FKCE Class Schedule

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San Bernardino Valley College 2017 Spring 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

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OFFICE HOURS:  MONDAY - THURSDAY -  8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
FRIDAY - 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. (effective 2/17/17)

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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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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO RUN AWAY (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

California is experiencing a very serious problem with children who run away from home or placement.  When children leave their own homes, quite often is due to their being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning - L G B T Q- their sexuality.  In addition, they may be sexually abused, either being 'straight' or LGBTQ.  As runaways, they 'hook up' with other teens who may also have runaway, or with total strangers who may exploit them sexually.  Further, they may engage in other risky behaviors such as substance abuse, alcohol abuse or selling their own bodies to survive.  This class explores the dangers these youths face and discusses what caregivers need to be aware of in working with children who run away.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BEING MY CHILD’S EDUCATIONAL ADVOCATE (RFA)
Facilitator:  Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

My child’s educational needs aren’t being met. Why? I’ve asked for support for my child, but no one seems to be listening.  Why can’t school staff just do their job! I know that my child is really gifted, but I think he learns in a different way.  How do I ensure that my child gets what he needs to be successful in school? Participants will be able to discuss the challenges they have faced with the school system and securing the support that their children need.  Participants will receive information about their educational rights for their children, how to request an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for their children, and will gain an understanding of the steps in the IEP process.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 8:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN: AWARENESS AND IDENTIFICATION (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
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 are at a higher risk of human trafficking.  Caregivers will be able to identify the preconceived stereotypes about the sex trade and help child victims of trafficking.  Caregivers will discuss available resources in place to assist victims of trafficking to provide access to the support they need to foster health and well-being.  Caregivers will understand three unique needs of child victims of human trafficking.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
DISCIPLINE: AN EDUCATIONAL PROCESS
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Positive Discipline is an approach that does not include excessive control or permissiveness with children.  Instead, Positive Discipline combines kindness, firmness and respect as the child learns social and life skills that will benefit him now and into adulthood.  Punishment, in contrast, makes children pay for the past. From this training participants will learn a variety of techniques on how to use Positive Discipline as a skill building approach for the child in your care.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN EXHIBITING SEXUALIZED BEHAVIORS (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

Some children come into foster care having a history of sexual abuse or exposed to some form of inappropriate sexual behavior.  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.  Participants will also learn what behaviors are normal or not and what to do to keep the child and others safe when this behavior occurs.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TAMING THE TONGUE: DEVELOPING ATTACHMENT (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Science (HLS) 143

Children who are used to being yelled at, ridiculed, and sworn at and experiencing other forms of verbal animosity from birth parents seem to become 'immune' from this verbal assault.  Actually far from true, they have low self-esteem, demonstrate angry outbursts and may 'act out' in other negative ways.  Often foster parents react to these behaviors rather than taking them in stride.  Participants will discuss the need to 'tame the tongue' and learn better ways of interacting with these kids is paramount to developing a healthy bond and attachment which assists the child with their own issues.  In this class, strategies to help the foster parent learn to watch what they say are discussed by participants. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
INCREDIBLE YEARS SERIES:  DEVELOPMENTAL READINESS AND PLAY (RFA Class)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.  Parents will learn to increase positive effects by respecting and understanding children and their developmental abilities by modelling social skills, child-directed play and having fun.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THE OIL SPILL APPROACH TO A CRISIS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
The fundamental approach to an oil spill is containment!  Likewise, the basic approach to a crisis is to provide containment in contrast to escalation.  It requires an incredible dose of self-awareness on our part.  It also requires that we become very present-focused and if possible, strategically “driven” to bringing the crisis to a close today and not dragging it on for days and weeks. Participants will discuss being “present” and focused on minimizing/eliminating crisis.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS PLANNING FOR CHILDREN IN CARE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College

A mental health crisis is just as important to address as any other crisis. It can be difficult to predict when this crisis will happen, and it can occur without warning. The crisis can be controlled from happening when a family has followed a crisis prevention plan. In this class participants will learn how to understand, recognize, prevent, and plan for their child’s mental health crisis.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BUILDING A TEAM (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Foster families often feel they are islands unto themselves and see minimal hope in dealing with negative behavior from their children.  Repeated infractions and major acting out from a "difficult" child can then lead to their making that fateful call - "Come take this child from my home!  I can't take him/her anymore!"  There is a much better way to deal with the child.  The foster parent, social worker, school, and the "system" are all an integral part of a TEAM which surrounds the child with healthy attention.  Learning to work together as a TEAM is best for the child. Join this class in a frank discussion on the importance of building and sustaining a team.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PARENTING THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

This is part two of a three-part series on the traumatized child.  We will discuss issues encountered by caregivers who are taking care of a child after an experience of trauma or neglect. Parents will also gain insight on ways to de-escalate, how to build a trusting relationship with a traumatized child, and how to take care of themselves. Participants will learn how to parent a child that has gone through trauma. They will also learn different methods to use to help comfort a traumatized child.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN GRIEVE AND GROW (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

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 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, FEBRUARY 13, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE - BASIC PARENTING TOOLS
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College - Health & Life Science (HLS) 143 (RFA Class)

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.  Children learn from their parents long term decision making skills.  This class explores ways to interact with kids that encourage strong relationships, cooperation, educational importance, building self-esteem and better understanding between parents and their children.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
INCREDIBLE YEARS SERIES: BALANCING POWER AND PLAY (RFA Class)
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, FEBRUARY 14, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
MAKING SURE THAT I AM HEARD (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Are you a mouse at meetings?  Do the other professionals seem to talk down to you?  Do they talk in psychobabble as if they know more about the kids than you do?  Perhaps you just think you’re “two cents” isn’t going to carry any weight.  Well, it is time to see yourself quite differently and to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what you have to say is very important and needs to be heard. Participants will discuss how to become effective team members. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
NO MORE VICTIMS! OVERCOMING VICTIMIZATION! (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

Participants will address several situations that cause youth to fall prey to negative victimization. See and examine how you can help children become empowered to verbalize their feelings and take action to break the cycle of their abusers. Participants will learn how to help children under their care to become empowered and break the cycle of victimization.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DOES THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM TRULY FOSTER YOUTH? (RFA Class)
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, domestic violence 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.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND ATTACHMENT
Facilitator:  Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – Health and Life Science (HLS) 143

Trauma informed care and attachment: How can a parent facilitate attachment with a child who has suffered trauma, assist children in reducing overwhelming emotions and help children make a new meaning of their trauma history and current experiences.  Foster parents will be able to define trauma, informed care, understand child traumatic stress and recognize, prevent, and cope with compassion fatigue.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
UNTYING OUR HANDS AND BEING POWERFUL (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Over the years, a common phrase I have heard from foster parents when it comes to managing behavior is “our hands are tied, and they know it.”  There is a common thread here with the previous class, “Making Sure That I Am Heard.”  We are each and all POWERFUL people and it is sad when we do not either experience that or know that.  Come to class to “fix” that.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EFFECTIVE PARENTING
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Just when you thought you had it right. You may have a child that is testing limits, misbehaving and not motivated to change behavior. Participants will learn tools and techniques such as communication and to provide supportive guidance.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
SHIFTING THE WAY WE LOOK AT SEXUAL ORIENTATION (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Those of us who are straight, tend to see people of a gay or lesbian orientation as different from us and maybe even perverse.  The reality is we are all people and we are all sexual beings.  Participants will come to class and learn to do a little cognitive shifting and begin to see their LGBTQ kids as precious and as lovable as themselves.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
DISCIPLINE VS. PUNISHMENT (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Business 121

