FKCE Class Schedule

 

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

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

Elaine Bobadilla at (909) 891-3621.

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ASSISTING KIDS IN FINDING THEIR STRENGTHS (40 Developmental Assets)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Children in foster care are ill prepared to attend school, develop healthy relationships and behave properly.  When they reach 18, they are released from the system and frequently have inadequate education, poor reasoning, no shelter and few job skills.  Yet our society asks them to obtain employment and find a place to live.  In their research, the Search Institute found 40 developmental assets which promote traits our society promotes.  This class explores these assets which encourage meaningful academic performance, a healthy perception of self, remaining substance abuse free, and developing lasting and strong interpersonal relationships.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
COULD THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH US ACTUALLY PREVENT PREGNANCY?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

What are the needs young women and young men are trying to meet by getting pregnant or impregnating someone?  In today’s class we will identify these needs and especially identify those needs that we, as foster parents, can actually meet and consequently prevent unwanted pregnancies.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE BEAUTY OF PROBLEMS…HOLDING YOUR CHILD ACCOUNTABLE
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Holding your child accountable is crucial.  Children must be taught to accept responsibility for their actions.  Responsibility slides off children like water slides off a duck’s back.  Think of children as being coated with Teflon and nothing sticks—that’s how they relate to responsibility.  Responsibility is not inborn.  Responsibility comes with coaching and training children.  Participants will learn how to embrace the problems and help children to become responsible for their actions. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MALTREATMENT CREATES MALDAPTIVE BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

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.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES AND TRAUMAS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

The human mind is very complex and often difficult to understand.  When thoughts or incidents are too painful or upsetting, these painful memories or feelings are put in a place where they won’t disturb daily functioning – the “unconscious”.  Hidden memory can send out subliminal signals that can cause nightmares, panic attacks, depression and anxiety.  In this class we will look at what memory is and how suppressed trauma resurfaces and impacts children.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
IS THERE REALLY A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOVING AND LIKING?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Do you really think they are going to grasp our clever distinction between love and like?  Are we not perhaps just fooling ourselves?  Participants will learn that when they genuinely both love and like the foster kids, then they are best able to hold them responsible and accountable for who they are without having to do the gymnastics involved in splitting the kid into pieces: self and behavior.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW TO NAVIGATE THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND WORKING AS A TEAM
Facilitator: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 252

Foster fathers, foster mothers, and social workers play a very important role in the lives of children with whom they work.  It is therefore very important that everyone is on the same team. This class will discuss the different styles of working and how to learn to work with them. The rapprochement of working relationship as a team is what will allow a successful outcome.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
LEARN CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS TO CREATE A WIN-WIN ENVIRONMENT
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 253

Real power is shared and not imposed.  Conflict resolution in your home is a winning process. It creates an environment of empowerment.  Participants will learn the skills for negotiation. Participants will articulate the five conflict management styles, describe various communication skills and discuss alternatives for dealing with difficult behaviors.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WORDS:  OUR POWER TO CREATE LIFE OR POISON
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz invites us to be impeccable with our word.  So I can offer you poison, “Who do you think you are?” or “I can offer you life and truth.”  “You’re obviously very angry with me.  I can handle it.  Tell me all about it.”   Participants will learn the full meaning of being impeccable with our word as it applies to our work with foster children. 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
CREATING PERMANENCY FOR OLDER ADOLESCENTS
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Permanence is not a philosophical process, a plan, or a foster care placement, nor is it intended to be a family relationship that lasts only until the youth turns 18.  Permanence is about locating and supporting a lifetime family. Participants will learn and understand children’s need for lifelong connections, how to mentor youth and create those connections with them as a team effort. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HAVE A CHECK-UP FROM THE NECK UP!
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Caregivers take on the tough task of raising children who have been in many placements, have emotional scars, can't communicate, display all kinds of inappropriate behaviors and are very angry sometimes bordering on rage.  And they come from other parents. 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 understanding, genuine concern, and compassion are all put to the test by these difficult to raise children.  In this class, caregivers discuss their own experiences and learn how to 'check up from the neck up'!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN: AWARENESS AND IDENTIFICATION
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
GETTING YOUR MESSAGE UNDERSTOOD
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

This class focuses on the importance of effective communication.  Participants will identify and practice skills that will enhance their ability to impart ideas of thought, feelings, and information.  Participants will be able to examine ways to better express themselves and manage miscommunication more effectively.  Participants will discuss the different communication personalities and styles.  Participants will determine what’s their style of communication.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, challenges us not to take ANYTHING personally. Absolutely NOTHING.  He informs us that when we take something personally, we are choosing to live in the other person’s hell.  Pretty interesting.  In today’s class, participants will learn to go the distance in NOT taking anything personally in our work with foster kids.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
TRADITIONAL DISCIPLINE "OLD SCHOOL" VS. TODAY'S MODERN DISCIPLINE
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 217
Today discipline is not easy, so much we need to know to discipline children.  I have tried many things that I learned from my parents, it is not working. I want my child to have respectful behavior toward others and I want to not have to spank my child when he/she misbehaves. Participants will explore how their parents discipline, how discipline has evolved and discovering the creative way to discipline in these modern times. Participants will discover using Modern Self-Discipline recipes to teach wanted behaviors and eliminate unwanted behaviors.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN ACTING LIKE PARENTS - PARENTIFICATION
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Many older siblings bear the brunt of child abuse and other severe traumas that dysfunctional parents perpetrate on children.  When these parents lash out like children, the older child may find himself attempting to block the abuse towards younger siblings.  When children are placed in foster care, that older child may continue to “block” or protect their younger sibling. This behavior is very common among children and foster parents deal with it all the time. This class looks at this behavior and assists foster parents in gaining more understanding of how to handle “parentification.”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THE PROBLEM WITH ASSUMPTIONS IS WE BELIEVE THEM
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Foster parents assume that the kids are always trying to get one over on them, so they let them know from the get-go that they will get away with absolutely nothing!   And foster kids assume foster parents are just in it for the money, so they give foster parents a constant run for their money! In today’s class we will use Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements to explore the assumptions of both foster parents and foster kids and note how they lead us both to a daily war.  We will learn how to stop assuming.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
BURNOUT PROTECTION:  A SURVIVAL TOOL FOR FOSTER PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Do you feel it is time for you to quit foster parenting?  Do you need respite? Are you burned-out? This class will help caregivers learn to “ride the waves” and protect yourself from the more debilitating outcomes of burnout.  Participants will learn what burnout is, what causes burnout, assess their own susceptibility to burnout, and learn about the actions and attitudes that prevent or reverse the burnout process.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO SELF-HARM
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

Children who come from extremely dysfunctional family environments where severe neglect and abuse consistently occur, experience extreme anger towards others.  This anger, for many, is often extended inward in many varied efforts of self-harm.  Called Self Inflicted Violence (S.I.V.), children attempt to harm themselves through bloody nail biting, head banging, pulling hair out by the roots, embedding (placing sharp items under the skin), and, the most common form of S.I.V., cutting.  All of these attempts at self-harm can result in real damage to the child's body, and with cutting, can possibly result in bleeding to death.  This class reviews all these different types of self-injury and explores the motivations behind a child's behavior to hurt themselves.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
TURNING 18! THE THINGS NOBODY EVER TOLD ME!
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Waking up on my 18th birthday I thought I knew everything.  Well most youth think this way. Too often our youth become young adults without knowing some basic life skills that we assume they received from someone else.  Participants will discuss what young adults need to be successful and how to provide the practice experience.  Participants will learn how to assist and guide young people who are trying to be independent and don’t always know “what they don’t know.”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SEEKING SUPPORT
Facilitator:  Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

What makes it difficult for us to seek the support we need when we experience difficulties and especially when we are in crisis? It seems to be even more difficult for the children in foster care. Is asking for help a learned skill, or does it just come naturally? Is it easy for individuals to recognize when they need to seek help? Do you have your own support network in place? Let’s examine each of these questions. Participants will be able to identify at least two reasons why our children and birth parents have difficulty asking for help. Participants will learn tools to assist them in addressing this issue with their children. Participants will be provided with specific steps for identifying when help is needed and for developing a plan for seeking support before there is a need.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THE THRIVING CHILD
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

All parents want to help their children to thrive both physically and emotionally.  Often the task of parenting becomes complicated when having to deal with a child that has allergies, asthma or the challenges of daily living.  This class focuses on providing simple steps for rebuilding your child’s health through a discussion of a variety of topics such as how to confront asthma, various allergies, becoming your child’s advocate at school, and how to nurture your child through life adjustments.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz invites us to always do our best.  If we choose to always do our best, with room for error, we will make it possible for the kids we serve to always do their best with room for error.  In today’s class, will have an opportunity to explore how our best and our foster kids’ best looks different from day to day, but it is still our best.  We will also learn how to acknowledge that, so we can bring out the best in the kids we serve.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING ATTACHMENT IN YOUNG CHILDREN
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 253

The quality of the relationship between parents and young children is one of the most powerful factors in a child’s growth and development.  The term attachment often is used to describe the nature of this relationship. Participants will learn various attachment relationships and styles, the importance of healthy attachments with young children and how to work toward the formation of strong secure attachments with children.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS PART 3
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

In a previous class, we learned how to have conversations about death.  Today, we will look at having conversations about suicide.  It’s a huge topic of concern in our society today, and many of our foster kids have experienced multiple suicides, and if we do not talk about it with them, we are setting them up for killing themselves as well.  

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
GROWING UP BRAVE
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

As parents and caregivers we do everything we can to make sure children have love, food, clothing and shelter.  However despite all of this one in five children suffers from anxiety disorders, and many suffer from anxiety that interferes with critical social, academic, and physical development.  In this class parents will gain understanding regarding anxiety in children under their care.  In this class we will discuss how to promote bravery for long-term confidence.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MAKE A CONNECTION BEFORE PROVIDING CORRECTION
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Often foster parents begin to discipline and correct children before those children even have an opportunity to become more acquainted with their new family and environment.  This effort actually 'jumps the gun' so to speak since these children have barely begun to properly connect with, or become attached to, their new home.  Relationships with people in the home are in their infancy and parents are already acting like the children have been there for years.  In this class participants discuss the very important issue of allowing an effective attachment to occur based on mutual trust and communication between the new foster parents and family with the new foster child.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
RAISING CONFIDENT BOYS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

Boys need to be noticed, admired, understood and accepted to feel good about themselves.  In this class we will discuss effective tips on how to help the boys under your care to accomplish these important goals.  We will look at straightforward actions that caregivers can take to boost confidence in boys.  We will also focus on how to give support and guidance as boys navigate their way around the many choices facing them.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
ATTACHMENT
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Attachment is a critical “piece” of any significant relationship.  Many of us, as adults, have significant attachment wounds, and we are serving children with significant attachment wounds.  This can be an opportunity for healing for both ourselves and the children we serve, or it can be a devastating re-wounding experience for both of us.  So come to class to learn how to attach and be attached to!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: A NEW WAY OF IMPROVING BEHAVIOR
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College - North Hall 217
In order to change negative behavior, we need to understand the feelings and motives behind what we see; we need to be a "Code Breaker." Participants will learn and practice one of the techniques to redirect the child's behavior.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EATING DISORDERS IN CHILDREN
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 343

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.  Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating and EDNOS (eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) are the major eating disorder issues children can develop.  In this class, attendees discuss ways to interact with children to countermand their susceptibility to improper eating.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
INCREDIBLE YEARS SERIES:  DEVELOPMENTAL READINESS AND PLAY
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Children learn through their interactions with their parents and play.  Having developmentally appropriate expectations for the child depends on the child’s age, temperament and developmental age.  Parent’s will learn to increase positive effects by respecting and understanding children and their developmental abilities by modeling social skills, child-directed play and having fun.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW MANY BRAINS DOES IT TAKE?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

For starters, we each have four brains!  These four brains are so fascinating, so intricate and complex, and yet so simple in the way they function.  One of them, believe it or not, is located in our stomach!  In today’s class, we will learn a simple, but scientifically accurate description of how our four brains function together.  We will also learn to observe brain changes on each other’s face.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
IS THE SYSTEM OF CARE REALLY CARING (OR CALLOUS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Physical, emotional, sexual and substance abuses are all too commonly seen by the child in foster care.  Severe neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, and school failure are all also on that same child's agenda.  The system of care is designed to empower that child to become a responsible, well-adjusted member of society by helping him to overcome these huge obstacles he has been given in life.  Sometimes, unfortunately, the system has unforeseen consequences for both children AND caregivers. In this class, attendees discuss and explore the travails and triumphs inherent in the system of care.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRAUMA AND COMPLEX TRAUMA?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Trauma is an over-the-top event that might otherwise scare us to death except that our brain so brilliantly rescues us during the trauma.  Complex trauma is a series of such over-the top events. The brain also has the built-in mechanisms to stop protecting us when we let the brain know that the trauma is over.  In today’s class we will learn how the brain can both protect us as well as heal us. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING HOW TRAUMA IMPACTS CHILDREN IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 253

