Solano Course Catalog

Training Offerings 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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Applying Mindfulness with Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is for all service providers who work with system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide discussions of techniques of Mindfulness Practices to be used with system involved children. Information will be provided about: defining mindfulness practice, learning basic brain function and several techniques to explain and support mindfulness with system involved children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to identify, practice and discuss 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 support of […]

8/19/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Caregiving with High Needs: Sexualized Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services When it comes to sexualized behaviors in the children and youth we serve, we tend to feel squirmy and uncomfortable with the subject. Sexualized behaviors are common in this line of work, but we tend to avoid the subject because in our polite society they are a taboo subject. Sexualized behaviors can be a daunting issue to tackle and it is important to understand these behaviors are coming from a trauma that is embedded way under the layers of the conscious and live deeply in their subconscious. For many of these children and youth it is likely that sexual abuse has had […]

8/31/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Tantrums

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services You know the scenario… you’re in the market and your child asks for a gumball. You are trying to maintain boundaries and you remember that the last gumball ended up all over the back seat of your car. So you say “no” and your child launches an epic portrayal of his perceived needs. In an instant he is on the ground rolling around trying to kick anything he can reach, including you. What you do next is very important in the way your child handles this same situation in the future. Some children find it difficult to both self-regulate and co-regulate often […]

8/9/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Caregiving with High Needs: Withdrawn Behaviors

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude. From early childhood through to adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and internalizing problems), peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality), and school difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance). Being shy or withdrawn isn’t, in itself, a negative thing for […]

8/25/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Collaborative Problem Solving Training Series Tier 1 (Day 1)

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is facilitated by ThinkKids. Kids with challenging behavior are tragically misunderstood and mistreated. Rewards and punishments don’t work and often make things worse. Thankfully, there’s another way. But it requires a big shift in mindset. Helping kids with challenging behavior requires understanding why they struggle in the first place. But what if everything we thought was true about challenging behavior was actually wrong? Our Collaborative Problem Solving approach recognizes what research has pointed to for years – that kids with challenging behavior are already trying hard. They don’t lack the will to behave well. They lack the skills to behave well. Collaborative Problem Solving® […]

8/9/2021 8:30 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Seneca Family of Agencies

Collaborative Problem Solving Training Series Tier 1 (Day 2)

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is facilitated by ThinkKids. Kids with challenging behavior are tragically misunderstood and mistreated. Rewards and punishments don’t work and often make things worse. Thankfully, there’s another way. But it requires a big shift in mindset. Helping kids with challenging behavior requires understanding why they struggle in the first place. But what if everything we thought was true about challenging behavior was actually wrong? Our Collaborative Problem Solving approach recognizes what research has pointed to for years – that kids with challenging behavior are already trying hard. They don’t lack the will to behave well. They lack the skills to behave well. Collaborative Problem Solving® […]

8/10/2021 8:30 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Seneca Family of Agencies

Collaborative Problem Solving Training Series Tier 1 (Day 3)

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is facilitated by ThinkKids. Kids with challenging behavior are tragically misunderstood and mistreated. Rewards and punishments don’t work and often make things worse. Thankfully, there’s another way. But it requires a big shift in mindset. Helping kids with challenging behavior requires understanding why they struggle in the first place. But what if everything we thought was true about challenging behavior was actually wrong? Our Collaborative Problem Solving approach recognizes what research has pointed to for years – that kids with challenging behavior are already trying hard. They don’t lack the will to behave well. They lack the skills to behave well. Collaborative Problem Solving® […]

8/11/2021 8:30 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Seneca Family of Agencies

Collaborative Problem Solving Training Series Tier 1 (Day 4)

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is facilitated by ThinkKids. Kids with challenging behavior are tragically misunderstood and mistreated. Rewards and punishments don’t work and often make things worse. Thankfully, there’s another way. But it requires a big shift in mindset. Helping kids with challenging behavior requires understanding why they struggle in the first place. But what if everything we thought was true about challenging behavior was actually wrong? Our Collaborative Problem Solving approach recognizes what research has pointed to for years – that kids with challenging behavior are already trying hard. They don’t lack the will to behave well. They lack the skills to behave well. Collaborative Problem Solving® […]

