FKCE Class Schedule

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San Bernardino Valley College 2016 Summer/Fall Foster & Kinship Care Education Classes

For general information regarding workshops, please call (909) 384-4457. All of the classes listed in this schedule meet the criteria for San Bernardino County’s emotional behavioral training and for Los Angeles County’s “D” rate training. All training must be selected based on the individual needs of the foster/kinship child. Please discuss any additional training issues with your Children and Family Services (CFS) worker or the Specialized Care Facilitator as needed. For Specialized Care Rate information for San Bernardino County, contact 

Elaine Bobadilla at (909) 891-3621.

 PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND ANY OF THE LISTED CLASSES!!!

 Please call (909) 384-4457 or email: rrivera@valleycollege.edu

 OFFICE HOURS
OUR OFFICES ARE OPEN MONDAY - THURSDAY - 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
FRIDAY - 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

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LOCATION: Classes are held in various buildings on the San Bernardino Valley College campus, which is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410, as well as locations off campus. Please check for classroom location by calling (909) 384-4457. .
TRAINING CERTIFICATE:  FKCE facilitators issue training certificates for each class. All class sign-in sheets and participant registration forms are entered into the state’s database after all trainings. If individuals would like to receive a copy of their FKCE class transcripts, please contact the SBVC Foster & Kinship Care Education Program office, (909) 384-4457, and allow one week for processing.
PARKING:  Parking permits are required for all SBVC campus lots and campus streets. Avoid reserved, staff, visitor, and red-zoned spaces. Daily permits can be purchased from yellow dispensers in parking lots 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9 only. Daily permits cost $2.00. Free parking is provided across the street at the Pro Swap Meet (632 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.).
NO CHILDCARE: Per SBVC campus policy, children are not allowed in the classroom under any conditions and are not to be left unattended in any campus facility. Childcare will not be provided for any of the FKCE classes.
DISABILITY SERVICES: For disability-related reasonable accommodations, please contact the FKCE Program office at (909) 384-4457 no later than two weeks prior to the date services are needed.
QUESTIONS:
For further information, contact the SBVC Foster & Kinship Care Education Program office:
(909) 384-4457
San Bernardino Valley College - LA 131
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410 

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHAT IS THE BEST WE HAVE TO OFFER TO OUR LGBTQ TEENS?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

We don’t have to understand the complexities of sexual orientation or even morally agree with the notion of a gay or lesbian lifestyle in order to give our best.  Our very best lies in our hearts and not in our sexual orientation.  So, come to class to learn how to grab on to our most precious values as a way to give our very best to our teens who find themselves with a sexual orientation different from our own.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDHOOD FEARS AND ANXIETIES
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 215

Children will at times misbehave in the home and school to conceal different fears.  How to identify these childhood fears and anxieties ages 7 to 12 will be the focus of this training.  Different ways to help the child feel a sense of calmness and security will be examined and recommended during the trainings.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: IGNORING - PICK YOUR BATTLES
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 217
Some behaviors do not warrant a war or quick response.  You must know when and how to pick your battles.  Participants will practice and explore ignoring behaviors that are attention seeking.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
INCREDIBLE YEARS SERIES:  PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER, HEALTHY PARENTING STYLES
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Parents that have a better understanding of children’s needs have increased ability to nurture more effectively, decrease harsh discipline, have more parent/school involvement and decreased behavior problems with their children.  Parent’s will learn ways to support their child’s education by emphasizing parenting approaches designed to promote children’s academic skills and building collaborative relationships with teachers.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
HELPING CAREGIVERS AND THEIR CHILDREN COPE WITH BI-POLAR PARENTS WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Many children that are in foster placement have experienced living with parents that have substance abuse issues.  These issues do not go away just because they have been removed from the home.  These experiences are often very traumatic for the children as they have witnessed their parents’ substance abuse.  How should this be discussed with children? Should it be discussed? How much information should we disclose about their parents’ substance abuse? How should this be done effectively?  This class focuses on helping foster parents and their children to cope with bio-parents who have substance abuse issues.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE – BASIC PARENTING TOOLS
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

