Solano Course Catalog

Distance Learning Foster Care Training Course Catalog


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidance of health experts to follow social distancing protocols, all classes are currently being offered via distance learning. We will continue to monitor the recommendations of local and state authorities and healthcare experts and remain committed to ensuring the safety and health of training participants and instructors. Please note that in order to register for these free trainings you must be staff, caregiver or volunteer working directly with foster, adoptive or probation involved children, youth and their families in one of our partner counties.

Courses are sorted by Category:

To register for a course, click on the title of the course you are interested in, then click on the Register button and either submit the registration form or register on the sponsoring agency’s website or event link (i.e. Eventbrite).

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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Insight into Understanding Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Behaviors are a child’s way of communicating with the outside world.  Whether that communication is effective or ineffective, it can leave a parent feeling like they are constantly trying to put out fires. A child who cannot self regulate and throws tantrums constantly puts a strain on the parent-child relationship. This can impact the climate of the whole household, including other siblings, and lead to a negative spiral. Ditto for friendships: Kids who don’t have the ability to control their feelings or behavior can have a harder time making or keeping friends. The inability to self-regulate emotions can lead to traits like anger, aggression, […]

9/29/2020 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Intervention Strategies Using Tactile Activities

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training builds and increases skills used in identifying and implementing tactile intervention activities that support and model appropriate behaviors. The training provides self-regulation and strategies to use when identifying negative behaviors in children who have experienced trauma and learning methods in problem solving and building rapport with children and youth. Register Here

9/29/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy Strategies for Family Engagement – Part 2

Online Class This training will provide a deeper look at Child Parent Psychotherapy techniques including its application to families with siblings or more than one parent.

9/28/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy Strategies for Family Engagement – Part 3

Online Training This training will provide a deeper look at Child Parent Psychotherapy techniques including its application to families with siblings or more than one parent.

10/5/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy Strategies for Family Engagement – Part 4

Online Training This training will provide a deeper look at Child Parent Psychotherapy techniques including its application to families with siblings or more than one parent.

10/12/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Positive Behavioral Strategies – 4 CE Credits

Online Class This training is an introduction to implementing behavioral strategies with children who present with a variety of challenging behaviors. It includes a discussion of basic principles of behavior modification, behavioral assessment, functional assessment and methods of support. The discussion addresses the advantages, risks and limitations of these approaches in various settings including group care settings, classrooms and families.

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 Seneca Family of Agencies

The Science of Habit Formation: Applications for Personal and Public Health

Online Class This training will explore what habits are, why we have them, evidence-based approaches changing them, and how they impact health and well-being for foster and system-involved youth. Participants will learn about the psychological and neurological mechanisms that drive habits. Habit formation frameworks will be reviewed, including the key stages of habit formation: goal identification, habit initiation, habit repetition, and habit maintenance. We will talk about barriers and supports (e.g. regulatory flexibility, stress buffering, and context selection) to “breaking bad habits” and to successfully forming healthy habits that promote lasting change. We will discuss the role of mindful sociocognitive awareness, social support, and prosocial behaviors in habit formation. The […]

9/24/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

What Client Language can Tell you about Health-Relevant Mind

Online Class The words foster and system-involved youth use can be indicative (and even diagnostic) of their mental, social, and physical state. Word selection can serve as a marker of emotional state, social identity, and cognitive styles. This training will explore the social and psychological implications of word use amongst foster and system-involved youth, with a focus on what client language can suggest about health-relevant mindsets and change processes. We will then link this work to the broader field of health literacy and health information delivery, learning to integrate these principles with key practices of science communication to support foster and system-involved youth with lifestyle and stress related conditions. Click […]

9/25/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & 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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Getting S.M.A.R.T. Goals from the CANS Assessment Tool for Youth in Care

