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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

Introduction to Filialesque Therapy – Teaching Parents to be the Therapeutic Agent in the time of Telehealth

Online Training Filial therapy is based on the evidence that teaching parents and caregivers child-centered play therapy skills improves difficult behaviors and increases bonding and attachment in families. This interactive training will give an overview of how to teach these skills to parents/caregivers over Telehealth in order to improve communication between children and families, support strengthening the attachment bond between children and parents/caregivers, and as an accessible strategy for parents and caregivers to use with children in the foster care system or with a history of trauma for restoring developmentally appropriate functioning and emotional health. Parents/Caregivers are always a child’s most important relationship, and especially during this time of Telehealth […]

12/16/2020 10:30 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Introduction to Transformative Story Telling for Child Welfare Professionals: Re-Framing the Narrative

Online Training In this introductory course, we will examine the impact of trauma on the development of the self in relationship to life goals, hope, resiliency and persistence. We will explore creative visual and poetic means of retelling the trauma narrative towards positive life outcomes. Participants will learn and practice a sampling of creative activities relevant to both assisting youth make meaning of their chaotic experiences, and to their own lives as individuals and service providers.

12/17/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Sand Trays, Fables and Expressive Arts Story-Telling with the CANS

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training The CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) has been described as a storytelling assessment tool (Lyons, 2019) because it represents a commonly understood story that integrates the perspectives of all story tellers (e.g. caregivers involved in the lives of children or youth we work with). Through this workshop/presentation, the participants will learn how to use a variety of storytelling approaches informed by some practice strategies (i.e., sandtray, expressive arts, and narrative utilization; assessment) to conduct collaborative CANS assessment in working with children/youth clients and their families; and also in supervision. As a workshop, participants will be engaged in collaborative experiential activities that use a […]

12/8/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING 2.75

Understanding how to Incorporate Expressive Arts into Work with System-Involved Youth

Online Training This interactive workshop will apply expressive arts to healing-centered work with system-involved youth. We will utilize the Attachment Regulation and Competency (ARC) model as well as neurobiologically-informed principles to guide our learning. Activities will explore interventions that best respond to a youth’s regulation and safety needs. Clinicians will learn activities that promote attunement, regulation, and self expression, as well as discuss how they apply to stages of chronological and functional development. Additionally, we will journey into our own evolving relationship with creative practice and enlist expressive arts to support us with clinical self-reflection.

12/7/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

Behavior Strategies for Group Care: Using the Functional Behavior Analysis – 2 STRTP CEUs

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

12/4/2020 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 STRTP CEUs

Caregiving with High Needs: Aggressive Behaviors

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Understanding Aggression There is logic behind the behaviors of our children and our challenge is to understand its context. Foster Parents have often been the strongest advocates for a more informed approach to helping children learn new behavioral skills and here it is! While not all parents have the skills to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviors, many have expressed frustration and anger over the use of repeated punishment. Their experience has been that punishment does not address the problems that the child is having, but instead addresses the symptoms. If we can look past the symptoms and get to the root of behaviors we […]

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

CSEC 102 Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth – Day 1

Sponsored by Lincoln 2-Day Online Training CSEC 102 is designed to help individuals working with foster youth increase their engagement skills with youth at-risk of involvement in the commercial sex industry and youth already caught up in the industry. The trainers will discuss vicarious trauma and an overview of trauma. They will then apply the Stages of Change Model with youth who are being commercially sexually exploited. Lastly, the trainers will discuss peer recruitment and running away. Register Here

12/9/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 14 (2 Days)

CSEC 102 Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Transitional Age Youth – Day 2

Sponsored by Lincoln 2-Day Online Training CSEC 102 is designed to help individuals working with foster youth increase their engagement skills with youth at-risk of involvement in the commercial sex industry and youth already caught up in the industry. The trainers will discuss vicarious trauma and an overview of trauma. They will then apply the Stages of Change Model with youth who are being commercially sexually exploited. Lastly, the trainers will discuss peer recruitment and running away. Register Here

12/10/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 14 (2 Days)

Healing Shame with Commercially Sexually Exploited (CSE) Youth

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training This training will provide an overview of shame and involvement in the commercial sex industry and how it can present in service care providing. The workshop will also focus on strategies to heal shame with youth and young adults who have been commercially sexually exploited. Participants will learn about self-compassion and strategies to practice self-compassion with CSEC. Register Here

12/1/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Mindfulness and Nature Connection Strategies and Practices for Virtual Facilitation

Online Training Young people are naturally curious, especially about nature. Unfortunately, many educational settings often do not allow for youth to experience the power of the natural world. Access to parks and nature spaces are often not easily accessible to marginalized communities and populations of at risk youth. During this shelter in place, this inequity of access has become even more apparent. This workshop helps youth workers find engaging and innovative ways to integrate nature based practices and connect our youth with our greatest mindfulness teacher – the natural world. It will provide skills and tools to share with at risk youth for practices and self regulation skills they can […]

12/4/2020 10:00 am – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Motivational Interviewing

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will gain knowledge and ability to implement a client-centered discussion collaboratively with a child, youth or adult that leads them toward their own motivations for positive change by exercising OARS: Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summarizing; stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. Register Here

12/1/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Motivational Interviewing

Online TrainingSponsored by Redwood Community Services Trainees will gain knowledge and ability to implement a client-centered discussion collaboratively with a child, youth or adult that leads them toward their own motivations for positive change by exercising OARS: Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summarizing; stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. Register Here

12/9/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Practices for Youth to Develop Self-Acceptance and a Strong Self Esteem

Online Training Amidst a global pandemic, distance virtual learning, blazing wildfires, and tense racial and political climates, our youth are facing unprecedented change and uncertainty. Youth are having to navigate new challenges that might evoke feelings of unworthiness and insecurity. In this workshop, we will explore activities and exercises to support youth in cultivating their stress resilience and tools to create a strong sense of self worth, acceptance, and self esteem.

12/17/2020 11:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4.25 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Risk Management

Online Training This 6-hour training focuses on high-risk client situations, such as suicidality, homicidality, grave disability, neglect, community violence, domestic violence, and general crisis escalation. Attendees will review common physiological and cognitive responses to crises and how to mitigate these responses in order to effectively support clients. Each crises type will include a categorization of mild, moderate, and severe risk, and corresponding protocols, or interventions. Attendees will identify means of assessing all risk categories via telehealth. Attendees will practice the application of protocols in small groups and then process the experience as a larger group.

12/14/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Family Paths, Inc.

Supporting Foster Youth Through the Holidays

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training The holidays can be a trying time for foster youth because of not celebrating with family, grief and loss, etc. COVID also adds complications as youth in placements may not be able to have passes or visits with their families. Given all this, it’s important for providers to be aware of the challenges the holidays bring for many foster youth and support them through the holidays. Register Here

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3

The Power of the Observer Mind Training Part 2: Energy Expansion

Online Training One of the most significant challenges for clinicians these days is to effectively engage patients and clients away from the use of substances and process addiction behaviors into constructive, transformational behaviors that are sustainable, and lead to healthy community engagement. This is Part II in exploring how to expand our own energy by removing the trappings of our personal mind’s perceptions, and experience what it is like to be seated in our consciousness as illustrated in Michael Singer’s books, “The Untethered Soul” and “Living from a Place of Surrender”. Utilizing the methods outlined by this author will empower us to deepen our effectiveness with system-involved youth and their […]

12/14/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 2 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

When Classic Consequences Don’t Work: Parenting Adopted Children With Trauma and Sensory Related Needs

Online Training After many years of working with foster and adoptive families, it is clear that there are a few key things that have helped families find greater ease at home. This workshop provides some understanding of the way that children with trauma histories and/or attachment disruptions can have differing brain and body chemistry. The training will also explore common relationship triggers that require distinct parental understanding. Sensory issues can also contribute to challenging behavior and parenting children with sensory integration challenges will be specifically discussed. Many common parenting approaches and frequently recommended behavioral interventions may not be effective in foster and adoptive homes. The aim of this workshop is […]

12/16/2020 12:15 pm – 4:15 am DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

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.

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

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

Online Training This seminar will bring together some specific strategies from infant and child psychotherapy to improve the effectiveness of all social welfare interventions within child welfare. The readiness to consider and even explore emotional experiences and family dynamics can often “open things up” in a variety of situations. Through considering a case, a second area will be discussed: interdisciplinary collaboration and integration. In the foster care system, young children often present with multisystem difficulties—sensorimotor, post-traumatic, socioemotional, and more. The value of interdisciplinary assessment and intervention is often underestimated, and should be considered in most such situations.

12/14/2020 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Teen Culture – 4 GH & STRTP CEUs

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca This 4 hour course is designed to provide staff serving in Group Homes and STRTP’s behavior management strategies for staff working with traumatized youth and families. The aim of the course is to assist adults working with severely emotionally disturbed teens compared to healthy adolescents. Participants will discuss effective tools and techniques for treatment.    Register on Seneca’s website.