8/13/2021 8:30 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Seneca Family of Agencies

Crisis Communication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training is an overview of a Crisis Communication model based on a set of principles that focus on maintaining client dignity and keeping people safe by understanding the importance of: professional preparation, motives for assault and the applicable interventions and alternatives, developing and strengthening the skills to identify early interventions and prevent/reduce dangerous and potentially assaultive behavior, providing guidance in recovery, while achieving a consistent and operative client safety plan. 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 […]

8/17/2021 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Effective Telecommunication

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

8/30/2021 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Healing Practices Anyone Can Do for System Involved Youth based on Practices from the Untethered Soul

Virtual Instructor Led Training One of the most significant challenges for those supporting system involved youth these days is to effectively engage youth and families and help them build constructive, transformational behaviors that are sustainable and lead to healthy community engagement and improved outcomes for system involved youth. We will explore how to amplify our capacity to support child social and emotional development and wellbeing, strengthen resilience towards healing from traumatic events that can magnified by the abuse of substances by utilizing the practices illustrated in Michael Singer’s books, “The Untethered Soul” and “Living from a Place of Surrender.” Practicing and sharing the methods outlined by this author will empower […]

8/16/2021 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Intervention Strategies Using Tactile Activities

Virtual Instructor Led 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. 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

8/16/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Mindfulness and Expressive Arts to Support System Involved Youth with Emotional Literacy and Resilience

Virtual Instructor Led Training Marginalized and system involved youth may often feel their authenticity and self expression is restrained by school systems, mainstream culture, peers, and family culture. Mindfulness based expressive arts offers youth a place to find full expression, play, and healing. Join this workshop to engage in expressive arts activities using multiple modalities to support young people in finding their creative voice while navigating their anxiety mindfully. We will explore prompts and practices that can support system involved youth in creatively building their emotional literacy and resilience.

8/24/2021 11:00 am – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Motivational Interviewing

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA Register Here

8/23/2021 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Motivational Interviewing Train the Trainer (2 Days)

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training Attendees will: Review the foundational understanding of James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente’s Stages of Change; and build upon this understanding with additional training on William Miller and Stephen Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing tenets and techniques. Learn how to assess a client’s motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to utilize stage-appropriate strategies, such as (O.A.R.S); evoking/elaborating/enhancing change talk; and creating sustainable change plans. To enhance the ability to collaboratively work with clients to increase or consolidate motivation to address identified problem areas. Participants will practice 2-3 different exercises to cement learning in their own future trainings. Exercises will include: role plays, […]

8/23/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 14 (2 Days)

Motivational Interviewing Train the Trainer (2 Days)

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training Attendees will: Review the foundational understanding of James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente’s Stages of Change; and build upon this understanding with additional training on William Miller and Stephen Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing tenets and techniques. Learn how to assess a client’s motivation to change a particular behavior and then learn how to utilize stage-appropriate strategies, such as (O.A.R.S); evoking/elaborating/enhancing change talk; and creating sustainable change plans. To enhance the ability to collaboratively work with clients to increase or consolidate motivation to address identified problem areas. Participants will practice 2-3 different exercises to cement learning in their own future trainings. Exercises will include: role plays, […]

8/24/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 14 (2 Days)

Triple P Teen Discussion Training – Day 1

Virtual Instructor Led 2-Day Training Behavioral Strategies to support caregivers of teens.

8/10/2021 8:45 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Mendocino

Triple P Teen Discussion Training – Day 2

Virtual Instructor Led 2-Day Training Behavioral Strategies to support caregivers of teens.