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services At Aldea, one way the Social Workers and Behavioral Support Counselors assess each child and youth coming into care is with a tool calls the CANS, or Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths. This tool helps direct them to what goals to work on with the child or youth. You will learn in this training what SMART goals are and how the CANS assessment tool integrates the progress that happens every day with the youth in care’s goals and objectives. Register Here

9/30/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Male Involvement: Facilitating Father and Other Men’s Contributions to Child and Youth Development

Online Class Involving fathers, male caretakers, and other positive, consistent men in the lives of youth has many proven benefits, yet it can sometimes be challenging. Though these obstacles can be magnified for systems involved clients, it is vitally important for providers to engage these adult male figures and leverage the many ways they can aid in their children’s development. Join us at this engaging workshop where we will explore the great need for male involvement along with rewards for doing so, as well as best practice strategies for working with these men, even those that are hard to reach or may seem inaccessible. At the training, we will also […]

9/29/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Strategies for Effective Engagement and Collaboration with Professionals Involved in the Lives of System Involved Youth

Online Class When youth enter systems like child welfare and juvenile justice systems they come in contact with multiple professionals trying to help them. The successful outcomes of system involving youth rely heavily on the impact that professionals have as they work with the youth. It takes a “village” of professionals to support these youth and their ability to work effectively in collaboration is essential. This training will provide you with skills and strategies to effectively build relationships with system partners in a way that feels healthy, supportive and productive.  Click on the Register link below and click on the NON-EMPLOYEE REGISTRATION button on the Fred Finch website to register […]

9/28/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Suicide Assessment and Intervention

Online Training This workshop is for professionals working with children at risk for suicide. It covers suicide statistics, trauma, and theory with an emphasis on Thomas Joiner’s model: The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Risk factors, warning signs and protective factors will be reviewed for both children and adolescents. Participants will understand how precepting events, risk factors, and warnings signs come together to create suicide risk, learn how to conduct a suicide risk assessment and complete safety plans. The goal of this workshop is to increase the provider’s comfort in discussing suicide with children, adolescents and their parents or other caregivers and to better assess the suicide risk that a child […]

10/1/2020 9:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes 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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Best Practices When Working with LatinX Youth and Families

Online Training This training will focus on a brief overview of the LatinX community, including general challenges that the LatinX community experiences. Typical challenges experienced by this community include issues related to intergenerational and historical trauma, immigration, language barriers, and impact of acculturation on families through generations. The training will focus on supporting providers in gaining some knowledge and skills in being able to provide culturally responsive services to LatinX children, youth, and families as they navigate the typical challenges faced by this community. 

10/14/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Culturally Inclusive Practices – Part 2, Session 2

Online Class In striving to provide culturally inclusive services, it is crucial that service providers be willing to examine the cultural lenses through which they view the world. The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with an experiential and safe environment in which to develop the foundation needed to provide culturally inclusive services to the diverse clients that they serve. This will be done through introducing participants to a culturally inclusive model designed to visually expand the way that one views themselves, others, and the systems in which they work. Multiple modalities will be used to teach this workshop including lecture, experiential exercises, and small group work.

9/28/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Foundations for Talking About Racism: For White People – Part 1

Online Class White Racial Socialization Tasks of the Privileged Understanding & Transforming Patterns of White Defensiveness in Conversations About Racism; Good/Bad Binary

9/24/2020 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Yes East Bay Agency for Children

The Use of Motivational Interviewing to Call-In Racism: The White Providers Role in Dismantling Prejudice

Online Training Please note that all are welcome to this training. This 4-hour session will use the framework of Motivational Interviewing to help providers disassemble racist beliefs, held by those with whom our clients need to interact, and support the creation of community-building narratives. Attendees will explore the often-times counterproductive responses to white guilt, such as becoming a cultural officer or “calling-out” and identify ways to create reflection, transformation and meaningful discourse, or “calling-in”. Attendees will practice the use of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries in the context of addressing racist ideology. The training will include small group breakout and larger group processing. Space will be given to discuss increasing […]

