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.

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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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How Abandonment Affects System Involved Youth

Online Class This 4.5-hour course is designed to provide staff serving traumatized individuals and families with behavior management strategies for those suffering from fragile attachments with original caregivers. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with clients experiencing actual or perceived abandonment in developing healthy relationships.

8/18/2020 9:30 am – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Parenting Children with Trauma

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Are you struggling to understand your child’s needs? Do you find yourself without any ideas as to how to reach your frustrated child? Do you engage in constant power struggles only to feel guilty that you got roped into an argument where no one wins? Are you emotionally derailed by changes in plans because the thought of telling your child raises your anxiety exponentially? What if there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with you or your child? What if he/she is wired this way on purpose and you are frustrating those purposes? What if instead of trying to change your child, you need to change? […]

8/18/2020 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Parenting Children with Trauma

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Are you struggling to understand your child’s needs? Do you find yourself without any ideas as to how to reach your frustrated child? Do you engage in constant power struggles only to feel guilty that you got roped into an argument where no one wins? Are you emotionally derailed by changes in plans because the thought of telling your child raises your anxiety exponentially? What if there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with you or your child? What if he/she is wired this way on purpose and you are frustrating those purposes? What if instead of trying to change your child, you need to change? […]

8/25/2020 9:00 am – 10:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Strategies to Support Young Women

Online Class Creating a safe container of acceptance, nonjudgement, and belonging is critical for the well being of young women. In this workshop you will learn how to support youth in processing unaccepting attitudes from dominant culture, peers and families systems. You will be guided in practices that support cultivating resilience, developing self awareness, and a strong self love. This foundation can be especially transformative by providing compassionate practices, awareness practices, and healthy honest conversation and strategies to empower young women. You will gain tools to deepen your allyship to your clients, in a way that truly honors the intersectional layers of their identities.

8/28/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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

8/20/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am 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

8/27/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING

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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Assessing the Needs of Youth to Improve Functioning and Stabilization

Online Class The purpose of this training to assist participants with understanding the importance of collaboration with other providers, as it pertains to further understanding the needs of youth in care. This training provides a framework to address a variety of questions that providers have about when is it appropriate for system-involved youth to be referred for services. In addition, this training will engage participants in conversation pertaining to what resources may be helpful for the identified youth and their families to comprehend presenting needs and difficulties in functioning.

8/25/2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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 […]

8/21/2020 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

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 […]

8/28/2020 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

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?

Online Class 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 your identity help or […]

8/24/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Call-to-Action: Understanding Cultural Humility Principles and Community Dialogue in Child Welfare, Part I

Online Class In response to recent community events and continued community injustices, this course aims to teach tools that support courageous dialogue and action for social change in child welfare. As Part I of a larger discussion around Cultural Humility, this course will explore the history and basic principles of Cultural Humility, teach basic agreements for engaging in culturally humble conversations, and put these tools into action through group dialogue that can be applied to our work with system-involved youth and families. After becoming familiar with basic principles and agreements, participants will engage in discussion to process current community events and to identify action steps that support one another personally […]

8/18/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Challenging the Gender Binary and Supporting LGPQQ-TI2S Clients and Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

ONLINE COURSE: Challenging the gender binary is the starting point in supporting Lesbian, Gay, Pansexual, Queer, Questioning, Transgender, Intersex and Two Spirit communities. This course provides participants with a thorough examination of how gender was socially constructed based on homophobia. Participants will come away with a clearer understanding of the differences between gender/gender identity, sex assigned at birth (biological sex) and sexual orientation. By understanding the differences between this terminology, we can begin to unpack the multiplicity and complexity that each individual can explore about their identity, if given the opportunity to be liberated from the constraints of a strict gender binary. The course uses videos that center the authentic […]

8/20/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Culturally Inclusive Practices – Part 2 – Session 1

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.

8/17/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Developing Cultural Humility in our Work with System Involved Children, Youth and Families

Online Class Cultural competency training was the focus of many providers who were serving increasingly more diverse population, with the idea that if they could become more culturally sensitive or competent, that they could provide better care for their patients. While the intention was a good one, the dynamic it often set up was that they were still the expert, the client was “the other,” and ultimately that the providers knew better than the clients and what the clients’ experience was and needs were. Through a process of self-reflection, identifying our different locations of identity, which parts have been historically excluded and which parts of our identity have been historically […]

8/20/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Dominant Culture Creators in the Child Welfare System: White Privilege, White Fragility and White Supremacy