As caregivers, parents, and teachers, we discipline in different ways. Many of us use the same methods that our parents used. These methods may or may not be effective. So what is the best method? What is discipline? What is punishment? What is legal? In this case we will discuss the difference between discipline and punishment. Participants will look at what the laws are regarding disciplining our children and will also look at creative ways to discipline and how to demonstrate love while disciplining.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
OUR CULTURE IS BECOMING MORE DIVERSE
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Our society comprises a multitude of ethnicities, religions, races and sexual orientations.  This diversity extends into the system of care for foster children and the many varied foster homes in which these children reside.  Caregivers need to be ever vigilant they are aware of how their children fit into their family, school and community.  Church going, food interests, dress/attire and music all play a part in how children interact with their foster families.  This class looks at the importance of caregivers’ awareness to an always evolving foster child culture and how caregivers need to become more competent and sensitive to that culture.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
BE INFORMED ABOUT PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

There is more than sufficient knowledge available to all of us about each of the psychotropic medications most often prescribed to our foster kids and we will review that information in class.  We need to become good advocates for our foster kids.  Yes, we can question the doctor!  And at the same time, we need to be willing to deal with their behavior and moods with alternative and safer treatments. Participants will discuss effective ways to manage behaviors without reliance on drugs as the only prescriptive treatment.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE TIMEOUTS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS! (RFA Class)
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

A timeout can be a positive experience that empowers children to learn self-control, discipline and appropriate decision-making without the sting of the normal timeout. A normal timeout stops the poor behavior without a teaching component.  This training will provide you with the knowledge on how to make a positive timeout a learning experience.  Also, children, on occasion, know how to push your buttons! Parents will discuss in the last segment of this training how to handle parental frustration and anger while preserving your sanity and creating a cohesive family environment.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
SPECIAL CARE RATES FOR CFS CHILDREN (RFA Class)
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

The Department of Children and Family Services has a basic monthly care rate for children under their jurisdiction.  Caregivers may have children in their care that qualify for additional monies due to the child’s chronic behavioral problems or medical condition.  The training will familiarize you with how the child may qualify along with paperwork and related mandates.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
RECOMMENDED RECORDKEEPING (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Health and Life Science (HLS) 143

The real life importance of recordkeeping cannot be understated for caregivers.  Notes and records on immunizations, weight and height, interactions with schools and teachers are critical to the child's treatment plan.  Social workers and parental visits reports and notes also keep the caregiver comfortably within necessary guidelines. Participants will discuss how keeping detailed tabs on children's behaviors are essential for future court hearings and information sharing with social workers.  Caregivers past experiences lead them to this important conclusion - keeping informed records ensure the child's safety as well as the caregivers.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
INCREDIBLE YEARS SERIES:  PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER, HEALTHY PARENTING STYLES (RFA Class)
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.  Parents 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, FEBRUARY 28, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY (RFA Class)
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. 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.  Come to class to learn simple but effective tools in reducing and managing stress.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
A PARENT’S GUIDE TO CANNABIS USE AND YOUTH (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 151

What kids say about marijuana; “But it’s just weed!” “It isn’t addictive?” “Marijuana doesn’t hurt anyone!” It’s what you don’t know about marijuana that can hurt your kids.  In this class you will learn what you need to know to talk with your teen about marijuana.  Participants will discuss the facts such as the “Why marijuana is risky for teens.”  They will also discuss how to talk to your teen about marijuana and words to avoid when talking about marijuana (or any issue with your teen.)

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CONSCIOUS PARENTING (RFA Class) 
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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT ARE MY STRENGTHS AS A RESOURCE PARENT? (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

We are often left with a sense that no one, including kids, social workers, teachers, and therapists appreciate the level of service we provide.  We are often so overwhelmed with what we are not doing or doing wrong, that we lose sight of our strengths.  Participants will come to class to assess their strengths and begin bringing them to the “table.”

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHY IS MY CHILD SO ANGRY?
Facilitator:  Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Dealing with a very angry child can be alarming for a caregiver.  The anger can build up over time to a point that a minor annoyance can easily trigger your child to “blow his/her top.”  This class will help participants identify triggers, patterns of events that cause such a wave of negative and sudden emotion.  The attendee will learn how to redirect the anger and help the child feel better.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 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 153

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. Participant will explore how their parents discipline, how discipline has evolve and discovering the creative way to discipline in these modern times.  Participant will discover using Modern Self-Discipline recipe to teach wanted behaviors and eliminate unwanted behaviors.

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a 100% TOTALLY preventable condition - all that needs to happen is that the pregnant female 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 these conditions and discusses specific methods for effectively working with children who have this totally preventable condition.

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
GETTING THE SYSTEM TO RESPECT YOU AS A RESOURCE PARENT (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

It is interesting how upset we become when the kids don’t respect us, but the real issue is that we do not demand respect from the adults in our life, including all the folks in the system.  And, of course, it begins with self-respect which only I can give myself.  So come to class to learn how self-respect will lead you to having the respect of all the other team players.  The bottom line is you don’t need the kids’ respect, but you deserve the respect of the other team members.

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
PREPARING FOSTER PARENTS’ BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN FOR THE FOSTER PARENTING EXPERIENCE
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

This class focuses on the foster care system, reasons for placement, and how to prepare your family for the foster parenting placement. We will also discuss behavioral vignettes about real issues the family will face as a foster family. Caregivers will learn how to prepare their family for the foster parenting experience and be able to identify family strengths and needs. Exactly what should I tell my child about children who are in placement? What age should I place in my home with my children? Should I even include my child in the decision making? How should I respond if my child says no to this decision? These are just some of the questions that may arise and should be answered. Becoming a foster parent has many challenges.  The decision to bring in other children to live in your home involves everyone…therefore everyone must be included in the process.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WHAT IS REASONABLE AND PRUDENT PARENTING STANDARDS:  PROMOTING NORMALCY FOR YOUTH IN CARE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Foster parents have always had to be cautious about the decisions made regarding allowing foster youth to participate in typical childhood activities unless certain requirements are met.  The RPPS is a standard characterized by careful and sensible parental decisions that maintain the child’s health, safety, and best interests. Participants will discuss various decision making scenarios (extra-curricular activities, using short term babysitters and more) to improve the normalcy of life in foster care for youth.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THERE’S A VOLCANO IN MY TUMMY (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

Learning to express anger appropriately can reduce stress levels.  Many children have not learned how to do this and parents get frustrated with their behaviors. In this class, caregivers learn creative ways to help children deal with anger issues.  Participants discuss and learn creative discipline. This workshop will discuss how to help children to handle their anger in a positive way.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
READING THEIR BEHAVIOR (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Too often, we react to behavior.  Responding is better, but before we can respond, we must learn to READ the behavior.  All behavior tells a story.  If we can learn to read the story, perhaps right there on the spot, our responses can be powerful, effective, and actually provoke behavior change.  Come to class to learn how to read behavior and participants will discuss ways to manage behavior more effectively.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
CARING FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

Many children in foster care have lived through traumatic experiences.  Children bring their traumas with them into our homes.  Trauma affects a child’s behaviors, feelings, relationships and view of the world in profound ways.  Children’s trauma affects resource parents by causing compassion fatigue, painful memories, and secondary traumatization.  Trauma’s effects on children and on resource parents can disrupt a placement.  Participants will learn the trauma effects; how to build a safe place; how to deal with feelings and behaviors; how to become an advocate and tools for taking care of yourself.

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Children fascinated by objects that spin…who rarely talk, if ever….hand flapping, flailing, or rocking…repetitive behavior…difficulty in communicating…constant or no crying….These are all traits caused by the developmental disorder of autism.  Frequently misunderstood, this issue is exceedingly complex for family members to recognize.  Autistic children have minimal social skills, even with family members.  Early diagnosis is essential as is a willingness to treat this disorder with as much routine as possible.  Participants are encouraged to attend this class where the aspects of this developmental disorder are discussed at length and insights into more effective interventions.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
TURNING 18! THE THINGS NOBODY EVER TOLD ME! (RFA Class)
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.”

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

Children often fail to develop the social, functional, and academic skills to succeed.  Mental illness is a public health issue.  Families are completely unprepared to have mental illness hit. The topic alone is loaded with stigma, blame and shame. Participants will learn to recognize the common characteristics of mental illness. Participants will also examine and discuss how mental illness impacts the lives of foster youth.  We will also look at the difference between mental health and mental disorders.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SCREENING THE SCREENS (MODERN TECHNOLOGY FOR CHILDREN)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

There is a comparison saying that with ALL the technology at our disposal, we have the same amount of technology now seen in our smart phones!  And with this amazing advance comes special responsibility, especially for the children in the system of care who have cell phones, gaming systems, laptops, computers and other tech devices.  The content on these devices can be misused so caregivers need to SCREEN all these screens since that content can be unsafe for children who are unsupervised. Cyberbullying is a HUGE threat as are 'sexting' issues. This class discusses what caregivers can do to keep children safe and secure in this tech age.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
MELTDOWNS AND TANTRUMS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

Many children have temper tantrums and meltdowns? Is there a difference? What are the causes? What should a parent do when this happens? In this class we will look at the difference between a temper tantrum and a meltdown. We will also discuss the causes, how to understand them, and how to manage them.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
A TEAM APPROACH TO TRAUMA INFORMED CARE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

Caring for children who have been through trauma can be challenging.  It can leave resource parents confused, frustrated, unappreciated, angry and helpless.  When caregivers understand what trauma is and how it has affected the child, it become easier to communicate with him or her, help improve his/her behaviors and attitudes.  Caregivers can become a more effective and satisfied parents.  In this class participants will learn what trauma is and how it impacts a child.  They will learn what trauma informed care is and how to be an advocate for children and how to partner with the child welfare agency and the systems that interact with children and families.

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MAINTAINING MENTAL WELLNESS (RFA Class)
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. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CHANGE BEHAVIOR OR CHANGE ATTITUDE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

So often when we attempt to change behavior, we do not realize that we are really wanting to change the kids’ attitude.  Typically it is difficult to change both at the same time.  In fact, it is easier to change the behavior and in time, the attitude change will follow.  So come to class to learn how to stay focused on changing behavior.  Save yourself a lot of heartache!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO SELF-HARM (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

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, 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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT IS A DIAGNOSIS? (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

No one has bipolar, ODD, ADHD, or mood disorders.  These are diagnoses.  A diagnosis is a set of identifiable symptoms which become categorized and labeled as a specific disorder recognized literally throughout the world.  A diagnosis is necessary for the service provider to be paid by the insurance company.  Diagnosis can give us very helpful information, but they do not define who the person is.  They can also be very limiting to a child or teen’s future.  Come to class to learn how and how not to “use” a diagnosis.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 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 153

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 & practice one of the techniques to redirect the child’s behavior.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING TRAUMA BEGINS WITH HEALING OUR OWN TRAUMA (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

So many of us foster parents, social workers, and therapists have plenty of unhealed trauma in our own life.  Sometimes these over-the-top experiences are totally out of our conscious awareness.  But we must muster up the courage to bring them into our conscious awareness and do everyone the favor of healing them.  It is our most powerful tool for participating in the healing of our kids’ trauma.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.UNDERSTANDING HOW TRAUMA IMPACTS CHILDREN IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Ida Tyler - San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 151
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 safety; and understand how the system can mitigate the impact of trauma or can add new traumatic experiences.  Participants will discuss ways to advocate for the child by working as a team with child welfare.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BUILDING A FAMILY MISSION STATEMENT
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Foster children see chaos, illegal behavior, emotional turmoil and non-existent communication in their birth families and they are often physically, sexually and emotionally abused.  More importantly, they do not know what a real family is. Often, caregivers do not formalize their understanding of 'familyness' and commit to paper what constitutes their family unit.  In this class, all participants bring their knowledge of what being a real family means.  Through true soul searching, they leave class with an actual prepared Mission Statement for their own family.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.WHAT IS SARB (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Wanda CooperWestside Kinship Center
In this class we will discuss the various interactive techniques to help youth recognize behaviors that causes them to become truant. We will also discuss how to advocate for youth once the SARB process has begun. Participants will learn how to utilize school resources to help with school attendance issues.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 A.M.UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONAL “HOTSPOTS”: TRAUMA IN CHILDREN (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Karen DixonParent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
FAMILY THERAPY NOT INDIVIDUAL THERAPY (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

You know how it goes, right?  The kids goes in for an hour of individual therapy, and he/she is bouncing off the walls for the rest of the week.  The reason?  You’re not in there with him/her.  Yes, that is the reason.  Now, there may be a trick or two to get your foot in the door, and you have to be willing to go in there to do your own work as well, and not to tattle on the kid.  Come to class to learn about family therapy instead of individual therapy.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
SOFT SKILLS FOR TOUGH PEOPLE
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Working with different layers of agency personnel and a variety of professional people while caring for problematic children can at times be a very daunting task.  In the process, “people skills” may sometimes suffer.  The training will cover core interpersonal skills to enhance your role as a caregiver and advocate for children.  If you also desire to seek a leadership role in a caregiver organization, this training is especially for you.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
HOW TO MANAGE ANGER – A BASIC HUMAN EMOTION (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

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.  Participants will learn how to identify and control their own anger and assist children placed in their homes by mentoring and helping them with any anger issues.