10/5/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding Daily Spiritual Practices for Professionals working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of how to communicate with awareness around spirituality and daily practices. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of a daily spiritual practice, identifying challenges to maintaining a daily spiritual practice and addressing judgement and fear around discussion of daily spiritual practices. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess identity, judgement and beliefs around such conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these belief around these conversations affect their ability to be proactive in support […]

10/15/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding how to Become an AntiRacist for Professionals working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Class TBD

9/30/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

White Accountability for Clinical Staff

Online Class This workshop is designed to provide participants with both foundational tools for exploring conversations around cultural identity and privilege, as well as provide experiential opportunities and conversation to deepen a felt sense of cultural identity as a white-identified individual. This group will be meeting in support of becoming stronger culturally responsive professionals that aligns with overall efforts for the agency to participate in anti-racism work. Participants will be provided space to explore not only their own cultural lenses from a position of racial privilege, but also the power inherent in this identity and the impact it has interpersonally and professionally through various tasks of the privileged. Within this […]

9/25/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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) – 10 Ces

Online 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.

9/29/2020 9:00 am – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 10 Ces Seneca Family of Agencies

Aging and Long-Term Care for Caregivers of Children at Risk (2-Day) – 10 Ces

Online 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.

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 10 Ces Seneca Family of Agencies

Building Relationships with Multi-System Involved Youth and Families: Collaboration, Engaging and Reframing

Online Class By attending this 7-hour course, attendees will have a generalized understanding of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Participants will gain practical skills to begin utilization of MI skills into their current work to collaborate with youth, families and the community. Attendees will learn how to engage youth and family’s current motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to use MI open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) along with the skills and concepts to understand the spirit of MI, the four processes of MI, value work, assessing the client communication (sustain talk, change talk, discord), goal setting/focusing, and change plans to further enhance or […]

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Narrative Strategies to Strengthen Family Relationships

ONLINE COURSE: This training for service providers looks at Narrative Family service approaches that can be used to externalize problem narratives and utilize strengths within the family system. The training will utilize didactic and experiential approaches to introduce key concepts and techniques of Narrative Therapy. Selected readings that exemplify the use of Narrative Therapy in “real world” situations with families will be provided for participants. Additionally, participants will be referred to additional informational resources and connections to the international Narrative Therapy community.

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Resource Family Approval Pre-Service Training

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services Discussion series include: the role of Community Care Licensing (CCL), discussion over regulations in addition to Prudent Parenting, reporting requirements, youth in care that identify as LGBTQ, and youth that have been commercially sexually exploited. The “3-5-7 Model of Grief and Loss” by Darla Henry, as well as Trauma Competent Caregiving, will be overviewed in this series. This training will also cover the effects of abuse on youth, supporting relationships with youth and family, and the topic of permanency and what that means for youth in care will be discussed. Register Here

10/10/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Cultural Humility When Working With System Involved Youth

Online Class This training provides an introduction to Cultural Competency strategies in a strength-based approach to service delivery that considers culture in all aspects of assessment, treatment, care and discharge. Participants will review and discuss the role of culture in society and the reasons for the development of different cultural values, patterns, and behavior in response to society’s demands. Cultural Competency training recognizes in participants and clients the fundamental role of “culture” in seeking inherent strengths and capacities, understanding attitudes and beliefs about cultural identities, establishing a practice of honoring culture, and exposing cultural barriers that may exist between clients and providers

9/25/2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Online Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

10/1/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Online Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

10/8/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Online Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

10/15/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Online Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

10/22/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Online Training This training is designed to introduce prospective Resource Families to the Child Welfare System and the role of a resource parent. Participants will receive an overview of the steps to becoming a resource parent with Alternative Family Services.