8/11/2021 8:45 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Mendocino

Understanding Depression and Anxiety to Promote Wellness in System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training Understanding depression and anxiety is a key element in promoting wellbeing in System Involved Youth. The emotional health and wellbeing in System Involved Youth can be compromised and disrupted due to the extenuating life circumstances and experiences they endure. This manifests for many System Involved Youth who face challenges with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, anger and other illnesses. This course lays an educational foundation for understanding emotional health as well as techniques, tools and skills to develop an internal process for coping with emotional experiences such as depression, anxiety and anger. Training Participants will learn a simple Skills Based System to support System Involved […]

8/27/2021 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5 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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A Review of Childhood Grief Developmental Stages

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work with. Grief is a central theme in the lives of system involved youth whether it be […]

8/27/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

Developmental Stages of Grief and How to Support Grieving Children

Virtual Instructor Led Training Children may respond to loss, including death of a loved one or change in routine, in a wide variety of ways. These changes in behavior can easily be misidentified, which can result in the child not receiving the support they may be seeking. In this presentation we will review how children at different developmental stages may understand death and what their grief may look like. We will also offer helpful suggestions of how to best support children when they experience loss. By building an understanding of how to identify different behaviors as possible grief reactions, participants will learn how to better support the children they work […]

8/19/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 East Bay Agency for Children

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

Virtual Instructor Led Training We will follow a detailed case presentation to show how psychoanalytic play therapy can help children in foster care with histories of early loss, deprivation, abuse and other developmental strains and traumas. Play and other forms of reconstruction can offer ways to re-process the past emotional pain so as to gain new flexibility and integration. We will discuss developing plans to incorporate play therapy into work with system-involved youth clients to help them heal from trauma and develop healthy attachment.

8/11/2021 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding the Impact of Peer Violence on Youth in Foster Care

Virtual Instructor Led Training TBA

8/16/2021 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Cultural Awareness

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

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Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Case Planning for Professionals Working with Spanish-Speaking Families in Social Services and Foster Care *Presented in Spanish*

Virtual Instructor Led Training *This training will be presented in Spanish* Collaboration is highly valued in the service delivery field. It is highly important to collaborate with other professionals when providing services to family, but it is even more beneficial for families that we treat them as partners throughout this process and remain collaborative with them. Sometimes, in bilingual service delivery, families lose their voice and ability to advocate due to language barriers and bias, therefore, it is imperative that we work towards engaging in effective practices to maintain this partnership and empower the families we serve. In this workshop, participants will review effective case planning in bilingual service delivery. […]

8/9/2021 10:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Courageous Conversations about Race

Virtual Instructor Led 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 cultural difference and somatic impact. Information will be provided about: the elements of successful conversations about race, the importance of tracking somatic responses and how to discuss differences with children. The facilitator will create a safe space for providers to assess cultural identity, how racism affects conversation and how it may intersect with experiences youth and families. There will be a place for providers to share how these conversations affect them personally in the work.

8/26/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Examining Racism and the AAPI Community for Child Welfare Professionals

Virtual Instructor Led Training With the recent uprise in acts of violence and hate targeting Asian Americans, it seems the collective attention of our country is being called to turn and face the history of racism and discrimination against members of this highly diverse group. When paired with the racial reckoning we are facing with Black and Brown folks, particularly with regard to law enforcement, it is imperative that we look toward alternative models to promote cross cultural support and solidarity. How do we examine anti-Asian racism without examining anti-Blackness? In this 2 hour workshop we will review the historical context of racism with, to, and within these groups. We […]

8/9/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Seneca Family of Agencies

Human Trafficking of Immigrant Minors

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training As we learn more about human trafficking, it’s important that we talk about groups that are disproportionately impacted by it. Immigrant minors have many vulnerabilities that place them at significant risk for trafficking so it’s imperative to learn about this topic. In this training, you’ll learn about risk factors for immigrant minors, barriers to seeking services and supporting immigrant minors. Register Here

8/11/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2

Increasing Capacity to Assess Culture with Foster Youth and Their Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training Assessing one’s cultural identify as well as experiences of discrimination and oppression becomes crucial with foster youth and their families. Without this understanding, it will be a challenge to meet them where they are at and understand the experiences they’ve had and are having. In this training, we will talk about the ways in which culture influences us and ways to increase awareness of culture, including discrimination, during early information gathering efforts with foster youth and families. Participants will also be able to learn how to complete a culturalgram with foster youth and their families to gain a better understanding of their cultural influences.

