Solano Course Catalog

Solano 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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Stress Management, or How to Be at Your Best for Youth in Care

This training will help participants understand what stress is, its causes, techniques to combat its effects (physically/mentally), and when to seek professional support in order to be at one’s best when serving youth in care.

2/15/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques for Behavioral Change in Youth in Care

This training will teach participants on techniques taken from a “motivational interviewing” perspective that they can use when working with youth in care to change negative behaviors and thinking. The techniques are short and easy to learn and can be used over and over again to help youth to work through how their thinking is affecting their actions. Also covered are techniques on how to engage youth in conversations that lead to engagement, focusing on the reasons for change, and planning on how to get the change they want.

2/19/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

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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Intimate Partner Violence: How to Recognize, and Treat, the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens in Foster Care

Intimate partner violence continues to happen in families with alarming frequency, and it is clear that both adults and children are impacted in these situations. According to research, adult intimate partner violence often occurs in the same homes that child abuse occurs. Consequently, 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. Is intimate partner violence between parents experienced by children the same way as other exposure to violence? How can foster parents and mental health professionals best support children who have experienced this type of stressor? Concrete scripts […]

2/13/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm Vacaville 4 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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Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth- 4 CE Credits

Creating Affirming Spaces for Trans and Queer Youth is a comprehensive training about better meeting the needs of youth in the queer and trans community. As queer and trans youth are over-represented in systems of care, all service providers should be mindful of their unique experiences in these systems. The training will provide an introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) terminology, the systemic oppression that members of these identities experience currently and historically, and an opportunity to discuss and practice ways that service providers can support queer and trans youth more effectively.

2/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Fairfield 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

Supporting Trans System-Involved Youth: Understanding Sex, Gender, Identity, and Alignment

During this workshop participants will deepen their understanding of and explore assumptions related to sex, gender, identity, and alignment (transition) processes. We explore complexities and learn history related to the binary system of sex and gender. We will also work to develop skills and methodology needed to provide safe space and support for sex and gender alignment, based on presentation or medical means for sex/gender non-conforming youth in care, and in our workplaces and communities. Through lecture, activities, personal reflection, observation, dialogue and practice, participants in the workshop will cultivate an understanding of gender oppression and how it impacts individuals who do not fit into the rigid constructions of the […]

2/25/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Teachable Moments in the Child Welfare System: Leaning in and Learning from Youths’ and Colleagues’ Oops (Microaggression) Moments

Teachable moments happen when you least expect them. A teachable moment is an unplanned opportunity that arises our interactions, in this case with youth in care, which provides a chance to offer insight or reflection. While many of us are skilled in engaging these moments in subjects of academic study, or areas of emotional and therapeutic work, we have difficulty in seizing these moments as they relate to racism, sexism, and other oppressions. Because it is not something that you can plan for, it will require a digression that may sidetrack the original lesson plan or program. And when there is no lesson plan or program, it still involves interrupting […]

2/24/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 6 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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For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training

The goal of Darkness to Light is to diminish the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse and to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse in our communities. This empowering training will raise awareness about signs and consequences of child sexual abuse and equip you to minimize the risk of abuse in professional and volunteer settings as well as prepare you to respond appropriately if you suspect abuse.

1/29/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Overview of Working with Youth in Foster Care

his training is an overview of working with foster youth. The focus of the training is on what a treatment foster care agency and home consist of. This includes discussion around appropriate accreditations, foster parent responsibilities, agency support, foster care structure and needs of youth entering the foster care.

2/12/2020 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm Fairfield Aldea Children & Family Services

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Session 4

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. They must be prepared to welcome a new child into their home and cope with state/county/agency regulations, policies, and paperwork. They may also at times provide mentoring support and aid to birth families while at the same time attaching to the children and youth in their care. Additionally, high numbers of children in the child welfare system have been exposed to extreme trauma. The ability of care providers to […]

1/29/2020 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Vallejo 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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Other

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

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Law and Ethics in Social Work & 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 […]

2/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm Fairfield 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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Trauma Informed Parenting – “Parenting in Oz!”

“Parenting In OZ!” is an experiential, memorable, trauma-informed, parenting curriculum designed to help parents and staff understand and respond therapeutically to the acting-out behaviors often exhibited by children who have experienced the trauma of neglect, abuse, and loss. Utilizing the vivid imagery from “The Wizard of OZ” and the emergency room, this unique training is an entertaining, multi-sensory approach to working with trauma that both professionals and parents cannot help but remember and integrate into their work. Trauma informed parenting is a paradigm shift for many parents who have often been trained to utilize tools designed to bring external controls to address or remediate problematic behaviors within a particular environment.

2/29/2020 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Vallejo Alternative Family Services (AFS)