies continue to evolve at an exponential rate – it is becoming critical to understand their impact on under-served communities such as, youth in the juvenile justice system and foster care system, women, and people of color. How will jobs change? What challenges will employers and employees face? How can we prepare the current workforce for the changes ahead? Through an examination of current trends in the field, best practices […]

8/29/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Curiosity and Relational Assessment – 4 CE Credits

This training reviews some basic assumptions and problems that are encountered in all initial assessments of clients. An approach to assessment based on attachment theory is offered. This approach involves describing the child’s working model of relationships and utilizes data from the child’s experience with caretakers and data from his or her current interpersonal functioning. How this data can be used in relational treatment planning is discussed.

8/22/2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Disconnected in the Digital Age: Challenges and Practices of Equity and Mental Health for Providers Working with Youth

Our society is presently engaged in the largest experiment on young people’s attention (without an ethical review board) in the history of humanity. Young people’s moment-to-moment experience of reality is increasingly mediated by their devices, which have in many ways become inextricably linked to their sense of self. The problem is worse for youth of color, who experience the impact of unconscious bias in programming and tech development. In this training, we’ll examine the role of all this technology in the lives of young people, especially of young people of color, and those who care for them. How is tech changing our relationships to ourselves, one another, and the world […]

8/26/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth Center

How Technology Impacts the Developing Brain

Our society is presently engaged in the largest experiment on young people’s attention (without an ethical review board) in the history of humanity. Young people’s moment-to-moment experience of reality is increasingly mediated by their devices, which have in many ways become inextricably linked to their sense of self. Teens would rather text than talk. They are exposed to an ever-increasing amount of information and fragmentation of attention by an internet that has profound power to acculturate young people in ways very different from the value systems of most of their families and caregivers. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2012 found that the average American teenager is sending/ […]

8/26/2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Oakland 6.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

How to Talk to System-Involved Youth and Teens About Sex and Sexuality

To promote healthy sexuality for system involved youth, providers and caregivers must feel comfortable talking about sex and sexuality in an age appropriate manner. The California Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act (Senate Bill 89) went into effect in July of 2017, requires comprehensive sexual health education for youth in foster care and training requirements for foster caregivers, social workers and judges. Learn how to talk to youth off all ages about sex, consent and decision making around engaging in sex.

8/22/2019 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, 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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Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) Resources and Referrals

For more info and to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigration-institute-of-the-bay-area-iiba-resources-and-referrals-registration-65632948917 In the United States today millions of citizens live with at least one family member, often a parent, who is undocumented. Children make up the majority of these U.S. citizens. Additionally many U.S. citizen children of undocumented deportees may end up in the foster care system, often for no other reason than the undocumented status of a parent. Additionally immigration enforcement actions—and the ongoing threats associated with them—have significant physical, emotional, developmental, and economic repercussions on the children left behind. It can greatly benefit the relationship when those working with children and families dealing with immigration issues understand current policy and can answer […]

8/27/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland Family Paths, Inc.

Institutionalized Racism, Inequities of Safety, and their Effects on Health Outcomes

In social justice circles we often talk often about structural inequities (economic, access to resources, justice, etc) but rarely about inequities of safety. In the US, large groups of people suffer daily from the effects of structural inequity: living below the poverty line, without access to basic services, in areas high in crime and violence. This compromises their ability to feel safe in their daily lives. When we allow groups of people to live without a sense of safety, we are denying them the ability to fully access their connection system, and this has catastrophic effects on their health and well-being. People from less marginalized groups, who have not lived […]

8/29/2019 9:30 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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For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Awareness of Suicide Risk in LGBTQA Youth

Nearly 5,000 youth commit suicide each year in the United States, making suicide the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 – 24. It is essential for mental health clinicians and other professionals working with adolescents to understand the dynamics of suicide among young people so they can be more proactive and effective in working with the adolescent consumers they serve. After providing a foundation on how widespread the problem is and the prevailing theories about what impels individuals to commit suicide, this course will teach you about assessing for suicide risk among your adolescent consumers, including suicidal behavior among special population groups such as lesbian, gay, […]

8/28/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

No Drama Discipline – 4 Weeks

Learn about the link between a child’s neurological development and how to react to misbehavior. This 4-week class provides an effective & compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tension, and tears. Books & workbooks provided.

8/20/2019 1:30 pm – 3:20 pm Oakland 2 WestCoast Children’s Clinic

No Drama Discipline – 4 Weeks

Learn about the link between a child’s neurological development and how to react to misbehavior. This 4-week class provides an effective & compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tension, and tears. Books & workbooks provided.

8/27/2019 1:30 pm – 3:20 pm Oakland 2 WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Sessions 1 and 2

This training is 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 continue to review; Interim Licensing Standard, Child Growth and Development, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Working with Biological Families and understanding the Effects of Trauma.

8/24/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Sessions 3 and 4

This training is 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 continue to review; Interim Licensing Standard, Child Growth and Development, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Working with Biological Families and understanding the Effects of Trauma.

8/31/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 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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Crisis De-Escalation and Safety in the Field for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

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

8/19/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Crisis Risk Assessment and Suicide Prevention

This course provides an overview of one agencies risk assessment documents and support to practice using a screening tool, assessment, safety plans.  We address the importance of understanding of personal reactions to reports of suicidal/homicidal ideation. This course reviews how trauma affects the brain and reactions, signs someone is becoming triggered including the crisis cycle and how assess and respond to help prevent or de-escalate the situation.

8/30/2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Engagement Skills for Working with Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC 102) – 2 Days

This two (2) day training will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to better engage youth at risk of becoming involved in CSEC. And help you learn strategies to help survivors of CSEC see themselves as more than just survivors. If you are not directly working with youth, this training will help you scout out appropriate agencies and make referrals. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-county-2-day-csec-102-tickets-64640794356

8/29/2019 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 14 Lincoln

Engagement Skills for Working with Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC 102) – 2 Days

This two (2) day training will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to better engage youth at risk of becoming involved in CSEC. And help you learn strategies to help survivors of CSEC see themselves as more than just survivors. If you are not directly working with youth, this training will help you scout out appropriate agencies and make referrals. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-county-2-day-csec-102-tickets-64640794356

8/30/2019 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Oakland 14 Lincoln

Maintaining Safety at the Office and in the Community in Work with System Involved Youth

Whether you are working at the office or out in the community, there is always a risk for being a victim of violence from clients or other community members. Understanding the causes of violent behavior and how to avoid or minimize the impact on yourself and others around you. Participants will develop a safety plan for their work site (office, school or home visits).

8/23/2019 10:00 am – 2:30 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth Center

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.

8/30/2019 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with Systems Involved Families: Fulfilling and Managing Mandated Reporter Responsibilities

This 2 hour training will review the legal responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter, and demonstrate the steps in making a Suspected Child Abuse Report. Participants will learn the legal definitions for child abuse and neglect, and the warning signs of child maltreatment. The goal of the training further involves valuing your dual role as a Mandated Reporter and Clinical Trainee in the school setting.

8/28/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Hayward Yes East Bay Agency for Children

Youth Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention

This 6-hour training focuses on suicide risk factors, protective factors, assessment of risk severity, and safety planning. Attendees will familiarize themselves with general suicide risk and protective factors, also exploring factors that are specific to youth. Attendees will use this information to create a meaningful, dynamic safety plan that includes warning signs, formal and informal supports/contacts, supportive environments, and coping strategies. The training will include a brief discussion of suicide assessment tools available to agencies serving youth. Attendees will review the limits of confidentiality, framing these limits at the beginning of the treatment relationship, and how to initiate emergency services. The training will include large group discussion, breakout groups, and […]

8/19/2019 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Lincoln

Other

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

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Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies. *Participants can utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning by: Applying new skills regarding communication and boundaries to enable them to more effectively work with clients within the foster care system. Implementing new strategies to help support best practices for themselves and their place of work.

8/21/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Case Planning for Youth in Care: Basic Components

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

8/21/2019 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Motivational Interviewing Facilitation: a Train the Trainer for Child Welfare Professionals (2-day training)

This course is intended for participants who hope to become trainers on Motivational Interviewing, or who hope to gain a deeper insight to MI to apply to their work. Attendees will review foundational Motivational Interviewing skills/concepts and practice 2-3 different exercises for each learning domain. Attendees will then process their experience with the exercises, in a small group, and identify which they would like to use in their future trainings. Skills/concepts will include: the spirit of MI, the four processes of MI, value work, assessing client communication (sustain talk, change talk, discord), open ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS),goal setting/focusing, and change plans. Exercises will include role plays, worksheets, […]

8/26/2019 9:15 am – 5:00 pm Berkeley 12.5 A Better Way, Inc.

Motivational Interviewing Facilitation: a Train the Trainer for Child Welfare Professionals (2-day training)

This course is intended for participants who hope to become trainers on Motivational Interviewing, or who hope to gain a deeper insight to MI to apply to their work. Attendees will review foundational Motivational Interviewing skills/concepts and practice 2-3 different exercises for each learning domain. Attendees will then process their experience with the exercises, in a small group, and identify which they would like to use in their future trainings. Skills/concepts will include: the spirit of MI, the four processes of MI, value work, assessing client communication (sustain talk, change talk, discord), open ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS),goal setting/focusing, and change plans. Exercises will include role plays, worksheets, […]

8/27/2019 9:15 am – 5:00 pm Berkeley 12.5 A Better Way, Inc.

Strength-Based Family Engagement: The Most Important Aspect of our Work!

We have been told to be “strength-based” and “client centered”, however, we have not typically been told exactly what this means. We will closely examine and define what it means in our work to be strength-based and what strategies we might use in order to effectively engage with a family in a client directed way. Since the evidence in our field clearly indicates that the therapeutic alliance with the family is the number one ingredient to successful outcomes, we need to focus on how to better do this. In our field, we are often pathology-focused on the negative symptoms/behaviors of our clients and on the use of labels that we […]

8/21/2019 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 5.5 Fred Finch Youth Center

Systems 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.

8/21/2019 2:00 pm – 3:00 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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CSEC and CSE-IT

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

8/26/2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impostor Syndrome: Supporting Child Welfare Workers’ Confidence to Improve Outcomes for Youth

According to a study, around 70% of individuals experience Impostor Phenomenon (a.k.a. Impostor Syndrome) during their work life (as well as in academic years.) It spans across different sectors, genders, races, and professions in health, mental health, social care, education, business, finance and more. The successful and the famous have experienced it, like Maya Angelou and Albert Einstein. Have you ever quietly, in your heart-of-hearts, felt or thought, “I don’t know what I’m doing here,” or “I am so not ready to do this work,” or “My cases need more than I have to offer,” or “They all seem to know more and do more than me”? Or possibly you […]

8/30/2019 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Restorative Practices (TM): An Introduction for Child Welfare Workers

Restorative Practices is an approach to well-being that begins from the premise that many modern people are physiologically ill: their stress response has become their physiological baseline. Most people in modern western culture are experiencing chronic, toxic, and traumatic stress because the culture itself has deviated from an ancestral baseline in connection, which was the foundation of how humans lived for 99% of our history. We observe that the origin of western culture is a story of separation and disconnection, in which people moved out of relationship with themselves, each other, and the living world. We believe that in order to reclaim our well-being, humans need to learn to re-connect. […]

8/28/2019 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.

Restorative Practices (TM): An Introduction for Child Welfare Workers

Restorative Practices is an approach to well-being that begins from the premise that many modern people are physiologically ill: their stress response has become their physiological baseline. Most people in modern western culture are experiencing chronic, toxic, and traumatic stress because the culture itself has deviated from an ancestral baseline in connection, which was the foundation of how humans lived for 99% of our history. We observe that the origin of western culture is a story of separation and disconnection, in which people moved out of relationship with themselves, each other, and the living world. We believe that in order to reclaim our well-being, humans need to learn to re-connect. […]

8/28/2019 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Berkeley A Better Way, Inc.