8/26/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Reflections on Race in the Relationship with Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will explore race and culture and their impact on the dynamics of the assessment relationship. Race-related transference and countertransference will be discussed from theoretical, humanistic, and trauma-informed perspectives. Through reflection and analysis of a case example, this training will integrate race-related transferences as data points in order to create treatment recommendations that may address complex relational trauma. This training is designed to support training clinicians with facilitating therapeutic-collaborative assessment for youth in foster care.

8/6/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Setting and Maintaining Culturally Appropriate Boundaries in Work with System Involved Youth and their Families

Virtual Instructor Led Training In all our relationships (work, social life, family) we consciously or unconsciously set personal and professional boundaries. In the work setting, it is important to be conscious and thoughtful about the boundaries we set with clients to maximize the therapeutic impact of our interactions with system involved youth and their families. In this class we will discuss how to set culturally appropriate boundaries with clients in different situations including use of technology, physical contact, dual relationships and accepting gifts. We will also explore particularly challenging situations and have time to think through boundary issues in participants’ current caseload. *PLEASE NOTE: there will be a 45 minute […]

8/20/2021 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

The Use of Motivational Interviewing to Call-In Oppressive Comments: Effectively Reducing Client Harm in Child Welfare

Virtual Instructor Led Training This 5-hour session will use the framework of Motivational Interviewing to help providers dismantle oppressive beliefs/misinformation, held by professionals with whom our system-involved clients need to interact, and support the creation of community-building narratives. Attendees will explore the difference between calling-in and calling-out, the benefits and drawbacks to each, and a framework for deciding which to use. Attendees will practice the use of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries in the context of addressing harmful comments and opening discussions with clients in child welfare about the level of advocacy that they desire. Space will be given to discuss increasing comfortability around “calling-in”. The course will include […]

8/30/2021 9:15 am – 3:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding, Engaging, and Maintaining Social Justice Action with Youth and Colleagues in the Child Welfare System

Virtual Instructor Led Training “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” ~ WOMEN’S ABORIGINAL ACTIVIST GROUP, QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA, 1970S Frequently, professionals in the social welfare system are tasked with service and helping work including advocacy, caretaking, and empowering youth and families involved with the child welfare system. While service-oriented efforts and responding to immediate needs for survival are a necessity, the goal of social work is often aimed at helping those impacted by oppression and social injustice, rather than social justice action and the promotion of social […]

8/6/2021 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Family Issues

Topics include how to locate potential permanent family members (Family Finding) as well as how to engage and include family members in a child’s life.

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For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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Counting Down: Understanding the Experience of Foster Parenting: Session 1 of 3

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA

8/24/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Counting Down: Understanding the Experience of Foster Parenting: Session 2 of 3

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services TBA

8/31/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Redwood Community Services, Inc.

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led 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.

8/12/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led 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.

8/19/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Virtual Instructor Led 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.

8/26/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Foster Youth Personal Rights

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Foster Youth’s Personal Rights 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. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. 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

8/9/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Foster Youth Personal Rights

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Foster Youth’s Personal Rights 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. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. 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

8/27/2021 9:00 am – 10:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Foster Youth Reproductive and Sexual Wellness

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services In July 2017, California adopted a new law requiring comprehensive sexual health education for youth in foster care and new training requirements for foster caregivers, social workers and judges with Senate Bill 89. This training 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. This training is required […]

8/30/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care

Virtual Instructor Led Training Presenter will review the basic care and precautions while caring for infants in the foster care system. Covering best practices in sleep rules when caring for infants. Presenter will discuss new crib standards, crib recalls, safety hazards and how they affect a safe sleeping environment, addressing the proper way to feed and burp a new born infant and how to make certain the infant is consuming the proper amount formula, basic diaper rash symptoms and how to properly treat and prevent rashes. Presenter will discuss teething, infant development stages and milestone, well baby checkups, and immunizations. The basic side effects from prenatal drug exposure will be […]

8/9/2021 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Maybe Days: Understanding and Explaining foster care to younger children

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services book club –Maybe Days Register Here

8/19/2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Parenting Children with Exposure to Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led 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 […]

8/23/2021 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

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

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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 […]

8/11/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

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

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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 […]

8/25/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Resource Family Pre Approval Training – Sessions 1 and 2

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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.

