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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.

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.

GUARDIAN SCHOLARS CONFERENCE  - “PATHWAYS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE”
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. REGISTRATION, 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. CONFERENCE
San Bernardino Valley College, Business Building Room B100
*Free Conference * Continental Breakfast * Lunch * Dynamic Workshops

If you have a foster youth between the ages of 18 - 24 San Bernardino Valley College has an exciting new program designed just for them. Learn about the assistance available in Priority Registration, Financial Aid, Mental Health Services, development of educational plan, purchase of textbooks and supplies, and priority assistance in every office of Student Services. Please call to register at (909) 384-4457. 
 
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.

FOSTER & KINSHIP CARE EDUCTION CONFERENCE - “WORKING TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN - CREATING HOPE”
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M., REGISTRATION, 9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. CONFERENCE
San Bernardino Valley College, Business Building Room B100
*Free Conference * Continental Breakfast * Lunch * Dynamic Workshops
Training Hours for Foster Parents & Kinship Caregivers
WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:
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Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children
*Addressing Mental Health Issues for Transitioning Youth
*Dealing with Trauma – Where do the feelings go?
*Developing Life Skills for Older Youth (Eng/Span)
*Promoting Success in Education/Special Education (Eng/Span)

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, 2 DE MAYO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DISCIPLINA
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 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, 9 DE MAYO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FOSTER CARE Y LA EDUCACION 
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall Room 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, 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.