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FKCE Class Schedule

San Bernardino Valley College
Foster & Kinship Care Education Spring 2015 Class Schedule

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 Michelle Redman at (909) 891-3585.

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

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

 MONDAY - FRIDAY   8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Our office will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015

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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.
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TRAINING CERTIFICATE: Some FKCE facilitators issue training certificates for each class, but the State of California no longer requires foster parents to show certificates to their social workers as proof of training hours completed. 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 provided for participants who are pre-registered. 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 - CC-208
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410 

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DO I HAVE TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS?  YES! There is no way for us to contact you regarding class changes or cancellations if you do not pre-register. PLEASE NOTE: Classes that do not have more than one  participants will not be held.

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WAYS TO AVOID CAREGIVER FATIGUE
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Caregivers take on the tough task of raising children who have been in multiple placements, have emotional scars, cannot communicate well, and are very angry. Dealing with these kids can take a large toll. Frustration, irritation, lack of respect, and not being listened to are all issues with which caregivers must contend. Their concern, trusting nature, and compassion are all put to the test by these difficult to raise children. In this class, caregivers discuss their own experiences and learn from others how to best deal with caregiver fatigue.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
GETTING BACK TO NORMAL
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
We can actually get pretty efficient at establishing routine, consistency, predictability, regulation, and a secure base, all important elements in the healing of the children in our care. But then life happens, a visit from birth parents or lo and behold, holidays. How do we get back to normal? Participants will learn specific skills to navigate these transitions with minimal “pain.”

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD PART I: UNDERSTANDING THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Many children who are in the foster care system have experienced trauma. These children have prolonged problems after a traumatic event. Participants will define trauma, discuss different types of trauma, and look at the impact trauma has on the brain. We will also look at the range of symptoms and the kinds of feelings trauma and neglect produce as well as why traumatized children have difficulty relating to caregivers.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DEALING WITH SWEARING
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Children who are used to hearing swearing and profanity learn to accept it as common everyday language. Foster children especially are unaware of how much weight adults attach to profanity. As they get older though they may learn to inappropriately use these negative words to “get the goat” of adults. Because caregivers tend to overreact, they invite children to use this language as misbehavior. This class, using Positive Discipline strategies, teaches the difference between effective and ineffective ways of dealing with swearing.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SIGNS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OR NORMAL CHILDHOOD CURIOSITY
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Well they say we are sexual beings, but what does this really mean? Is it normal for children to be curious about sexual issues? How will you know if their sexual behavior is inappropriate? What are the signs of sexual abuse? These and other questions and concerns will be addressed. Participants will gain a clear understanding of what sexual behaviors are normal and which sexual behaviors signal abuse, will be able to identify at least three sexual behaviors that are normal, behaviors that are cause for concern, and behaviors that signal the need for intervention, will be able to respond appropriately if a child discloses abuse, will clearly understand their role in preventing sexual abuse, and will be able to identify at least two resources for services for abused children.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
TIP SYNDROME IS INSTANT “DEATH”
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
“I hate you....you’re just like all the other foster parents....I’m not saying thanks. It’s your job to get these clothes for me....you’re just doing it for the money....” On any given day, it is next to impossible NOT to Take It Personally (TIP)! In this class, we will borrow the wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz in his work, The Four Agreements to come up with a cure for TIP. Participants will assess the driving force behind their need to take things personally. Participants will also learn specific skills to “cure” this life-threatening “syndrome!”

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THEIR RESPECT: THE LAST THING YOU NEED
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
We all need respect, but from whom? Those of us who serve children and teens often get completely lost in our endeavors to gain their respect because it is a dead end road. They don’t have it to give to us. So where do we get respect from? From the mirror and our peers! Participants learn simple self-help tools for letting go of the need for respect from the children we serve. Participants will discover a place inside that is just waiting to be filled with self-respect.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
RAISING OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92404
When parents can no longer care for their children often times grandparents must step in to ensure their grandchildren are well taken care of. This class will explore with grandparents the many challenges, hardships, and rewards they face while parenting their grandchildren.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD PART II: PARENTING THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
In this class participants will look at the behaviors that parents can encounter in traumatized children. Participants will learn ways that can help de-escalate disruptive behaviors, how to build a trusting relationship with a traumatized child and how therapy can help. We will also explore why routine is important to a traumatized child.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW LABELS CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE TO CHILDREN
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
You’re really stupid…what a brat you are…boy, you sure are smart! These statements use both positive and negative labels. And there are MANY other negative labels! Labels block parents’ and children’s ability to acknowledge who they are and can have a negative impact on self-worth. This class, through Positive Discipline approaches, discussion, and some role playing practices, places caregivers into realizing how they interact with their children and the need for avoiding the use of labels.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD PART III: TEACHING THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Traumatized children have difficult behaviors in school. What are they? Participants will learn to recognize these behaviors. Participants will also discuss classroom rules that can help the traumatized child. Participants will also explore how the parent/teacher team can work together to help the traumatized child.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
MAGIC: KEY INGREDIENT TO BEHAVIOR CHANGE
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
When I say magic, I mean magic. Magic is what makes my clients (kids and adults) leave the session believing that they already are that person they want to become. And, of course, I have a magic wand! Participants will learn to create their own magic with practice and role play.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MISBEHAVIOR AT HOME AND IN PUBLIC PLACES
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College, North Hall Room 128
Foster and kinship children’s inappropriate attitude and behavior can at times be challenging to caregivers. This training will help you identify some of the primary and perhaps subtle reasons for the child’s demeanor in and out of the home. This training will provide caregivers with specific techniques to help the child through their difficult times and ease difficult situations.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
SOFT SKILLS FOR TOUGH PEOPLE
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
Working with different layers of agency personnel and a variety of professional people while caring for problematic children can at times be a very daunting task. In the process, “people skills” may sometimes suffer. This training will cover core interpersonal skills to enhance your role as a caregiver and advocate for children. If you also desire to seek a leadership role in a caregiver organization, this training is especially for you.

MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FATHERS FORM FAMILIES
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - Liberal Arts Building Room 104
Fathering is the most important job men do! Yet this highly skilled, complex, and challenging job comes with NO blueprint, instruction manual, or complete tool set. Biological fathers, when ill- prepared to become fathers can do MAJOR damage to their children. Then these kids end up in the foster care system wondering why their dads used substances, abused them or their mothers and then abandoned them. This class explores the dynamic that is fatherhood and the incredible importance dads have on their children.

MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WHAT IS THE REASONABLE AND PRUDENT PARENTING STANDARD
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
This class will review the Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard and its requirements of making sensible decisions while keeping a child’s health and safety as a priority at all times. Participants will discuss various decision making scenarios (i.e. extracurricular activities, using short-term babysitters, and much more.)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
TALKING BACK: CAPITALIZE ON IT
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
So often when I ask you to identify a child’s strength, you go blank and silent. Well, here is a strength almost every child has - talking back. It IS a strength. Think about it. So use it all the way to your advantage. Participants will learn to welcome talking back and use it as a door to relationship building.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LEARN CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS TO CREATE A WIN-WIN HOME ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN PLACED IN YOUR HOME
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Real power is shared not imposed. Conflict resolution in your home is a winning process. It creates an environment as empowerment. Participants will learn the skills for negotiation, how to articulate the five conflict management styles, describe various communication skills and discuss alternatives for dealing with difficult behaviors.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MOTHERS MOVE MOUNTAINS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Mothering is the most important job women have! And too often women become mothers too soon in life - the term is children having children. This can then lead the young woman to making unhealthy child rearing decisions which have extremely negative consequences for their children. These same children end up in the foster care system. As in the fathering class, these children do not know what a REAL mother looks like since they have not been raised by one. This class explores with parents how to show real mothering skills.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Children often have conflicts with other children especially those with whom they live. How do we help them resolve conflict? This class focuses on teaching children how to resolve their conflicts in a positive way. Caregivers will learn how to teach children to resolve conflicts.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
YOU GET A CHOICE: GOOD BEHAVIOR OR GOOD ATTITUDE! NO, YOU DON’T GET THEM BOTH!
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
The children we raise give us the exact behavior we are looking for A MAJORITY of the time. But they are good at blindsiding us with their inappropriate behavior and challenging attitude. We pay attention to the attitude and inadvertently let them off the hook from following through with the behavior. Oh yes, they are smart. So in class, we will learn to SEE and READ behavior and ignore attitude.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THE EMOTIONALLY BATTERED FOSTER PARENT – STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES FOR COPING WITH BEHAVIORALLY CHALLENGING CHILDREN
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
In this class we will discuss the needs of caregivers in regards to working with emotionally challenged children. We will look at the signs and symptoms of an emotionally battered foster parent. We will explore coping strategies that are relevant and helpful to caregivers of behaviorally challenged children.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
iPOD, iPHONE, iPAD, i’M CONFUSED
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Technology has advanced a thousand fold over the years. With this amazing advance comes special responsibility, especially for the children in the system of care who have cell phones and computers. They are exposed to all manner of threats because
of the use of this technology. This class discusses what caregivers can do to keep children safe and secure in
this tech age.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT DOES NORMAL DEVELOPMENT LOOK LIKE
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
We are going to learn what normal development looks like from infancy through adolescence. And we are going to use the specific children that drive you crazy to distinguish between what is “normal” development and what is “wounded” development. Participants will learn the major developmental milestones for each stage of development.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE SELF-ESTEEM MACHINE
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Self-esteem is the armor that shields you from the pressures of the world. Knowing how to build self-esteem is essential to healthy choices and happiness. In this class participants will be guided through the dynamics that promote abusive, bullying behaviors. Participants will articulate several methods on how to build self-esteem in children and will identify how to protect their children from becoming abusers, bullies, and/or victims.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
What am I responsible for as a caregiver? What impact do I have on the decisions that are made for the children in my care? What if I cannot provide the children with what they need to thrive? What if I have problems with the social worker that is assigned to my children? Participants will have an opportunity to explore their roles, will receive tools to aid in clearly communicating their children’s needs, and receive tools to empower them when working and communicating with social workers, supervisors, and managers. Participants will gain a clear understanding of their roles as a caregiver, will be able to clearly and concisely describe a child’s progress and challenges in behavioral terms, will be able to clearly communicate services needed for their children, and learn to provide specific details about children’s behavior to aid in placement decisions.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL…THE IMPORTANCE OF LAUGHTER
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
The benefits of laughter are many. Laughter can include protection from emotional issues such as depression and it can help children to stay healthy. This class focuses on the importance of laughter, when laughter is appropriate, and its benefits. Participants will learn how to build laughter into their lives as well as the children under their care.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN OF RAGE
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Enduring severe physical punishment - living in closets and unable to use a toilet - being sexually abused - experiencing domestic violence - being food deprived day after day -just a few examples of how some children in foster care are maltreated. This level of maltreatment must come at a serious cost for these children. And parents need to consider what this must do to these fragile kids. In this class, we explore the intense feelings these kids must experience and how their rage comes out in many forms of mistrust and misbehavior.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: WHAT IT IS NOT
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Ever notice that what we do to modify behavior only teaches kids how to manipulate and negotiate for rewards? That’s because what we do is NOT behavior modification! So what does behavior modification look like at its best? Come to class to learn.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
CREATING BOUNDARIES
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Foster parents open their homes and hearts to children that need guidance and a place to live. Establishing boundaries is often difficult, but must be done. This class focuses on what boundaries are, why they are important, and how to create them. Participants will develop strategies on how to create boundaries that promote safety, nurturance, and private space. This class also includes boundary activities.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SAYING GOODBYE
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - TBD
When children return to their biological parents' home, are sent to another foster (or group) home, or are emancipated, caregivers rightfully experience a sense of loss (as do the children). They look at how they were successful (or unsuccessful) with these children. This class explores how caregivers can cope with this life change, say goodbye, 'recharge' their parenting batteries, and prepare for the next child.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DOCUMENTATION
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Good communication, both verbal and written, is an important skill for caregivers. Recordkeeping can help participants stay on track with crucial information about educational issues, behavior, visitations, and appointments. While it is true that documenting daily activities, behaviors, and observations is part of being a smart caregiver, it’s false to believe that only negative events, problems, and issues are to be documented. A child’s successes are just as important. Participants will learn the importance of documenting how well a child performs in different activities. Participants will understand how documentation can show a pattern of child behavior that may help a therapist with a diagnosis and ways to cope as a family. Participants will discuss how documentation may help a child get needed services and support. Participants will discuss how documentation can help protect a caregiver from false allegations.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHO GETS TO CRY…JUST SISSIES?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Most of us avoid or resist, and we teach our kids to avoid and to resist one of the most powerful and effective medicines for healing our losses. TEARS! How sad! Tears are like giant waves that have the power to move us beyond our depression, our sadness, and even our anger. If you have shut down your tears and have taught your children to also shut down their tears, come to class to learn how to get this good medicine flowing again.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
GIRLS WITH ADHD
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
Girls are usually diagnosed at age 12, five years later than boys, due to the unique symptoms that they display. Some girls may retreat into themselves as a way to fight off the ADHD feelings. A girl with ADHD may also annoy her peers because she never stops talking. Techniques on how to help an adolescent girl manage her medical and behavioral condition will be covered. Caregivers with proper techniques can help the girl with ADHD deal with her behavior and moods.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
ANGER: GOOD MEDICINE
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Why are we so fearful of our own and other’s anger? For all the obvious reasons? Come to class to talk about these obvious reasons and then to learn about the good medicine that anger is and also healthy ways to express anger energy. It is an energy, you know. Participants will learn the difference between anger and rage. Participants will learn powerful tools for responding to children’s angry emotions and angry behavior.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
FAMILY DYNAMICS: THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY ROLES IN CAREGIVING
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
In many families, members, especially children, develop certain roles that help them to cope with underlying problems. When family dynamics become dysfunctional, these roles seem to become more pronounced. This workshop will provide insight regarding coping methods and strategies. We will discuss the differences between healthy and dysfunctional family systems. We will discuss what determines what the roles are and how they are manifested in youth. We will also discuss how to encourage youth to use their role as a strength.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BLAME IT ON THE BRAIN
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
When a baby 'soaks up' what they see, hear and touch, it is said they are 'sponges'. This process of learning goes even further in that children, as they grow, constantly learn from their environment. In addition, as children become young adults, their brain IS STILL LEARNING. This means that sometimes they make rash decisions, which can land them in precarious situations. Parents see in this class how a young person’s brain is constantly maturing and needs adult direction.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE GIFT OF FEAR
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Are our children truly fearless or just clueless? What can I do to promote a healthy degree of awareness in my children, so that they don’t put themselves in dangerous situations? Participants will learn techniques for helping their children recognize when they are placed in possibly dangerous situations and steps that they can take to protect themselves. Participants will be able to identify at least two signals of survival (as defined by Gavin de Becker). Participants will recognize the signs of denial and will receive specific techniques that they can teach their children to provide safety.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
BULLYING: WHY THEY DO IT
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Foster parents will be able to articulate the definition of bullying and the effects it has on a child and self-esteem. They will be able to describe, identify, and recognize why children display bullying behaviors and the disturbing reality of how it damages our foster youth and their peers when they are the bullies.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
MISSING FORMATIVE EXPERIENCES
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Many of our foster kids are not, in the strictest sense, developmentally-delayed but nevertheless have missed out on important and formative experiences in their development. It’s up to us to identify the missing pieces and provide a curative experience. Even if we are not successful, we hold ourselves responsible for giving it our best shot. Participants will learn to identify the missing “pieces” by reading the metaphors of the child’s behavior.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
I’M NOT BAD; I’M ONLY MAD
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
Children placed outside the home can be angry for a number of reasons. The caregiver may feel a great deal of frustration as to how to parent this child. This training will show you how to communicate and channel the child’s anger to a more constructive conclusion. Caregivers will learn how to defuse the child’s anger by using a number of parental strategies and techniques.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
RUBBA DUBBA DUB…HOW TO GET THEM IN THE TUB…THE STRUGGLES OF PERSONAL HYGIENE AND YOUTH
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
It’s frustrating to deal with a child who is refusing to take care of him/herself. Some parents feel very strongly that their child’s hygiene is a reflection on their parenting. It’s also normal for kids to go through phases during which keeping up with hygiene can be really challenging, especially during the beginning of puberty. But what’s a parent to do?

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO ARE SCHOOL PHOBIC
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - Liberal Arts Building Room 104
Academic issues for foster children are frequently problematic. For starters, their parents may not see value in an education. They may also miss many school days due to neglect and switching around between placements. When these children enter foster care, they are way behind in school credits and may be 'school phobic.' The main discussion in this class is for caregivers to recognize the problem and use a concerted effort about school in working with these kids.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
I’M 18! I’M GROWN! I’M OUTTA HERE! (AB12)
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
As youth turn 18 and are considered young adults or Non-Minor Dependents, they need our support, encouragement, and guidance. Bring your teen (16 and above) to participate in this workshop designed to teach them the things they need to know to be successful adults. Foster youth will be able to list goals and how to reach them before transitioning as well as how to access services.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
MAKE NOT ANOTHER DEAL OR CONTRACT (Behavior Management)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Contracts, deals, incentives are all good, but what if you could pull “it” off without such tactics? What if the kids in your home just started behaving well because it felt good to them? Whoa! Is that possible? Is it possible for YOU? If it’s possible for you, then you can create a climate where it is possible for them as well. Participants will learn to elicit cooperation and compliance without payouts.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
The purpose of this class is to learn what role mandated reporters play in keeping children safe. Participants will complete the class with a thorough knowledge of what child abuse looks like and when and how to report it.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ADVERSE CHILD EXPERIENCES: TRAUMA AND BEHAVIOR
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Kids who go through daily physical abuse, neglect (treated like they do not matter) and/or are sexually exploited or suffer from serious maltreatment may very well experience severe developmental delays. Further, these kids may display extreme aggression and may turn to sexual acting out and substance abuse later in their lives. This class discusses these issues using the results of the Adverse Child Experiences Study which was reviewed at the 2013 Children's Network Annual Conference.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT DOES THE FOSTER FATHER-FOSTER CHILD RELATIONSHIP LOOK LIKE?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Father absence seems to be a common problem in our American society today. His absence or even emotional unavailability leaves a definable emptiness as well as a sense of shame, and sometimes chaos. A foster child with a foster Dad could be a lucky kid if Foster Dad gets it as to just how important and how healing his presence is. Participants will learn the important ingredients that only Dad can bring to the mix.

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
A made for television film based on Temple Grandin's life displayed well the social problems, self-isolation, and 'fitting in' which people with Asperger's Syndrome face. This class explores ALL aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder, of which AS is a part. Children with this neurodevelopmental disorder display severe problems with people skills, but can often compensate through unique intellectual high functioning, as did Temple Grandin. In this class participants explore the complex and complicated issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
GETTING EVERYONE UP IN THE MORNING
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
This is such an important moment and time. It requires all the magic we can muster. It may require much more from us than we are willing to give especially since we had no leeway when we were kids when it came to getting up in the morning (perhaps!). So come to class and learn some simple magic. Participants will identify the exact problem in getting their kids up. Participants will learn simple tools for successfully completing the challenge.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
PREVENTING ALLEGATIONS
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class will focus on providing safety and well-being, the main tasks of parenting. Caregivers must understand licensing regulations to maintain children’s personal rights and their responsibilities as caregivers and foster parents. Participants will learn how to handle allegations and what to do to prevent them.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE GREAT BEHAVIOR BREAKDOWN PART 1
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Why do the children in my care have such annoying behaviors? Why do they have behaviors that are so disruptive? I’m really concerned about their futures. Do you feel this way about the children you are parenting? Participants will be provided with clinically proven tools and techniques to eliminate behaviors such as lying, stealing, chattering, whining, clinging, hoarding/gorging, and homework challenges. Be prepared to take on a “whole new approach” to parenting! Participants will have a basic understanding of the stress model and the impact that fear and stress have on behavior. Participants will gain an understanding of why traditional parenting techniques are ineffective with children who have trauma histories. Participants will receive at least two tools for effectively reducing/eliminating challenging behaviors

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN WHO HAVE INCARCERATED PARENTS
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class will discuss the impact and effects on children with one or more parents that are incarcerated. Caregivers need to help a child understand that it is not their fault. We will discuss the emotional impact as well as attachment issues that can impact these children. We will also discuss and identify ways to help children to survive this period in their lives. We will also discuss how to help children to cope with the drug addicted parent.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
GETTING EVERYONE TO BED AND TO SLEEP AT NIGHT
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
We forget that there are a lot of fears surrounding going to bed even for adults. How many of you have to sleep with the television or radio on? Some creative preparation and a few bedtime rituals can go a long way toward droopy eyes and successful boarding of the sleep train even for you. In addition, I must feel confidence inside that I can pull it off! Participants will identify the stumbling blocks for kids in going to bed and falling asleep. Participants will learn some simple magic for making it happen.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FAMILY MEALS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - Liberal Arts Building Room 104
Many foster children may only know how to eat fast food, noodles, or just cereal. Some may have never truly sat down with family members to 'break bread' and discuss topics of the day. They are most likely unaware of healthy food options, food shopping, food preparation, or socializing with other family members over a meal. This class addresses these issues so caregivers can teach their children effective ways to eat together to increase the healthy bonding between child and parent.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
All children need love, encouragement, and support and for kids with learning disabilities this positive reinforcement can help ensure that they emerge with a strong sense of determination to keep going even when things are tough. 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 the school might not provide services unless you ask for them. Your job is to be a vocal advocate who can be challenging, but important to get your child a proper education. Participants will discuss how to take charge of their child’s education. Participants will be able to identify how their child learns best. Participants will discuss how to think life success, rather than school success.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
I WAS PLANNING TO RETIRE! (Kinship Care)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
It’s a rude awakening at 3 a.m. to find out that you are now taking care of your grandkids! It’s a wheelbarrow full of confusion, resentment, and anger, and maybe even guilt. It is exhausting just thinking about the daunting adventure. Participants will have an opportunity to freely explore all of their emotions regarding kinship care. Participants will learn some self-care interventions for healing the “trauma” of raising yet another family.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED VERBAL, PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Participants will learn what child abuse is according to California laws and the laws of the land. We will discuss the impact that abuse has on a child. We will also discuss reporting child abuse and how you can help the child in your care during the healing process.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EATING DISORDERS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Children, who experience severe neglect, sexual abuse, beatings, burnings, domestic violence, homelessness and other forms of child abuse from 'clueless' families of origin, suffer from severe trauma. These various traumas contribute significantly to their low self-esteem and perceptions of self. This can lead to a child not eating properly and developing an eating disorder. In this class, attendees discuss various eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
MEDICALLY FRAGILE: UNDERSTANDING THE MEDICAL NEEDS OF SOME FOSTER YOUTH
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
This class focuses on defining and understanding the medically fragile child. Youth with medically fragile conditions require a unique combination of skills from resource parents. They must understand their foster child’s unique medical and developmental needs and be willing and able to provide direct interventions related to medical care. Resource parents must be willing to commit to raising children with complex needs. Participants will learn which children are considered medically fragile, what type of care a medically fragile child needs, and how to avoid burnout when caring for a medically fragile child. Participants will learn how to provide behavioral supports for youth with a wide range of intellectual, developmental, and physical functioning.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW DO WE ACKNOWLEDGE BUDDING SEXUALITY?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
I hear so many parents expressing dread as their children approach puberty. We know well how to warn kids that they are better off remaining kids or we make fun of their initial physical changes. The way we validate and prepare our “tweens” in contrast to scaring them is absolutely critical to their self-image and self-worth. Participants will learn the do’s and don’ts of raising “tweens.” Participants will have an opportunity to look back on their own “tween” years to discover what might be getting in their way in the present.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING ASTHMA
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Think of someone – a child or an adult racked by uncontrollable coughing. With a heaving, distended chest, neck muscles straining, and eyes showing alarm verging on panic, the person can only utter a few words between gasping to breathe. The purpose of this class is to provide caregivers with a better understanding of asthma and its effects on children. There will be a guest speaker from the American Lung Association for this class.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ALCOHOLISM 101: HOW IT AFFECTS KINSHIP PROVIDERS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Kinship providers are in a very challenging position since they know, sometimes too painfully well, their sons or daughters or nieces or nephews whose children they are court imposed to care for. And with substance abuse a leading factor in removal of those same relatives, this makes the understanding of alcohol use and enabling issues associated with alcoholism that much more important for them to know. This class explores in depth what kinship providers need to know about alcoholism and its dire effects on families.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE GREAT BEHAVIOR BREAKDOWN PART 2
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Why do the children in my care have such annoying behaviors? Why do they have behaviors that are so disruptive? I’m really concerned about their futures. Do you feel this way about the children you are parenting? Participants will be provided with clinically proven tools and techniques to eliminate behaviors such as lying, stealing, chattering, whining, clinging, hoarding/gorging, and homework challenges. Be prepared to take on a “whole new approach” to parenting! Participants will have a basic understanding of the stress model and the impact that fear and stress have on behavior. Participants will gain an understanding of why traditional parenting techniques are ineffective with children who have trauma histories. Participants will receive at least two tools for effectively reducing/eliminating challenging behaviors.

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BEDWETTING AND BED SOILING (ENURESIS AND ENCROPESIS)
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Enuresis is the condition many children experience called bedwetting. And the second term, encopresis, refers to the less common condition called bed soiling. Many reasons cause these conditions and parents have used many strategies for discouraging them such as hanging sheets out to 'dry,' forcing older children to sleep on 'trundle beds' and other less effective practices. In this class participants will review the real reasons for these conditions and explore meaningful ways to assist children in gaining the 'upper hand' on them.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW DO WE ACKNOWLEDGE SEXUALITY IN BLOOM?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Our kids shifting from being a kid to physically being a man or woman scares the living daily lights out of most of us! For whatever reason, we predict and fear the worst. Our fears literally drive our teenagers to depend upon their peer group which often is not very dependable. Come to class and learn what you already know but for whatever reason you act as if you don’t know. Participants will learn how to walk their teenagers through the critical stages of adolescence with power and confidence.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRANSITIONING YOUTH TO INDEPENDENCE
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401
Preparing youth for adulthood is a process which takes a lot of support and guidance from the caregiver. Caregivers will discuss what resources are available to prepare youth for adulthood such as furthering their education and developing career goals.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN AND YOUTH MANAGE THE IMPACT OF PLACEMENT
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
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, and how caregivers can impact a child’s placement and create a positive environment.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
RECIPE FOR A FOSTER HOME – CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT OF GROWTH
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
In the book Swings Hanging From Every Tree are many thought provoking messages. One in particular called 'Recipe For A Foster Home,' outlines how foster parents can create an environment conducive to real growth on the part of their children. People are invited to this class which discusses, in depth, what those same caregivers need to do to build relationships, share values, establish trust and responsibility, promote an honest exchange of ideas and opinions, and provide a home filled with warmth and sharing.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT ARE YOUR STUMBLING BLOCKS? (LGBTQ)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Yes, what are your stumbling blocks in creating relationships with teens who identify themselves as Gay or Lesbian or who identify with a gender that is different from their physical body? Relationships are critical for these teens in particular. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their stumbling blocks and freely discuss whatever it is that is getting in their way. Participants will have an opportunity to discover that their stumbling blocks are not stumbling blocks to creating the ever so important relationship.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
TRANSRACIAL PARENTING
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
This class will focus on how to help parents and children in transracial homes to learn how to thrive in and celebrate their bicultural family and for children to gain a strong sense of racial identity and cultural connections.

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
SEX TRAFFICKING: COMMERCIALLY EXPLOITED CHILDREN
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Abused children are at 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 are at a higher risk of human trafficking. Caregivers will be able to identify the preconceived stereotypes about the sex trade and help child 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 of human trafficking.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
PARENTING THEN vs. PARENTING NOW – WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T WORK, AND WHY
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
We are always declaring how the way we were raised worked so well for us. Really? I always want to tell folks to take a second look! There are good solid reasons why parenting styles have changed, but the reasons aren’t what we think they are. They have nothing to do with today’s kids. The reasons have to do with the way adults live their lives differently than our parents did. Participants will learn to identify what worked in the past and why, what no longer works and why, and what does work and why.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE INVISIBLE STRING: ATTACHMENT PARENTING
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
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 identify healthy steps to building attachment with their foster children. Be prepared to do a take –home activity.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
What are the keys to building healthy relationships? Who served as a model of a healthy relationship for us? Many children do not have a clear picture of what a healthy relationship is or know where to begin in creating them. How can we best teach this skill to our children? Participants will be able to identify at least three key components to a healthy relationship. They will become familiar with traits identified in the “Power and Control Wheel” and the “Equality Wheel,” and they will be able to identify at least three characteristics of a potentially abusive mate.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
ATTACHMENT DISORDERS
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class explains basic concepts in attachment theory and attachment disorders. Caregivers will learn to apply practice parameters for the treatment of attachment related disorders. Caregivers will also learn the early warning signs and symptoms of this disorder.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW TO GIVE THE GIFT OF ATTACHMENT
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Many of our children, regardless of age, missed the experience of secure attachment. There is some evidence to suggest that there’s not much we can do to make that up, but there is, even for ourselves. Participants will learn the elements of healthy and secure attachment. Participants will learn simple ways to provide that gift to the children and teen in their care.

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Dr. Jane Nelson teaches ways to interact with children that encourage positive behavior without punishing, ridiculing and scolding. Called Positive Discipline, her approach enlists children as problem solvers and responsibility takers. This first class in a four part series introduces parents to maximizing bonding, teaching healthy child-parent interaction and recognizing dated parenting styles. Any parents who wish to gain new and successful techniques in working with kids are encouraged to attend this class on Positive Discipline.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW COME THEY DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE? (Parenting)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
When I invite you to make changes in the way you parent or in the quality of your relationships with your children, a common complaint is “Why do we have to do all the changing? Why can’t the kids have to make some changes?” It’s a funny question because the kids are already making all kinds of changes, most of which we don’t like! Participants will learn the wonder-filled ingredients for being healthy, powerful and effective change agents as well as explore their resentments about having to be THE change agents.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE TRUTH ABOUT BEDWETTING
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Bedwetting is typically seen more as a social disturbance than a medical disease. It creates embarrassment and anxiety in the child and sometimes conflict with parents. The single most important thing parents can and should do is to be supportive and reassuring rather than blaming and punishing. Primary nocturnal enuresis has a very high rate of spontaneous correction. Caregivers will learn why bedwetting occurs, how it can be treated, and how they can help children deal with bedwetting.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION AND THE RECOVERY PROCESS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Many families have fallen apart due to the addiction of birth parents. Often time caregivers struggle with their relationships with birth parents using drugs because of missed visits, false promises made to children, and inappropriate behaviors. Participants will understand the addiction and delivery process and how to be supportive of birth families.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THEY ARE JUST OBSESSED WITH THEIR RIGHTS (Personal Rights)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
“You can’t talk to me like that....you have to give me my allowance....you can’t restrict me that way...I’m going to tell my social worker....I have rights you know.” Well, they do have rights and why would you want to do anything but protect their rights? M-m-m. That’s a different tact! Participants will learn how to absolutely support the rights of the children in their care to the point that it no longer is an issue for them or you.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
LET’S TRY POSITIVE DISCIPLINE
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
Positive Discipline is an approach that does not include excessive control or permissiveness with children. Instead, positive discipline combines kindness, firmness, and respect as the child learns social and life skills that will benefit him now and into adulthood. Punishment, in contrast, makes children pay for the past. Participants will learn a variety of techniques on how to use positive discipline as a skill building approach for the child in your care.

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TEEN SEXUALITY ISSUES
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Statistics demonstrate all too painfully that many children who are treated with disdain by their bio parents are showing signs of lesbian, gay or bisexual sexual orientation. These bio parents create an environment for these kids that stay with them into foster care. This class explores that dynamic and works with caregivers in their own perception of children with sexuality issues and how to best address and assist these kids in dealing with their own highly personal interactions with others.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
EIGHTEEN AND STILL LIVING AT HOME (Extended Foster Care)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
With recent legislative changes, some of you may have non-minor foster children living at home could be a powerful time for both you and them. So come to class. Participants will learn to maximally support 18 year-olds and older through the process of obtaining employment, completing high school, and enrollment in college or trade school. Participants will learn that it is less about resources and more about our attitude and skills as “flight” trainers.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
The Child Welfare System is a group of services designed to promote the well-being of children by ensuring safety, achieving permanency, and strengthening families and/or caregivers to care for their children. This class focuses on learning how this system works once children enter into foster care. We will discuss the history of the child welfare system, the role of the state and federal government, and its role in the delivery of services through funding and legislation.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 2: CHORE WARS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
'Take out the trash...NOW'...'How often do I have to tell you to clean your room!'...'Why have you not yet picked up the dog poop!?'...Do these comments ring a bell to you? If so, you are encouraged to attend this class where participants, through exercises and discussion, learn how to best approach children in becoming more adept at understanding their role in the family. This class, the second in a four part Positive Discipline series, underscores where parents can assist their kids in learning they are valued and valuable members in their family.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ELIMINATING POWER STRUGGLES
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Why can’t my children just do what I tell them to do? Why do I have to remind, coax, and threaten before they comply with my instructions or get their chores and homework completed? Would a little bit of cooperation be too much to ask for! Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges they face with parenting their children, receive skills to aid them in avoiding power struggles, and receive methods for creating a cooperative home environment. Participants will be able to identify at least two pitfalls to avoid with their children. Participants will be able to identify their parenting style and determine if it’s working effectively for them. Participants will be able to identify at least one new strategy that they will use in parenting their children.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
IS THERE A PLACE FOR THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR? (Parenting Styles)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
In 1967, I adapted the drill instructor approach. I thought it was the only way for me at five foot seven and a half! It took me four years to realize I had accomplished almost nothing. I still hear many of you in class profess the drill instructor style as the way to gain kids’ respect. In this class participants will identify what absolutely does not work about this approach. Participants will learn a simple method for switching to the “senior partner” approach, the approach God takes with each of us! In the meantime, sell your drill instructor hat!

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
A child with good self-esteem can be defined as feeling capable while feeling loved. Whereas, a child with poor self-esteem feels worthless and demoralized, unloved and destined to fail. This training will provide you with the knowledge and tools to help that demoralized child in your care to improve his/her self-image.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
TEACHING BASIC LIFE SKILLS TO FOSTER YOUTH
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
Teaching life skills to youth can be very challenging. How do you properly introduce someone? How do I make decisions as a youth? How do I communicate effectively with others? This class assists foster parents in learning practical ways to teach and incorporate life skills.

TUESDAY, APRIL, 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
DO’S AND DON’TS FOR THEIR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Most of our foster kids and teens demonstrate average to above average intelligence so we expect them to succeed academically. Many have the ability but lack the motivation. What is that all about? Have all the detentions and restrictions done anything to further success? So come to class where participants will learn some simple do’s and don’ts and have an opportunity to present real-life situations for brainstorming and problem solving.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
WHAT IS COMPASSION FATIGUE? DO I HAVE IT?
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Compassion fatigue is the cumulative physical, emotional and psychological effects of exposure to traumatic stories or events when working in a helping capacity. This is combined with the strain and stress of everyday life. It is different than burnout. This class focuses on what compassion fatigue is and its treatment. Compassion fatigue affects those in the helping professions including caregivers and is treatable.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 3: JOINT PROBLEM SOLVING
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - TBD
When parents operate on the principle of mutual respect they learn that parents and children have different issues and different feelings about the same subject (curfew, allowance, bed-time, etc.). If parents attempt to force their way on, or in contrast, give in to their demands, any solution is short-lived. Foster children's bio parents are very good at forcing their way or giving in. The key here, in this third class in the four part Positive Discipline series, is to make sure parents and child understand each other so that a resolution is possible.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
SUPPORTING PERMANENCY FOR OLDER ADOLESCENTS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Every year children leave foster care without family to help them transition to adulthood lacking the social, emotional, and financial support families usually offer to young adults. If youth are not able to return to their parent’s care, we must make every effort to identify adults to provide permanent connections to support the youth throughout his or her life. Youth need to understand permanency, and be supported to identify what a permanent lifelong connection means to them. They need to be actively involved in planning for their futures. Participants will discuss how to be creative and flexible when thinking about the needs of youth, identify ways to actively involve the youth in planning for their futures, and will explore options for permanency with youth and/or building on new or past relationships.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW THE BRAIN SAVES US FROM TRAUMA
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
God gave us each a MAWVELOUS brain. Even when “damaged” or injured, our brain is exceptionally resilient. Our brain knows very well how to protect us during trauma. Sometimes we get stuck in that protective mode, and since our caregivers don’t know that, they inadvertently continue to re-traumatize us. So come to class. Participants will learn, in simple but accurate terms, precisely how the brain works. It will be interesting and fun

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO ARE FOOD INSECURE
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Children who come from family circumstances where there was insufficient food available carry this trauma with them into foster care. If they were homeless and living on the streets they may gorge themselves when they eat, get sick as a result, and may possibly hoard food. This trauma is very difficult for them to overcome since it deals with a basic human need. Their hunger memories impact how they interact with any eating process. This class explores this complex problem for children.

TUESDAY, APRIL, 28, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING TRAUMA IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE FOR THE BRAIN
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
So the brain knows how to protect us during a traumatic event, and the brain has within its operations, the key to healing trauma. Yes, it does. And it is NOT rocket science. It does not require hours and years of therapy. Participants will learn to facilitate trauma healing. It’s as simple as reweaving a dangling thread into the fabric. But it’s as scary as listening to someone’s scary story.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR ANGER AND ASSIST YOUR FOSTER CHILDREN TO MANAGE THEIR ANGER
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Anger is a basic human emotion. At one time in our lives we have experienced 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. You will learn how to identify and control your own anger and assist children placed in your home by mentoring and helping them with any anger issues.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 4: FAMILY MEETINGS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
The most widely practiced strategy in the Positive Discipline approach to parenting is using the strategy called Family Meetings. This approach encompasses building an agenda with children, choosing a day and time for the meeting, giving compliments to each other, choosing a leader and recorder for the family meeting, reaching consensus on any decision reached and choosing a fun activity when the meeting ends. This last class, in this four part Positive Discipline series, encapsulates all the other classes in healthy family decision making.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
In this class participants will learn how to communicate more clearly with children under their care. According to the authors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, “For a child to feel love we must learn to speak his/her language.” Every child has a special way of perceiving love.” There are five ways children speak and understand emotional love. We will discuss these five languages.

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW OUR BELIEFS AND VALUES HINDER OR HELP (Parenting Styles)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Probably all of us have definite beliefs, but have a difficult time consistently putting them into practice (values). Some of our beliefs and values drive us to treat children and teens in ways that are undermining and destructive and we don’t even know it. In this class participants will learn how to identify both their beliefs and values. Participants will assess how life-giving their beliefs and values are in raising children.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CREATING A WORKING FAMILY, PART 1 (Family Systems)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
If you are living with at least one other person, and most of you are living with many other people, including your foster children and teens, it is time to get everyone invested in the operation and workings of the family system. Politically, it is known as democracy! Participants will learn EXPERIENTIALLY how to incorporate the principles of democracy into the workings of the family without a revolution. It will make your life so much easier.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
“I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA” …THE MOTHER’S ROLE
IN A FOSTER CHILD’S LIFE
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Why is a mother so important in the life of a child? Why do children desire this attachment although they are separated? It may have been due to poor choices made by their bio mother. This class focuses on the role of the mother in a child’s life. We will define the role of mothers and look at the importance of a mother in a child’s life.

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
OXYTOCIN – THE CUDDLE HORMONE
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
What is Oxytocin? How does it affect us? What does it have to do with one’s ability to connect with friends, family members, and our mates? Can Oxytocin help the children I am raising to trust and love in a healthy way? Join us as we explore the impact that Oxytocin has on all of us, and our ability to form relationships and manage stress. Participants will have a basic understanding of what Oxytocin is, will be able to identify what part of the body produces Oxytocin, will have a basic understanding about the impact that Oxytocin has on attachment and stress management, and will be able to identify at least one tool that they can use to build a stronger connection with their child.

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CREATING A WORKING FAMILY, PART 2 (Parenting Skills)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
In Part One we learned the basics of incorporating the principles of democracy into the daily functioning of the family. Today we will continue to experience this process first hand and look at all the challenges that will confront us in shifting gears from a dictatorship to a democracy. Participants will learn experientially how to be a powerful leader (the buck stops here) while avoiding dictatorship.

MONDAY, MAY 11, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DEALING WITH RACISM AND ITS EFFECTS ON REUNIFICATION AND PLACEMENT OUTCOMES
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Most children are placed in foster care due to neglect or for reasons related to poverty according to a study by Dr. Robert B. Hill called Race Matters. Physically or sexually abused children are more likely to receive in-home services while many youth aging out of the system return to their bio parents or extended families. All too inherent in the system of care, racism separates families, under represents family reunification, and calls into question equality in the system. Children are children no matter from what culture. In this class the question of race among all cultures is explored.

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL INTERVENTION FOR KIDS
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Many of our children and teens either are addicted themselves or have grown up most of their lives with family members who are active addicts and alcoholics. Perhaps, addiction is a family issue even in your own family. It is for most of us. Participants will learn to recognize and address alcoholism and addiction in terms of current best practices.

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Children often exhibit self-harming behaviors inflicting pain and injury to their bodies. Many of these actions are deadly. Participants will learn why children hurt themselves and what they can do as caregivers to help them.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN IN TRANSITION
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - TBD
Children who are going through a transition may act out in a variety of ways due to their uncertainty over their future. Transition can include going from their bio family to a foster home, going from one foster home to another, going into a group home, going between group homes, returning home and 'aging out', to name a few. These children, not having a 'magic wand' to see the future, count on their placement parents for assistance in determining their next course of action. In this class caregivers explore how to better understand what is happening for these children and how to best prepare them for their next home.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN GAIN A STRONG SENSE OF RACIAL IDENTITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
This class will discuss the importance of building a child’s sense of racial identity, connecting them to their culture and race and preparing them for dealing with discrimination. Caregivers will learn ways to best help their children develop a healthy racial identity by educating themselves about challenges today. Caregivers will learn how to prepare their children with survival skills to navigate a race conscious society.

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
MOTIVATING FOSTER KIDS FOR SUCCESS (Self Esteem)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
No amount of rewards, points, privileges, allowance or punishment seems to move many of the children and teens in our care. That’s because self-worth, what gives us life and value, comes from a place deep within our soul. Participants will learn to rekindle the spirits of the children and teens in their care in very simple, but concrete and specific ways.

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 128
This class will help participants identify the suicidal warning signs as well as the scope and magnitude of the problem. Participants will learn to recognize youth who are “high risk” for committing suicide as well as identify the elements for assessing suicide.

MONDAY, MAY 18, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SCHOOL READINESS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - Liberal Arts Building Room 104
ALL parents prod their kids to do well in school since they all know school success has a direct influence on success in life. Foster kids live the exact opposite scenario. They are NOT encouraged to do well in school, on the whole, due to poorly educated bio parents who do not see value in an education. This is where the caregiver enters the picture. Their positive influence on their child to do well in school, especially at any early age, translates DIRECTLY into lower dropout rates, less involvement in gangs and substance abuse, and lower teen pregnancy rates. This class discusses the incredible value in school readiness for children birth through age five.

MONDAY, MAY 18, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME (FAS) AND IT’S EFFECTS – RECOGNITION, SIGNS, AND SYMPTOMS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Many children in care are born exposed to drugs and alcohol which affects many aspects of their life (i.e. behavior, education, development, and health). Caregivers will learn about FAS and its effects on the brain. Caregivers will learn how to advocate for services for their children.

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WORKING WITH ANGRY KIDS THROUGH THE SUMMER!
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Actually, working with angry kids can be very rewarding. They are so upfront. No hidden agendas. They want a response from us. We simply have to learn to give them the response they are not expecting. It doesn’t have to be a long hot and angry summer. Participants will learn a “zillion” verbal scripts for containing their own anger and defensiveness and for providing the angry kid or teen what he really wants from us on a needs level.

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
INTERNET SAFETY
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Participants will learn simple ways to monitor your child’s Internet use and help keep them safe from pornography and exploitation. Participants will gain insight about Internet predators, social media, and how to keep children safe!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
NEGOTIATING SKILLS FOR CAREGIVERS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
‘You NEVER listen to me!'...'I am ALWAYS punished!'...'It's ALWAYS MY fault'...You NEVER discipline my sibling!'... Just a few statements caregivers may be used to hearing from their kids. Children who speak in absolutes (NEVER and ALWAYS) use these words to encourage caregivers to get into arguments with them. The key here is to AVOID arguing with children and, instead, have them accept responsibility for their actions. Negotiating skills are absolutely essential for caregivers to master so their children feel they are heard, but also are accountable for their own actions. Dr. Jane Nelson's Positive Discipline covers this issue very well.

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Well, I tell my children what’s expected of them, but they just don’t get it. Why do I have to constantly repeat instructions to my children? Why can’t we ever seem to get problems resolved? Yes, these are challenging issues to address. However, participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing when communicating their expectations, talking so their children will listen, and building stronger relationships with their children. Participants will be able to use active listening skills, appropriately construct an “I” statement, identify and avoid common communications “pitfalls,” and use effective communication skills to problem solve.

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
SHARED PARENTING AND PARENT-CHILD VISITS
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class focuses on how foster parents can cultivate positive supportive relationships with birth parents. Shared parenting is based on trust, keeping the child safe, and the best interests of the child. Participants will learn how to build positive relationships with birth parents.

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW COME WE ARE NOT LAUGHING? (Parenting Skills)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Laughter is healing medicine. If we had laughter going 24/7, our foster homes would be happy and enviable places to live. Participants will learn the do’s and don’t’s of good humor and laughter. Participants will have an opportunity to assess what keeps them personally humorless.

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
MORE POWERFUL THAN REWARDS AND CONSEQUENCES (Behavior Management)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
We have really rendered ourselves impotent by buying into the popular method of rewarding kids and having a corresponding system of consequences. We can be so much more powerful than that. Participants will learn how to give personal energy instead of “things” to minute behavior changes. It is called shaping. Participants will learn to allow “natural” consequences to do their job.

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING DEPRESION AND OTHER MOOD DISORDERS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401
Feeling sad and being unable to follow through are signs of depression and other mood disorders. Because of the stigmas associated with mental health issues many caregivers do not get the help needed for their children (both kids and adults.) Participants will learn what therapy is, how to develop and maintain a good healthy relationship with therapists. Participants will get insight regarding what to do after “therapy” and different therapy methods used with different age groups.

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
WHEN A CHILD COMES INTO FOSTER CARE
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class will help resource parents and caregivers better understand why children are placed in foster care and how you can prepare the child for stability in your home. This class will also help the caregiver welcome a child into their home, know what questions to ask the social worker, how children are matched with a foster family, things to have on hand in the home prior to placement, and tips for dealing with separation and loss issues of foster children.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a 100% TOTALLY preventable condition - all that needs to happen is for the pregnant female to CEASE DRINKING during pregnancy! Yet many children are born with this severely debilitating condition. A part of the umbrella condition under Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), FAS impacts families and society in billions of dollars in health care costs and severe emotional costs to birth families, foster families, and overall society. This class explores in depth this condition and discusses specific methods for effectively working with children who have this totally preventable condition.

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES: RECOGNIZING AND OVERCOMING THEIR EFFECTS
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Problems such as parental alcohol, mental illness or extreme rigidity, and control interfere with family functioning. This can have long effects on children. Participants will gain insight and learn to recognize family dysfunction and its effects. They will learn strategies to overcome the effects of dysfunctional families.

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHERE DOES LOVE FIT IN? (Parenting Skills)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Heather Forbes teaches a parenting course based on Love. And she further states that Love and fear cannot exist together. St. John also tells us that in the scriptures! In this class participants will learn to shift gears from instilling respect and fear to learning what it looks like to love in ANY relationship! Participants will have an opportunity to present real-life situations for application of the material presented.

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - Liberal Arts Building Room 104
Through years of research into specific environmental issues, both inside the family and in society, the SEARCH Institute has developed a series of positive attributes, or assets, for children which lead to success in life. School, the family, the neighborhood, and many other contributing factors play an incredibly important role in successes in academics, relationships, the community, and in life. These 40 Developmental Assets are oftentimes lacking in birth families of foster children. This class explores all these assets and leaves the caregiver with some specific tools for implementing the 40 Developmental Assets in their homes with their children.

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
I WANT TO BE ME!!! WORKING WITH THE LGBTQ YOUTH
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Many youth struggle with identity issues during adolescence, but some more so with issues of gender, sexual identity, and self-esteem. This workshop will provide caregivers a change to examine pre-conceived ideas of sexuality and sexual orientation. Participants will be able to define LGBTQ terms and understand the difference between sexual orientation and sexual behavior. Participants will be able to identify community resources and understand the needs of these youth to be supported in their developmental tasks and education attainment.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
YOUR POWER vs. YOUR AUTHORITY (Parenting)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
In this day and age of children’s rights, we often feel as if our authority has been stripped away, but that’s only because we have lost the connection with our power. And we do that by always looking to others to validate our power. Participants will learn to access their personal power and to employ it appropriately in their parenting in very specific and concrete ways. Participants will learn simple ways to hold onto their power instead of giving it up for approval or disapproval.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LEARNING THE PROS AND CONS ABOUT CHILD REARING PRACTICES: HOME AND COMMUNITY INFLUENCES
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
We will look at various techniques caregivers need to be aware of concerning their youth. What impacts their behaviors? What role does community play in influencing our youth? Participants will identify and define various interactive techniques to help foster youth recognize their abilities and talents

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHOM DO THEY SEE WHEN THEY LOOK AT US? (Parenting)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
San Bernardino Valley College - TBD
When kids meet us for the first time, when they look at us in the morning, when they see us at a school meeting, when they see us interacting with adults and other children, who do they see? It’s the same person we see when we look in the mirror! Are we satisfied at how we present ourselves? Participants will have an opportunity to assess how they present to adults and children and whether or not that presentation is effective and life giving to themselves and to others.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ADOLESCENT SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Many of us are worried about our teens’ sexual behavior and the possibility of teenage pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases. How do I talk to my teens and preteens about their bodies and sexual behavior? Is talking with my children about sex encouraging sexual behavior? How old should teens be before they start dating? What are acceptable dating activities? How do I encourage my teens to come to me with their concerns or questions? Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their challenges and or reluctance with dealing with this emotionally charged issue, and will have a chance to explore all of the above questions. Participants will be able to identify the stages of adolescent sexual development, they will be provided with tools to aid in discussing sex and sexual activity with teens, they will be able to identify safe versus unsafe dating activities, and they will be provided with tools to aid them in supporting their teens’ ability to establish and maintain healthy boundaries.

MONDAY, JUNE 8, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW VISITATIONS CAN VICTIMIZE CHILDREN
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324

'Where's my mom! She said she'd be here 2 hours ago?!'...I thought my dad was coming! Where Is he!?'...'Didn't you say my mom told you she'd be here at noon!?'...'I thought you said my parents were going to be here quite a while ago!?...As caregivers can attest, hearing these comments from their foster children creates VERY tough situations. These kids have already been victimized by their bio families and when visitations go wrong, they are VICTIMIZED all over AGAIN! This class reveals the heartbreak (not the caregivers fault), and how to deal with it, foster children experience when court ordered visitations do not occur as expected.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CAN MUSIC MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
They say that music can not only promote a person’s academic performance, but also have an impact on a person’s mood, motivation, and behavior. For reals? Well, let’s find out. Participants will learn the latest research on the impact of music on our daily lives. Participants will also learn how to engage children and teens with their music. Sorry, but Yes!

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING WHEN CHILDREN ARE EXPOSED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Domestic violence is a devastating problem with children who have been exposed to violence. It is important that resource parents or kinship parents with these children to understand the impact of domestic violence on children. In this class participants will understand the scope of the problem in the Child Welfare System, how children are impacted by exposure to domestic violence, and its long term affects. Participants will learn various tools and strategies for caring for children exposed to domestic violence.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW TO SUM UP A PRODUCTIVE SUMMER FOR KIDS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
'I'm bored! What can I do?'...'There's nothing going on around here!'...After the final school bell rings and kids are dismissed for summer, a whole new experience occurs for foster families. The routine of the school year is a thing of the past and families need to prepare for what the summer brings, especially since down time from school can be a negative educationally. Planning summer vacations, daily summer routines and managing children's expectations are paramount for caregivers. In this class, parents compare notes and discuss how to make summer vacation into an education friendly, memorable, and meaningful experience for children.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 8:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
San Bernardino Valley College – The Sun Room
How do we help our youth turn their dreams into degrees? Most foster youth want a college education, but need 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 their challenges.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
GETTING THEM TO GET ALONG WITH EACH OTHER (Sibling Rivalry)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Wouldn’t it be so cool if all the sibling rivalry and arguments and fights would just end! There is a simple way to end a great deal of it! Got to come to class to find out, although it is obvious! Participants will learn some simple tools for ending sibling rivalry, fights, and arguments. Participants will have an opportunity to present real-life situations for application of the material presented.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
RECOGNIZING THE EARLY SIGNS OF LEARNING DISABILITIES
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class focuses on learning the early signs of learning disabilities in children. We will discuss how to get a better understanding of the early developmental signs of these disabilities, how to recognize them, and what resources are available to them.

CLASES EN ESPAÑOL

SABADO, 24 DE ENERO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
NECESIDADES ESPECIALES
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 153
En esta clase los padres de crianza aprenderán el significado de las necesidades especiales que afectan a los niños en cuidado de crianza temporal tales como necesidades especiales debido a problemas médicos o de conducta; como comunicar y documentar las necesidades especiales, así como información sobre los incrementos de rembolso especiales para esta población.

SABADO, 31 DE ENERO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
LAZOS AFECTUOSOS Y UNION: NUESTROS NIÑOS NECESITAN AFECCION, CARIÑO, AMOR, APOYO Y SEGURIDAD
Facilitador:  Jorge Razo - San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 221
Los niños son seres que cambian y aprenden con una rapidez que muchos envidiamos. En ellos se encierra un potencial infinito. Para lograr sacar provecho de su potencial se requiere de condiciones de crianza adecuadas. Los niños, a diferencia de los adultos, son seres con capacidades para desarrollar y obtener riqueza espiritual, social, y mental. Asimismo podrán utilizar estas capacidades en la sociedad actual.

SABADO, 31 DE ENERO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FOSTER CARE Y LA EDUCACION
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 153
En esta clase los padres de crianza aprenderán cuáles son los requisitos A-G para graduarse de la secundaria; que es un Plan Individualizado de Educación ò IEP, como requerirlo y que recursos adicionales están disponibles para los que los jóvenes continúen a una educación más avanzada.

SABADO, 7 DE FEBRERO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
COMPRENDER LA ORIENTACION SEXUAL GLBTQ
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 153
Que significa exactamente GLBTQ? ¿Cómo los niños tienen alguna idea sobre su orientación sexual: son sólo niños, verdad? Los participantes tendrán una oportunidad para explorar temas, preguntas y preocupaciones sobre lo que significa ser gay, lesbianas, bisexuales, o transgénero, y como esto afecta a jóvenes en cuidado. Los participantes también discutirán sobre como esto afecta su modelo como padres adoptivos. Los padres de crianza podrán identificar los términos Gay, Lesbiana, Bisexual, Transgénero y en cuestión.

SABADO, 21 DE FEBRERO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
LA PERDIDA – QUE ES Y COMO AFECTA A LOS NIÑOS EN CUIDADO DE CRIANZA TEMPORAL
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 153
Los niños que entran a nuestro hogar en cuidado de crianza temporal han sufrido pérdidas que marcan sus vidas. En esta clase hablaremos sobre las pérdidas que ellos sufren, como entender el proceso del duelo y ayudarlos a superar esas pérdidas.

SABADO, 28 DE FEBRERO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CRIANZA DE NIÑOS: ¿POR QUÉ?
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 221
¿Porque ingresan nuestros niños al Sistema? Los participantes aprenderán las diferentes razones porque los niños ingresan al Sistema. Muchos ingresan al Sistema de crianza temporal en grupo o de dos o más hermanos. Algunos hermanos necesitan ser colocados juntos. Algunos niños tienen necesidades emocionales, de comportamiento, de desarrollo, o problemas en las escuelas. Muchos niños necesitan atención médica especial. Algunos infantes han sido expuestos a drogas. Los participantes podrán identificar los servicios disponibles para los niños de crianza. También aprenderán tácticas sobre comportamientos y a trabajar con los trabajadores sociales.

MIERCOLES, 4 DE MARZO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER LA SALUD MENTAL DE LOS NIÑOS
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building 122
Es muy importante entender la salud mental de los niños. Esta clase se enfocará en los factores de riesgo durante el crecimiento y desarrollo de los niños. Los padres aprenderán sobre la importancia de la intervención temprana y exitosa en el tratamiento psicológico y mental de los niños.

MIERCOLES, 11 DE MARZO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER EL TRAUMA EN LOS NIÑOS
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building 122
Esta clase tratara las causas del trauma en los niños y como difiere del estrés normal. Además se enfocara en como el trauma afecta el cerebro y el funcionamiento psicológico y social de los niños. Los padres aprenderán como el trauma causa cambios físicos, ansiedad, depresión, y otros síntomas relacionados.

SABADO, 14 DE MARZO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
COMO PREVENIR Y MANEJAR LAS QUEJAS
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 153
Los padres de crianza están expuestos a enfrentar quejas sobre sus hogares. En esta clase hablaremos sobre diferentes técnicas para prevenir y manejar las quejas. También hablaremos sobre el proceso de investigación de una queja y sus derechos.

MIERCOLES, 25 DE MARZO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
EL TRATAMIENTO DE LOS NIÑOS QUE HAN SUFRIDO TRAUMA
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building 122
Muchos niños en nuestra sociedad sufren trauma psicológico que les afecta en su desarrollo psicosocial. Esta clase considerará las técnicas efectivas para lograr la buena salud mental en los niños. Los padres sabrán cómo mejorar sus técnicas para entender los niños que han sido expuestos a trauma.

SABADO, 28 DE MARZO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MANTENER A LOS NIÑOS A SALVO
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 221
Diariamente, nuestros hijos se enfrentan a amenazas de violencia. Las escuelas ya no son un refugio seguro para los niños, pero en cambio se han convertido en un escenario de violencia y amenaza. Esta sesión asistirá a participantes ayudar a que los niños de crianza aprendan acerca de la violencia, autoprotección y los conceptos fundamentales de empoderamiento.

MIERCOLES, 1 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LOS TRES INGREDIENTES BASICOS PARA LOGRAR LA INTIMIDAD EMOCIONAL
CON SUS NIÑOS: RESPETO, BUENA COMUNICACIÓN Y EMPATIA
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building 122
La clase se enfocará en la importancia de lograr una intimidad emocional y amistad con los niños y su poderoso impacto en la conducta y actitudes. Los padres podrán lograr una más profunda comunicación y empatía con sus hijos basados en el respeto y amistad.

MIERCOLES, 8 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LA ANSIEDAD Y EL MIEDO EN LOS NIÑOS
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building 122
El mundo de los niños está lleno de miedos y ansiedad. Esta clase se enfocara en las condiciones más comunes que están relacionadas con la ansiedad: ansiedad social, ansiedad generalizada; conducta obsesiva-compulsiva, fobias, ansiedad de separo. Los padres podrán entender más sobre la diagnosis, los síntomas y tratamiento de estas condiciones de ansiedad.

SABADO, 11 DE ABRIL, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EL FUNCIONAMIENTO COMO UN EQUIPO
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 153
Durante esta clase los padres de crianza aprenderán quienes son los diferentes miembros del equipo de trabajo del sistema de Protección al Menor; los diferentes papeles y tareas de los miembros del equipo y como comunicarse y trabajar con estos miembros como parte del equipo profesional de trabajo del sistema de protección al menor.

MIERCOLES, 15 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO MEJORAR LA AUTO ESTIMA DE SUS HIJOS
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building Room 122
Es necesario tener un buen auto estima para triunfar en la vida. En esta clase los padres tendrán la oportunidad de aprender nuevas técnicas tales como el refuerzo positivo, el encomio buen expresado, respeto, aceptación y empatía. Los padres aprenderán el lenguaje especial del estímulo y podrán identificar las técnicas para mejorar el auto estima de sus hijos.

SABADO, 25 DE ABRIL, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
COMO UTILIZAR DISCIPLINA EFECTIVAMENTE
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 221
Los participantes harán una lista de las diferentes maneras en que los padres pueden hacer la diversión y disciplina interesante para sus hijos. Los participantes discutirán también sobre consecuencias razonables, así como compartir ideas y técnicas de disciplina exitosas con el grupo. Los participantes obtendrán capacidad para definir como la disciplina trabaja en cada nivel de edad.

SABADO, 2 DE MAYO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DISCIPLINA
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 153
El disciplinar a los niños es un reto que los padres enfrentan, especialmente cuando los niños están en nuestro cuidado y hay reglas que seguir. En esta clase hablaremos de las diferentes técnicas de disciplina que los padres de crianza pueden usar con niños de todas edades.

SABADO, 23 DE MAYO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRABAJANDO CON NIÑOS TRAUMATIZADOS
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 221
Esta clase ayuda a cuidadores de niños a comprender el tipo de acontecimientos que acarrearon traumas en la vida de los niños de crianza. Los participantes exploraran maneras para ayudar a los niños de crianza a enfrentar y expresar sus emociones y sentimientos.