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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Mindfulness: Practices and Games for Resilience and Stamina, Created for Providers and Parents

Mindfulness practice allows us to be fully present with awareness of our thoughts and feelings in each moment. When we learn to do so with compassion, it allows us to be more strategic with our response to any situation. In community, this means more opportunity for connection and less micro- and macroaggressions. Mindful play helps to build resilience, creativity, fortitude and connection in community for activists, therapists, social workers, and youth! Being mindful increases our ability to recover from stress, avoid being reactionary, and ultimately be more present and productive in service of your clients and team. Playfulness helps us to remember that at the core, we all want to […]

12/11/2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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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Effective Client Engagement and Negotiation in Challenging Situations

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

12/9/2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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.

12/19/2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Lessons from Our Livingrooms – Tips for Managing Explosive Feelings and Behaviors in Kids and Teens

After many years of working with foster and adoptive families, it is clear that there are a few key things that have helped families find greater ease at home. This workshop provides a brief overview of the way that trauma impacts the nervous system, sensory system and youth’s ability to regulate emotions. Understanding typical trauma responses and sensory functioning can really help caregivers make sense of, and respond effectively to challenging behavior. The presenter has worked with foster and adoptive families for more than twenty years, and is an adoptive parent herself. The aim of this workshop is to rethink classic trauma triggers and behavioral recommendations -and to offer strategies […]

12/13/2019 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Oakland 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Overview of Behavioral Health Supports at STAT

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

12/19/2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Using Motivational Interviewing to Understand Oppression and Privilege in the Foster Care System

The 6-hour training focuses on the experience of marginalized groups and the means of tailoring Motivational Interviewing to capture a client’s experience of oppression. Trainees will identify aspects of their own privilege and use this to better enhance service provision/assess marginalization. The training will include practice of concrete Motivational Interviewing skills, such as readiness rulers, value cards, and OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries) The training will conclude with trainees practicing the facilitation of change plans that highlight the client’s means of remaining safe in oppressive treatment systems.

12/10/2019 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Berkeley 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Child Development

Trainings include topics such as an overview of the stages of child development to the importance of understanding a child’s actual age versus their developmental age, and why that distinction is important in caring for children.

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Meeting the Ongoing Developmental Needs of Children (0-5) in Foster Care

This class will consider how early trauma can affect child development, how neurodevelopmental deficits can have independent effects, and how concurrent difficulties in both areas can create special difficulties for children in foster care, their parents, and in turn, providers who work with them in child welfare. We will describe specific strategies to assess and intervene that take both lines of development into account. Work with parents and direct work with children will be explored. **How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? Review current cases with neurodevelopmental knowledge in mind. Design interventions that consider the impact of neurodevelopmental difficulties on caregiving […]

12/9/2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Berkeley 1.5 A Better Way, Inc.

Moving Forward in the Place of Loss Part II

For youth in care, placement in care often brings complicated feelings of shame, relief, or guilt. In order to effectively serve and provide for young people, we need to help them recognize their grief and meet them where they are in their grieving process.

12/11/2019 9:30 am – 11:30 am Oakland UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Working with the Intersection of Sensory Motor Organization and Affective Experience: Foster Care, ACEs and ASD with Barbara Kalmanson PhD

The workshop will cover the typical sensory motor organization of infants and young children and those with atypical presentation due to traumatic experiences and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Similarities and differences between the populations of children will be described. Concepts such as the allostatic load, dual coding of sensory and affective input and treatment based on sensory motor developmental profiles will be discussed.

12/16/2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 4.5 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Cultural Awareness

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

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Asian Privilege and Oppression: Where Do We Enter Into the Conversation in Working with System-Involved Families? – 6 CE’s

With Asians accounting for 60% of the world’s population, representing over 25 countries, it is difficult to make any generalizations or aggregate any statistics on a group that is so large and diverse. In terms of the populations that have immigrated to the United States, there is a deep diversity dependent on what generation, and from which countries, and what socioeconomic status people arrived to this country. For service providers and caregivers, it is important to take stock of one’s own identity in relation to issues of privilege and oppression and also in terms of the identities of the populations being served. How does one’s identity help or hinder them […]

12/9/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Seneca Family of Agencies

Community Based Work

This seminar will discuss some of the central issues surrounding community-based services and give participants the opportunity to discuss their questions, concerns and fears about seeing youth in a wide range of community settings. It will provide discussion about using an expanded frame to assess and provide services to children and families in the home, school, community centers, parks and other non-traditional settings. In addition to all the complexities, delivering community-based services can provide a new way of working with youth that can allow a more expanded way of engaging and creating relationships with youth and families.

12/12/2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring and Healing from Socialization and Internalized Oppression

It is critical to examine our own positionality in relation to others and also consider how our dominant and subordinated statuses intersect to shape our experiences in distinctive ways. First, understanding the system of oppression, the historical underpinnings that set the foundation for the cycle and system of oppression, is the first step to dismantling it. Then, challenging the ways in which childhood socialization helped us internalize the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors required for our subordination. This course provides participants with a “liberatory consciousness” approach to center the voices of those who are oppressed within the child welfare system. By using a four-step approach of Awareness, Analysis, Action and Allyship/Accountability, […]

12/10/2019 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland 3 A Better Way, Inc.

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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Coaching Co-Parenting with Transitional Aged Youth

A significant challenge faced by many social service care providers is how to effectively engage and coach Transitional Aged parents towards healthy co-parenting practices. Young parents who are involved in systems of care experience a variety of challenges such as poverty, low job skills, ACEs, personality disorders, autism, cultural & language obstacles, and substance use disorder. We must acknowledge that cooperation between young parents may be difficult under these circumstances. Strategies for overcoming these obstacles will be shared through lecture and experiential practice. Participants will learn strategies to support young parents in setting a foundation for personal care and understanding child development needs, and learn ways to communicate to clients […]

12/16/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Childhood Diseases and Health Issues when working with Youth in Foster Care

Trainer will outline and discuss common childhood illnesses, illnesses that children pass around through casual contact at schools and day care settings. Trainer will also discuss diseases that are preventable as well as diseases that are unpredictable, and the treatment of any illness. Trainer will talk about immunization schedules and concerns around vaccines (with hand-outs). Discussion will take place around when to take a child to urgent care vs. getting telephone advice from advice nurse, also the urgency of getting medical treatment depending on the health status and/or age of the child. Trainer will also talk about certain diseases that need to be brought to the attention of Public Health […]

12/18/2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Oakland Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Peer Support Group for Current and Prospective Resource (Foster/Adoptive) Families

This support group will offer a space for prospective and current foster and adoptive parents to talk about their experiences as such. This space will offer support from other fost/adopt parents who have been through similar experiences as they learn to process the legal, social and emotional expectations on their families. The group will cover such topics as: behavioral issues, separation and attachment (theoretical frameworks and practical application(s), IEPs/educational needs, legal expectations, and other critical topics of concern for our families. Fost/Adopt parents will learn that their experience is uniquely similar to others who are struggling with the joys and pains of the process of fostering and adoption. The group […]

12/18/2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Berkeley 1.5 A Better Way, Inc.

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.

12/9/2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Berkeley 1.5 A Better Way, Inc.

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Sessions 3 and 4

Session 3: Developmental Needs, Positive Parenting and Psychiatric Medication This training is the third of four sessions designed to prepare Resource Families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will learn about developmental milestones and how to support youth through challenges that may arise during placement. Practical Positive Parenting techniques will be reviewed to build awareness and skill. Session 4: Child Trauma, Loss and Transition This training is the fourth of four sessions designed to prepare Resource Families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will review how care providers have some of the most challenging roles in the entire child welfare system. Discussing […]

12/14/2019 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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CSEC and CSE-IT Overview

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 […]

12/12/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Everyday Suicidality: Suicide Screening, Strategies, and Prevention for Adopted and Foster Youth, their Families, and their Service Providers

For many service providers, child welfare workers, and caregivers, determining suicide risk can be an anxiety-provoking event. Many often feel unequipped to provide an adequate risk assessment/screening when youth are suicidal. However, it’s not uncommon for youth to experience suicidal ideation and behaviors. This 2-hour workshop provides strategies and tools that can be used immediately to provide a adequate risk assessment and help create a safer environment for youth. 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.

12/13/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakland 6 WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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 […]

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

Overview of STAT Services and Resources Available to Foster Youth

This training provides an overview of STAT. STAT is a mental health screening and assessment program for youth in the CWS who have recently changed placements.

12/9/2019 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Overview of TAYS Services and Resources Available to Foster Youth

This training for service providers reviews services and resources available to transition aged youth. Providers will understand available resources and how to link youth to the appropriate services.

12/10/2019 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Risk Management

This training focuses on high risk client situations, such as suicidality, homicidally, grave disability, neglect, community violence, domestic violence and general crisis escalation. Attendees will review common physiological and cognitive responses to crises and how to mitigate these responses in order to effectively support clients.  Each crises type will include a categorization of mild, moderate and severe risk, and corresponding protocols, or strategies. Attendees will practice the application of protocols in small groups and then process the experience as a larger group.

12/16/2019 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 7 Lincoln

Safety in the Field

Service Providers may work with youth in a variety of settings, including at clinics, schools, homes, or in other areas of the community. This seminar will provide information for providers around safety issues that may arise with youth in the community. This training provides an overview of the general areas where safety issues may arise, and review how providers may explore and respond to youth risk behaviors. It will also cover determining which policies and procedures to implement around mandated reporting and critical incidents both in the clinic and in the field.

12/11/2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

STAT Milieu Overview

This training for service providers or child welfare workers reviews information about the transition into foster care for youth, and highlights STAT–a mental health screening and assessment program, located at the Alameda County Assessment Center. Children taken into protective custody by Alameda County Child Protective Services or the police are brought to the Assessment Center, a child-friendly receiving center where children can comfortably wait until placement with a relative, foster home or group home is found. This training provides an overview of STAT and issues that face foster youth in the milieu as well as ways to support youth during the acute transition to placement.

12/9/2019 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Mental Health Services and Resources for Foster Youth

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

12/10/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Privacy Practices for Foster Youth

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

12/27/2019 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Other

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

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Case Planning for Youth in Care–Basic Components

Service providers attending this training will learn how to capture a shared vision of youth, families, and team to inform case planning. 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.

12/12/2019 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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 […]

12/11/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Protecting Technological Privacy: Maintaining Legal and Ethical Boundaries in Work with System-Involved Youth and Families

It is easy to overlook the ways we put our clients’ well-being and privacy at risk in our use of smart phones, email, texting and social media. Oftentimes, it can be difficult in our work to recognize when we overstep boundaries in technology usage in the digital era. In this class participants will identify areas of vulnerability and develop strategies to protect the privacy of your clients, care takers and family members. *This course qualifies towards Law & Ethics requirements*

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

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.

12/18/2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

The Importance of Self Reflection While Working with Youth and Families in the Child Welfare System

This workshop will provide participants with tips and tools to help participants effectively engage in difficult conversations with clients and families with understanding of their own impact on youth and families. Training Goal: To create more effective engagement for client and families within the child welfare system.

12/11/2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding Child Welfare Automated Systems: Welligent

This Part II 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.

12/9/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Diagnoses for Professionals Working with System Involved Youth

In work with system involved youth with mental health diagnoses, service provider must understand the origins and meaning of clients’ diagnoses. In this class 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. Case vignettes will be used to illustrate diagnoses and there will be time to discuss cases.

12/20/2019 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Oakland 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Utilizing Group Work to Build Resiliency in Youth

This workshop will provide participants with tips and tools to help participants effectively self-identify the best practice foundations needed to create effective group work to build client resiliency. Training Goal: To address necessary components to create a group, which successfully increases youth resiliency and addresses client needs in a standard of best practices. This training is designed to increase ability of the clinician to successfully identify the client’s needs, potential impact and benefits of receiving group work.

12/17/2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

Utilizing Group Work to Build Resiliency in Youth

This workshop will provide participants with tips and tools to help participants effectively self-identify the best practice foundations needed to create effective group work to build client resiliency. Training Goal: To address necessary components to create a group, which successfully increases youth resiliency and addresses client needs in a standard of best practices. This training is designed to increase ability of the clinician to successfully identify the client’s needs, potential impact and benefits of receiving group work.

12/18/2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Hayward East Bay Agency for Children

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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Restorative Practices: Understanding the Polyvagal Theory for Child Welfare Professionals

In this session, we’ll deep dive into Dr. Stephen Porges, PhDs, landmark Polyvagal Theory. Porges, the world’s leading expert on the relationship between the Autonomic Nervous System and Social Behavior, articulated the Polyvagal Theory in 1994 after having spent more than two decades studying psychophysiology and neurocardiology. The theory proposes an evolutionary heirarchy in the autonomic nervous system that supports different neural platforms of behavior coming online when we are safe, in danger, and experiencing life-threat. These platforms shape our physiological state, our sense of self, what we think and feel, our interpretation of the world, and the behaviors available to us. In this session, we’ll study the theory and […]

12/19/2019 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Restorative Practices: Understanding the Polyvagal Theory for Child Welfare Professionals

In this session, we’ll deep dive into Dr. Stephen Porges, PhDs, landmark Polyvagal Theory. Porges, the world’s leading expert on the relationship between the Autonomic Nervous System and Social Behavior, articulated the Polyvagal Theory in 1994 after having spent more than two decades studying psychophysiology and neurocardiology. The theory proposes an evolutionary heirarchy in the autonomic nervous system that supports different neural platforms of behavior coming online when we are safe, in danger, and experiencing life-threat. These platforms shape our physiological state, our sense of self, what we think and feel, our interpretation of the world, and the behaviors available to us. In this session, we’ll study the theory and […]

12/20/2019 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Berkeley 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Saying Goodbye: Increasing Skills for Staff regarding Effective Strategies for Managing Reactions to Grief and Loss in Youth and Restoring Developmentally Appropriate Functioning

This workshop will hopefully allow participants to explore clinically and culturally appropriate methods to address issues of grief and loss in client’s lives and the possible secondary impact on service providers. First, the group will work toward identifying and understanding the emotional and behavioral stages of grief and loss. Second, we will work towards developing coping strategies for service providers to maintain equilibrium and interventions for clients as they face the difficult work of mourning.

12/10/2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Oakland WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Youth and Family Friendly Strategies to Address Trauma and Resilience

Lecture – Focus on the difference between challenging behavior and trauma.  Overview of building resiliency and protective factors.  Introduce window of tolerance to ground understanding of what type of regulation skill you may use based on the clients presentation (hypo or hyper arousal.) Small Breakout groups (each group will have a material to review, be asked to discuss a specific set of questions to help them apply the knowledge to a client scenario and present back to the team). Reflective questions will be around using trauma informed strategies for building resilience in the following areas: a. Safe and Predictable Relationships and Relationship building and Attunement b. Creating Safe and Predictable Environments […]

12/11/2019 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Hayward 2 East Bay Agency for Children