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ESTABLISHING ROUTINES
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Health and Life Science (HLS) 143

Most kids will go out of their way to try to stay up late and skip their bath or shower.  They want to be a part of the "action" they think they're missing or have not had much exposure to bedtime routines.  Frequently, children in the system of care are quite unaware of the importance of sleep or hygiene.  The key here is establishing routines which are simple, fun and easy to 'invest in' by kids.  Lecturing them about hygiene and going to bed is counterproductive since kids 'tune out.'  In this class using Jane Nelson's Positive Discipline methods, parents look at ways to establish bath and bedtime routines for children which INCLUDES their involvement.

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PROMOTING HEALTHY SEXUALITY AND PREGNANCY PREVENTION (RFA Class)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, APRIL 4, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW DOES A NON-MINOR DEPENDENT LEARN TO CONTRIBUTE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

When we are not contributing in some way or another to the overall functioning of the family, the lack of contribution ultimately attacks our sense of belonging.  Out of the confusion of not knowing how or why we belong, we may resort to simply existing or worse, manipulating or taking advantage, and ultimately learn nothing about becoming an independent and confident man or woman.  We’re not talking finances here, but a genuine contribution.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE IEP (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

In this class we will discuss educational issues that foster children may have. We will discuss how to ask for an assessment for your child, time frames for testing, holding an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and what to expect during your IEP. Participants will gain an understanding of the Individualized Educational Plan.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MALTREATMENT CREATES MALADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN (RFA Class)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 and how to manage this more effectively.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Why is it so difficult to parent the children in my care? I’m an experienced parent.  After all I raised my biological children just fine.  What’s so different about a child who has experienced abuse and neglect? Does a child with a traumatic history have difficulty with forming attachments? Participants will have an opportunity to explore these questions and will receive specific tools and techniques to aid in parenting children with trauma histories.  Participants will have a basic understanding of the impact of abuse and neglect and how this relates to attachment theory.  They will gain an understanding of the impact that attachment has on development and behavior.  Participants will gain an understanding of why trauma-informed parenting techniques are more effective with children who have trauma histories. Participants will receive at least two tools to aid them in building healthy attachment with their children and at least two tools to aid them in effectively managing challenging behaviors.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN WITH DISRUPTED ATTACHMENT (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

Children with poor attachment with parents lead to all kinds of problems. A secure attachment forms the foundation for a child’s development. This class focuses on understanding children with disrupted attachment. Participants will gain insight regarding disrupted attachment and its effects on a child’s development.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.CAN I LOVE MY FOSTER KIDS THE WAY I LOVE MYSELF?Facilitator:  Vern BradleyParent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Or would that be counterproductive?  If so, we have a double problem.  What often keeps us from loving other people is our own inability to accept and love ourselves just the way we are.  But when we do love ourselves, and then we take that self-love into loving our foster kids, miracles happen.  Come to class to explore the importance of self-love, in learning to love the kids we serve.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: IGNORING – PICK YOUR BATTLES
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 153

Some behaviors do not warrant a war or a quick response. Caregivers must know when and how to pick your battles. Participants will practice and explore ignoring behaviors that are attention seeking.

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PARENTIFICATION (RFA Class)
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, APRIL 11, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
REWARDS, STICKERS, BRIBES, INCENTIVES, MONEY (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Unfortunately, rewards, stickers, bribes, incentives, and money do not teach responsibility nor increase self-esteem, self-worth or accountability.  What they do is wear you out and drain your pocket book.  There IS a better way.  Come to class and learn.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
TEACHING THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

This is the final class in the Traumatized Child Series.  In this case we will discuss issues affecting traumatized children and education. Participants will learn about the difficult behaviors of traumatized children, ways to de-escalate disruptive behaviors, and how to work with the educators. Participants will gain an understanding of the challenges of teaching the traumatized child.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FATHERHOOD IS A FABULOUS ROLE!  (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center

Although foster boys and girls come from dysfunctional birth families, and fathers, they can still greatly benefit from a positive father role model.  Sons and daughters learn about being men and women and how to relate to men and women from their fathers.  The family is the setting in which children observe, practice and learn important social skills and roles and fathers are responsible for relating in ways that are not hurtful or exploitive.  How children use these skills have an impact on who they become as adults.  Men/women parents, come join this class on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 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 are at a higher risk of human trafficking.  Caregivers will be able to identify the preconceived stereotypes about the sex trade and help child victims of trafficking.  Caregivers will discuss available resources in place to assist victims of trafficking to provide access to the support they need to foster health and well-being.  Caregivers will understand three unique needs of child victims of human trafficking.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF HARD TO PLACE MINORS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

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 also discuss how to work with the hard to place minors once they are in placement. Participants will gain insight regarding hard to place minors, how to meet their needs, and understanding their emotional needs.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
PARENTING TEENS CAN BE DIFFICULT WITHOUT THE RIGHT TOOLS (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

Parenting teens can be tough these days.  If you are like most parents, your time is tight, your stress is high, you want practical techniques to better deal with your teenager, if not today, in the future.  In this class you will learn tools to promote positive and socially appropriate behaviors and how to decrease problem behaviors. Parenting is a learning experience, so parents will not always be perfect, and must use trial and error to discover which techniques work best with their teen.

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FOSTER CHILDREN & HUMAN SEXUALITY (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Statistics demonstrate all too painfully that many children who are treated with disdain by their bio parents are showing signs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) sexual orientation.  According to a recent L.A Times Study, approximately 20% of foster children identify as LGBTQ.  Their bio parents create an extremely poor environment for these kids that stays with them into foster care.  This class explores that dynamic and works with caregivers in their own perception of children with sexuality issues and how to best address and assist these kids in dealing with their own highly personal interactions with others.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2016, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
BEING AT HOME WITH ANGER AND RAGE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

We wonder sometimes, how any one child or teen can carry so much anger ALL of the time.  The intense anger is more likely rage, and the incessant rage lets you know that no one has made it through the front door, so to speak.  So come to class to first learn the difference between anger and rage, then to learn how to get in the front door and be at home.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING LGBTQ FOSTER YOUTH (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

This class focuses on understanding LGBTQ youth. We will discuss the terminology and the definitions of the LGBTQ population. This class is not intended to change your personal, religious beliefs or values on this topic, but to educate you. The goal is to provide effective tools so that you can better serve this population.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PINK IS FOR GIRLS…BLUE IS FOR BOYS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

This class will provide resources and explore taboos of sexuality and gender and how they affect children’s lives. We will discuss how society often choose the path of a child based upon gender biases and how that impacts children We will also discuss how we love our sons and raise our daughters.

FRIDAY APRIL 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CONSEQUENCES ARE A POOR SUBSTITUTE FOR A POWERFUL RELATIONSHIP (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
In our attempts to find that consequence that will really hit home, we often unwittingly destroy the relationship.  We seem to forget our own adult experience with people in authority.  We either stand on our head for them or despise them.  We never check out our hypothesis that just the right consequence will change the behavior.  It never does.  The bigger problem is that consequences do not teach responsibility or accountability.  Only a relationship can do that.