8/14/2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Family Pre Approval Training – Sessions 3 and 4

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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.

8/21/2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Parent Orientation

Online Training This training provides an overview of the Resource Family Approval application process including: an introduction to Aldea, its history, the various Treatment Foster Care programs, as well as support services provided to all Resource Families. We will define what a Resource Parent is and go over the responsibilities that come with the role, as well as the five competency categories guiding a Resource Parent. We will explain the process of becoming an approved Resource Parent: the required documentation, pre-service trainings, submission of background checks via Live Scan, how to prepare your home for RFA approval, and review the purpose of the psychosocial assessment (home study interviews and report).

8/10/2021 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Resource Parent Orientation

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Please join us for a short presentation to learn about fostering in our communities. You will learn the different fostering options including short-term and foster-to-adopt all from the comfort of your home. RCS provides foster care services in Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Sonoma Counties. Facility #’s: 236803313 175001509 236803357 125090023 Register Here

8/11/2021 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Resource Parent Orientation

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Please join us for a short presentation to learn about fostering in our communities. You will learn the different fostering options including short-term and foster-to-adopt all from the comfort of your home. RCS provides foster care services in Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Sonoma Counties. Facility #’s: 236803313 175001509 236803357 125090023 Register Here

8/17/2021 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Resource Parent Orientation

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Please join us for a short presentation to learn about fostering in our communities. You will learn the different fostering options including short-term and foster-to-adopt all from the comfort of your home. RCS provides foster care services in Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Sonoma Counties. Facility #’s: 236803313 175001509 236803357 125090023 Register Here

8/22/2021 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Updated Personal Rights for Youth in Care and the Responsibilities of Resource Parents

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will include a review of the most up-to-date personal rights of youth in care and the basic responsibilities of resource families such as: supervision, provision of food/nutrition, and requirements related to participation in the reunification process will be reviewed. Appropriate timeline of reporting and best practice will also be discussed.

8/11/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Aldea Children & Family Services

Working Effectively with SOGIE and LGBTQ+ System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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 (SOGIE), 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 […]

8/25/2021 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Working Effectively with SOGIE and LGBTQ+ System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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 (SOGIE), 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 […]

8/27/2021 10:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Working Effectively with SOGIE and LGBTQ+ System Involved Youth – Spanish

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training is presented in Spanish and 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 (SOGIE), 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, […]

8/27/2021 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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An Overview of Child Labor Trafficking

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on sex trafficking, it’s important to discuss labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of labor trafficking including what it is and risk factors for being trafficked. The trainers will also discuss the signs someone is being trafficked, and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. Register Here

8/17/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will provide attendees with information about Awareness and Prevention on the topic of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in the US and local communities. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools and resources that empowers them to make a difference in the effort to eradicate exploitation of children. This training meets the Redwood Community Services Resource Family Approval training requirements. 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 […]

8/31/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Peer Recruitment

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training Peer recruitment is a common pathway of entry into commercial sexual exploitation, and yet, many organizations struggle to adequately address the issue. During this webinar, you will learn signs of peer recruitment and strategies to prevent and intervene when peer recruitment occurs. Register Here

8/11/2021 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

8/11/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services This training will cover who are Mandated Reporters and their responsibilities to report child abuse, types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. Register Here

8/18/2021 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Ensuring Youth Safety by Understanding Mandated Reporting-Telehealth

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services The training will cover who Mandated Reporters are and their responsibilities to report child abuse and neglect. This training focuses primarily on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect during virtual and phone visits with youth in care, clients and their caregivers. The training will also cover the types of child abuse and neglect, accidental vs purposeful abuse and what, when and where to report abuse and neglect. Protection for reporters and penalties for failure to report. 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 […]

8/9/2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

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

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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 […]

8/17/2021 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

The Impact of Gun Violence on Foster Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training Gun violence impacts many foster youth and their families. It has been highlighted in the media with mass shootings, police brutality and murders. Given the fact that gun violence touches so many lives, it’s important for the people who support foster youth to understand gun violence in order to support system-involved youth most effectively when gun violence touches their lives.