10/29/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Foster Youth Personal Rights

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will review the history of how and when youth’s personal rights were enacted, clarify the differences between youth and non-minor dependent’s, what their personal rights are and the caregivers role and responsibilities to ensure the youth’s rights are protected. Register Here

9/30/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Foster Youth Reproductive and Sexual Wellness

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Ensures young people in foster care age 10 and older, including non-minor dependents, have access to education, information, and services about their sexual and reproductive health. The sexual and reproductive health rights of youth in foster care and the duties and responsibilities as a caregiver as well as those of the case worker, how to engage with youth about sexual and reproductive wellness. Register Here

9/30/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Getting Unstuck: Practices for Youth and Families in Moving Through Fear, Grief and Other Stressful Emotions

Online Training We are in a time when we are frequently faced with emotional overwhelm. Some of those feelings may be rooted further back than we realize. Simultaneously we know that healing is a practice, not a destination. As caregivers, it is more crucial than ever that we tend to our own wellness so we have the capacity to hold space for others. This course offers accessible, gentle somatic practices to acknowledge and to move through painful emotions, including Finger Holds from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique, Meditation, and Movement. We will engage these processes experientially to ‘metabolize trauma’ so that it does not become lodged in our bodies. […]

10/7/2020 11:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

Online Training 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 […]

10/15/2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

Online Training 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 […]

10/21/2020 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Holiday Stressors: Helping Youth in Foster Care through the Holidays

Online Training 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 […]

10/23/2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Mandated Reporter

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Mandated Reporter training includes who is a mandated reporter, what that means, how to identify abuse that must be reported and how to make a report. This training meets resource parent approval initial training requirements for Redwood Community Services, Inc. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. This includes child welfare workers, resource parents, youth sports coaches, youth mentors, teachers and volunteers/staff working with this population. Register Here

9/25/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Permanency Programs: Foster Care/Adoption Orientation

Online Class 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 […]

9/24/2020 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

PRIDE Pre-Service Training for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families (Part 2 of 2)

ONLINE COURSE: Pre-service Training for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families: This pre-service training utilizes the PRIDE Curriculum and is a 27 hour competency based curriculum to develop knowledge and skills in five essential competency categories – Protecting and Nurturing Children Meeting Children’s Developmental Needs and Addressing Developmental Delays Supporting Relationships between Children and their Families Connecting Children to Safe, Nurturing Relationships intended to last a lifetime; and Working as a Member of a Professional Team Session One: Connecting with PRIDE (Parent Resource for Information Development and Education) – Participants learn about the world of family foster care and adoption through the stories of children receiving child welfare services through video […]

9/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Resource Family Pre Approval Training – Session 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.

10/17/2020 10:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Family Pre Approval Training – Session 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.

10/24/2020 10:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Sessions 3 and 4

Online Class 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.

9/26/2020 10:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Parent Orientation

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services This 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. Register Here

10/13/2020 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Resource Parent Orientation

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services This 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. Register Here

10/26/2020 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Stress and its Impact on our Physiological Survival

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The stress response is triggered when an individual perceives that environmental demands tax or exceed his or her adaptive capacity. This training focuses on the occurrence of environmental events that are consensually judged as taxing one’s ability to cope or on individual responses to events that are indicative of this overload and the downstream consequences of  exposure to toxic stress. Register Here

9/24/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Health & Safety

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

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Clinical Techniques and Best Practices in using a Telehealth Platform

Online Class The rapid spread of COVID-19 and social distancing measures are changing the way providers work across systems to provide needed mental health services. In the transition from face-to-face to remote communication, new challenges are cropping up. While much of evidence-base for telehealth services discusses best-practices, the context of the COVID-19 pandemic requires the adaptation of health practices for current circumstances of a remote workforce. This training for service providers across a variety of disciplines provides an interactive and engaging look at remote/telehealth services for consumers of mental health services. Participants explore some common barriers for effective services and numerous techniques, strategies, and practices that can facilitate engagement and […]