12/3/2020 9:30 am – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 GH & STRTP CEUs

Cultural Awareness

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

Title Description Calendar Time Location CEUs Sponsoring Agency Register Now!

#CounselorsNotCops: Deconstructing Authority as Mental Health Practitioners Working with System-Involved Youth

Online Training Most mental health clinicians working in schools are working with youth who have had challenges in school. This workshop will explore how our socialization in schools contributes to our belief system around authority and impacts our practice with youth and families. Inspired by the #defundthepolice movement, this workshop will ask you to consider your experiences in schools to unpack how we have been socialized to accept or reject authority and authoritative practices as a necessary part of our work with youth and families. [breaking the silence around push-out rates for Black girls]. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of what authoritative practices and approaches look like […]

12/4/2020 9:30 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

A Cultural Framework on Family Therapy

Online Training Providing family therapy to families that have experienced generations of trauma can be challenging as well as impactful for both the families and providers. Prior to family therapy taking place, families may have experienced much trauma in their lives, services that may have not been accessible or poorly delivered, and families may be surviving in a current crisis state. Most often, to be able to be effective with families that have experienced such trauma, loss, and other bio-psychosocial challenges, it is important to prioritize engagement to build trust and work towards providing healing experiences and connections for families. This training focuses on building a foundation in learning effective […]

12/7/2020 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Bearing Witness to One Another: The Value of Community, its Wisdom, and its Contribution to a Path Way to Healing

Online Training System-involved youth and families require culturally responsive care and services. For those who identify as native or indigenous, there are added challenges for services providers who do not identify similarly to understand individual, familial, and cultural needs. In this training, the lead trainer, Avelina Rogel, provides information about infuse holistic and indigenous approaches for work with Latinx families. This training reviews mental health approaches that focus on the reclamation, reconnection, and strengthening of ancestral knowledge, particularly focused on native communities.

12/1/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Confronting White Supremacy and Microaggressions for White Providers

Online Training This training defines foundational terms related to whiteness, white supremacy, and racism, & prompts participants to consider how their white identities affect how they embody their professional role(s). Through self-reflection, discussion, and interactive activities, participants will recognize and challenge areas of discomfort and fragility based on internalized ideas about whiteness as “normal” or “superior.” Participants will complete a white culture checklist to identify potentially problematic areas of their workplace culture, and practice having difficult conversations taking responsibility for internalized white supremacy in order to make their areas of practice as inclusive and anti-racist as possible. Participants will leave this training having completed honest self-reflection, with more resiliency in […]

12/21/2020 10:00 am – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Culturally Relevant Conversations in Work with Foster Youth

Online Training Youth in foster care encounter systems, providers, and social workers who may occupy different cultural values and beliefs. When placed with non-familial care, youth may find that the identity, values, and beliefs of those around them are notably different from those with which they were brought up. This training reviews how culturally-relevant conversations, including cross-cultural conversations may happen in the context of serving youth. Participants practice discussing chosen elements of identity, including race, and how this experience is felt when in dialogue with someone of the same race, contrasted with someone of a different race. Participants also review common culturally-themed scenarios and dilemmas and review strategies for responding.

12/18/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Culturally Responsive Parenting: Using the Intersectionality of Trauma to Frame a Theoretical Understanding – 7 BBS CEUs Day 1

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

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7 BBS CEUs

Culturally Responsive Parenting: Using the Intersectionality of Trauma to Frame a Theoretical Understanding – 7 BBS CEUs Day 2

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

12/3/2020 9:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7 BBS CEUs

Culturally Responsive Supervision

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training 3- 2 Hr trainings: 12/16/2020, 1/13/2021 & 2/17/2021-MUST ATTEND ALL 3 Trainer will train on a supervision model that integrates race and differences that will lead to a more effective supervisory process and expose participants to an array of culturally competent approaches to supervision and training. Innovative strategies for skillfully and effectively incorporating issues of culture into supervision will be discussed. Participants will be able to practice the model and get direct feedback around their implementation. Register Here

1/13/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING 2

Culturally Responsive Supervision

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training 3- 2 Hr trainings: 12/16/2020, 1/13/2021 & 2/17/2021-MUST ATTEND ALL 3 Trainer will train on a supervision model that integrates race and differences that will lead to a more effective supervisory process and expose participants to an array of culturally competent approaches to supervision and training. Innovative strategies for skillfully and effectively incorporating issues of culture into supervision will be discussed. Participants will be able to practice the model and get direct feedback around their implementation. Register Here

2/17/2021 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING 2

Culturally Responsive Supervision

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training 3- 2 Hr trainings: 12/16/2020, 1/13/2021 & 2/17/2021-MUST ATTEND ALL 3 Trainer will train on a supervision model that integrates race and differences that will lead to a more effective supervisory process and expose participants to an array of culturally competent approaches to supervision and training. Innovative strategies for skillfully and effectively incorporating issues of culture into supervision will be discussed. Participants will be able to practice the model and get direct feedback around their implementation. Register Here

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING 2

Developing and Applying Anti-Racist Practice as a White Ally and Accomplice to Clients and Communities of Color Within the Child – Part II

Online Training Developing oneself as an anti-racist ally and accomplice requires ongoing awareness, constant reflection, and a deep commitment to continuing education and practice. In this Part II workshop, open only to those who attended an earlier A Better Way ‘Ally’ training with Jon, we will both deepen our discussions on concepts and then building on this knowledge base, spend significant time on application. Participants will be given ample opportunity to share about efforts to apply learning from Part I, to work through scenarios related to clients, colleagues, and communities, and to plan for further integration. Within the context of recent elections, the ongoing pandemic and the ongoing struggle to […]

12/15/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Foundations For Talking About Racism: Special Focus: White or White Identified Persons in Child Serving Fields – Part 3

Online Training Communication Skills in Cross Racial Conversations: Receiving Feedback

12/2/2020 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

How to Address Trauma: Honoring Culture and Identity

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

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

How to Address Trauma: Honoring Culture and Identity

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

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Poderismo: The Power of Mentorship in the Lives of Youth of Color

Online Training The class aims to support youth practitioners by offering them strategies and tools for to build stronger relationships with the power of mentorship. This training will also cover current issues that youth of color face in schools, communities and societies. In addition, the class will offer effective mentorship approaches leading to more effective, happier, and successful youth and practitioners the course offers a framework for youth practitioners of all experience levels to exchange ideas, experiences and resources.

12/10/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3.75 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Positive Indian Parenting – Day 1

Online Training: 4 Days Positive Indian Parenting training teaches facilitators to hold an eight week course focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values.

11/30/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Mendocino

Positive Indian Parenting – Day 2

Online Training: 4 Days Positive Indian Parenting training teaches facilitators to hold an eight week course focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values.

12/1/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Mendocino

Positive Indian Parenting – Day 3

Online Training: 4 Days Positive Indian Parenting training teaches facilitators to hold an eight week course focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values.

12/2/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Mendocino

Positive Indian Parenting – Day 4

Online Training: 4 Days Positive Indian Parenting training teaches facilitators to hold an eight week course focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values.

12/3/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING First 5 Mendocino

Preventing Clinical Bias for Providers Working with Youth in Social Systems

Online Training This training will assist providers in reflecting on their own power and privilege within their personal identities, while also considering the intersectional context of their youth clients in out of home care. Through personal assessment, group discussion, and multimedia, participants will define microaggressions, bias, power, privilege, and learn to recognize them. Finally, through group activity and roleplay, participants will develop personal strategies to intervene when witnessing the perpetration of damaging messages and embody what it feels like to respond in uncomfortable situations, particularly if clients or colleagues are not responsive to feedback. All definitions will be discussed in the context of system-involved youth.