In the tenets of Positive Discipline parenting, some basic methods are used to avoid rescuing children, controlling them and engaging in power struggles with them.  These include giving strong messages of caring, holding children responsible and accountable, being kind and firm at the same time, providing limited choices and offering routines, among others.  This class, the first in a four-part Positive Discipline series, explores ways to interact with kids that encourage strong relationships, cooperation, decision-making, building self-esteem and better understanding between parents and their children.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CONSCIOUS PARENTING
Facilitator:  Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

What do I communicate to my children when I walk into the room or when they walk into the room? Why does it seem as if I go from 0-60 with my anger and I don’t recognize when I’m having difficulty until I blow-up? Am I really that “out of touch” with my feelings? Maybe it’s just because some behaviors are too much for me to handle or am I really having difficulty parenting?  Participants will have an opportunity to explore each of these questions. Participants will be able to identify at least two behaviors that trigger strong emotional reactions and gain tools for managing the reactions. Participants will gain an understanding of what it means to be “present” and become “mindful” of their experiences when interacting with their children.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
FOSTER YOUTH AND SEXUALIZED BEHAVIOR
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

One of the biggest challenges for foster parents is the increasing number of foster children who have been sexually abused and exhibit sexualized behavior.  Through discussion, participants will examine how abused children may display behaviors that can raise questions about their sexualized behavior toward others.  Participants will be able to recognize these behaviors and will gain knowledge of how to better this situation.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
AM I AFRAID TO SET LIMITS?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

We are often afraid to set limits because we don’t want to deal with the kid’s reaction:  the tantrums, the acting out, the digging in the heels, the getting even.  So there are not many options here.  Move through and beyond your fear or stay stuck!  Come to class to learn how to move through and beyond.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE OUT-OF-CONTROL CHILD AGES 5 TO 10
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 215

Caregivers of an out-of-control child can be at their wits end on how to parent a disruptive and disobedient youngster.  Temper tantrums and arguing by the child can create chaos in any family. This training will provide you with the strategies and tools to deal with the child’s overwhelming and challenging behaviors and attitude.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Do you ever want to say “Bah Humbug!”  As you go through the holiday season, there may be good reason to feel stressed out and maybe feeling blue.  Children in your care usually have high hopes and expectations during this highly promoted secular season.  This training will provide you with ideas for family activities that can be inexpensive and fun.  Also, how to organize and set limits on your holiday budget will be emphasized during this training.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
WORKING TOGETHER WITH BIRTH PARENTS
Facilitator: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Working with birth parents: Why is it important? Who are they? How do we work with them? This class will help you understand the actions and behaviors of birth parents.  Birth parents play a big part in the success of raising healthy and positive children.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN GRIEVE AND GROW
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 253

What is loss? Loss is being without someone or something that was loved, familiar, important or desired.  Our children in foster care suffer from numerous losses.  Participants will learn how to help lessen those losses.  Participants will be able to identify and understand grief and loss and learn what they can do and say to help children.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE – MONEY IS POSITIVE POWER FOR KIDS
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Caregivers can use financial remuneration (money) as a valuable medium to give children the opportunity to grow, build self-esteem and become independent.  When parents teach setting aside an allowance to buy a bike or saving money to purchase a special video game, they are teaching the value of money.  Their kids also understand goal setting, delayed gratification and the need to plan and work for what they want.   This second class in the four-part Positive Discipline series discusses the value of money.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHAT DOES A PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP LOOK AND FEEL LIKE?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

No, you are not a friend to your child.  You are not their buddy.  So we often know what the relationship is not, but we don’t have much information about what it IS.  Many of us think it has something to do with respect and a healthy fear, but it doesn’t.  Ultimately, it has to do with love. Come to class and learn more about this topic.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE INVISIBLE STRING…ATTACHMENT PARENTING
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

The Invisible String is a “very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember.” Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we aren’t ever really alone and reminding children (and adults!) that we are loved beyond anything we can imagine.  This heart-warming and reassuring story addresses the issue of “separation anxiety” and attachment parenting.  Participants in this class will discuss the book, The Invisible String.  We will also discuss the importance of healthy bonding relationships and attachment parenting.  Participants will also identify healthy steps to building attachment with their foster children.  Be prepared to do a take-home activity.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE – HOW LABELS IMPACT CHILDREN
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