8/30/2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Trauma Informed Care

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trauma Informed Care is intended to educate those in the helping professions about the prevalence of trauma, how to recognize the signs of trauma, and how to help someone with trauma. This training is 1.5 hours in length. 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

8/6/2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING

Understanding Diagnoses in Work with System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training In work with system involved youth with mental health diagnoses, it is important to understand the origins and meaning of diagnoses in order to most effectively support system involved youth toward improved outcomes. In this class participants will learn about the history of mental health diagnostics, the definition of a mental health diagnosis and cultural considerations as they impact mental health diagnoses. DSM-5 diagnoses that are most commonly used with system involved children, adolescents and young adults will be reviewed in depth. Case vignettes will be used to illustrate diagnoses and there will be time to discuss cases.

8/19/2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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.

8/25/2021 9:15 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

On Demand

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

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Other

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

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Advocating for Transgender and Gender Expansive System-Involved Youth in Educational, Social Services, and Family Systems

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will educate those that provide support to system involved youth about how to advocate for transgender, gender expansive, gender questioning, gender nonconforming, and gender creative children & youth in out-of-home care. With so many anti-trans youth laws passing across the country, many parents, caregivers, and providers who work with youth may experience confusion or trepidation about how to understand medical and social transition among young people, especially pre-pubescent youth. This training is designed to help provide resources to providers and caregivers that clarify myths surrounding trans youth, their legal rights, and best practices to support overall health and well-being. We will explore laws that […]

8/12/2021 9:30 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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.

8/13/2021 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Legal and Ethical Issues Involved when Supporting System Involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training There are numerous legal and ethical issues specific to working with foster youth in community-based organizations and school settings. They include consent to privacy; use of electronics to dual relationships; minor consent for mental health treatment; mandatory reporting laws; and foster youth’s rights to reproductive health services and information. Through case vignettes, discussions and lecture, participants will explore the intricacies of these issues.

8/13/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Understanding Body Size Myths & Fatphobia for System Involved You

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training supports those who support system involved youth in building awareness around their biases related to body size, becoming familiar with research on weight and health among youth and the connection between Body Mass Index (BMI) and its use in health care, as well as its relationship to white supremacy and systemic discrimination. We will explore how body size-base microaggressions can impact rapport and access to appropriate resources for system involved youth, explore the Health at Any Size model, discuss best practices, and apply our learning through roleplay. This training is not about diagnosing eating disorders. Rather, it is focused on helping training participants identify […]

8/6/2021 9:30 am – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4.25 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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 […]

8/20/2021 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Working with System Involved Youth & Families: Introduction to Mandated Reporting

Virtual Instructor Led Training 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.

8/25/2021 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Youth Development Practices to Engage System Involved Youth as Leaders

Virtual Instructor Led Training One of the most significant challenges for those supporting system involved youth is to effectively engage youth and families and help them build constructive, transformational behaviors that are sustainable and lead to healthy community engagement and improved outcomes for system involved youth. We will explore how to enhance our capacity to support system involved youth by identifying their leadership qualities, redirecting their energy towards project development, and coaching them on skills needed to self-advocate towards financial success and leadership roles in their community where others can follow them. This approach will strengthen their child social and emotional development and wellbeing, foster their resilience to be able […]

8/23/2021 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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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An Overview of Child Labor Trafficking

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training While the larger human trafficking narrative has focused on child sex trafficking, it’s equally as important to discuss child labor trafficking. This training will provide an overview of child labor trafficking in the United States, including what it is, risk factors and pathways of entry. Participants will also hear about warning signs someone is being labor trafficked and recommendations to support labor trafficking survivors. Lastly, the trainer will discuss labor trafficking with adults and the impact it has on their children. Register Here

8/10/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Developmental Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to look at trauma from a different angle which is the same and different from what our current knowledge about trauma and behavior is. Through the lens of neurobiology, we look at the physical effects of trauma on the developing brain and how this manifests in the behaviors we see with children who have lived with constant trauma. If a child has been abused, battered, or neglected by the individual that is supposed to love them most, then what would make subsequent relationships appear any safer? Our earliest relationships create blueprints for all […]