9/25/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

CSEC 103

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Course “CSEC 103” is a 1-day training. CSEC 102 and CSEC + Harm Reduction are prerequisites. “CSEC 103” is an interactive training in which best practices for working in a multidisciplinary team will be shared. Participants will have an opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team to apply harm reduction strategies based on the Stages of Change Model. Register Here

9/30/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Prevention: Working with Youth in the Child Welfare System

Online Class Depression and anxiety are on the rise for kids and teens everywhere. At the same time, children and teens in the child welfare system face distinct challenges, and need specialized kinds of support to stay calm and hopeful as they navigate life. This workshop is designed to help people who care for, and provide services to, youth in the child welfare system. The training will help participants identify symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and teens. We will discuss the ways that the experience of trauma, lost relationships, constant changes, and ongoing “unknowns” can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression, and perhaps lead to suicidal ideation. […]

9/30/2020 12:15 pm – 4:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Hair Care for Youth in Care

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services In this training, participants will learn about working with and keeping hair clean and stylish for all youth. In this interactive and fun training, you will see examples of hair care, learn where to go online and in the community for resources, such as tutorials and hair care products. You will learn the proper terminology for certain hair styles and learn what is age appropriate and what is not. For youth in your care who are in the foster care system, you will learn when you need to get County approval for changing a hair style. This training is run by staff who […]

10/14/2020 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

How to Address Trauma: Supporting Healing

Online Class Trauma informed care is critical and positive development in systems of care, understanding how poverty and racism impact individual children. While this lens moves us in the right direction, it is inadequate. This training introduces a concept of Healing Centered Engagement. By unpacking the missing elements in trauma informed lens, this training outlines and discusses 3 other critical elements to take into consideration when addressing trauma. Understanding trauma typically lead to efforts to eliminate the negative impacts of trauma, but true healing incorporates a lens that supports children and the adults who support them to imagine, envision, and act toward a life of flourishing.

9/24/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Medication Management for Youth in Care

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services If you are a seasoned Foster Youth Caregiver, staff or parent, or if you are new to your role, this training will get you more familiar with the requirements on managing your youth in care’s medication. We will cover how you store, administer, and track medication, as well as how you should dispose of old medication. We will cover tricky situations that arise around medication. Also covered is psychotropic medication and why it is managed a little differently. Register Here

10/1/2020 10:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Strategies to Respond to Trauma Saturation

Online Class This training reviews ways to foster resilience and proactively respond to burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. To do this, we will explore the benefits of connecting to core values as a way to mitigate the impact of trauma on providers. Some key questions that will be explored include: Why do we do the work that we do? How does expressing appreciation and having creative expressive outlets benefit work with foster youth?

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Telehealth Services for Foster Youth: Special Considerations for Teams and Crises in Child and Family Work

Online Class With the increase of Covid-19 in California, and a statewide shelter-in-place order, entire communities have experienced disruption. In the context of foster youth needs, these changes have resulted in changing practices in addressing the needs of foster youth who are entering the child welfare system or transitioning placement. This training reviews some principles related to crises and team-based care that may arise when serving foster youth. Special discussion focuses on the integrated core practice model, remote consensus and decisionmaking with foster youth and families, and multidisciplinary team-based care during crisis situations with youth.

9/24/2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Telehealth Services for Foster Youth: Special Considerations for Young Children

Online Class With the increase of Covid-19 in California, and a statewide shelter-in-place order, entire communities have experienced disruption. In the context of younger foster youth needs, these changes have resulted in changing practices in addressing the needs of foster youth who are entering the child welfare system or transitioning placement. This training reviews some of the service approach considerations who work with young and school-age children who have entered the foster care system through Alameda County Social Services. Special discussion focuses on developmental considerations during the pandemic, establishing remote relationships with young children & families, longer-term engagement of foster youth with history of attachment disruptions, engaging resource families and […]