When parents use terms such as "smart," "dumb," "cute, "ugly," "clumsy," athletic," and others for children, both positive and negative, they are inadvertently blocking both the parent's and the child's ability to experience, express and acknowledge the whole person.  This class, the third in a four-part Positive Discipline series, encourages caregivers to understand the importance of avoiding labeling children. Through class discussion and exercises, participants learn better ways to address children.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WHAT DO I DO WITH NON-MINOR DEPENDENT (NMD AB-12) BEING A SUPPORTIVE ADULT
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Many foster/kinship youth come into contact with a lot of adults, but being a supportive adult in a young person’s life is a sizable undertaking – a job that calls one to think about all areas of a young person’s life – from housing to financial matters, from health care to learning to drive. Participants will discuss the number of resources they need to help empower the young person to gain the skills they need to be successful.  Participants will learn how to create an interdependent relationship where they work WITH youth in determining their needs by asking their opinions and LISTENFULLY CAREFULLY to what they have to say.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN: AWARENESS AND IDENTIFICATION
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Abused children are at a higher risk of exploitation and homelessness, which makes foster youth more vulnerable to human trafficking.  Youth identified with the problem of chronic runners from care and placed in congregate facilities are at a higher risk of being recruited from their placements.  Caregivers will be able to identify the preconceived stereotypes about the sex trade and help youth who are victims of trafficking.  Caregivers will discuss available resources in place to assist victims of trafficking to provide access to the support they need to foster health and well-being.  Caregivers will understand the unique needs of child victims and become more aware of the circumstances of their exploitation.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M
ADOLESCENTS AND THE LAW
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

This class will supply information about basic principles of law in clear straight forward language.  Participants will learn about due process of law, school rules, the law and truancy, assault and battery, shoplifting, alcohol/controlled substances, and forgery.  Caregivers will understand their children’s rights when dealing with law enforcement and the court.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN EXHIBITING SEXUALIZED BEHAVIORS
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 253

Some children come into foster care having a history of sexual abuse or exposed to some form of sexual abuse.  Foster parenting a child who has been sexually abused can be extremely stressful.  In this class you will learn what to do when you encounter children or youth exhibiting sexualized behaviors in your home. You will also learn what behaviors are normal or not and what to do to keep the child and others safe from this behavior.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE – FAMILY MEETINGS
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 343

In the first three classes in this four-part series on Positive Discipline, attendees discussed the basic tenets of Positive Discipline, labeling children and money.   This last class, on Family Meetings, shows that completing chores, appropriate dress and curfew are just a few of the applicable topics family members can post on the agenda for Family Meetings.  This class introduces a very powerful tool families can initiate in teaching decision making, accountability, effective communication skills and healthy family interaction.  In the Positive Discipline “tool kit”, Family Meetings are considered the best strategy in bringing families closer.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PROMOTING HEALTHY SEXUALITY AND PREGNANCY PREVENTION
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Foster care youth are at significant risk for pregnancy at higher rates than other teens.  Youth identified several factors that put them at risk such as low self-esteem, lack of guidance and peer pressure, lack of consistent relationships with trusting adults, wanting someone to love, and history of abuse and neglect.  Participants will discuss how they need to think of themselves as key people in the role of keeping youth safe when it comes to promoting healthy sexual development.  They will learn developmental information on sexual health and demonstrate effective communication techniques for discussing sex with youth.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHAT WE ALL NEED THAT FIRST YEAR
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

In a powerful, healthy, and loving relationship between a parent and a child, the two work together to coordinate their emotions and their intentions.  What the heck does that mean?  Well, come to class and we will see first-hand in a video presentation precisely what this means, and how it can work for us with any age child or even our adult friends and partners.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
AVOIDING THE HOMEWORK BATTLE
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Parents feel it’s their job to get their children to do well in school.  When parents feel it’s their responsibility to get their children to achieve, they now need something from their children—they need them to do their homework and be a success.  Fighting with a child regarding what you want them to do puts a parent in a powerless position because your child doesn’t give you what you want.  The battle over homework usually becomes a battle over control.  In this class participants will discuss homework battles and how to make this successful for everyone.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN AND YOUTH MANAGE THE IMPACT OF PLACEMENT
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