8/25/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Healing Shame with Trauma Survivors

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will provide an overview of shame and how trauma survivors carry heavy amounts of shame. We will highlight this issue with youth and adults involved in the commercial sex industry. The training will also focus on strategies to heal shame with youth and young adults who have experienced trauma. The presenters will share information on shame resilience and self-compassion. Register Here

8/27/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Helping System-Involved Youth Heal: Understanding Sexual Intimacy After Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led Training Trauma can impact one’s understanding and experience of intimacy, and given the high rates of sexual abuse amongst youth in foster care, it’s important that clinicians in child welfare are equipped with the skills and knowledge to talk about intimacy after sexual abuse. Despite how common this can be amongst sexual abuse survivors, it is often not addressed in therapy. In this course, the trainer will discuss how trauma impacts one’s relationship with sex and how to support youth in foster care and transitional age youth in developing a healthier understanding and experience of sex.

8/31/2021 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Neurobiology of Trauma

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training also aims at helping bereaved caregivers, and adults including teachers, coaches, parents, extended family have the tools they need to communicate with children about loss, identify how they are impacted by their own grief and how to open up healthy lines of communication and intervention within the family or community impacted.

8/20/2021 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

School based support for system involved newcomers

Virtual Instructor Led Training Training will address the following guiding questions for participants: Who do we define as “newcomers” and where are they coming from? How does trauma impact newcomer youth, communities, and those who support them? Training will provide strategies and best practices for connecting with and supporting these at-risk or system involved youth and their families, through cultural humility and multi-tiered systems of support.

8/31/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Stress and Its Impact on Physiological Health

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to help understand what toxic stress can do to our bodies. 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. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system. This includes child welfare workers, […]

8/18/2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Stress and Its Impact on Physiological Health

Virtual Instructor Led TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Via an interactive lecture style this class is designed to help understand what toxic stress can do to our bodies. 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. This training is intended for those that work with children and youth within the child welfare system. This includes child welfare workers, […]

8/26/2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) 101

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training CSEC 101 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 their needs. Register Here

8/23/2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2

The Impact of Poverty

Sponsored by Lincoln Virtual Instructor Led Training Growing up in poverty can have lasting impacts on youth and their families. It’s essential for providers working with foster youth to understand how their socioeconomic upbringing impacts their ability to understand poverty and the challenges to get out of poverty. The trainers will discuss strategies for more effectively engaging individuals and families in poverty and ways to empower them. It is imperative to understand challenges poverty presents and to address it as it can be a risk factor for a variety of unhealthy and dangerous situations such as illness, gang involvement, involvement in the commercial sex industry, etc. Register Here

8/9/2021 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Trauma Informed Parenting – “Parenting in OZ!” – Part 1

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

8/21/2021 10:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Trauma Informed Parenting – “Parenting in OZ!” – Part 2

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

8/28/2021 10:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Understanding Generational Trauma in System-Involved Youth and Families for Child Welfare Professionals

Virtual Instructor Led Training Working with youth in foster care 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 youth in foster care 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.

8/23/2021 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Childhood Development, Behavior and Learning for Child Welfare Professionals

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training addresses the violence experienced by children and youth and the traumatic impact on their lives. We will define trauma, identify triggers, signs and symptoms, and recognize trauma driven behaviors. Trauma will be illustrated from a neuro-physiological point of reference and participants will examine ways to handle challenging behaviors and promote inner calming. Attention will be given to cultural factors, learning impediments and trans-generational violence in families. We will also examine some effective ways of working with the children, families within the context of their communities. This highly interactive training will include a power point presentation, video clip and discussion. Last, but certainly not least, […]

8/10/2021 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Trauma & what it means right now in our Work with Systems-involved Youth

Virtual Instructor Led Training This training will address the following guiding questions for participants: What is trauma, and how does it impact at-risk youth or system involved youth and their families as well as those who support them? This training will provide strategies and best practices for supporting these youth in connecting with each other, whether they are at school, at home, or living in out-of-home care. And finally, what are key strategies and ideas for doing this all online?

8/16/2021 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services