12/3/2020 9:30 am – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Race and Cultural Humility for Institutions

Online Training Addressing race, culture and identity for youth in care requires a commitment to honoring and respecting the youth, families and communities they live in. This is challenging when layering in the impact of trauma, poverty, and racism. This training establishes a common understanding of key words and concepts related to identity and culture. Participants are invited to identify and bring their own culture and identity in the room in order to connect and relate to cultural humility practices that create authentic spaces for culturally supported growth, development and functioning of youth. Participants learn about pitfalls of cultural and identity work as well as effective practices that lead to […]

12/11/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Strategies to Support to Black and Brown Families: Specifically for White Professionals Working with System Involved Youth and Families

Online Training This training is for all service providers who identify as White and who work with Black and Brown system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide a discussion of how communities of color are affected at different levels by the current political climate regarding race. Information will be provided about: the elements of successful conversations about race, the importance of tracking somatic responses and creating clear intentions. The facilitator will create a safe space for White identified providers to assess how racism is affecting them daily and how it may intersect with experiences of Black and Brown youth and families. There will be a place for White […]

12/11/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Support to Black & Brown Families: Specifically for White Professionals Working with System Involved Youth & Families

Online Training This training is for all service providers who identify as White and who work with Black and Brown system involved youth and families. The facilitator will guide a discussion of how communities of color are affected at different levels by the current political climate regarding race. Information will be provided about: the elements of successful conversations about race, the importance of tracking somatic responses and creating clear intentions. The facilitator will create a safe space for White identified providers to assess how racism is affecting them daily and how it may intersect with experiences of Black and Brown youth and families. There will be a place for White providers […]

11/30/2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

The Master’s Tools will Never Dismantle the Master’s House: Making Change in a System of Oppression for Child Welfare Professionals

Online Training TBA

12/11/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding and Impacting Implicit Bias

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca This course seeks to increase participants understanding of implicit bias, where it comes from and how it shows up. Participants will be guided though a reflective activity to increase their own awareness of their own identities. Register on Seneca’s website.

12/10/2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Understanding How to Become an AntiRacist: Specifically for BIPOC Professionals working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Training This course is for BlPOC professionals working with system involved youth and families addressing Racism. Racism is a pervasive structure replicated within the BIPOC community as a direct result of institutional racist structures within society. The main points of the training are: Recognize somatic response to conversations about racism, Define racism and antiracism, Identify racist ideas and belief held, Identify three antiracist ways to shift the support during challenging conversations with youth and families The trainer will present facilitate conversation, host break out reflections and conversation to illicit learning of impact of racism and racist ideology within the self, community, economics, school and participants will discuss impact upon […]

12/15/2020 10:30 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding How to Become an AntiRacist: Specifically for White Professionals working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Training This course is for White professionals working with system involved youth and families addressing Racism. Racism is a pervasive structure replicated within the White community as a direct result of institutional racist structures within society. The main points of the training are: Recognize somatic response to conversations about racism, Define racism and antiracism, Identify racist ideas and belief held, Identify three antiracist ways to shift the support during challenging conversations with youth and families. The trainer will facilitate conversation, host break out reflections and conversation to illicit learning of impact of racism and racist ideology within the self, community, economics, school and participants will discuss impact upon system […]

12/17/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding Internalized Oppression: Specifically for BIPOC Professionals Working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Training This course is for BlPOC professionals working with system involved youth and families addressing Internalized Oppression. Internalized Oppression is a pervasive internalized racist structure replicated within the BIPOC community as a direct result of institutional racist structures within society. The main points of the training are: Provide an overview of the importance of providers tracking their somatic responses to internalize oppression, Identify how the provider’s internalized oppression and privileges effect conversations with youth and families, Provide space for the provider to identify three behaviors to shift to increase support to families challenged by internalized oppression. The trainer will present videos, facilitate conversation, host break out reflections and conversation […]

12/4/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding Internalized Oppression: Specifically for Black Professionals Working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Training This course is for Black professionals working with system involved youth and families addressing Internalized Oppression. Internalized Oppression is a pervasive internalized racist structure replicated within the Black community as a direct result of institutional racist structures within society. The main points of the training are: Provide space for the provider to identify three behaviors to shift to increase support to families challenged by internalized oppression, Provide an overview of the importance of providers tracking their somatic responses to internalize oppression, Identify how the provider’s internalized oppression and privileges effect conversations with youth and families. The trainer will present videos, facilitate conversation, host break out reflections and conversation […]

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding Internalized Oppression: Specifically for White Professionals Working with System involved Youth and Families

Online Training This course is for White professionals working with system involved youth and families addressing Internalized Oppression. Internalized Oppression is a pervasive internalized racist structure replicated within the BIPOC community as a direct result of institutional racist structures within society. Understanding the impact and nuanced differences for BIPOC and what Whites may experience as internalized oppression is an important factor in service delivery to our youth and families. The main points of the training are: Provide an overview of the importance of providers tracking their somatic responses to internalize oppression, Identify how the provider’s internalized oppression and privileges effect conversations with youth and families, Provide space for the provider […]

12/8/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Understanding the Impact of Immigration Narratives on Youth and Family

Online Training In this advanced training for providers, participants will review how immigration narratives of grief and experiences of loss from estrangement contribute to needs within a family system. In this training, participants will learn a strategy for engaging families in reflection about immigration narratives, and an approach for discussing the impact of this on their current needs and relationships. This course will require advance study of coursework that will be pre-assigned.

12/18/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

White Supremacy Culture Rearing Its Head in the Child Welfare System

Online Training While there are overt expressions of white supremacy, it is important to unpack how white supremacy culture operates in covert ways as well within systems, organizations and ourselves (white people and people of color). White supremacy is the foundation of the systems and structures upon which the United States was built and continues to be upheld. What is white supremacy culture, and how can we undo or do things differently personally, interpersonally, institutionally and culturally? This workshop will bring attention to how white supremacy culture shows up in our behaviors, our organizations and in the child welfare system, influencing our work with system-involved children, youth and families. We […]

12/14/2020 9:15 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Working Cross-Culturally and Bilingually

Online Training This training focused on the exploration of various identities. This focus will help to support continued development in working across and within diverse cultural groups. The training will focus on understanding concepts including bilingualism, emotional language, language as a defense, and cultural matches v. non-matches with youth/families. The training will utilize the perspectives of communicating in non-native languages and working cross-culturally with youth/families with a different ethnic/racial/cultural background.

12/17/2020 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Working with Male Youth Clients: Gender and Culturally Responsive Services for Child Welfare Professionals

ONLINE COURSE: To optimally serve male youth clients, providers should bring an awareness of the issues facing boys and young men, and as a subgroup, systems involved boys and young men of color. Building on a strong understanding of challenges disproportionally impacting this population, we may implement strategies proven effective in empowering male youth clients to cope with and succeed in spite of these barriers. Through this course, participants will gain a greater understanding of gender socialization, culturally responsive practices, and the impact of environmental stressors and systemic oppression on systems involved male clients. Approaches and techniques will be shared on how to draw out youth emotions, ideas, voice and […]

12/1/2020 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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Family Engagement: Exploring the Possibilities and Impossibilities of Family Work with Adolescents

Online Class Services for adolescents can present with a myriad of opportunities and challenges, especially due to dynamics that adolescents can have within their family systems. This training reviews some of the struggles as well as areas of possibility and opportunity that exist when collaborating with and engaging caregivers/family in the context of services for adolescent foster youth. Providers working with foster youth are encouraged to bring case examples to enrich the discussion of dynamics with youth, families, and providers.

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

FAN 101 (Facilitated Attuned Interaction Model) Training – Part Four of Four

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Must Attend All Four Parts Intended For: Infant mental health workers, MFTs, social workers, early care and education providers, and other professionals working with trauma- and foster care-impacted children This 4-day workshop presents training content that has been determined by the Fussy Baby Network® as part of a standardized approach for introducing providers to the FAN Model, a communication tool for professionals working with families. Originally developed by Erikson professor Linda Gilkerson and her Fussy Baby Network® team as part of their work to support parents dealing with challenging infant behaviors (crying, difficulty sleeping and feeding), it is now recognized as an effective tool to […]

12/18/2020 9:00 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3

FAN 101 (Facilitated Attuned Interaction Model) Training – Part One of Four

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Must Attend All Four Parts Intended For: Infant mental health workers, MFTs, social workers, early care and education providers, and other professionals working with trauma- and foster care-impacted children This 4-day workshop presents training content that has been determined by the Fussy Baby Network® as part of a standardized approach for introducing providers to the FAN Model, a communication tool for professionals working with families. Originally developed by Erikson professor Linda Gilkerson and her Fussy Baby Network® team as part of their work to support parents dealing with challenging infant behaviors (crying, difficulty sleeping and feeding), it is now recognized as an effective tool to […]

12/9/2020 9:00 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3

FAN 101 (Facilitated Attuned Interaction Model) Training – Part Three of Four

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Must Attend All Four Parts Intended For: Infant mental health workers, MFTs, social workers, early care and education providers, and other professionals working with trauma- and foster care-impacted children This 4-day workshop presents training content that has been determined by the Fussy Baby Network® as part of a standardized approach for introducing providers to the FAN Model, a communication tool for professionals working with families. Originally developed by Erikson professor Linda Gilkerson and her Fussy Baby Network® team as part of their work to support parents dealing with challenging infant behaviors (crying, difficulty sleeping and feeding), it is now recognized as an effective tool to […]

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3

FAN 101 (Facilitated Attuned Interaction Model) Training – Part Two of Four

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Must Attend All Four Parts Intended For: Infant mental health workers, MFTs, social workers, early care and education providers, and other professionals working with trauma- and foster care-impacted children This 4-day workshop presents training content that has been determined by the Fussy Baby Network® as part of a standardized approach for introducing providers to the FAN Model, a communication tool for professionals working with families. Originally developed by Erikson professor Linda Gilkerson and her Fussy Baby Network® team as part of their work to support parents dealing with challenging infant behaviors (crying, difficulty sleeping and feeding), it is now recognized as an effective tool to […]

12/11/2020 9:00 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3

Screening Attachment within Family Relationships

Online Training Youth in the foster care system at times experience relationship losses with primary caregivers, while at the same time attempting to develop new relationships and family bonds with resource families or kin. This training helps providers look at ways to screen for challenges or disruptions within attachment relationships of foster youth and families. Providers will have opportunities to look at case examples to identify and examine the development of relationships, and explore strategies for fostering healthy relationships within families.