This class will provide caregivers with information and issues regarding the impact of children in various placements, how placements can affect a child’s emotional well-being, how caregivers can impact a child’s placement and create a positive environment.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CONSIDER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (TO WELCOME A CHILD)!
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

When children first enter foster care, they are confused, angry and disheartened.  And, since they have experienced child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse, alcoholism neglect and other forms of severe trauma, they harbor huge trust issues.  It is absolutely essential the foster parents provide a nurturing environment where the child can begin to feel accepted and can begin to show trust for the foster family. Foster parents can start a trusting rapport by preparing chocolate chip cookies when the child arrives whose pleasant fragrance offers a calming effect. This class explores the distinct importance of the foster parents' showing the child they are welcomed and accepted with cookies being but one facet of that practice.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
CARING FOR ANOTHER PERSON’S CHILD
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

Caring for another person’s child can be difficult, especially when caring for a grandchild or relative.  This class focuses on how to effectively navigate through various systems that have now become a part of their daily lives.  We will also look at the many challenges of raising a relative’s child and how to overcome these challenges. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHY TEACHING OUR CHILDREN TO FEAR ADULTS IS A BAD IDEA
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Learning that we must be afraid of adults when we are little is a setup for us to try to take care of everyone else’s feelings and needs throughout our entire lifetime.  We will be robbed of our yes’s and no’s and live out our life as a victim. We will qualify for the poster person for codependency!  If any of this rings any bells, come to class and learn to get out of the swamp!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE NON-DEPENDENT MINOR
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 215

As a resource parent, you may have in your home a non-minor dependent.  This young adult may become overwhelmed by any number of real world adult challenges.  This training will provide you with a systematic approach to comfort and provide guidance to a young adult in a pre-crisis or crisis situation.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: TIME OUT
Facilitator: Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 217
Participants will learn and practice the third corrective method in the Thinking Parent's Approach using the "Time-Out Method" and realize they do not have to spank.  Participants will explore and understand children's behavior by finding out the people, places, things, and activities to which they are attracted.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRANSITION PLANNING FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

Understanding special education laws and the school guidelines for services will help you get the best support for your child at school.  Your child might be eligible for many accommodations and support services, but these may not be provided unless you ask for them.  A caregiver’s job is to be an advocate for your child’s education and transition services as the youth is about to graduate.  Participants will discuss how to take charge of their child’s education, identify how your child learns best, and what’s needed to make your child’s life successful beyond high school.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
SUPPORTING YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

It is important for youth in foster care to know that the adults in their lives care about them and are working with them to act in their best interest.  The importance of honoring their ethnic, racial, cultural, and sexual identities and having realistic expectations for yourself and the child will be discussed.  Participants will learn how to empower youth and give them a voice, learn about trauma and its effects on children, report suspected child abuse, and understand the role as a mandate reporter and what is expected of them.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

With the Holidays, children in the foster care system experience a combination of awe and confusion.  Since their holiday knowledge may have bordered on fits of rage or alcoholic stupor by their parents, they are non-knowledgeable about traditional and positive family holiday traditions.  From Thanksgiving through New Year's, there are a multitude of healthy family practices which foster parents can share with new foster children.  This class demonstrates how foster families can draw on healthy interactions among family members to create memorable holiday traditions and experiences for the new children in their homes.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THERMOMETER OR THERMOSTAT CHILDREN (ANGER IN KIDS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 343

Foster children harbor anger over how they’ve been treated and don’t know what to do with that anger.  With few social skills and no trust for adults, they still want structure and discipline in their lives.  Foster parents find out quickly how much these children need effective conflict management skills to promote a trusting foster parent/child relationship. This class explores ways to de-escalate conflict and offer a caring based and healthy family environment for children.  Participants learn ways to assist foster children in effectively handling their anger as 'Thermometer or Thermostat' children.  They also learn how to trust and bond with adults in warm and caring relationships