FRIDAY APRIL 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.MISBEHAVIOR AT HOME AND IN PUBLIC PLACESFacilitator: Carlos CervantesSan Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152
Foster and kinship children’s inappropriate attitude and behavior can at times be challenging to caregivers. This training will help you identify some of the primary and perhaps subtle reasons for the child’s demeanor in and out of the home.  The training will provide you with specific techniques to help the child through their difficult times and ease difficult situations for you.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
I WANT TO MEET YOUR BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Why don’t we kindly say, “I want to meet your boyfriend/girlfriend?”  And why don’t we kindly say to our gay and lesbian foster kids, “I want to meet your boyfriend/girlfriend?  Why don’t we want to have the maximum influence we can have during this critical time in their lives, when they are so desperately searching for acceptance and love?  Come to class to explore this important topic.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRANSITION PLANNING FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center

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, APRIL 25, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
YOUNG CHILDREN AND TRAUMA (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 151
Trauma is an emotional, psychological and physiological residue left over from heightened stress that accompanies experience of threat, violence, and life changing events.  It is a more overwhelming event than a person would ordinarily be expected to encounter.  Every child reacts to trauma differently and the majority of children are resilient.  In this class we will learn the types of trauma, the effects of trauma on young children, and how trauma can impact placements, families and communities and the environment.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 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.  Caregivers’ 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' to manage their own responses.

FRIDAY APRIL 28, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
ENVISIONING DAY-TO-DAY CHANGE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

So what does it take to get some “change” going?  First off, we must identify in great detail, specifically what the desired change looks like.  My experience is that when I create this detailed “video” of the desired change in my brain, it always shows up within a very short period of time.  Come to class to learn how to do this and to learn why it works so well.

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THEIR STORIES (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

The simplest but most effective way for a child or teen to heal trauma is to tell their story in ALL its gory details. Telling the story and perhaps even writing the story on the computer, so pictures and music can be added, is one of the simplest ways for the child or teen to integrate the emotions and the story line of their traumatic past. Unfortunately, these experiences are not past as far as the brain is concerned.  So come to class to learn how to walk your child or teen through this marvelous healing process.

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

Children should always be safe. This class focuses on how to keep children safe, especially children with special needs. Participants will discuss Internet safety, home safely for children, safety as it relates to summer activities, and social development. Participants will gain interventions to help in these areas. Caregivers will leave with skills to teach children how to protect themselves in potentially dangerous situations.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW DOES REAL ATTACHMENT BEGIN? (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

When we think about someone who we hold dear (or not), such as a family member, spouse, or dear friend, either living or deceased, we are experiencing attachment.  We ALL go through some form of attachment.  Sometimes attachment may be secure and sometimes insecure. Now think about children in the system of care who come from severely abusive, neglectful, alcoholic, meth addicted and trauma rampant families of origin - what kind of attachment are THEY feeling? This first of two classes on Attachment looks at how children behave, what they go through and the conflicts they experience with attachment and how parents are integral to helping them.

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BEING MY CHILD’S EMOTIONAL COACH (RFA Class) 
Facilitator:  Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

My two-year-old has horrible tantrums, my four-year-old keeps biting and hitting his peers, my 12-year-old has “melt downs” all the time. What’s a parent to do? How do I teach my children how to manage their negative behaviors when I’m not around to control them? And can I really control them? Participants will be able to learn to effectively use natural and logical consequences and clearly understand the difference between the two, will be able to use time-out more appropriately and effectively, will be able to understand the need to consider age and stages of development when supporting their children and modeling coping strategies.

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WHAT AM I TO DO WITH THESE PEOPLE? (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center
The relationship between kinship or foster caregivers, birth parents and social workers can be harmonious. Visitations do not have to be battlefields. In this class participants will learn how to develop healthy, happy, harmonious relationships with the child’s family and will define and discuss what visitations mean. Participants will learn how to help the child plan and what to expect before and after each visit. Participants will identify skills to develop how to interact and build positive relationships with individuals connected with the child.

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.WHAT KEEPS US FROM LISTENING TO THEIR STORIES? (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Vern Bradley - Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Perhaps the stories are just too gory, or there is a lot of sexual content that we just don’t want to hear.  Maybe we can’t believe that their own parents or family members would treat them so abusively, so we end up protecting these folks, by keeping the stories off the record.  Maybe we haven’t told our own story yet, so listening to their stories triggers too much emotion for us.  Whatever the reason, come to class to learn how to leap over these hurdles and get their stories to press, so to speak.

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
I’M EXHAUSTED
Facilitator:  Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Being a parent can be an exhausting experience at times.  Children need supervision and guidance and have many emotional and developmental needs.  This training provides you with a variety of simple adjustment options to reduce daily stressors in your life that result in a happier and healthier family environment.

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
PARENTING SKILLS FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING PART 1 (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

Family is the optimal environment for a child to develop.  Parents should enable children to live in a loving and stable home environment.  Caregivers are very instrumental in providing safety and guidance to children.  Part one of this class will focus on understanding the caregiver’s responsibility and appreciating the child and parent-child relationship.  Each participant will better understand their own behaviors and how to strengthen their parenting skills, understand their children better and the importance of a good relationship with their children.

MONDAY, MAY 8, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENT-CHILD VISITS
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Visiting is essential to maintaining parent-child and other family attachments, as well as to reducing the sense of abandonment that children experience at placement. Visits are challenging yes, but also very necessary to increase the connections between children and their birth parents or caregivers who will be their permanent families. Participants will discuss the challenges and advantages of visits and will understand that visitation for a child is an opportunity for reconnecting and reestablishing the parent/child relationship and above all provides the necessary elements for return of the child to the parent home; participants will discuss how to plan activities that provide mutual gratification for parent and child.

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO OFFER OUR LGBTQ KIDS AND TEENS? (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

We can offer kids, with other than straight sexual orientation, the exact same “offerings” we have for every other foster child.  We can provide a welcoming, an unconditional love and acceptance, affection, guidance, support and advocacy, and an openness to learning their experience of themselves and life in general.  It is very easy to do if we just see them as kids with the same dreams, desires, and needs that we also had when we were kids and teenagers.

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
WORKING WITH THE SYSTEM (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College

This class focuses on learning how the Child Welfare System works once children enter into foster care. We will discuss the history of the Child Welfare System, the role of the state and federal government and its role in the delivery of services through funding and legislation.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00P.M.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

Numerous substances, both legal and illegal, are discussed in this class, to give foster parents current information.  A thorough review of inhalants, prescription meds, cough syrup, and illegal substances like cocaine, heroin, meth and bath salts, and their impacts on children is covered. Origins, recognition, symptoms and intervention are all topics in this class.  Participants are encouraged to attend to gain more knowledge of how these substances effect children.

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
DRUG ABUSE AND ITS IMPACT ON CHILDREN (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

Drug abuse by a family member will have a significant and enduring impact on the family dynamics and functioning. Families encounter stress, conflict, and anxiety as a consequence of trying to protect the family member from the dangers and harm associated with drug use. In this class participants will discuss the impact of drug abuse on children, the family and interventions to help the children under their care that have this family experience.

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
BOTTOM LINES IN CHANGING BEHAVIOR (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

What are the bottom lines?  Teaching them lessons which they don’t seem to learn?  Or is it establishing a powerful relationship that holds them accountable and responsible, not to mention a relationship that leaves them feeling safe and loved.  Come to class to participate in the exploration and learn some new lessons for yourself

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
PARENTING SKILLS FOR SUCCESSFUL PARENTING - PART 2 (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 341

Family is the optimal environment for a child to develop.  Parents should enable children to live in a loving and stable home environment.  Caregivers are very instrumental in providing safety and guidance to children.  Part two of this class will focus on helping parents learn the difference between discipline and punishment.  The parent will learn appropriate correction techniques and how to avoid parent-child struggles.  Participants will learn how parenting requires exemplary models to their children and the importance of a good relationship with their children.

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW CAN I LEARN TO NOT ONLY LISTEN BUT JUST LISTEN (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

We often escalate a crisis because we don’t listen.  Sometimes we do listen and “it” all begins to calm, but then we feel compelled to throw our two cents in or get the last word, and the crisis begins to escalate once again.  Participants discuss what listening is about.

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
TRAUMA AND THE BRAIN (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College

Trauma can have serious consequences for the normal development of children’s brains, brain chemistry and the nervous system.  Trauma-induced alterations, through stressors can adversely affect brain development, cognitive and academic skills, and language acquisition.  Traumatized children and adolescents display changes in the levels of stress hormones similar to those seen in combat veterans.  These changes may affect the way traumatized children and adolescents respond to future stress in their lives and may also influence their long term health.  In this class you will learn the effects of trauma exposure on the brain, the development of the child and their future health.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PREVENTING SUMMER FROM BEING A BUMMER
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

'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.

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
TEAR SOUP: A RECIPE FOR HEALING AFTER LOSS
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center

Children suffer many losses. In this class participants will discuss the children’s book, Tear Soup. Participants will learn how different ingredients can help with the grief and loss process and discuss how Tear Soup can bring comfort to help fill the void in lives that have been affected by loss and grief.

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING THE WOUNDS OF SEXUAL ABUSE  
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)

As much as we do not want to believe it, sexual abuse and intra-familial sexual abuse toward children, is more common than any of us want to acknowledge.  Not to minimize sexual abuse, but it’s not such a “big deal” that only a therapist can assist the child to heal.  In fact, you have a better chance of supporting the child’s healing from sexual abuse than the therapist.  You just have to be willing to be vulnerable enough to go into the child or teen’s story.

MONDAY, MAY 22, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
TODAY I WOKE UP GROWN! I’M 18 AND KNOW IT ALL! (AB-12)
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Turning 18 is a momentous occasion in most youths lives, but for foster youth now considered Non-Minor Dependents it is more significant because ADULTS have to shift their thinking from telling your youth what to do to SUPPORTING, ENCOURAGING and GUIDING them along the way. Bring your teen (16 and above) to the workshop to participate in a discussion designed to hear what they need to know to become successful adults.  Foster youth will be able to list goals and what assistance they will need to reach them and caring adults will discuss ways to support transition-age youth identifying the challenges and opportunities.

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
LYING AND STEALING (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Why are lying and stealing so popular?  Popular for the kids and popular for us as foster parents to complain about?  Lying and stealing are not behaviors per se, they are metaphors which point to important elements of the child or teen’s “story.”  Come to class to pull out the child or teen’s story when they lie and steel, and learn also how NOT to punish these “valuable” clues.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THERMOMETER OR THERMOSTAT CHILDREN: ANGER IN KIDS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain|
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
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 in their lives.  Foster parents find out quickly how much these children need conflict management skills to promote a trusting 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 A.M
MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES: DECISIONS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Many youth in foster care are prescribed psychotropic medications to help treat their emotional and/or behavioral problems. Unfortunately, the use of psychotropic medications in the foster care population is higher than use in the general population.  However, medication does not address the causes of trauma and what’s triggering the emotions and behaviors.  So even those youth who benefit from meds also need other trauma informed mental health services. Participant will learn more about treatment resources for youth in foster care and how to better understand trauma and treatments for trauma.

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
ADDICTION: THEIRS AND OURS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
We all struggle with addictive behaviors of one sort or another.  We are often ashamed of our addictions, but they are simply our way of surviving pain, although the addiction itself often brings about even more pain.  This is true for us as well as our kids.  So let’s start with ourselves so we will then be better equipped at walking them through the “walk” and have more to offer than just talk.

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SEX
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Why is it difficult for us to have a healthy conversation about sex with our kids or teens?  Why do we get what Jan Hindman calls “purple feelings?”  Come to class to learn how to have these important age-appropriate conversations.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EATING DISORDERS IN CHILDREN                    
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
LATEST TRENDS AMONG THE YOUNG: “TEACHING THEM SOCIAL SKILLS” (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – Library 149
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. Foster parents will be able to identify which social behavior and social skills are appropriate. They will be able to clarify and guide young people about acceptable behavior in society.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
LANDING THAT ALL IMPORTANT JOB (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
San Bernardino Valley College – To be determined
I am always amazed at how many opportunities we, as foster parents, miss to support our teens finding work.  Having a job literally changes one’s view of the world and more importantly, one’s view of oneself.  So come to class to look at what we are doing or not doing to support our teens finding employment.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE GREAT BEHAVIOR BREAKDOWN (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Why do the children in my care have such annoying behaviors? Why do they have behaviors that are so disruptive? I'm really concerned about their futures.  Do you feel this way about the children you are parenting? Participants will be provided with clinically proven tools and techniques to eliminate behaviors such as lying, stealing, chattering, whining, clinging, hoarding/gorging, and homework challenges.  Be prepared to take on a “whole new approach” to parenting.

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN CAN BECOME VICTIMIZED BY VISITS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
'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.