12/17/2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Screening Attachment within Family Relationships

Online Training Youth in the foster care system at times experience relationship losses with primary caregivers, while at the same time attempting to develop new relationships and family bonds with resource families or kin. This training helps providers look at ways to screen for challenges or disruptions within attachment relationships of foster youth and families. Providers will have opportunities to look at case examples to identify and examine the development of relationships, and explore strategies for fostering healthy relationships within families.

12/22/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Screening Attachment within Family Relationships

Online Training Youth in the foster care system at times experience relationship losses with primary caregivers, while at the same time attempting to develop new relationships and family bonds with resource families or kin. This training helps providers look at ways to screen for challenges or disruptions within attachment relationships of foster youth and families. Providers will have opportunities to look at case examples to identify and examine the development of relationships, and explore strategies for fostering healthy relationships within families.

12/23/2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Screening Attachment within Family Relationships

Online Training Youth in the foster care system at times experience relationship losses with primary caregivers, while at the same time attempting to develop new relationships and family bonds with resource families or kin. This training helps providers look at ways to screen for challenges or disruptions within attachment relationships of foster youth and families. Providers will have opportunities to look at case examples to identify and examine the development of relationships, and explore strategies for fostering healthy relationships within families.

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

For Caregivers

Caregiver trainings.

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ABC’s of Infant Care and Awareness

Online Training This training is designed to inform resource parents of specific care for infants through age 3.

12/7/2020 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Building Resiliency with Youth Impacted by Trauma and Loss

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca A specialized series of classes designed for parents, kinship caregivers and guardians* who are currently parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss as a part of their history. The trainings are intended to be taken individually, with each lesson offering insight and support for various topics. The course provides tools, techniques and information with the goal of empowering participants to effectively parent their child as they move towards healing and permanency (lifelong connections) within the relational context and beyond. Register on Seneca’s website.

12/5/2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

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

12/3/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

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

12/10/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

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

12/17/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

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

12/15/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

Online TrainingSponsored by First 5 Lake County This learning session with Linebacker DAD will provide resource parents and service providers with learning and capacity building arount the topic of developing a growth mindset and helping to communicate and foster that mindset in children for optimal development and wellbeing. Register Here

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

Foster Youth and Reproductive Rights

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

12/2/2020 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Mandated Reporter

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

12/1/2020 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Mandated Reporter

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

12/17/2020 6:00 pm – 7:30 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.

12/9/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

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.

12/23/2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Permanency Programs: Foster Care/Adoption Orientation

Online Training 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 […]

12/14/2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Sessions 1 and 2

Online Class This training is designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the foster care system structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children’s individual and unique needs, and how to create an environment that promotes children’s social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Participants will continue to review; Interim Licensing Standard, Child Growth and Development, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Working with Biological Families and understanding the Effects of Trauma.

12/5/2020 10:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Resource Family Pre-Approval Training – Sessions 3 and 4

Online Class This training is designed to prepare resource families to work with youth in the foster care system. Participants will receive a better understanding of the foster care system structure and explore how to provide a well-planned, safe, and secure environment designed to meet children’s individual and unique needs, and how to create an environment that promotes children’s social emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Participants will continue to review; Interim Licensing Standard, Child Growth and Development, Medication Guidelines, Discipline, Working with Biological Families and understanding the Effects of Trauma.

12/12/2020 10:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Screening Attachment within Family Relationships

Online Training Youth in the foster care system at times experience relationship losses with primary caregivers, while at the same time attempting to develop new relationships and family bonds with resource families or kin. This training helps providers look at ways to screen for challenges or disruptions within attachment relationships of foster youth and families. Providers will have opportunities to look at case examples to identify and examine the development of relationships, and explore strategies for fostering healthy relationships within families.

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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

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

12/5/2020 10:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

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

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

12/12/2020 10:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING Alternative Family Services (AFS)

Understanding the Effects of Grief and Loss on System Involved Youth

Online Training Instructor will address the common stages of grief and loss within the realm of all the losses that foster youth have experienced as well as grief and loss resource families experience when a child leaves their care. Instructor will give relevant examples and discuss situations in which additional intervention (such as therapy) may be needed for the foster youth. Instructor will also discuss ways the agency provides support to all grieving persons.

12/17/2020 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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An Overview of Child Labor Trafficking

Sponsored by Lincoln 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

12/7/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Supporting Providers and the Youth Served

Online Class In this 2-hour workshop, a first session of a 2-part series, we aim to build upon previous knowledge, experience, and training(s) on the topic of commercial sexual exploitation. Participants will (re)consider the specific issues and dynamics that surface when serving and supporting commercially exploited. Highlighting common biases and assumptions frequently activated around this issue and these youth, we will explore how best to support providers, youth, and systems in addressing and undoing these harmful impacts. We will also take up the experience and the complexities of supervising the work of service providers with these high-risk, trauma-impacted foster youth. Lastly, we will briefly review practical issues such as documentation, […]

12/3/2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

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

Complexities of Telehealth for Youth/Families with Trauma Histories

Online Training Telehealth expansion has occurred out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma-informed virtual care has the potential to ensure continuity of services for foster youth by creating safe and collaborative interactions between youth and caregivers on the service team. This training will explore the complexities of connecting with foster youth and their families via virtual platforms.

12/10/2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Creating Safe and Predictable Environments: Routines and Schedules that Support Regulation

Online Training This two-hour webinar provides concrete strategies to support children to calm their activated sensory response systems. Participants will learn environment strategies such as predictable routine, activities and spaces that support children to regulate and come back to the “window of tolerance.”

12/15/2020 9:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children

Creativity Explored: Telehealth Interventions for At-Risk Children Youth and Families

Online Class During this current time of sheltering-in-place, behavioral health services to at-risk children, youth and families are being provided by telehealth services. This training will provide behavioral health providers with online tools and interventions that specifically meet the needs of assessing, engaging and providing services to foster youth and youth at risk of future involvement in the foster care system. Providers will gain the tools needed to assess their own capacity for delivering these services and acquire strategies for addressing obstacles and challenges that arise when utilizing telehealth tools.

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

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

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

12/16/2020 11:00 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Harm Reduction

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Online via Zoom: Login info will be emailed Harm reduction principles have been identified as a best practice for working with commercially sexually exploited children and transitional age youth. This training will cover the following topics: overview of harm reduction, overview of the Stages of Change model, applying harm reduction principles to each stage in the Stages of Change, and safety planning.  Register Here

11/30/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Healing and Wellness Practices to Support Foster Youth

Online Training Considered by scholars to be the oldest practiced healing science, this training will provide a holistic approach to health that can be applied to helping foster youth improve their wellbeing. It is more than just a system of medicine; it is a science of life” and strives to create harmony between body, mind, and spirit through the use of different modalities. These practices emphasize the uniqueness of an individual and offers approaches based on a person’s individual needs. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of this approach. They will gain insight into their unique needs. They will also learn how to incorporate these healing principles and […]

12/23/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Healing Trauma in Children with Play: Using a Sequential Approach

Online Class Many foster children/youth have experienced trauma and/or are living through ongoing trauma. The training will highlight the use of playful interventions to help children/youth heal through traumatic experiences such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and others. Case examples involving children/youth in foster care will also be used. This training will highlight the use of play based approaches as one of the choices for intervention, in the continuum of care, when working with children and families who have experienced trauma. This includes a sequence of play-based components that: (1) follows the tri-phasic model of trauma recovery (Herman, 1992); (2) underscores the neurobiology of trauma; and (3) complements current […]

12/8/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Healing Trauma in Children with Play: Using a Sequential Approach

Online Class Many foster children/youth have experienced trauma and/or are living through ongoing trauma. The training will highlight the use of playful interventions to help children/youth heal through traumatic experiences such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and others. Case examples involving children/youth in foster care will also be used. This training will highlight the use of play based approaches as one of the choices for intervention, in the continuum of care, when working with children and families who have experienced trauma. This includes a sequence of play-based components that: (1) follows the tri-phasic model of trauma recovery (Herman, 1992); (2) underscores the neurobiology of trauma; and (3) complements current […]

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

Healing Trauma in Children with Play: Using a Sequential Approach

Online Class Many foster children/youth have experienced trauma and/or are living through ongoing trauma. The training will highlight the use of playful interventions to help children/youth heal through traumatic experiences such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and others. Case examples involving children/youth in foster care will also be used. This training will highlight the use of play based approaches as one of the choices for intervention, in the continuum of care, when working with children and families who have experienced trauma. This includes a sequence of play-based components that: (1) follows the tri-phasic model of trauma recovery (Herman, 1992); (2) underscores the neurobiology of trauma; and (3) complements current […]

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

Identifying and Responding to Crisis

Online Class In this training participants who support youth and their families or significant support persons will learn about youth crisis and how to respond with compassion and safety in mind. Youth specifically foster youth often exhibit risk behaviors which are misinterpreted as behavioral problems. This training will discuss best practices in working with youth crisis.

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

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

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

12/17/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Narrative Strategies to Strengthen Family Relationships

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

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Narrative Strategies to Strengthen Family Relationships

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

12/22/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Narrative Strategies to Strengthen Family Relationships

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

12/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Narrative Strategies to Strengthen Family Relationships

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

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

Practices For Youth & Family: Tools From Traditional Chinese Medicine for Reducing Stress & Boosting Immunity

Online Training This course will provide a brief overview of how traumatic stress affects our mind, body and soul, while doing a deeper dive into empowering youth and families with tools to actively participate in their own wellness through traditional, holistic practices. Part of the course will be an overview of gentle, accessible techniques, (including Emotional Freedom Technique, TaiChi and Acupressure), while participants will also be invited to practice these techniques experientially as a group. Following a guided journey through these practices will be a conversation on how to pass these practices on to families and youth to increase resiliency in this time of uncertainty.

12/3/2020 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Practices For Youth & Family: Tools From Traditional Chinese Medicine for Reducing Stress & Boosting Immunity

Online Training This course will provide a brief overview of how traumatic stress affects our mind, body and soul, while doing a deeper dive into empowering youth and families with tools to actively participate in their own wellness through traditional, holistic practices. Part of the course will be an overview of gentle, accessible techniques, (including Emotional Freedom Technique, TaiChi and Acupressure), while participants will also be invited to practice these techniques experientially as a group. Following a guided journey through these practices will be a conversation on how to pass these practices on to families and youth to increase resiliency in this time of uncertainty.

12/10/2020 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Safety in the Field

Online Class Service Providers may work with youth in a variety of settings, including at clinics, schools, homes, or in other areas of the community. This seminar will provide information for providers around safety issues that may arise with youth in the community. This training provides an overview of the general areas where safety issues may arise, and review how providers may explore and respond to youth risk behaviors. It will also cover determining which policies and procedures to implement around mandated reporting and critical incidents both in the clinic and in the field.

12/21/2020 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Supervision In Stressful Times: Managing Staff Stress, Vicarious Trauma, Time Management, Technology-Based Boundaries, and Challenging Supervisees in Child Welfare

Online Training In this unprecedented time, staff and supervisors in child welfare are challenged in new and unexpected ways. In the class, supervisors will learn how to: identify and address stress and vicarious traumatization in their staff working with system-involved youth and families. address time management and work prioritizing balanced with challenges of working from home, understand and monitor ethical concerns of telehealth intervene with supervisees who present challenging behaviors

12/3/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Supporting System-Involved Youth Clients in Addressing and Working Through Shame

Online Training This course will provide an overview of the feeling of shame as it usually accompanies trauma and other mental health challenges. Shame can be a debilitating and oppressive emotion that impacts our ability to move forward. Therefore, it is vital as providers that we learn to address and heal shame in our clients as we try to motivate them towards positive change and healing in their lives. This course will identify strategies in acknowledging and addressing shame for our clients as well as for ourselves.

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

Telehealth Services for Foster Youth: Special Considerations for Adolescents

Online Training With the increase of Covid-19 in California, and a statewide shelter-in-place order, entire communities have experienced disruption. In the context of TAY 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 transition aged youth who have entered the foster care system through Alameda County Social Services. Special discussion focuses on on developmental considerations during the pandemic, establishing remote relationships with TAY foster youth & families, safety considerations for CSEC youth, managing crises, and engaging resource families and treatment […]

12/11/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Telehealth Services for Foster Youth: Special Considerations for Adolescents

Online Training With the increase of Covid-19 in California, and a statewide shelter-in-place order, entire communities have experienced disruption. In the context of TAY 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 transition aged youth who have entered the foster care system through Alameda County Social Services. Special discussion focuses on on developmental considerations during the pandemic, establishing remote relationships with TAY foster youth & families, safety considerations for CSEC youth, managing crises, and engaging resource families and treatment […]

12/17/2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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

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

12/14/2020 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Telehealth Services for Foster Youth: Special Considerations for Young Children

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

12/9/2020 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Telehealth: Understanding Foundational Competencies and Screening Youth’s Needs Remotely

Online Class Telehealth services for youth has recently become a necessity due to COVID-19. This training will address the multiple issues associated with remote services including limitations and possible adaptations to best serve youth. Working with children, and foster youth specifically, necessitates further considerations of establishing effective rapport within the context of tele-services, access to technology, availability of tools for engagement and screening, the potential impact on the validity of the information provided by youth, and providing verbal feedback to enhance likelihood of youth/families utilizing recommendations. This training would address such considerations to help ensure quality services to population served.

12/7/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

The Healing Power of Narrative Engagement: Sharing our Story

Online Class This training will focus on theory, research and practice covering individual developmental growth regarding the positive impact of Narrative strategies for engagement with youth and their families. Importance will be placed on the intersectionality of youth and families who are who have benefited from Narrative engagement approaches. Examples of engagements from the presenter will include strengths and challenges of Narrative approaches to engagement to support providers with developing their own unique engagement strategies.

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Transitions and Terminations with Clients: Considerations during COVID-19

Online Training System-involved youth often have experienced one or multiple losses, transitions, and goodbyes as their placement changes. This can make transitions in care and terminations especially challenging when they occur during services. This training will discuss how providers can engage in saying “goodbye” in relationships with foster youth both planned and unplanned. Impact on life and system transitions, such as graduations, ending of services, and change of placements will be discussed.

12/3/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Chronic Depression in System-Involved Youth and Teens for Child Welfare Professionals

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12/1/2020 9:15 am – 1:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Foster Youth: Trauma Bonding and CSE Foster Youth

Online Training 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

12/2/2020 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding How Telehealth and Video Games can improve Engagement and Services for Foster Youth

Online Training This training provides an introduction to incorporating video games into existing telehealth interventions that providers already utilize. In the spirit of “meeting clients where they’re at”, this training will attempt to provide a basic understanding of psychoeducation in the video game field, and how we can work to incorporate this type of play into our existing work with foster youth. By the end of this training participants will have tools to build rapport with clients who do play video games, create a greater understanding of the youth we serve, and apply tailored strategies to engage and work with youth both in telehealth modalities and in-person.

12/16/2020 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Motivational Interviewing for Child Welfare Professionals: MI 101

Online Training This 6-hour course provides attendees with a foundational understanding of Motivational Interviewing. Attendees will learn to assess client/family motivation around change and examine how to use Motivational interviewing open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (OARS) to further enhance or consolidate this momentum. Attendees will leave with the ability to differentiate between sustain talk, discord, and change talk, resulting in increased treatment planning efficacy. The day will culminate with practice creating change plans.

11/30/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Understanding Privacy Practices for Foster Youth

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

12/30/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Systems to Promote Safety for Youth and Families

Online Training This session will offer providers a framework for promoting safety for youth and families. Participants will be able to identify and understand key strategies for responding to situations involving risk and suicidal ideation when working with youth, NMDs, and families/caregivers. Providers will acquire tools to promote the safety of youth in a variety of settings in which youth/families are encountered.

12/4/2020 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Utilizing Telehealth to Support Foster Youth

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. This training will focus on enhancing capabilities of telehealth to provide services to foster youth. Participants will discuss strategies to communicate with foster youth and their caregivers and engage them in […]

12/15/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Utilizing Telehealth to Support Foster Youth

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. This training will focus on enhancing capabilities of telehealth to provide services to foster youth. Participants will discuss strategies to communicate with foster youth and their caregivers and engage them in […]

12/21/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Wounds of an Invisible War: Strategies and Skills for Working With Adolescents In Distress

Online Training This second workshop of a 2-part series provides a deeper look at trauma in adolescents in foster care, examining factors within their community and environment that connect to their experiences of trauma in their homes. Participants will learn strategies for working with adolescents’ distress related to trauma wounds.

12/10/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Youth Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training This training will focus on suicide risk factors, protective factors, assessment of risk severity, and other planning strategies. 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 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 service and/or care providing relationship. The training group will review how to most […]

12/11/2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Youth Suicide Risk 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 […]

12/7/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

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Overview of Behavioral Health Supports for Youth with a Recent Placement Change Part 1: Shifts and Screening

Online Training This training is designed to introduce service providers to the services available to youth at the Alameda County Assessment Center. This training includes overview of the service roles, responsibilities, and expectations for those working directly with youth. The training will help participants to familiarize themselves with the major components of the cases that are seen at the Assessment Center, including screening, transitional services, collaborating with various service providers, and linkage/transfer of services and care. In addition to providing information about the nature of specific tasks inherent for service providers, the training is also designed to help providers consider how the systems and structures in which the Assessment Center […]

12/15/2020 11:30 am – 1:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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Assessing Psychosis and Trauma

Online Class This training aims to provide an in depth look at assessing client’s for psychosis, and trauma 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, symptoms of psychosis, and the symptoms of complex trauma as well as PTSD. Additionally, the training explores ways to identify and understand questions of psychosis and trauma through various projective measures of assessment. Finally, the training provides resources for support for individuals struggling with attenuated or full psychosis.

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

Assessing the Needs of Children in Placement

Online Training This training will focus on the specific needs of children in foster care and group homes. Participants will discuss how attachment challenges arise in youth in foster care and strategies for understanding them. Discussion will also focus on strategies to work with and to help foster youth stabilize in placement.

12/15/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

BBS – Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting 7 CE’s

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca Many mental health professionals, regardless of their work environments, will most often encounter a case or situation concerning of child abuse or neglect. In the state of California, legally mental health professionals are mandated to report suspected child abuse and neglect. There is a wide range of issues pertaining to child abuse/neglect intervention. These include identification, assessment, reporting, and treatment. Therefore, it is critical that mental health professionals be informed about the principles and strategies helpful in these areas in order to ethically and accurately meet their legal duty. This course will cover historical perspective, an overview, all categories of child abuse, therapist’s responses (including reporting, […]

12/10/2020 9:00 am – 5:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 7

Bearing Witness to One Another: The Value of Community in Healing

Online Training This training will examine the role of community, its wisdom, and its contribution to healing when working with system involved youth. Participants will engage in experiential activities that promote community healing.

12/29/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Challenges of Identifying Permanent Placements for Foster Youth at the Assessment Center

Online Training Youth who have been recently removed and who spend time at the temporary receiving center/shelter of the Assessment Center of Alameda County may at times experience over-stays and challenges in obtaining a stable placement in a foster home. Youth (and providers) may experience hopelessness and increased acuity in their needs when these challenges arise. This training reviews strategies for navigating youth needs and the systemic barriers to identifying placements. The participants in this training utilize case presentations in order to discuss and develop an understanding of youth challenges and to discuss strategies for decreasing escalation of youth in that setting.

12/29/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Clinical Supervision: Being the Best Supervisor that you can Be!

Online Training If you are a clinical supervisor and are supervising unlicensed clinicians, working with youth and their families in our continuum of care, who are accumulating their hours towards licensure, this is an important training for you. We will focus on some of the requirements of the BBS and on issues of culture in supervision and on ethical boundaries in supervision and how these parallels boundaries in the supervisee/client relationship. We will also review the relevance of countertransference in the supervisory relationship and how to help supervisees identify this.

12/2/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Collaborating with Caregivers – Exploring Opportunities to Help Them Understand Child Needs

Online Training Caregivers can at times experience high levels of stress when caring for foster youth, particularly when the youth demonstrates specialized needs. This seminar will focus on helping the caregiver develop empathy for the youth’s experiences. This will be done by helping the caregiver develop curiosity about the youth’s emotional experiences and the contributing factors for their behavioral challenges further discussion will explore the role of care provider with the caregiver and effective strategies for support their exploration of the client’s needs.

12/3/2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Connection Oriented, Relationship Establishing (C.O.R.E.) Counseling – 2 STRTP CEUs

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca This two-hour course is designed to support STRTP administrators and staff in developing a foundation of focused counseling strategies, techniques and principles, to build strong, helpful, and mutually respectful connections. The techniques and principals, termed C.O.R.E. Counseling (Connection, Orientated, Relationship, Establishing) will be consistent with Trauma Informed Practices and will support staff in building healthy, beneficial, supportive relationships. Register on Seneca’s website.

12/4/2020 9:30 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING 2 STRTP CEUs

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth 3 CE Credits

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca How do you handle conflict? When is a courageous conversation needed? Our willingness or tendency to avoid conflict goes back to our first experiences in childhood with conflict. How was it handled in your household? What was modeled for you? A common socialized behavior is to try and keep things ‘nice’, don’t make waves. This workshop provides participants with practical theories and tools about how to engage more openly with conflict, instead of avoidance. We will explore how early childhood socialization regarding conflict can set you up for a tendency towards avoidance, resulting in frustration, powerlessness and resentment. The theory of cooperative relationships provides a more […]

12/15/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3

CSEC and CSE-IT Overview

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 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 an example of screening and identifying of commercially sexually exploited youth. The structure and philosophy of the CSE-IT will be discussed. […]

12/7/2020 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Discipline of Foster Children

Sponsored by Aldea Children & Family Services This training is a basic overview of positive discipline. The purpose of discipline is to teach a child right from wrong, as well as responsible behavior at home and in the community. A foster child may require greater understanding and guidance given their background. The trainers will provide suggestions for determining an effective means of discipline for a child, how to reduce power struggles, and inform caregivers on the differences between punishments vs. consequences. Examples of effective and thoughtful consequences, with emphasis on the use of “natural” consequences, will be shared. Register Here

12/2/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING

Engaging Foster Youth

Online Training This training will help those implementing foster care plans understand the importance of service providers engaging in foster youth in treatment to increase participation and 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.

12/21/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Engaging Foster Youth–Youth Perspectives on the Experience of Entering Foster Care

Online Training 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.

12/18/2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Exploring Race and Power While Working Within Systems of Care

Online Training Changing systems to support best practices can often be discouraging when conversations do not lead to actions. If the conversation is collapsed, it can create more harm and recreate the same systemic issues that need to be addressed. This training validates the importance of including the voice of the provider and explores the immediate need to take a proactive, restorative and harm reduction approach. Providers will discuss new approaches to embody anti-racist work while working within systems of care. This training will provide tools to empower providers and youth to disrupt harmful language or experiences by responding in ways that everyone can feel safe and valued at the […]

12/4/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Family Resiliency in the Face of Trauma

Online Training This training will review the impact of trauma on children, youth and families, particularly families who have had contact with DHS or have experienced any family separations and/or foster placement. The training will also review the impact of trauma on communities and systems and will encourage participants to consolidate and put these concepts into practice using case based scenarios. This training will highlight the benefits of utilizing strategies that are trauma based as well as restorative practices within a social justice frame.

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Family Systems in the Collaborative Model

Online Training This seminar looks at how the Collaborative Model can provide a framework for engaging families in understanding youth needs and strengths. This multi-part training series focuses on applying family-centered theories to creating plans for engagement, dialogue, and case planning that will help the family begin to understand the youth’s experiences and reasons for their challenging behaviors. Participants will learn effective strategies to use with families in order to demonstrate key elements of family relationships and dynamics. This seminar focuses on foundations of family systems theory that create a basis for understanding some of the challenging dynamics present between youth and caregivers. Participants will be involved in case-based discussion […]

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

Growing Up in a Digital Age: Understanding The Intersection of CSEC and Technology for Child Welfare

Online Training This 1-day course focuses on the intersection of CSEC and technology. The Internet has opened the door to CSEC recruitment, so it is crucial that providers are continually engaging in dialogue with youth in child welfare about technology. This course will focus on the dangers of cell phones, social media, cyber bullying, sexting, and online gaming. The facilitators will also discuss safety strategies for each of these.

12/8/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Guidelines for Remote Work and Telehealth during the COVID-19 Crisis

Online Class Shifting to providing telehealth services can present a number of complexities and challenges for foster youth and their caregivers. Often times, providers may need to make a concerted effort to re-engage foster youth and their caregivers in services. Additionally, providers may need to reassess the most pressing needs facing foster families in order to promote stability. This training will cover the legal and ethical considerations to providing telehealth to foster youth and families, as well as review strategies for continued engagement in services.

12/22/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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

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

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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.

12/18/2020 9:15 am – 12:15 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 A Better Way, Inc.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Youth in Care

Online Training In this training, service providers will learn about who may and may not consent for foster youth services, confidentiality and privilege, and who may and may not release information about foster youth to other providers or involved individuals. Service providers will learn Mandated Reporting obligations. This training will provide a brief overview of the legal system and important pieces for service providers to know when working with youth in care who are legally involved.

12/7/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Loss-Informed Care and the 7 Core Issues of Foster Care and Permanency

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca A specialized series of classes designed for parents, kinship caregivers and guardians* who are currently parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss as a part of their history. The trainings are intended to be taken individually, with each lesson offering insight and support for various topics. The course provides tools, techniques and information with the goal of empowering participants to effectively parent their child as they move towards healing and permanency (lifelong connections) within the relational context and beyond. Register on Seneca’s website.

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

Milieu Overview – Understanding and Responding to Basic Needs of Youth Recently Entering Foster Care

Online Class STAT is a mental health screening and assessment program, located at the Alameda County Assessment Center. When a child is taken into protective custody by Alameda County Child Protective Services or the police, s/he is brought to the Assessment Center, a child-friendly receiving center where the child can comfortably wait until placement with a relative, foster home or group home is found. This training provides an overview of STAT and issues that face foster youth in the milieu as well as ways to support youth during the acute transition to placement.

12/22/2020 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Overview of Behavioral Health Supports for Youth with a Recent Placement Change Part 2: Transition Services and Communication

Online Training This training is designed to introduce service providers to the services available to youth at the Alameda County Assessment Center. This training includes overview of the service roles, responsibilities, and expectations for those working directly with youth. The training will help participants to familiarize themselves with the major components of the cases that are seen at the Assessment Center, including screening, transitional services, collaborating with various service providers, and linkage/transfer of services and care. In addition to providing information about the nature of specific tasks inherent for service providers, the training is also designed to help providers consider how the systems and structures in which the Assessment Center […]

12/22/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Overview of Outpatient Services and Resources Available to Foster Youth

Online Class Youth in foster care may enter with a variety of pre-existing needs as well as needs that may have arisen in the aftermath of their placement change. Parents and caregivers should be aware of how to identify or screen for behavioral or emotional needs, as well as what services may be available to address youth’s health needs. This training provides an overview of how outpatient services may benefit youth in care, and common considerations for families in need of this support.

12/3/2020 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Overview of Services Offered to Foster Youth Through Outreach and Engagement

Online Class In this training participants will become oriented to the services that are available for youth and their families involved in the foster system. Participants will learn about the practices and strategies that are effective in improving functioning and minimizing placement destabilization and other risk factors that foster youth face. These strategies are centered around a team-based approach and participants will have knowledge to connect and collaborate with all services.

12/9/2020 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Overview of Transition Age Youth Services and Resources Available to Foster Youth

Online Class This training will review services and resources available to transitional age youth. TAY present with unique needs based on their stage of development, degree of independence, and at times due to a higher level of risk and need. This training will review services for helping youth and young adults in the foster care system to address high levels of mental health crisis and needs identified to move from residential treatment to community-based support and placements. Additionally, this training will review supports and resources available to youth who are at risk or actively being sexually exploited. Their needs, as well as strategies to support these youth, will be discussed.

12/3/2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Positive Sexuality for Youth Care Providers (2-Day) 10 Ces

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca This course will be a two-day, comprehensive workshop for providers about positive youth sexuality. Register on Seneca’s website.

12/15/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 10 (2 Days)

Positive Sexuality for Youth Care Providers (2-Day) 10 Ces

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca This course will be a two-day, comprehensive workshop for providers about positive youth sexuality. Register on Seneca’s website.

12/16/2020 9:00 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 10 (2 Days)

Services for Foster Youth: Understanding the Basics for Accessing Services

ONLINE COURSE: Service providers working with youth in care must understand basics for youth and families accessing services, such as the nature and scope of the services provided and ways to navigate service systems in order to access those services. This training will review some basic foundations of the systems in which foster youth receive services including funding and eligibility, documentation standards, and pathways for service provision. This training will use didactic and practical approaches to facilitate learning for participants.

12/7/2020 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Survival Guide for Superheroes: Managing Paperwork and Productivity while Meeting the Needs of System Involved Youth and Families

Online Training Timely management of paperwork and meeting productivity requirements, 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 strategies to address challenges with paperwork and productivity, and will develop a sustainable superhero plan to address the barriers to successfully meeting your clients’ needs while staying calm and focused.

12/9/2020 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Survival Guide for Superheroes: Timely Completion of Paperwork and Deadlines for Child Welfare Professionals

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 self-care plan to address the barriers to successfully meeting your clients’ needs while staying calm and focused. 

12/10/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 6 A Better Way, Inc.

Systems Overview: Probation

Online Training 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.

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

The Collaborative Model: Discussing Feedback on Outcomes with Families and Youth

Online Training This seminar looks at how the Collaborative Model can provide a framework for engaging families in understanding youth needs and strengths. This multi-part training series focuses on applying family-based theories to creating an plans for engagement, dialogue, and case planning that will help the family begin to understand the youth’s experiences and reasons for their challenging behaviors. Participants will learn effective strategies to use with families in order to demonstrate key elements of family relationships and dynamics. This seminar focuses on discussing feedback on outcomes with families and youth. Participants will be involved in case-based discussion to explore the Collaborative Model concepts.

12/18/2020 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Unconditional Care: Curiosity and Relational Assessment – 4 CE Credits

Online ClassSponsored by Seneca Participants are exposed to a way of thinking about assessment that emphasizes patience, curiosity, respect and collaboration with the client. A critique of current practices and demands often encountered in assessments carried out in the public behavioral health and child welfare systems is offered. Participants will become more critical consumers of various kinds of evaluations and more thoughtful producers of their own evaluations. Two related conceptual schemes for assessment will be offered: one based on careful review of risk and protective factors and one based on the child’s history and experience of attachment relationships. Register on Seneca’s website.

12/17/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4

Understanding Child Welfare Automated Systems: Avatar

Online Training Youth in foster care are in complex systems, where multiple disciplines of providers and systems of care are working to cross barriers in collaboration in order to share relevant information about youth and families with each other. This training for service providers will provide an overview of automated systems for child welfare and the process of information sharing across systems of care. Service providers will be exposed to systems such as welligent & avatar and develop an understanding of how these are strategies for navigating and sharing information across complex systems.

12/10/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Child Welfare Automated Systems: Welligent

Online Training This training for service providers will provide an overview of automated systems for child welfare and how child welfare reporting systems can enable the collection and analysis of important information about children and families, as well as improve case practice and management. Service providers will be exposed to systems such as Welligent & Avatar and develop an understanding of navigating these. This training will be didactic and utilize examples to facilitate learning.

12/11/2020 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Child Welfare Systems

Online Class This training orients participants to the child welfare systems in the United States, and the pathways that bring children/youth to foster care or adoption. The training covers issues related to child maltreatment. Child welfare services, foster care placement and various permanency options. This training serves as an overview for staff to understand to the child welfare system operates in the United States and how it responds to vulnerable children and families, and ways that children in the Bay Area, and specifically Alameda County enter the system. Participants will become acquainted with the following concepts: child maltreatment reporting requirements and responses, differential response, child welfare services, judicial roles, out-of-home […]

12/17/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Personal and Professional Accountability and Responsibility as White-Identified Staff

Online Training Accountability is a keystone of racial equity work. Accountability, as used in this training, refers to creating processes and systems that are designed to help individuals and groups to be held in check for their decisions and actions and for whether the work being done reflects and embodies racial justice principles. This training will review concepts related to personal and professional accountability for individuals that benefit from white privilege, with a focus on exploring how white progressives are unwilling or unable to acknowledge their own racism.

12/16/2020 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding the Issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

Online Training This training will provide relevant information about commercial sexual exploitation and how to support vulnerable foster youth/families. 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 […]

12/7/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding Trauma: Unpacking Youth Stories and Drawings

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

12/23/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Wounds of an Invisible War: Distress and Healing in Adolescents Living with Multi-tiered Violence Exposure

Online Class This training is designed to present and consider the impact of multiple forms of trauma and oppression on our youth and their families and communities as well as build shared language and commitment to implementing and sustaining trauma-informed, culturally-grounded healing policies and practices. The training is geared for service providers and aims to provide new insights into the dynamic and systemic impact of violence on individual and community development, the impacts of personal and collective trauma on adolescent mental health, and strengthen successful clinical and organizational practices for serving trauma-exposed youth and communities. The training builds on the efforts and findings from a community-grounded, participatory research process that […]

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

Wounds of an Invisible War: Distress and Healing in Adolescents Living with Multi-tiered Violence Exposure

Online Class This training is designed to present and consider the impact of multiple forms of trauma and oppression on our youth and their families and communities as well as build shared language and commitment to implementing and sustaining trauma-informed, culturally-grounded healing policies and practices. The training is geared for service providers and aims to provide new insights into the dynamic and systemic impact of violence on individual and community development, the impacts of personal and collective trauma on adolescent mental health, and strengthen successful clinical and organizational practices for serving trauma-exposed youth and communities. The training builds on the efforts and findings from a community-grounded, participatory research process that […]

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Wounds of an Invisible War: Distress and Healing in Adolescents Living with Multi-tiered Violence Exposure

Online Class This training is designed to present and consider the impact of multiple forms of trauma and oppression on our youth and their families and communities as well as build shared language and commitment to implementing and sustaining trauma-informed, culturally-grounded healing policies and practices. The training is geared for service providers and aims to provide new insights into the dynamic and systemic impact of violence on individual and community development, the impacts of personal and collective trauma on adolescent mental health, and strengthen successful clinical and organizational practices for serving trauma-exposed youth and communities. The training builds on the efforts and findings from a community-grounded, participatory research process that […]

12/3/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 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.