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
BEING WHO I AM:  WORKING WITH LGBTQ YOUTH
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Many youth struggle with identity issues during adolescence (and even before), but some more so with issues of gender, sexual identity, and self-esteem.  This workshop will provide caregivers an opportunity to see the children and teens, who have a different sexual orientation than we do or who have gender identity issues, as people just like ourselves who deserve to be understood and cared for just like we do.  Participants will discuss how they need to protect LGBTQ foster youth from further physical, emotional and sexual abuse in their placements; discuss how to ensure continued safety, health, and address harassment that interferes with provision of services and care.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHAT ARE WE TEACHING TEENS ABOUT MEETING THEIR NEEDS FOR LOVE, FOR CLOSENESS, FOR INTIMACY? AND IS THERE SUCH A “THING” AS A NEED FOR SEX?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

We teach our teens plenty about pregnancy prevention, but what are we teaching them about meeting their needs for closeness and intimacy and for love?  And what are we teaching them about their desire to engage sexually?  There are conversations to be had! Come to class to learn how to have those conversations.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF HARD TO PLACE MINORS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

In the child welfare system, with thousands of abused and/or neglected children in need of foster homes, there are children that are known as hard to place.  These are children for whom it has historically been especially difficult to find foster homes.  Hard to place children include sibling groups, minority children, children with special needs and adolescents.  This class focuses on the needs of hard to place minors.  We will look at why certain children are hard to place and what their needs are. We will discuss how to work with the hard to place minors once they are in placement.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
REALITIES OF RACISM IN THE SYSTEM
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Most children are placed in foster care due to neglect or for reasons related to poverty.  As has been seen in many communities around the country, how race plays a factor in how people are treated, especially children in the system,  has a major impact on how these children view themselves, their families and their communities.   All too inherent in the system of care, racism separates families and communities and calls into question equality in the system.  Children are children no matter from what culture. In this class the question of race in the justice, education, and foster care systems is explored.  

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
Facilitator:  Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Many of us are challenged by the behavior of our teens. What is normal behavior given their level of development? Are my expectations realistic? How much freedom do I allow them? How much guidance do they still require? When do I need to seek intervention? Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their challenges with raising teens and will have a chance to explore all of the above issues. Participants will be able to identify where teens are or should be according to specific developmental stages. They will be able to identify the goals of adolescence. Participants will be able to identify at least one of the differences in teenage brain development versus adult brain development.  Participants will be provided with tools to cope with teen rebellion and identify when intervention is needed.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
AFTER ALL THIS TIME, THE KID IS STILL OVER-THE-TOP ANGRY
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Why are we so uncomfortable with their anger?  Perhaps it has something to do with our discomfort with our own anger.  You think?  If I can be at home with my own anger, then I can be there to guide, to coach, to parent the angry, angry child, not to get rid of his or her anger, but to weave it into the fabric of his or her life, to transform it into good energy.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
TEACHING SOCIAL SKILLS
Facilitator: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Why is it important to teach social skills to youth?  Caregivers should have a clear concept of what constitutes social behavior and social skills. Caregivers will be able to determine why the youth participates in a certain behavior or activity in a given situation in order to have some effect on their environment.  It is important to teach young people and discuss how to integrate their behavior with others in a positive environment.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
HOW TO MANAGE ANGER – A BASIC HUMAN EMOTION
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 253

Anger is a basic human emotion.  At one time in our lives we have experience the emotion of anger.  Most children in placement may express and experience angry emotions more than children not in out of home care.  Participants will learn acceptable expressions of anger and how to reduce and/or eliminate violence and self-destructive behaviors in our lives.  Participants will learn how to identify and control their own anger and assist children place in their homes by mentoring and helping them with any anger issues.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ALCOHOLISM IN SOCIETY
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 343

Alcohol use by humanity goes back eons.  There is substantial proof that early Cro Magnon man learned how to ferment yeast into an alcoholic beverage.  And wine, beer and distilled spirits (the 'HARD STUFF') no doubt can bring much pleasure and contentment to our modern culture.  The serious 'rub' here is addiction.  That's where foster children become victims when bio families, with their substance abuse and alcoholism, create environments where children suffer greatly.  This class looks at alcohol and its major impact on our families and society.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

How do we help your youth turn their dreams into degrees and careers?  Most foster youth want a college education, but need guidance, support, and services to get there and succeed.  Participants will discuss ways to encourage and motivate their youth to consider higher education.  Caregivers and youth (16 and above) will identify ways to overcome challenges and participate in community activities to prepare them for this transition after high school.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS, PART 4
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

In several previous classes we addressed difficult conversations around issues like sex, death, and suicide.  Today we will look at foster kids incessant questions about their parents.  What happened to my parents?  Why don’t they get their act together?  Do you think they love me?  These are very critical conversations, and it is important for us to tell the truth in a way they can handle!  So come to class to learn how to do just that.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
MANAGING CONFLICT WITH YOUTH
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Think of a conflict you have had with your child.  What did you learn about yourself? What were the toughest situations to face? In this training the participants will learn some things they should avoid saying.  They will also learn what some communication barriers are and how they can create a win-win situation.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MAINTAINING MENTAL WELLNESS
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Depression, paranoia, PTSD, bi-polar, schizophrenia, anti-social, and obsessive-compulsive - you name it and many children in the foster care system have any of these mental health conditions or disorders.  Brought on by years and years of severe abuse, neglect, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence,  these kids are into full blown personality issues which are very challenging to deal with by caregivers.  Most are on some sort of medication and those who are not may need to be.  The importance of specific treatments by professionals is imperative as is a nurturing and understanding foster home.  This class reviews these conditions, the meds used to effectively treat them and various forms of treatment in which caregivers play a critical role. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WHAT IS IED?
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is the professional diagnosis given to people who have anger issues that directly impact their lives, usually at home or at work.  These discrete episodes of angry behavior may take many forms – aggressive behavior toward others or property, verbal assault, or physically assaulting another person.  The episodes of anger must be grossly out of proportion to any provocation, and are not premeditated or caused by a specific trigger or stressor.  In this class we will discuss Intermittent Explosive Disorder along with its symptoms, causes, risk factors, and complications.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Obviously, we cannot give what we don’t have.  So first, we need to learn to manage our stress, and then we can incorporate those tools into our family life, to the point, of making a LARGE stress reduction chart to post in the family room and perhaps smaller charts to post in every room of the house.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
IT TAKES TWO TO CREATE A POWER STRUGGLE
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 253

Power struggles create distance and hostility instead of closeness and trust.  Closeness and trust create a safe learning environment.  Adults need to remove themselves from the power struggle without winning or giving in. Participants will learn how to get children involved in solving problems as a team effort, by using reflective listening skills, and teaching children self-discipline and problem solving skills.

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CLASES EN ESPAÑOL

MIERCOLES, 26 DE OCTUBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LA ANSIEDAD Y EL MIEDO EN LOS NIÑOS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

El mundo de los niños está lleno de miedos y ansiedad.  Esta clase se enfocará en las condiciones más comunes que están relacionadas con la ansiedad: ansiedad social, ansiedad generalizada, conducta obsesiva – compulsión y fobias. Los padres podrán entender más sobre la diagnosis, los síntomas y tratamiento de estas condiciones de ansiedad.

SABADO, 29 DE OCTUBRE, 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
EXPLOTACION SEXUAL COMERCIAL DE MENORES (CSEC): TOMA DE CONCIENCIA E IDENTIFICATION
Facilitadora:  Elisa Arteaga
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (al cruzar la calle Grant cerca del colegio)
¿Que está pasando con los niños en nuestro estado? Que está impulsando este crimen? ¿Como Tienta el traficante a un niño para que caiga en su red? ¿Cuál es la conexión entre cuidado temporal en hogar de crianza, familiar, o de hogar de grupo y la CSEC? ¿Como se da cuenta de las señales de advertencia? Venga a clase para recibir más información sobre este tema.

MIERCOLES, 2 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
PROBLEMAS DE ATENCION E HIPERACTIVIDAD EN LOS NIÑOS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

La clase se enfocara en definir e identificar los síntomas de hiperactividad y falta de atención, su prevalencia, su relación con otros trastornos, tratamiento, y el uso de medicinas. Los padres aprenderán a identificar los síntomas de la hiperactividad y problemas de atención y como buscar ayuda psicológica, social y académica.

SABADO, 5 DE NOVIEMBRE, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ENSEÑSAR HABILIDADES SOCIALES
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 252

¿Por qué es importante enseñar habilidades sociales a la juventud? Los cuidadores deben tener un concepto claro de lo que constituye comportamiento social y habilidades sociales. Los cuidadores podrán determinar por qué la juventud participa en una determinada conducta o actividad en una situación dada con el fin de tener algún efecto en su entorno. Es importante enseñar y discutir con los jóvenes cómo integrar su comportamiento con otros en un el ambiente positivo. Los padres de crianza serán capaces de identificar qué comportamiento social y las habilidades sociales son las adecuadas. Ellos serán capaces de aclarar y orientar a los jóvenes sobre el comportamiento aceptable en la sociedad.

MIERCOLES, 9 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LAS PROBLEMAS PSICOLOGICOS Y SU TRATAMIENTO
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

La clase se enfocara en los principales desordenes psicológicos tales como la esquizofrenia y la condición bipolar.  También se hará la distinción entre psicosis y neurosis. Los padres podrán identificar los síntomas de estos problemas psicológicos con la meta de detectarlos tempranamente y buscar tratamiento.

MIERCOLES, 16 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
EL NIÑO AUTISTA – SINTOMAS Y TRATAMIENTO
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

La clase se enfocará en los síntomas del autismo, como afecta las emociones, la conducta, el habla y la capacidad intelectual del niño. Los padres podrán identificar los síntomas del niño autista y como esta condición se puede tratar tempranamente para lograr cambios significativos en el niño.

SABADO, 19 DE NOVIEMBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EL AUTO-ESTIMA
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

El auto-estima es unos de los retos que muchos niños y jóvenes en foster care enfrentan.  En esta clase los padres de crianza aprenderán cómo ayudar a los niños y jóvenes en foster care a elevar el auto-estima.

MIERCOLES, 23 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LAS MEDICINAS PSICOTROPICAS PARA LOS NIÑOS Y ADOLESCENTES
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

La clase se enfocará en las medicinas más comunes para tratar la hiperactividad, depresión, ansiedad y otras condiciones psicológicos y de conducta. Los padres ganaran conocimiento del uso de las medicinas psicotrópicas, sus efectos secundarios y efectividad.

MIERCOLES, 30 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
EL SUICIDIO Y EL ACOSO FISICO, SOCIAL, Y PSICOLOGICO
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

La clase se enfocará en la relación entre el suicidio y el acoso físico, social, y psicológico. Se considerarán las estrategias para prevenir el suicidio. Los padres podrán identificar los síntomas y conductas que pueden llevar a un niño y adolescente al suicidio.  Se enfatizarán la prevención y el tratamiento psicológico.

SABADO, 3 DE DICIEMBRE, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DISCIPLINA
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 252

La disciplina de los niños es un reto que tienen los padres, sobre todo cuando los niños están en nuestro cuidado y las reglas que siguen. En esta clase hablaremos de técnicas de disciplina para todas las edades, especialmente para los adolescentes.  Los padres serán capaces de identificar y aplicar las técnicas de disciplina de edad/apropiado para el desarrollo.

MIERCOLES, 7 DE DICIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
TECNICAS PARA EL CONTROL PROPIO
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

El enojo es una emoción humana.  Sin embargo, necesita controlarse y expresarla apropiadamente. Esta clase se enfocará en las técnicas para lograr control propio y promover buena comunicación. Los participantes aprenderán formas aceptables de expresar el enojo y eliminar conductas violentas y destructivas.

SABADO, 10 DE DICIEMBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PROBLEMAS DE SALUD MENTAL QUE AFECTAN A LOS NIÑOS Y JOVENES EN FOSTER CARE
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

En esta clase hablaremos sobre algunos de los problemas de salud mental que afectan a algunos niños y jóvenes en el cuidado de crianza temporal.  Nos enfocaremos en algunas de las características relacionadas con la bipolaridad, esquizofrenia, ansiedad, y depresión; así como algunos de los servicios disponibles para ayudar a estos jóvenes.