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICES IN ACHIEVING SAFETY, PERMANENCY, AND WELL-BEING. 
Facilitator:  Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – Library Room 149
Trauma can change children’s worldviews, their sense of safety, and how they interpret the meaning of the behavior of others—including people who are trying to help them. Child trauma comes in various forms, and many children entering the child welfare system have experienced many different types of trauma. These experiences range from abuse and neglect, to witnessing violence or the traumatic loss of a loved one, or to involvement in accidents or community violence that may be unrelated to the reason the child comes to the attention of the child welfare system. Trauma can derail attachment and development and requires different strategies and responses depending on the child’s developmental stage. Most children who come to the attention of the child welfare system have likely had multiple exposures to trauma.  Participants will be able to understand how traumatic experiences affect development and they will be able to recognize how traumatic stress is exacerbated by ongoing stressors in a child’s environment and within the child welfare system.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN:  AWARENESS AND IDENTIFICATION (RFA Class)
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 are at a higher risk of human trafficking.  Caregivers will be able to identify the preconceived stereotypes about the sex trade and help child victims of trafficking.  Caregivers will discuss available resources in place to assist victims of trafficking to provide access to the support they need to foster health and well-being.  Caregivers will understand the unique needs of child victims of human trafficking by increasing awareness of this issue and prepare to identify and connect youth to community-based services.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS:  SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-REFLECTION
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley – Library 149
It’s very east for many of us to gloss over our growing up years and believe it was all good.  But none of us get into this “work” by accident, and so our greatest resource may be reflecting back on those years and discerning honestly what worked for us and what did not work.  Come to class to learn how to do this in a way that jives with your current parenting styles.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT: REDUCING RISKY BEHAVIORS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150
Children express their feelings in the way they behave. Caregivers will look at the underlying causes of behavior and what type of responses is best for children.  We will also identify risky behaviors that children exhibit. Participants will better understand the source of children’s feelings which lead to risky behaviors and more effective interventions.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 8:30 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 our 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.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
PARENTING A CHILD WHO HAS EXPERIENCED ABUSE OR NEGLECT (RFA Class)Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 151
Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment.  This class will help caregivers understand the challenges of caring for children who have experienced maltreatment.  Caregivers will also learn how they can help the child heal.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED THIS PAST SEMESTER OF TRAINING?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
We attended many, many different classes this past semester and had the opportunity to assess our life and challenges as a resource parent through the eyes of many different so-called professional experts.  We may have, at times, actually heard conflicting ideas and opinions.  Today, we want to look at all this information and make an attempt to integrate it into our particular “style” or way of being in the world and our particular way of being a resource parent so it will be available to us “on demand,” so to speak.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PARENTING OVER 60 AND STILL KICKING! (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper - Westside Kinship Center
Raising a child will change your life at any age, but still parenting and fostering children past the age of 60 can turn your life upside down. This class discusses lifestyle changes such as your work, life, finances, routine shifts, decline in social activities, and dreams that disappear. This class will also help participants effectively approach these changes and the feelings that accompany them.  Kinship caregivers will be provided techniques on how to protect their health and be active at any age.

 

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SABADO, 28 DE ENERO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
AB-12: VISION GENERAL DE LO QUE SE TRATA TODO
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 217
La clase AB-12 va a proporciona los requisitos clave para Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) dependientes que no son menores de edad.  El cuidador va poder preparar y discutir opciones bajo la nueva ley con el adolecente en su cuidado. Esta clase beneficiara cuidadores con adolecentes de 15 años y más, también a ellos mismos, para preparar Foster Care (Acogida) extendida. Los cuidadores definir las habilidades de vida necesarias, proporcionar oportunidades para la práctica e identificar los recursos y beneficios/normas relativas a la emancipación.

SABADO, 28 DE ENERO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TENDENCIAS ENTRE LOS JOVENES
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

Las nuevas tendencias entre los jóvenes pueden tener consecuencias peligrosas, incluso la Perdida de la vida.  Con el l uso de los medios sociales han surgido nuevos peligros han surgido que ponen en riesgo la salud física y emocional de nuestros niños. El ‘cyberbullying’, ‘sexting’, y otras tendencias pueden tener graves consecuencias entre los niños y jóvenes. En esta clase los padres de crianza aprendieron sobre algunas de las tendencias a las que muchos de nuestros niños están expuestos. Recibirán una orientación de como el ‘cyberbullying’, ‘sexting’ y otras tendencias ponen en riesgo la salud física y emocional.                                                                                                                                           

SABADO, 4 DE FEBRERO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TALLER DE AUTOCUIDADO
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150
Uno de los papeles primordiales de los padres de crianza es proveer cuidado a los niños y jóvenes que se encuentran bajo su cuidado, olvidándose de cuidar de ellos mismos. En este taller hablaremos de la importancia del autocuidado para los padres/proveedores de cuidado y sobre algunas técnicas que pueden implementar en su diario vivir para manejar el estrés de la vida diaria.  Los padres de crianza aprenderán sobre la importancia del autocuidado, sobre algunas técnicas de relajación, conversación, y recreación que les pueden ayudar a manejar el estrés de la vida diaria y mantener y preservar la salud

SABADO, 25 DE FEBRERO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
INFORMÓ DE CUIDADO DE TRAUMA Y APEGO
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 217
Cómo puede un padre facilitar la conexión con un niño que ha sufrido trauma, ayudar a los niños en la reducción de emociones abrumadoras y ayudar a los niños hacer un nuevo significado de su historia de traumas y experiencias actuales. Los padres de crianza definirá trauma - informó cuidado, comprender el estrés  traumático infantil. También podrán reconocer, prevenir y hacer frente a la fatiga de la compasión.

SABADO, 25 DE FEBRERO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRASTORNO DEL ESPECTRO ALCOHOLICO FETAL (FASD)
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

Muchos de los niños y jóvenes en el cuidado de crianza temporal sufren del “desorden invisible” o trastorno del espectro alcohólico fetal el cual afecta diferentes áreas de su desarrollo y funcionamiento. En esta clase hablaremos sobre que el FASD, que factores contribuyen a este trastorno, el impacto en el feto y cuales son algunos efectos secundarios del FASD. Los padres de crianza recibirán una orientación sobre el FASD. Los efectos del FASD en el desarrollo y funcionamiento. Factores que contribuyen a este trastorno. El impacto en el feto y efectos secundarios del FASD.

SABADO, 4 DE MARZO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.EL FUNCIONAMIENTO COMO UN EQUIPOFacilitadora: Elisa Arteaga - San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150
Durante esta sesión los padres de crianza aprenderán quienes son los diferentes miembros del equipo de trabajo del sistema de Protección al Menor; los diferentes papeles y tareas de los miembros del equipo, y como comunicarse y trabajar con estos miembros como parte del equipo profesional de trabajo del sistema de protección al menor.

MIERCOLES, 22 DE MARZO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.10
FORMAS/TECNICAS DE RESOLVER LOS CONFLICTOS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Esta clase se enfocará en cómo resolver los conflictos y producir una situación de ganancia para la familia. Los padres aprenderán 10 formas o técnicas de resolver los conflictos con niños y adolescentes.

SABADO, 25 DE MARZO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DISCIPLINA
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 217

El disciplinar a los niños es un reto que los padres tienen, especialmente cuando estos niños están bajo nuestro cuidado y las reglas que seguir. En esta clase hablaremos de técnicas de disciplina para todas las edades, especialmente para adolescentes. Los padres serán capaces de identificar y aplicar técnicas de disciplina edad/apropiadas.              

SABADO, 25 DE MARZO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FOSTER CARE Y LA EDUCACION
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

En esta clase los padres de crianza aprenderán cuales son los requisitos A-G para graduarse de la escuela secundaria; que es un Plan Individualizado de Educación o IEP, como requerirlos y que recursos adicionales están disponibles para los que los jóvenes continúen a una educación más avanzada.

MIERCOLES, 29 DE MARZO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO MEJORAR LA AUTO ESTIMA DE SUS HIJOS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Es necesario tener una buena auto-estima para triunfar en la vida.  En esta clase los padres tendrán la oportunidad de aprender nuevas técnicas tales como el refuerzo positivo, el encomio buen expresado, respeto, aceptación y empatía.  Los padres aprenderán el lenguaje especial del estímulo y podrán identificar las técnicas para mejorar el auto estima de sus hijos.