Online Class The image of white supremacy is often that of white hoods, the KKK, Nazis and extreme right-wing nationalists. While that is one image and aspect of white supremacy, it is important that the conversation is clearly about how white supremacy is the foundation of the systems and structures upon which the United States was built and continues to be upheld in culture, systems and organizations as well as ourselves. This workshop will bring attention to how this dominant culture and the power dynamics that ensue in the child welfare system influence our work with system-involved children, youth and families. We will acknowledge the systemic impact of white privilege, […]

8/27/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

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

Online Class 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 […]

8/31/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Tools for Engaging Organizations in Developing a Racial Equity Framework in Child Welfare

Online Class What does it mean to develop a Racial Equity Framework for your organization within the context of social services? Why is it necessary? What are the steps and the journey that individuals and organizations need to embark on in order to develop this framework? What tools or resources are available to help your organization on that journey? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this training. Participants will have opportunities to share what their thinking is about what a racial equity framework could look like at their organization, and to learn concrete strategic approaches to how to even begin this journey. The training will […]

8/31/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 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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For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Attachment Activities: Increasing Positive Relationships Between Youth and Caregivers

Online Class This training provides caregivers with an extensive list of attachment-based activities that meet the child’s need to attune, bond, and emotionally connect with the caregiver. The training will also cover ways to address challenges that come up in caregiver-child relationships and provide suggestions for activities that can help caregivers overcome those challenges. Register on Seneca’s website. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link and instructions to access this Zoom training.

8/15/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Seneca Family of Agencies

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Online Class 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.

8/20/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Online Class 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.

8/27/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Foster Care Orientation

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services If you have ever thought of fostering now is your chance to learn what it’s all about from the comfort of your home. Please join us for a short presentation to learn about the fostering options to help the children and youth in our communities. You don’t need to own your home. 1 and 2 parent families encouraged! You do not need previous parenting experience. Redwood Community Services, Inc. serves Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties with foster care services through our Foster Family Agency (FFA) office. Facility #125090023, 236803313, 175001509, 236803357 Register Here

8/20/2020 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Foster Care Orientation

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services If you have ever thought of fostering now is your chance to learn what it’s all about from the comfort of your home. Please join us for a short presentation to learn about the fostering options to help the children and youth in our communities. You don’t need to own your home. 1 and 2 parent families encouraged! You do not need previous parenting experience. Redwood Community Services, Inc. serves Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties with foster care services through our Foster Family Agency (FFA) office. Facility #125090023, 236803313, 175001509, 236803357 Register Here

8/30/2020 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

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

ONLINE: 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.

8/19/2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

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 […]

8/27/2020 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 […]

8/22/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Working Effectively with SOGIE and LGBTQ+ Youth

Online Class This training is designed for caregivers and professionals to understand the challenges the LGBTQ community face within the foster care system. Trainers will discuss the definitions of SOGIE. Like all young people, LGBTQ youth in foster care need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate adolescence and grow into healthy adults. However, LGBTQ youth in foster care face additional challenges. This course addresses common misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIA), it teaches participants about the unique risks that LGBTQ youth face and the important role care takers and social workers can play in reducing those risks, and it provides tips for creating […]

8/19/2020 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Working Effectively with SOGIE and LGBTQ+ Youth

Online Class This training is designed for caregivers and professionals to understand the challenges the LGBTQ community face within the foster care system. Trainers will discuss the definitions of SOGIE. Like all young people, LGBTQ youth in foster care need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate adolescence and grow into healthy adults. However, LGBTQ youth in foster care face additional challenges. This course addresses common misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIA), it teaches participants about the unique risks that LGBTQ youth face and the important role care takers and social workers can play in reducing those risks, and it provides tips for creating […]

8/20/2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Working Effectively with SOGIE and LGBTQ+ Youth – in Spanish

Online Class This Topic will be presented in Spanish-This training is designed for caregivers and professionals to understand the challenges the LGBTQ community face within the foster care system. Trainers will discuss the definitions of SOGIE. Like all young people, LGBTQ youth in foster care need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate adolescence and grow into healthy adults. However, LGBTQ youth in foster care face additional challenges. This course addresses common misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIA), it teaches participants about the unique risks that LGBTQ youth face and the important role care takers and social workers can play in reducing those risks, […]

8/21/2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 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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Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT): You Can’t Stop Something You Don’t See

Online Class 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 treatment and 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 a method of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will […]

8/25/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Engaging Caregivers in Time of COVID-19

Online Class This training will consider theory and cultural context for engaging caregivers, particularly using telehealth modalities. Session opening rituals will be explored and practiced. Structured and unstructured strategies for engagement will be discussed, and case examples will be used. Discussion of relationships within the context of identity and culture will allow attendees to consider the complexity of the caregivers with which they work.

8/20/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Strategies for Good Health: For Ourselves and the Court Dependent Families We Serve

Online Class If you are a professional working with court dependent families and the agencies that serve them, you are at increased risk for health concerns. This course includes strategies for maintaining physical, emotional and psychological health at work and at home. You will leave this course being able to recognize signs of stress and poor health, and be confident in your ability to take effective action to prevent burnout. Participants will learn how to engage clients in a health-minded parallel process using these strategies. By keeping everyone’s health at the forefront of services, you will support your clients in retaining previous skills they’ve gained from you during services.

8/19/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Strategies to Manage Secondary Trauma in Work With Foster Youth

Online Class As participants develop rapport and assessing for the youth’s presenting needs, more nuanced relational dynamics begin to emerge. Foster youth are often reserved in their openness to communicate vulnerabilities and needs. However, as trauma content begins to surface between youth and providers or caregivers, those supporting youth may find themselves struggling to navigate their own emotional reactions. This training provides strategies for managing secondary trauma in work with foster youth.

8/18/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) of Males

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Course The national dialogue on CSE has largely focused on the exploitation of girls while the exploitation of boys has been overlooked. This 1-day training will discuss male sexual abuse and stigmas of masculinity as well as the challenges of identifying male abuse victims. The trainers will then discuss pathways of entry into sexual exploitation and commercial sex industry for males. Register Here

8/20/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Foster Youth: The Impact of Stages of Exploitation in Work with Foster Youth

Online Class These trainings provide an overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in foster care with an emphasis on the impact of trauma. Common challenges experienced by those that work with CSEC will be reviewed along with suggestions for an effective engagement and service approach. Information related to appropriately advocating for CSEC within the various systems will be discussed. The trainings are designed to be sequential and build upon each other. Facilitated discussion, didactic material, and experiential exercises will be used to discuss the themes and address class objectives.

8/18/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding How Abandonment Impacts System-Involved Children, Youth, and Adults

ONLINE COURSE Many mental health professionals recognize the importance of healthy attachment as well as making sure that each child has a secure base from which to learn about themselves and the world. This is especially true in our work with children and youth in foster care. When trauma interrupts secure attachment, the child will experience actual or perceived abandonment by those meant to protect and not harm them. In this course, participants will examine affects of experiencing abandonment; legal, actual and perceived abandonment as well as symptoms in adolescence and adulthood. The group will explore core recovery skills and treatment options, as well.

8/25/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Psychosis in Youth

Online Class This training aims to provide an in depth look at psychosis and trauma in children & adolescents. The training focuses on helping participants recognize the differences as well as the overlap in the symptoms of trauma and psychosis. More specifically, the training reviews various key terms in psychosis, signs of psychosis, and those of complex trauma as well as PTSD. Finally, the training provides resources for support for youth struggling with attenuated or full psychosis.

8/20/2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Utilizing Telehealth Services to Support Foster Youth: Foundations and Engagement Strategies

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.

8/19/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with Systems Involved Families: Introduction to Mandated Reporting

Online Class This 3 hour training will review the legal responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter, and demonstrate the steps in making a Suspected Child Abuse Report.  Participants will learn the legal definitions for child abuse and neglect, and the warning signs of child maltreatment.  The goal of the training further involves valuing your dual role as a Mandated Reporter  and Clinical Trainee in the school setting.

8/27/2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Youth Suicide Assessment and Prevention for Child Welfare Professionals

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

8/17/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

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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Best Practices for Professionals Working with System-Involved Families

Online Class Participants will increase their strategies and skill-sets to develop best practices for success while working with families involved in the foster care system. Participants will also learn to implement healthy boundary setting when working with families involved in the Foster Care. This workshop series will address pitfalls and advantages to these strategies.

8/21/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol: How to Recognize Addiction in Youth and their Caregivers – 2 Days (15 CE Credits)

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca TBD Register on Seneca’s website.

8/20/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 15 (2 Days)

Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol: How to Recognize Addiction in Youth and their Caregivers – 2 Days (15 CE Credits)

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca TBD Register on Seneca’s website.

8/21/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 15 (2 Days)

Improving Our Support and Response to Child Welfare System Involved Families

Online Class By attending this 3-hour course, attendees will have a basic understanding of the Child Welfare System (CWS) and Child Protective Services (CPS). Participants will have a basic understanding of the process of CPS once a report has been filed. Participants will have a basic understanding of timelines, expectations and guidelines when involved in the CWS. Participants will learn the reasons why questions are asked during a CPS investigation and the importance of accurate information. Participants will learn how to engage and provide support to families involved in CWS.

8/19/2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

In It Together: 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.

8/17/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Katie-A Overview

Online Class 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 needs of children/youth and families in the child welfare system. This training identifies specific required components that support the […]

8/24/2020 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare – 6 CE Credits

Online Class This course explores legal and ethical issues for licensed professionals working in youth and family services and child welfare. Topics include an overview of liability issues, the sources of procedure in our work, and how to minimize liability. Liability issues specific to youth and family services will be reviewed including consent, confidentiality and mandated reporting laws. Ethical practice issues in working with youth and families will be discussed. The NASW and CAMFT Codes of Ethics will be reviewed with attention to relevance in youth and family services. The California Business and Professions Code unprofessional practices are provided. An ethical decision-making model will also be discussed with practical applications […]

8/26/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Seneca Family of Agencies

Managing Job Loss and ‘Work from Home’ Stress During COVID-19

Online Class The intention of this training is to explore the challenges of creating and maintaining work-life balance when working remotely due to COVID-19. While electing to periodically work from home may feel enjoyable and novel, being required to do so, especially when you have children, make it twice as challenging. How to manage the stress associated with this will be focused on.

8/19/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING 2 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Pronoun 201 for Providers Working with Youth

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca TBD Register on Seneca’s website.

8/27/2020 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Strengthening Psychological Assessment: A Multimethod, Integrative Approach

Online Class The training, focused on the incorporation and integration of multiple sources of data to inform evidence-based assessment conclusions, prioritizes a strong empirical basis for conclusions for those involved in the foster care system. Diagnoses, clinical and parental decisions, and recommendations must stem from an evidence-based approach to integrating data from multiple sources and often reconciling contradictory data, and this training provides the framework for such work.

8/24/2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Survival Guide for Superheroes: Managing Paperwork, Productivity, and Personal and Professional Boundaries

Online Class Timely management of paperwork, meeting productivity requirements, maintaining professional boundaries with colleagues and clients, preventing vicarious traumatization from impacting our personal lives and client interventions all while making positive connections and impact with clients – that’s being a true SUPERHERO. Learn strategies for sustainable “superheroing” so you can provide super care and interventions to your system involved clients and their families. We will cover challenges and strategies to address challenges with paperwork, productivity, professional boundaries and vicarious traumatization and will develop a sustainable superhero plan to address the barriers to successfully meeting your clients’ needs while staying calm and focused.

8/20/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Systems Overview: Probation

Online Class Transitional age youth in care represent a higher percentage of the population in probation than the general population of youth. Providers working with youth in care who participate in this training will understand essential information about the probation system in Alameda County and identify strategies and resources for helping youth and families best navigate this component of the legal system and understand youth rights.

8/18/2020 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Autism to Improve Outcomes for Youth – 3 Part Series

Online Class: August 19, 21 and 24Sponsored by Seneca TBD Register on Seneca’s website.

8/19/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Understanding Autism to Improve Outcomes for Youth – 3 Part Series

Online Class: August 19, 21 and 24Sponsored by Seneca TBD Register on Seneca’s website.

8/21/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Understanding Autism to Improve Outcomes for Youth – 3 Part Series

Online Class: August 19, 21 and 24Sponsored by Seneca TBD Register on Seneca’s website.

8/24/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Understanding Education Rights of Foster Youth

Online Class This training focuses on how to ensure that families of children with disability and mental health needs receive the supports and accommodations they are entitled to in school settings. This training will review how the referral and evaluation process works, how providers can participate in that process, review the laws that protect and support youth with needs. We will cover options for resolving disagreements, compliance violations and discriminatory practices to ensure educational equity for students.

8/27/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with System Involved Families: Fulfilling and Managing Your HIPAA/ Mandated Reporting Responsibilities

Online Class Service providers working with system involved children, youth, and families are held to many local, state, and federal expectations. Among these expectations include adhering to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), privacy practices (including confidentiality), and mandated reporting. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of HIPAA, protected health information (PHI), confidentiality, and mandated reporting requirements for service providers. Due to the ever changing nature of how we communicate with children, families, and other services this training will include how to ensure electronic communications adhere to the requirements as well. Mandated reporting will cover child and elder abuse reporting practices. This course has been customized for ABW […]

8/19/2020 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Working with Youth Who Exhibit Challenging Behaviors

Online Class Learn what a youth’s challenging behaviors are attempting to communicate! While it is necessary to understand the function of the child’s behaviors (since it is a communication to us), we also need to assess and understand what this means in the context of the family relationships. This understanding will allow us to better support caregivers and teachers as they attempt to help our kids to be successful in school and in the home. You do not have to be a clinician to attend since this is a training for anyone who works with kids who have challenging behaviors!

8/25/2020 10:00 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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.

8/26/2020 9:00 am – 10:00 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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

Generational Trauma

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Course Working with foster youth can be challenging given the generational patterns of trauma, poverty, incarceration, etc. It’s essential for providers to understand generational trauma and how to work with foster youth from a generational perspective. Without this perspective, service providers and resource families can have unrealistic expectations for youth and their families and encounter barriers to engagement. Participants will learn strategies to support youth with generational patterns of trauma within their families. Register Here

8/17/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Generational Trauma – Part 1

Online Class Working with foster youth can be challenging given the generational patterns of trauma, poverty, incarceration, etc. So, it’s essential for providers to understand generational trauma and how to work with foster youth from a generational perspective. Without this perspective, we can have unrealistic expectations for youth and their families and encounter barriers to engagement. Providers will learn strategies to support youth with generational patterns of trauma within their families.

8/26/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Generational Trauma – Part 2

Online Class “Generational Trauma Part 2” builds off “Generational Trauma Part 1.” Working with foster youth can be challenging given the generational patterns of trauma, poverty, incarceration, etc. So, it’s essential for providers to understand generational trauma and how to work with foster youth from a generational perspective. Without this perspective, we can have unrealistic expectations for youth and their families and encounter barriers to engagement. Providers will learn strategies to support youth with generational patterns of trauma within their families.

8/27/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Impact of Complex Trauma on Functioning and Development of Youth: Basic Foundations

Online Class 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.

8/27/2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Increasing Compassion Satisfaction: How to Prevent Vicarious Trauma

Online Class This training will focus on understanding the concepts of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction. This training will focus on proactive techniques and activities that direct service staff can use when working with foster youth to maintain their emotional and mental health.

8/28/2020 9:30 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING First Place for Youth

Increasing Compassion Satisfaction: How to Prevent Vicarious Trauma and Burnout

Online Class via Zoom The training workshop will take a trauma-informed care lens when describing Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. This training will also utilize case vignettes and small group sharing to dig deep into the various vicarious trauma experiences we may face when working with youth in foster care – and how compassion fatigue and burnout may impact us in our work. Self care practices will also be discussed.

8/20/2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Side by Side (formerly Sunny Hills Services)

Navigating Difficult Conversations with Youth About Social Injustices

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Course Given the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others, it has ignited social injustices that have existed in the United States. It is important for social service providers to have discussions with foster youth about social injustices that impact their families and their communities. In this webinar, the trainers will discuss how to navigate these difficult conversations. Register Here

8/31/2020 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5

Racial Trauma Healing and Resiliency

Online Class No description available.

8/18/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Youth

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Course Working with foster youth can be challenging given the generational patterns of trauma, poverty, incarceration, etc. So, it’s essential for providers to understand generational trauma and how to work with foster youth from a generational perspective. Without this perspective, we can have unrealistic expectations for youth and their families and encounter barriers to engagement. Providers will learn strategies to support youth with generational patterns of trauma within their families. Register Here

8/21/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

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.

8/25/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Trauma Foundations Part 1: Understanding Complex Trauma

Online Class From the time they enter the state’s care and likely long before, foster youth experience trauma that can severely alter their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. The impact of trauma on foster youth can mean that this vulnerable population faces numerous additional challenges as they grow and develop into adulthood. Foster youth experience trauma in many ways, often starting at home. Youth will enter the foster care system because they have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, a loss of a parent, or abandonment, forcing the state to step in. Other family stress factors such as poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, and incarceration can lead to a child’s […]

8/18/2020 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Trauma Related to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Complex Trauma and Adolescent Development

Online Class Youth in foster care may at times be exposed to multiple instances of interpersonal trauma, both in their homes of origin, as well as in their placements. An introduction to complex trauma, the impact of complex trauma on the development of the brain in adolescents and how trauma creates vulnerabilities for youth at risk for exploitation is provided in this training. Special focus will be placed on the relationship between youth in foster care at risk for exploitation and the impact of complex trauma.

8/17/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic