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FKCE Class Schedule

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

For general information regarding workshops, please call (909) 384-4457. All of the classes listed in this schedule meet the criteria for San Bernardino County’s emotional behavioral training and for Los Angeles County’s “D” rate training. All training must be selected based on the individual needs of the foster/kinship child. Please discuss any additional training issues with your Children and Family Services (CFS) worker or the Specialized Care Facilitator as needed. For Specialized Care Rate information for San Bernardino County, contact Michelle Redman at (909) 891-3585.

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

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

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

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

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LOCATION: Classes are held in various buildings on the San Bernardino Valley College campus, which is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410, as well as locations off campus. Please check for classroom location by calling (909) 384-4457.
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TRAINING CERTIFICATE: Some FKCE facilitators issue training certificates for each class, but the State of California no longer requires foster parents to show certificates to their social workers as proof of training hours completed. All class sign-in sheets and participant registration forms are entered into the state’s database after all trainings. If individuals would like to receive a copy of their FKCE class transcripts, please contact the SBVC Foster & Kinship Care Education Program office, (909) 384-4457, and allow one week for processing.

PARKING: Parking permits are provided for participants who are pre-registered. Parking permits are required for all SBVC campus lots and campus streets. Avoid reserved, staff, visitor, and red-zoned spaces. Daily permits can be purchased from yellow dispensers in parking lots 1, 5, 7, 8, and 9 only. Daily permits cost $2.00. Free parking is provided across the street at the Pro Swap Meet (632 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.).

NO CHILDCARE: Per SBVC campus policy, children are not allowed in the classroom under any conditions and are not to be left unattended in any campus facility. Childcare will not be provided for any of the FKCE classes.

DISABILITY SERVICES: For disability-related reasonable accommodations, please contact the FKCE Program office at (909) 384-4457 no later than two weeks prior to the date services are needed.

QUESTIONS:
For further information, contact the SBVC Foster & Kinship Care Education Program office:
(909) 384-4457
San Bernardino Valley College - CC-208
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN AND YOUTH MANAGE THE IMPACT OF PLACEMENT
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class will provide caregivers with information and issues regarding the impact of children in various placements, how placements can affect a child’s emotional well-being, and how caregivers can impact a child’s placement and create a positive environment.

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

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

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

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
SEX TRAFFICKING: COMMERCIALLY EXPLOITED CHILDREN
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., Colton, CA 92324
Abused children are at higher risk of exploitation and homelessness, which makes foster youth more vulnerable to human trafficking. Youth identified with the problem of chronic runners from care are at a higher risk of human trafficking. Caregivers will be able to identify the preconceived stereotypes about the sex trade and help child victims of trafficking. Caregivers will discuss available resources in place to assist victims of trafficking to provide access to the support they need to foster health and well-being. Caregivers will understand the unique needs of child victims of human trafficking.

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE INVISIBLE STRING: ATTACHMENT PARENTING
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Participants in this class will discuss the book, “The Invisible String.” We will also discuss the importance of healthy bonding relationships and attachment parenting. Participants will identify healthy steps to building attachment with their foster children. Be prepared to do a take –home activity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR ANGER AND ASSIST YOUR FOSTER CHILDREN TO MANAGE THEIR ANGER
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino, 92404
Anger is a basic human emotion. At one time in our lives we have experienced the emotion of anger. Most children in placement may express and experience angry emotions more than children not in out-of-home care. Participants will learn acceptable expressions of anger and how to reduce and/or eliminate violence and self-destructive behaviors in our lives. You will learn how to identify and control your own anger and assist children placed in your home by mentoring and helping them with any anger issues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 8:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
San Bernardino Valley College – The Sun Room
How do we help our youth turn their dreams into degrees? Most foster youth want a college education, but need support and services to get there and succeed. Participants will discuss ways to encourage and motivate their youth to consider higher education. Caregivers and youth (16 and above) will identify ways to overcome their challenges.

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

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

CLASES EN ESPAÑOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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