Contra Costa 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.

No planned courses at this time

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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De-escalation Techniques when Working with Youth in Crisis

This training will help participants develop effective crisis communication and prevention skills for working with youth. It will highlight four things to think about in any given situation before choosing how to best support: your personal state, the desired outcome, the situation and environment, and which approach to use. A variety of early approaches and de-escalation techniques will be discussed, with an emphasis on non-physical crisis strategies for de-escalating youth in crisis. The aim is to provide participants with the information and strategies to increase the use of communication to minimize escalation and help clients avoid re-escalation. Maximizing staff effectiveness and self-control in crisis situations will be discussed.

10/28/2019 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Concord Seneca Family of Agencies

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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Cultural Awareness

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

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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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Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful and busy times for everyone. For children in foster care, this time of year can be especially difficult. Many children experience feelings of guilt, shame and sadness during the holidays. And their feelings might be really mixed. During this work shop participants will review and identify strategies to help children cope during the holiday season. In addition to normal holiday stress, many system-involved youth face painful memories, family separation, difficult family dynamics, or at the worst, violence. The season becomes one of sadness and grief, often lasting well into the new year. Understanding how difficult this time may be for foster youth, can help caregivers […]

10/25/2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Nurtured Heart Approach

The Nurtured Heart Approach is a relationship-focused methodology founded strategically in The 3 Strands for helping children (and adults) build their Inner Wealth and use their intensity in successful ways. It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success. The essence of the Approach is a set of core methodologies originally developed for working with the most difficult children. It has a proven impact on every child, including those who are challenged behaviorally, socially, and academically. The Nurtured Heart Approach has also been shown to create transformative changes in children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder […]

11/8/2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Martinez Yes Lilliput Families

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 […]

10/26/2019 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Concord 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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CPR and First Aid Training

This training will give participants an understanding of First Aid & CPR training – referring to medical attention that is usually administered immediately after an injury occurs and at the location where it occurred. Trainer will discuss applying first aid consists of a one-time, short-term treatment and requires minimal technology or training to administer. First aid can include cleaning minor cuts, scrapes, or scratches; treating a minor burn; applying bandages and dressings; the use of non-prescription medicine; draining blisters; removing debris from the eyes; massage; and administering fluids to relieve heat stress.

10/26/2019 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Antioch Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Other

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

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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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