Trauma can impact the development and behaviors of children.  Traumatic events overwhelm a child’s capacity to cope and elicit feelings of terror, powerlessness and out of control behaviors.  Participants will learn how trauma influence the safety.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
INCREDIBLE YEARS SERIES:  BALANCING POWER AND PLAY
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Developing parenting skills will promote social competence and reduce behavior problems such as how to play with children, social, emotional, effective praise and use of incentives, effective limit settings and strategies to manage misbehavior.  Parents will learn how to promote responsibility, how to teach children to problem solve, and the importance of establishing predictable routines and rules.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONAL ‘HOTSPOTS’:  TRAUMA IN CHILDREN
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

Safety is important for all children, but it is particularly crucial for children who have experienced trauma.  For these children the world has often been a harsh and unpredictable place.  Before such children can heal, they need to feel safe and believe that there are adults in their lives who can offer safety and security.  Some situations may be particularly emotionally charged for children and may trigger a child to act out, struggle over control, or become emotionally upset.  Participants will discuss how to identify emotional hotspots like mealtimes, bedtime and physical boundaries.  Participants will learn how to respond more appropriately and make sense of the child’s behavior by being supportive and nurturing.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
SIBLING ISSUES IN FOSTER CARE
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Foster parents can make an important contribution to the children in foster care by preserving their connections with their siblings.  Approximately two-thirds of children in foster care have a sibling also in care.  For many reasons these siblings are not placed together initially or become separated over time.  In this class you will be defining sibling relationships and the importance of the benefits of placing siblings together and the barriers to placing certain siblings together.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CANNABIS CAN CHANGE CHILDREN
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)

Cannabis Sativa, known as Marijuana and MANY other slang terms, has been around for millennia. Known as Hemp, it was used in making ropes when many ancient sailors used to ply the world in trading their salts, perfumes and many other goods.  The sailors used to 'smoke the rope' to obtain a 'high.'  Fast forward to today where Cannabis has been legalized for both medicinal and recreational purposes.  And, Canada is looking at actually LEGALIZING personal use!  This class explores modern day marijuana and how it can have negative impacts on young people.  An extensive discussion of cannabis, especially THC, its active ingredient, occurs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLASES EN ESPAÑOL

SABADO, 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
COMO PREVENIR Y MANEJAR LAS QUEJAS
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

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.

MIERCOLES, 5 DE OCTUBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER LA SALUD MENTAL DE LOS NIÑOS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

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.

SABADO, 8 DE OCTUBRE, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
VAMOS A TRABAJAR JUNTOS
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 252

Trabajando con los padres biológicos: ¿Por qué es importante? ¿Quiénes son? ¿Cómo trabajamos con ellos? Esta clase le ayudará a entender las acciones y comportamientos de padres de nacimiento. Los padres de nacimiento tienen una parte grande en el éxito de criar a niños sanos y positivos. Los cuidadores comprender la importancia de cumplir con las visitas familiares que son ordenes de la corte. Se discutirán los retos y desarrollaran habilidades de comunicación efectiva y apoyo con los padres de nacimiento.

MIERCOLES, 12 DE OCTUBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER EL TRAUMA EN LOS NIÑOS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

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, 15 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EL TRAUMA
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

En esta clase hablaremos de lo que es el trauma y cómo afecta a los niños en cuidado de crianza temporal.  También hablaremos sobre algunas de las señales que acompañan al trauma y de algunos de los recursos disponibles para ayudar a los niños a superarlo.

MIERCOLES, 19 DE OCTUBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
EL TRATAMIENTO DE LOS NIÑOS QUE HAN SUFRIDO TRAUMA
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

Muchos niños en nuestra sociedad sufren trauma psicológico que les afecta en su desarrollo psicosocial.  Esta clase considerara 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, 22 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ETAPAS DE DESARROLLO DE NIÑOS Y JOVENES (0-18)
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 251

En esta clase los padres de crianza tendrán la oportunidad de aprender más sobre las diferentes etapas del desarrollo de los niños y jóvenes, de las diferentes características físicas y emociones que acompañan a cada etapa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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