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CSEC 101

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland Nola Brantley Speaks has partnered with UCSF to facilitate “Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) 101.” This training provides an in-depth overview of CSEC within the larger legal framework of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act followed by a review of current statistics about CSEC. Next, the training discusses myths about involvement in CSEC as well as the demand of CSEC. The training then discusses the pathways and precursors to involvement in CSEC. Participants will hear case studies of CSEC survivors to highlight the risk factors for CSEC recruitment. Next, the training will provide an overview of the impact of CSEC, specifically looking at the physical, […]

12/3/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Deepening the Understanding of Complex and Vicarious Trauma

Online Class Youth at the Assessment Center of Alameda County may be arriving with exposure to various types and instances of traumatic experiences, also known as complex trauma. For providers who support them through their transition of placement, there is a higher likelihood for experiencing vicarious trauma from hearing about the details of the youth’s exposure to trauma. To add to this, the process of transitioning placement can add to the felt experience of trauma for some youth, and increase their acuity of pre-existing behavioral or emotional needs. For some, this may lead to 5150 hospitalizations and further traumatic transition/removal. This training provides context for the challenges faced by service […]

12/15/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Generational Trauma

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital, Oakland 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. Providers will learn strategies to support youth with generational patterns of trauma within their families. Register Here

12/4/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5

Identifying Elements of Trauma Informed Systems for Youth in Care

Online Class Sustaining Resilience is a collaboration between service providers to understand the impact of stress and secondary trauma and to foster transformational change for the families and youth. This training is grounded in a racial and social justice. It will focus on the implications that key literature around vicarious traumatization, stress, and wellbeing have on work with families. There will be discussion of foundational concepts that are crucial to include in our trauma-informed systems and healing work.

12/8/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

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

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

12/23/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Implications of Developmental Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation—A Case Study

Online Training This training is designed to assist providers in screening mental health needs and behaviors over time, which will assist in placement, services, and supportive decisions. Specifically, this training will focus on identifying factors related to experience of developmental trauma and attachment disruption common in foster care youth. This two-hour workshop will review a case example to arrive at a person-centered understanding of the child/adolescent . Major categories for screening will be reviewed and applied to a case. Implications and recommendations for services and case plans will be discussed. Specific attention will be paid to identifying risk factors and protective factors related to developmental trauma and attachment disruption, reviewing […]

12/8/2020 11:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Implications of Developmental Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation—A Case Study

Online Training This training is designed to assist providers in screening mental health needs and behaviors over time, which will assist in placement, services, and supportive decisions. Specifically, this training will focus on identifying factors related to experience of developmental trauma and attachment disruption common in foster care youth. This two-hour workshop will review a case example to arrive at a person-centered understanding of the child/adolescent . Major categories for screening will be reviewed and applied to a case. Implications and recommendations for services and case plans will be discussed. Specific attention will be paid to identifying risk factors and protective factors related to developmental trauma and attachment disruption, reviewing […]

12/10/2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Moving from Fear to Growth Mindset During COVID-19

Online Training During challenging times, it is natural to react in a way that ensures our safety and the safety of those we care about. It is important to tend to our most immediate needs and address our most immediate challenges. Challenging times, however, also present us with opportunities to grow, support others, and become valuable in new and different ways. Sometimes, if our mindset is right, we can also learn a great deal about ourselves, who we are, and who we can become. This can also be used as a model for our clients and families, to leave the fear zone and progress towards the growth zone.

12/4/2020 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING East Bay Agency for Children

Nervous System Regulation for Providers and System-Involved Clients in Times of Crisis During the Holiday Season

Online Training During this intense period of the COVID-19 Pandemic and protests against racial injustice, so many people have experience increased levels of fight or flight/sympathetic dominance. We all need strategies to address our fear, anger, overwhelm and stress. The holiday season tends to bring on extra stress for both providers and the families with whom they work. It is unclear what this will look like during the Pandemic, but it is likely to be even more difficult. In this class participants will have a chance to talk about their experiences over the last many months, explore how they can better help themselves and their clients manage stress during a […]

12/11/2020 9:30 am – 2:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

Preventing Vicarious Trauma for Professionals Working with System Involved Families

Online Class This highly interactive training is designed to address the self-care needs of those working with children, youth and adults impacted by traumatic life events. Participants are encouraged to verbalize their understanding and connectedness to the multiple aspects of compassion fatigue. By taking a self-inventory, participants will see first-hand, the levels of stress they experience. The group will look at several tools and techniques to circumvent the most challenging aspects of their compassion fatigue and to be able to regain a state of neuro-physiological (mind-body) regulation, recovery and resilience. Addressing stress in the workplace has traditionally been avoided or seem as a distraction to the delivery of service. This […]

12/2/2020 9:15 am – 4:45 pm DISTANCE LEARNING A Better Way, Inc.

Strategies in Mitigating the Effects of Secondary Trauma Among Service Providers in Work with Foster Youth

Online Class It is not uncommon for service providers who work with youth in out of home care to experience secondary trauma. While secondary trauma can be experienced in a multitude of ways for service-providers, it is known to impact the capacity to provide effective care for youth and can increase feelings of isolation and exhaustion. By engaging in a dialogue that centers on the impact of secondary trauma among service providers and their work with foster youth, participants can work together to collaborate on strategies and skills to manage their experiences of secondary trauma in their work.

12/1/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

The Impact of Poverty

Online 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 mental illness, gang involvement, involvement in the commercial sex industry, etc.

12/18/2020 9:30 am – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 5.5 Fred Finch Youth & Family Services

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.

12/23/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Trauma-Informed Systems Part I: Transforming Stress and Trauma

Online Training There is a growing demand for education and supports to better understand, respond to, and heal the impact of trauma. The Trauma Informed Systems 101 is a basic training to understand how trauma and stress impacts developing bodies and brains and systems supporting foster youth. The goal of this training is to develop shared language and understanding of what it means to be trauma-informed and apply common practices to help support healing. This training was developed for staff working in impacted systems of care, with the goal of moving those systems from being trauma-inducing to become healing organizations. The training focuses on our six trauma-informed principles: 1. Understanding […]

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding the Impact of Language, Learning, and Behavior Disorders in Youth

Online Training Foster youth between the ages of 6 and 18 spend close to half their waking lives in school. Research indicates that success for students with learning differences and disabilities depends not only on designing an effective program for academic success but equally on developing positive social and emotional environments both at home and in school. Foster youth with language based learning disabilities can demonstrate a wide variety of language difficulties with different levels of severity. This training will review the common challenges as well as potential supports to ensure academic success for foster youth.

12/4/2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Development for Foster Youth: Understanding Family-Oriented Priorities in the Foster Care System

ONLINE COURSE: 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 […]

12/1/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Development for Foster Youth: Understanding Family-Oriented Priorities in the Foster Care System

ONLINE COURSE: 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 […]

12/2/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am DISTANCE LEARNING WestCoast Children’s Clinic

Walking in Their Shoes: Understanding the Experiences of Racism

Sponsored by Lincoln Online Training It can be hard to understand racism, discrimination, and social injustices if you haven’t lived it. This training will help you better understand what it is like to live in a society where racism is still prevalent in communities, institutions and corporations. A deeper understanding of the experiences of racism will equip you to use your privilege to create a better world. Register Here

12/11/2020 9:00 am – 1:00 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 4

Youth and Family Friendly Strategies to Address Trauma & Resilience

Online Training Trauma-Informed Practices – Relationship-Based Strategies that Support Healing and Build Resilience in Children Building on Part 1 Trauma-Informed Practices module provides an overview on the neurobiology of trauma, the impact of toxic stress on a child and adult, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and neuroplasticity. Participants will walk away understanding the difference between a challenging behavior and trauma trigger. Part 2 We will develop an understanding of the various regions in the brain and how they operate to control behavior. Use practical strategies to support the building of a staircase from the base of the brain to the executive functioning of the brain in a child. The […]

12/9/2020 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm DISTANCE LEARNING 3 East Bay Agency for Children