9/29/2020 11:30 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Mindfulness for Professionals working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions and practice of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with clients and families. Information will be provided about: understanding psychological benefits of mindfulness practice, learning several forms of mindfulness and practicing at least one new form of mindfulness. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and inquire around how to utilize and have conversation with youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share their experiences of mindfulness and how these practices affect their ability to be proactive in […]

10/16/2020 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding Nervous System Regulation for Providers and System Involved Clients in Times of Crisis

ONLINE COURSE During this intense period of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many people have experienced increased levels of fight or flight/sympathetic dominance. We all need strategies to address our fear, anger, overwhelm and stress. In this course participants will have a chance to talk about their experiences over the last few weeks, explore how they can better help themselves and their clients manage stress now and when things return to the “new” normal. They will learn simple exercises from the field of energy medicine and energy psychology which they can use to regulate their own nervous systems and teach system involved youth and families. Material will be taught through lecture, small […]

9/25/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Privacy Practices for Foster Youth

Online Class Service providers working with system involved children, youth, and families are held to many local, state, and federal expectations. For youth in care, their privacy rights are protected via the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Other service-specific privacy practices including confidentiality, and mandated reporting requirements may apply, and have the potential to impact engagement and partnership with foster youth. This training will provide a comprehensive overview of HIPAA, protected health information (PHI), confidentiality, and mandated reporting requirements for service providers, and delve into a discussion of how these privacy practices are relevant to youth in foster care. Due to the ever changing nature of how we […]

9/30/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Trauma: Unpacking Youth Stories and Drawings

Online Class When working with foster youth who have experienced trauma, it can be difficult for them to be able to talk about their experiences and how trauma has impacted their lives. Sensory-based supports such as art, play, and somatic practices can be a helpful support in children’s recovery from trauma. Providers supporting youth have combined storytelling, story making, play and art to facilitate communication since the 1980s (Hanney & Kozlowska, 2002; Remotigue-Ano, 1980). The use of narrative methods with children with psychosocial and mental health needs has been described as both a strength-oriented, child-centred approach and a collaborative means of respecting children as experts in their own lives. This […]

9/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Using Safety Plans for Youth in Care

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services This training takes a comprehensive, individualized approach to Safety Planning for at-risk clients. Safety planning strategies, supports and crisis resources are reviewed, and materials are included. Register Here

10/14/2020 10:15 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

On Demand

On Demand indicates online prerecorded classes that are available on demand any time.

No planned courses at this time

Other

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

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of System-Involved Children and Transitional Age Youth: CSEC 101

CSEC 101 is a 1-day course that provides a comprehensive overview of CSEC. The training will discuss CSEC by looking at the victimization of youth as well as the demand side of exploitation. The trainers will discuss risk factors and pathways of entry for all those involved in CSEC. The trainers will highlight populations that are disproportionately impacted by CSEC such as the Native American population, LGBTQ youth, etc. Lastly, the trainers will discuss identifying youth involved in CSEC and needs they have.

9/28/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Feedback with Parents and Caregivers

Online Class Service providers working with youth at times learn of information that impacts the family and house environment. This training will explore ways to provide feedback in a way that resonates with caregivers. Participants will identify different levels of feedback, underlying principles in the process of giving difficult feedback, and ways to support caregivers in the moment when hearing challenging feedback. This training will include case examples and small group discussion and activities.

9/24/2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

The Intersections of Trauma and Attachment in Work with Foster Youth

Online Class This training will focus on providing information and understanding related to the neurological systems which impact the overlap of trauma experiences and the attachment relationship in foster youth. Additionally, the training will review risk and resiliency factors for foster youth who experience trauma based on their attachment style and the presentation of their caregivers. Recent research will be reviewed and a group discussion will be utilized to support the integration of information into clinical practice.