MIERCOLES, 5 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
CRIANDO Y EDUCANDO NIÑOS Y ADOLESCENTES DENOMINADOS LGBTQ
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Esta clase discutirá temas como la identidad y orientación sexual y la autoestima.  También se enfocara en cómo estos temas afectan a niños y adolescentes. Se discutirá como ayudarlos y protegerlos. Los padres discutirán como entender y proteger los niños y adolescentes denominados LGBTQ y cómo protegerlos de abuso físico, emocional y sexual.

SABADO, 8 DE ABRIL, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PROGRAMA DE VIDA INDEPENDIENTE/INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

El trabajo más importante de los padres es ayudar y guiar a sus jóvenes a pasar a una vida adulta productiva; en esta clase daremos un vistazo al Programa de Vida Independiente a los padres de crianza, hablaremos sobre las diferentes actividades para los jóvenes, los recursos disponibles para ellos y los padres de crianza, y cómo hacer para que los jóvenes participantes para facilitar su transición a una vida adulta productiva.

MIERCOLES, 12 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO PRODUCIR UN DELINCUENTE” Y LA VERDADERADISCIPLINA EN EL HOGAR
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Esta clase se enfocara en como disciplinar constructivamente mediante el respeto, la empatía, y la intimidad emocional.  Los padres ganaran conocimiento y habilidad para disciplinar adecuadamente a sus hijos con amor, respeto, y empatía.

MIERCOLES, 19 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LOS TRES INGREDIENTES BÁSICOS PARA LOGRAR LA INTIMIDAD EMOCIONAL CON SUS NIÑOS: RESPETO – BUENA COMUNICACIÓN - EMPATÍA
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

La clase se enfocara en la importancia de lograr una intimidad emocional y amistad con los niños. Su poderoso impacto en la conducta y actitudes. Los padres podrán lograr una más profunda comunicación y empatía con sus hijos basado en el respeto y amistad.                                         

SABADO, 22 DE ABRIL, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
LA APROBACION PARA LA  FAMILIA DE RECURSO” (RFA) CÓMO TRABAJAR EN EQUIPO EN EL NUEVO SISTEMA DE CRIANZA DE NIÑOS
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 217

Los padres de crianza, las madres adoptivas y trabajadores sociales juegan un papel muy importante en la vida de los niños con los que trabajan. Por eso es muy importante que todos estén de acuerdo.  Esta clase se discutirán los diferentes estilos de trabajo y la forma de aprender a trabajar con ellos. El acercamiento de las relaciones de trabajo en equipo es lo que permitirá un resultado exitoso. Los padres de crianza van a ser capaces de identificar, aclarar y discutir el papel de los Servicios de Protección Infantil. Ellos serán capaces de trabajar en equipo con un resultado común y el interés mayor del niño” 

SABADO, 22 DE ABRIL, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EL EMBARAZO ENTRE LOS ADOLESCENTES
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150
Recientes estadísticas indican que las tazas de embarazo entre los adolescentes esta aumentado, sobre todo entre los adolescentes en el cuidado de crianza temporal. En esta clase los padres de crianza recibían una orientación sobre las recientes estadísticas de embarazo entre los adolescentes en cuidado de crianza, así como información sobre cómo ayudar a prevenir el embarazo entre los adolescentes. Los padres de crianza aprenderán sobre la taza de incremento de embarazo entre los adolescentes en el cuidado de crianza temporal. Recibirán información sobre cómo se puede prevenir este incremento de embarazo entre los adolescentes así como algunos recursos que pueden compartir con los adolescentes.                                                                       

MIERCOLES, 26 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LA ADOLESCENCIA (EL ADOLESCENTE Y SUS CAMBIOS)
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

El adolescente tiene muchas desafíos y cambios físicos, sociales, sexuales, químicos, y psicológicos. Es importante entender la conducta de nuestros jóvenes durante esta etapa y jugar un mejor rol como padres. Los padres tendrán la oportunidad de considerar los cambios fundamentales durante esta etapa y desarrollar paciencia, conocimiento, y buenas técnicas al resolver los problemas.

MIERCOLES, 3 DE MAYO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LA IMPORTANCIA DE APOYO SOCIAL
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152
El apoyo social es la evidencia que alguien “allá” se interesa por nosotros aun en momentos difíciles.  Esta clase se enfocará en los beneficios positivos de la amistad y el apoyo social en momentos difíciles como la enfermedad, divorcio o crisis personales.  Los padres aprenderán como reforzar su grupo de apoyo, fortalecer la amistad y buscar ayuda en momentos de crisis personales o de sus niños.

MIERCOLES, 10 DE MAYO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER EL TRAUMA EN LOS NINOS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Esta clase tratara los causas del trauma en los niños y como defiere 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, 13 DE MAYO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
REFORMA DE CONTINUACION DE CUIDADO (CCR)
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

La Reforma de “continuación de Cuidado (CCR) es una nueva ley que está cambiando la manera en que el cuidado de crianza temporal funciona. En esta clase los padres de crianza recibirán una orientación sobre el CCR y como los involucre. Hablaremos sobre la ley Katie A. la aprobación de familias de recurso (RFA), CFTS y los cambios de estructura en las colocaciones de niños en cuidado de crianza temporal y probación juvenil. Los padres de crianza recibirán una orientación sobre el CCR, Katie A., RFA, CFTS y estructura de colocaciones.                                                                                                                                                                           

MIERCOLES, 17 DE MAYO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
ESTRÉS – ANSIEDAD, ENOJO Y MIEDO¡SON ESTAS BUENAS O MALAS EMOCIONES!Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152

Esta clase se enfocará en el impacto de estas emociones en la actitud y conducta del ser humano.  Ayudará a desarrollar un sentido apropiado en la expresión de estas emociones y producir respuestas asertivas.  Los padres ganaran un mejor entendimiento de cómo expresar sus emociones apropiadamente al enfrentarse a situaciones difíciles en sus vidas.

SABADO, 20 DE MAYO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ÚLTIMAS TENDENCIAS ENTRE LOS JÓVENES: “ENSEÑÁNDOLESHABILIDADES SOCIALES”
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 150

¿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.

SABADO, 20 DE MAYO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EXPLOTACION SEXUAL Y COMERCIAL DE NIÑOS
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College –Parent Education Center

En esta clase los padres de crianza recibirán una orientación para identificar la explotación sexual y comercial de niños, los componentes básicos del tráfico de humanos, vocabulario usado en el tráfico de humanos, factores sociales que lo influencian así como factores de riesgo.  También podrán identificar indicadores físicos y de conducta e identificar recursos y servicios para víctimas de la explotación sexual y comercial de niños.

MIERCOLES, 24 DE MAYO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
¡LA VIOLENCIA EN EL HOGAR: CAUSAS, DINÁMICAS, Y LAS LEYES!
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall 152
La violencia en el hogar es un serio problema en California y los Estados Unidos.  Esta clase se enfocará en las causas, naturaleza, consecuencias, y las leyes con relación a la violencia en el hogar.  Los padres podrán desarrollar conocimiento con relación a la naturaleza y la dinámica de la violencia en el hogar con el propósito de aconsejar y ayudar a otros. Los padres podrán desarrollar conocimiento con relación a la naturaleza y la dinámica de la violencia en el hogar con el propósito de aconsejar y ayudar a otros.