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Train the Trainer: Facilitation and Information Delivery Skills for Providers – Part II

Online Class This full-day course builds upon Train the Trainer: Part 1 in supporting professionals in offering trainings to providers and parents involved with youth in care. Participants will review the outline they previously created of their desired training, practicing facilitation skills and leading activities to support their training content. Participants will consider the needs of the audiences they will be presenting to, rehearse dealing with microaggressions, storytelling, and facilitating difficult conversations. Participants will leave with a greater sense of comfort in facilitating, a toolbox of possible activities to use, and identify ways to reinforce their learning objectives even when unexpected distractions occur.

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Understanding Clinical Supervision in Social Work and Mental Health Practice (Part 2 of 2)

Online Class PLEASE MAKE SURE TO REGISTER FOR BOTH DAYS OF THIS COURSE: 9/23 and 9/24 Participants must attend both days to receive CE credit. Partial credit is not available. This two day, in-depth training combines lecture, large and small group discussion, role plays and self-reflection. Dr. Bennett will facilitate the 15 hours during which participants will examine the Board of Behavioral Sciences rules and regulations, evaluate on-line and film examples of therapy and supervision, explore their own experiences and discuss what traits make an exceptional clinical supervisor. The second day will involve lecture, large and small group discussion and self-reflection regarding Secondary Trauma. Students will participate in exercises to […]

9/24/2020 9:15 am – 5:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7.5 A Better Way, Inc.

Youth Perspectives: What Is It Like to Enter Foster Care?

Online Class This training provided by former foster youth in the WCC Youth Advocate Program (YAP) will provide a unique lens from the perspective of the experience of the foster care system. Providers, social workers, and resource families attending this training will understand the importance of engaging foster youth to increase permanency, develop positive relationships, and ensure 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.

9/25/2020 9:30 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING 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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Developmental Trauma

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love her most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all our future relationships. These early experiences in relationships create the lens through which we view others. Every interaction that we have with another individual is influenced by our own personal past experiences. John Bowlby, the father of attachment theory, espoused that the first three years of our lives establish the blueprints for all our future relationships. When we consider trauma in the lives of children it is important to […]

9/25/2020 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Helping Caregivers and System Supports Understand Impact of Trauma on Functioning

Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of School Age Youth: Understanding the Importance of Skill Building with Youth that Have Experienced Trauma

Online Training Communities are continually impacted and challenged in addressing complex trauma in their settings. Children may display a range of symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to organize and understand. Teachers, providers and caregivers need frameworks for interpreting behaviors and expanding practices that build a more attuned and responsive environment. This course will offer providers a framework of understanding traumatic impact in terms of arousal and attachment behaviors that can guide response and support improved functioning in the community, participation in tasks required for daily functioning. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

9/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Phases of Treatment for Childhood Sexual Abuse

Online Class This training is building on the foundation of previous training, will provide all helpers with an in-depth understanding of the stages of treatment, and the “ebb and flow” of those stages, as children utilize both support and treatment to heal from their sexual and related emotional traumas. There will be ample discussion of the many variables and challenges that children and their helpers may face, for example the varying dynamics related to out of home care, as well as specific examples and scenarios to help highlight and clarify the process of healing for sexually abused children.

9/30/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Seneca Family of Agencies

Trauma Effects on the Student in the Classroom

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Awareness. Approaches. Alternatives. This training is meant for anyone teaching and supporting students who have experienced trauma. It covers what trauma is, the effects of trauma on the student, how to support students in the classroom i.e. traditional, virtual and home school classrooms, how to provide a successful learning environment for the student and care for yourself and the student while in the learning environment. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system or are at-risk of entering. Register Here

9/26/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Trauma Foundations III: Screening and Strategies for Working with System-Involved Youth

Online Class Many foster youth experience various forms of complex trauma, which leaves a lasting impact on the child. In the face of trauma, service providers might begin to feel overwhelmed with the trauma and may not always be aware of appropriate ways to engage youth who have experienced trauma. This 3-part training series will introduce participants to understanding the implications of trauma and how best to intervene based on case examples.

9/28/2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic