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FKCE Class Schedule

San Bernardino Valley College
Foster & Kinship Care Education Summer/Fall 2014 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.

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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

Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. The office will be closed the following dates: 9/1/14, 11/11/14, 12/25 through 1/1/15 

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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 PRE-REGISTERED participants will not be held.

* * * THE NEW CLASS SCHEDULE WILL BE MAILED MID-JULY * * *

SUMMER/FALL 2014 CLASSES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING SEXUAL ABUSE
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Children who have been sexually abused act out in a wide variety of ways, not just sexually. Working with sexually abused children can be “tricky,” but there are some simple interventions that will make the healing process rewarding for both you and them. Participants will assess their levels of comfort and discomfort in working with children who have been sexually abused. Participants will design a “personal tool box” for their on-going healing work with this population. Participants will present real-life situations for hands-on application of the material presented.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
IDENTIFYING SPECIAL NEEDS PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND DISCIPLINE
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino
This workshop will discuss areas of special interest for kinship caregivers as related to developmental issues of children who have been separated from their parents and might have experienced significant trauma and loss. Participants will understand the impact of trauma on child development and effects of maltreatment on children. Participants will understand elements of special caring parenting designed to help meet special needs of children.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
YOU AND ME…TEACHING SOCIAL SKILLS
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
Why is it important to teach social skills to youth? Social skills are critical for long term success. Many children do not have extensive understanding of social skills. Caregivers must have a clear conception of what constitutes social behavior and social skills. Caregivers will identify why a youth engages in a particular behavior or activity in a given situation in order to have some effect on his or her surroundings. It is important to teach and discuss with the youth how to integrate their behavior with others in a positive environment.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN CHILDREN
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
The diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was initially developed for and is most relevant to adults and not to children. It most often captures symptoms of single and acute traumatic events and not complex and chronic traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, homelessness, and domestic violence. Recent research suggests, however, that this diagnosis can be relevant for children based on the stressor, the child’s recollection of the trauma event, avoidance the child may use, and the duration lasting more than one month.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THE CYCLE OF ADDICTION
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
The Cycle of Addiction is created by changes produced in brain chemistry from substance abuse. It is kept going by physiological, psychological, and emotional dependency. This cycle continues until some type of intervention occurs. Learning about this cycle helps to understand addiction. Participants will learn the cycle of addiction and how to help break the cycle.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.     *********PLEASE NOTE *********  THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED ***********
WHY IS IT THAT SO LITTLE WORKS?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
It is partly because our criterion for “it works” is way off kilter. It is also partly because you have chosen to believe that almost nothing works. Beliefs are powerful. Yes, simply shift your belief. Come to class to learn how to do that in ONE easy step. Participants will develop a realistic set of criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention. Participants will learn to monitor their beliefs by paying attention to their words and language. Participants will present real-life situations for hands-on application of the material presented.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
INTRODUCTION TO ADHD
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the child’s brain. This chemical imbalance results in children being inattentive, highly impulsive, with a major degree of hyperactivity. This training will cover how a child is diagnosed along with the classic symptoms that characterize children in this particular group. Parenting tips on how to parent this otherwise intelligent child, along with awareness of the team approach (teacher/therapist) is vital to help this child’s maturation. Caregivers will understand the child’s challenges in daily living and adjust how to parent the child.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
GIRLS WITH ADHD
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Girls are usually diagnosed at age 12, five years later than boys, due to the unique symptoms that they display. Some girls may retreat into themselves as a way to fight off the ADHD feelings. A girl with ADHD may also annoy her peers because she never stops talking. Techniques on how to help an adolescent girl manage her medical and behavioral condition will be covered. Caregivers with proper techniques can help the girl with ADHD deal with her behavior and moods.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE ILLEGAL USE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
“Pharming” is the illicit exchange of prescription drugs that are crushed and snorted to become “high.” Many youths experiment with this dangerous fad and also use over the counter cough syrup (called “Dexing”), which, when combined with alcohol, can permanently damage the body and may even cause death. Parents who want information about medication abuse are encouraged to attend this class to receive information for their children. Discussion helps to identify the user and prevent use.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
RECREATING THE ATTACHMENT EXPERIENCE
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Potential neural pathways for attachment are pruned if not used like a muscle that atrophies from lack of use. BUT the brain has “plasticity.” Other parts of the brain can pick up and do the job. Participants will learn how to recreate that ever important attachment experience. Participants learn the ABC’s of attachment. Participants learn how to apply these ABC’s to ALL age groups. Participants present real-life experiences for hands-on application of the information presented.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
WHAT IS PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC
Facilitator: Ida Tyler
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
The techniques our parents used so effectively just may not work with kids today. A lot of caregivers are wondering what to do with their children and are frustrated because the old techniques just don’t seem to get the job done. In this class you will learn how to enjoy your children and foster kids with less stress. There is an approach to raising kids that provides loving support from caregivers while at the same time expecting them to be respectful and responsible.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ALCOHOLISM’S IMPACT ON THE FAMILY
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Alcoholism brings major trauma to many families and foster children all too often see this in theirs since it promotes physical abuse and domestic violence. Caregivers themselves may have seen the damage alcohol can cause. This class offers a candid look at this disease which ravages families and communities. Causes and effects are explored so that participants gain a better grasp of how to deal with this major societal problem. People are encouraged to attend this class to obtain more knowledge of how to handle this common family crisis.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
ASSISTING TEEN PARENTS WITH DEVELOPMENT OF PARENTING AND LIFE SKILLS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
Teen parents will need a lot of assistance as they take on the new roll of parenting. Caregivers will need to assist and encourage them in learning appropriate parenting skills, at the same time guide them during their crucial teenage years. Caregivers will learn how to assist and guide teens in parenting their babies, resisting the urge to take over. Caregivers will understand that teen parents are still developing themselves and still need to complete their education, socialize, and be allowed to learn from their choices in life. Caregivers will discuss ways to teach life skills such as budgeting, cooking, leisure time, and cleaning which teen parents will need for themselves and their babies.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
PREPARING YOUTH FOR COLLEGE
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
My how time flies…it’s time to send them off to college. What should I do first? When do I start? This class focuses on how to prepare youth for college. Participants will learn successful ways for preparing youth for college.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHY DO WE CONTINUE WITH “TRICK OR TREAT” BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Obsessed with getting kids to mind and finding “treats” that will keep the positive behavior going? Terrified of their “tricks” if they don’t get their way? Ever think of telling kids that they don’t have to wear their survival “costume” and “mask” anymore? And if you do, “trick or treat” will be reserved for Halloween only. Participants will identify the “trick or treat” kinds of discipline that they unwittingly use. Participants will learn ways to invite kids to safely let go of their survival “costumes” and “masks.” Participants will present real-life situations for hands-on application of the information presented.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ADOLESCENT SELF-INJURY
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 152
The prevalence of self-injury is one out of ten teenagers with a ratio of two to one females to males. Self-injury is not limited to the following: cutting, scratching, carving on body tissue; hair pulling, and hitting oneself. The cause of this maladaptive behavior in teens is covered in this training along with methods to stop this occasional or frequent self-injury behavior. While professional services are highly recommended, self-injury behavior is usually not suicidal intent. This class will reduce the caregiver’s fear if and when they discover that an adolescent in their care is cutting. How to change the adolescent maladaptive behavior is the focus in this training.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
JUVENILE COURT PROCESS IN ACTION
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 152
A Juvenile Court hearing is a civil action that is not open to the public. This training will show and describe how the court along with Children and Family Services work together on behalf of the child and the parents. The last segment of the training is how to testify in court in requested by the Juvenile Court judge. Caregivers will learn how each court session helps to determine the final deposition of the case.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
RAISING A “TWEEN”
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Building Room 104
Children in the “tween” years, from 8 to 12, struggle with self-expression and independence issues. In an almost constant state of conflict with parents, coupled with abuse and neglect by bio parents creates a formula for consistent parent/child heated exchanges. How to navigate these uncharted waters in a caring yet firm manner is a caregiver’s major dilemma. In this class, techniques for approaching this age group are explored so that parents maintain their own authority, but also allow their “tween” their own level of independent living.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
DEPRESSION AND OTHER MOOD DISORDERS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
This workshop will examine various mood disorders including depression. Sometimes caregivers can mistake lack of interest as laziness, not understanding the underlying causes of the behavior, the sadness, and lack of motivation. Participants will be able to understand the difference between sadness and clinical depression, list at least three symptoms of depression, identify the benefits as well as risks of prescription medication, and discuss treatment options.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
“I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO” IS A GOOD STARTING POINT
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Do you have such a situation but are afraid to say out loud, “I don’t know what to do”? Well, it is the best place to be and the best place to learn just what to do next. Come to class to share your story and learn a way to get started on a new path. Participants will assess their own inner critic who tells them it is not okay to plead ignorance. Participants will present their own “I don’t know what to do” story. Participants will use feedback from the group and the facilitator to develop a new plan of action.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EMPHASIZING EDUCATION
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Low grades, homework, suspensions, school fights, back to school nights, school phobia, and dropping out. Coming from families where school was a low priority, foster children see education in a whole different light. With society emphasizing education, caregivers need to demonstrate to children how truly important school is for later success in life. Ways to interact with school staff, assisting with homework, and encouraging children to become lifelong learners are topics covered in this class.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SEEKING SUPPORT
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
What makes it difficult for us to seek the support we need when we experience difficulties and especially when we are in crisis? It seems to be even more difficult for the children in foster care. Is asking for help a learned skill, or does it just come naturally? Is it easy for individuals to recognize when they need to seek help? Do you have your own support network in place? Let’s examine each of these questions. Participants will be able to identify at least two reasons why our children and birth parents have difficulty asking for help, participants will learn tools to assist them in addressing this issue with their children, and participants will be provided with specific steps for identifying when help is needed and for developing a plan for seeking support before there is a need.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING GRIEF AND LOSS IN CHILDREN
Facilitator: Carlos Cervantes
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
Children in placement have experienced an incredible amount of grief and loss. Working through grief and adapting to loss is important for children. Participants will learn ways to help children work through grief and loss.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING YOUR WOUNDS RELATED TO MEN (FOSTER MOTHERS)
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Many of you are single foster Moms and many of you have had painful experiences with men, and many of those wounds are still raw. So how do we begin that healing process so that those wounds do not get in the way of our raising healthy foster sons and daughters? Participants will have an opportunity to share and talk about the most common wounds women experience in relationships with men. Participants will assess how those wounds may or may not be impacting their relationships with foster sons and foster daughters. Participants will present real-life situations for hands-on application of the information presented.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHORE WARS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
I don’t want to take out the trash…How come I have to pick up the dog poop?...Isn’t it my brother’s turn to do the dishes?...Can’t I clean up my room tomorrow? Children are KNOWN for not wanting to do their chores around the house. And this can especially be challenging for foster kids since they may NEVER have been given an appropriate work ethic. Doing chores in the family setting encourages cooperation, builds relationships, increases self-esteem, and creates a sense of belonging. In this class, parents learn how to teach their children ways to complete their in-home and in-family chores in an effective manner.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHAT IS SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA?
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
New to the substance abuse scene, synthetic marijuana, known as “spice” has burst onto the national consciousness with an increase in emergency room visits. Difficult for national drug control policy experts to pin down, this substance is legally manufactured and has not yet been declared illegal. Efforts to combat synthetic marijuana are in the formative stages. This class explores this fairly new phenomenon in the substance abuse arena and participants are encouraged to attend to gain more information and understanding about this drug.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE – THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
This workshop will discuss how substance abuse is often the underlying cause of family dysfunction and inconsistencies on how children are treated. Maltreated children of substance abusers are more likely to have poorer physical, intellectual, social, and emotional outcomes. Participants will identify signs of addiction such as denial, minimizing, and compulsive behaviors that impact a child’s development. Participant will discuss intervention and how to keep kids safe.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 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
This class will help resource parents and caregivers better understand why children are placed in foster care and how they can prepare the child for stability in their home. This class will also help the caregiver welcome a child into their home. Some questions to ask the social worker are: How are children matched with a foster family? What are the things to have on hand in the home prior to placement? Can you give me some tips for dealing with separation and loss issues of foster children?

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
ACTIVE TEEN PARENTING
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Active Parenting of Teens is parenting education program targeting parents of preteens and teens ages 10-17 who want to improve their parenting skills and their preteens’/teens’ behavior. It is based on the application of Adlerian parenting theory, which includes mutual respect among family members, non-violent discipline, problem solving, communication skills training, family enrichment, and encouragement. Participants will learn what “Active Teen Parenting” is, how to improve their parenting skills, and stay actively involved with their teens.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
PLACEMENT AGE PARALLELS DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
In a very real sense, a foster child’s first day in your home is birth, and his or her growth and development in your home will follow a path identical to the milestones of early childhood development, even if the child is a teenager. Participants will learn a unique but helpful way of describing the stages of childhood development. Participants will learn the application of these stages to a child’s time in placement. Participants will present real-life situations for hands on application of the information presented.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: THE BEGINNING OR THE END?
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Building Room 104
Foster children are often ill-prepared after graduating high school and when they reach 18, they can be released from the system and still find no shelter and have few job skills. Yet our society wants them to get a job and find a place to live. Caregivers stress obtaining a diploma, but are we shortchanging these kids by asking them to just stop there? Should our society not encourage FURTHER education after high school? Come join this class for a strong look at the importance of education 12+.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL ILLNESS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Mental illness includes depression, manic disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, hyperactive attention deficits, obsessive compulsive disorders, and bi-polar disorder. This class will discuss the definitions, symptoms, and behaviors associated with the disorders. Participants will discuss the stigmas plaguing mental health illness; the myths/taboos surrounding mental illness; identify early symptoms, and available treatment options and medications.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THE CRITICAL STAGE OF EIGHTEEN TO THIRTY-SIX MONTHS
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
The terrible two’s has critical events, often overlooked by ALL of us. Learn these critical components so you can avoid and intervene, when necessary, to prevent unnecessary traumas which impact a child’s entire life. Participants will learn the critical developmental milestones which occur between eighteen to thirty-six months. Participants will learn essential guidelines for walking the child through this developmental stage. Participants will present real-life situations for hands-on application of the material presented.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MAINTAINING FAMILY CONNECTIONS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino
This workshop will look at the challenges faced as caregivers regarding contact between children and their parents and extended family members on both sides of the family. Participants will understand the need to redefine and maintain connections with birthparents, siblings, and extended family members. Participants will understand how the kinship experience can impact and change the kinship caregiver’s family relationships. Participants will understand challenges that maintaining these connections can present.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
THE STRONG-WILLED CHILD
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, San Bernardino
Do you have children who are wild and wonderful? Do you know if your child is strong willed or defiant? Is there a difference? Participants will learn the difference between a strong-willed child and a defiant child. We will learn creative ways to work with the strong willed child.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
NEGOTIATION SKILLS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
I want to spend the night at my friend’s house…I want to date that really good-looking guy (or girl)…I want to take the car to the football game…I want to stay out beyond my curfew…I want to wear these pants (or skirt)… ALL these statements place caregivers directly in the position of either saying yes or no. But isn’t there really another way? This is where negotiating skills enter the picture. This class explores methods caregivers can use with their adolescent children in negotiating situations and creating a win-win outcome between parent/teen.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ATTACHMENT PARENTING PART I
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
What is meant by the term, “attachment?” How does having healthy attachment affect a child’s development? How do I aid a child in developing healthy attachment? Does a child with a traumatic history have difficulty with forming attachment? Participants will have an opportunity to explore these questions and will receive specific tools and techniques to aid in parenting children with attachment challenges. Participants will have a basic understanding of attachment theory and the impact that attachment has on development and behavior, participants will gain an understanding of why attachment 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, NOVEMBER 20, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WORKING WITH THE SYSTEM
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper 
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino 
The Child Welfare System is a group of services designated to promote the well-being of children. How does this work once children enter into placement? Participants will learn the history of the Child Welfare System, the role of federal and state, and its role in the delivery of services through funding.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
TEACHING INDEPENDENCE BEGINS AT AGE THREE
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Waiting until a child becomes a teenager is way too late. Independence and emancipation training begins at age three. And from that point on, we talk positively and confidently about the child’s success at being an independent and responsible adult fifteen years down the road. Participants learn to nurture the elements of independence during the three to six year old stage of development. Participants learn all the “things” not to say. Participants present real-life situations for hands-on application of the material presented.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Children who come from families of severe abuse and neglect do not understand the holiday traditions. And, as research indicates, these holiday traditions create the “warmth” that is so important in families. Caregivers look at their own family traditions as kids and as parents now to explore how holiday routines can assist the children in their care who had none. In this way participants come to better grasp how these holiday traditions can have the best impact on their children.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
BECOMING MEDIA SAVVY – COMPUTER CLASS FOR CAREGIVERS
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 118
The new world order requests that parents need to understand what their kids are doing on the computer and how to keep them safe. Caregivers also need to know how to stay in touch with schools by computer and access important information. Caregivers will actually go on computers and practice accessing information and safety parental controls.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHY DO WE SEE OURSELVES AS INEFFECTIVE WHEN WE ARE NOT?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
There is a very simple answer to this question. We think we are ineffective because we focus the “camera” on the child or teen’s behavior rather than assessing our behavior. It is our behavior that makes the difference and declares whether or not we are effective. Participants identify those real-life situations where they see themselves as ineffective. Participants learn a simple assessment tool for evaluating their behavior, not the child or teen’s behavior.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO RUN AWAY (OR GO AWOL)
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Room 104
Kids who go through daily beatings, maybe broken bones, are treated like they do not matter, and are sexually exploited often find themselves unwilling to stay with their family of origin and may run away. And this pattern of avoidance may continue in foster placement. They may find themselves becoming too close to their new family or their problems may just feel too overwhelming. Children who seek to deal with their problems by leaving are way too common. Attendees in this class review this negative pattern called running away.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
HOLIDAY BLUES: GRIEF AND LOSS FOR CHILDREN
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Many youth have experienced abuse and broken promises during holiday seasons in the past. The possibility of seeing family members brings a wide variety of feelings including anxiety, joy, anger, and sadness. Caregivers will discuss how to help their foster child survive the holidays and be patient with their emotions.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THE SELF-ESTEEM TRAP
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
What makes me a worthwhile human being? My success? My earning power? My looks? My report card? What are we reflecting back to the kids we serve about their intrinsic value? Their value to us and to society? Come to class to begin shifting gears and escape the self-esteem trap. Participants learn the important difference between self-esteem and self-worth. Participants learn to nurture the innate self-worth that exists in all of us. Participants present real-life situations for hands-on application of the material presented.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
WHAT ARE YOUR TRUE COLORS?
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
Are you smart with books, in art, with your body, with people? Are you a gold, green, blue or orange learning style? Are you a visual learner? Learning the different styles will help with understanding and supporting at risk learners and to address their needs. This class focuses on learning these different learning styles, learning strategies to increase your foster child’s or children’s performance. It will also improve their understanding of self and others and enhance the appreciation of these differences.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO ARE FOOD INSECURE
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
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 hindered memories impact how they interact with any eating process. This class explores this complex problem for children.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL EDUCATION AND EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, San Bernardino
This workshop describes special needs issues that prevent youth from succeeding in school. Participants will identify these issues and examine techniques to help navigate the school system, including resources available to help them through the process of intervention.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ATTACHMENT PARENTING PART II
Facilitator: Gwen Washington
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
What is meant by the term, “attachment?” How does having healthy attachment affect a child’s development? How do I aid a child in developing healthy attachment? Does a child with a traumatic history have difficulty with forming attachment? Participants will have an opportunity to explore these questions and will receive specific tools and techniques to aid in parenting children with attachment challenges. Participants will have a basic understanding of attachment theory and the impact that attachment has on development and behavior. Participants will gain an understanding of why attachment 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, DECEMBER 4, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PARENTING THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD I
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
Many children who are in the foster care system have experienced trauma. These children have prolonged problems after a traumatic event. Participants will define trauma, discuss different types of trauma, and look at the impact trauma has on the brain. We will also look at the range of symptoms and the kinds of feelings trauma and neglect produce as well as why traumatized children have difficulty relating to caregivers.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHY DO HOLIDAYS AND ANGER HAVE TO GO TOGETHER?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
Well, anger at any time is difficult to deal with, whether we’re talking about our own anger or the kids’ anger. Punishing anger does little for what triggers and drives anger. And yes, holidays can be a trigger. Come to class to learn so-called anger management. Participants learn the difference between anger and rage and how to respond to each. Participants learn the triggers to both anger and rage. Participants present real-life situations for hands-on application of the material presented.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO ARE RAGEFUL
Facilitator: Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Room 104
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.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PREPARING YOUTH FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)

The transition to adulthood and financial independence can be challenging for most adolescents, but more so for foster youth who don’t have the support of family and/or parents. What should caregivers do to encourage and assist these youth to go to college or get vocational skills? Our messages need to be encouraging and supportive to our youth who are struggling with growing up. Caregivers will discuss the challenges of working with “non-minor dependents” (NMD) and what they need in services, resources, support, and opportunities to be successful.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING HEARTS AFTER LOSS
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
What we will learn today applies to both kids and caregivers alike. Loss results in critical heartache. Our ability to live life to our fullest is diminished. The holidays can be a perfect time to begin healing for both ourselves and the foster kids we serve. Participants learn to identify all the events in one’s life that are in reality LOSSES. Participants learn the stages of grieving.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING AUTISM
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Project REACH @ Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date St., San Bernardino
This class provides an overview of autism, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of a child with this disorder. Participants will be able to define autism, distinguish from Asperger’s, describe three symptoms, recall criteria to be diagnosed, and describe supportive services.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BLAME IT ON THE BRAIN
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
When a baby “soaks up” what they see, hear, and touch, it is said they are “sponges”. This process of learning goes even further in that children, as they grow, constantly learn from their environment. In addition, as children become young adults their brain IS STILL LEARNING. This means that sometimes they make rash decisions, which can land them in precarious situations. In this class participants see how a young person’s brain is constantly maturing and needs adult direction.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WORKING WITH THE LGBTQ YOUTH
Facilitator: Karen Dixon
San Bernardino Valley College – Classroom to be determined
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 chance 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 identify community resources and understand the needs of these youth to be supported in their developmental tasks and educational attainment.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PARENTING THE TRAUMATIZED CHILD II
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
In this class participants will look at the behaviors that parents can encounter in traumatized children. Participants will learn ways that can help de-escalate disruptive behaviors, how to build a trusting relationship with a traumatized child, and how therapy can help. We will also explore why routine is important to a traumatized child.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT DID YOU GET ME FOR CHRISTMAS?
Facilitator: Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from San Bernardino Valley College)
What you want to say and what you don’t say! And what do you do if the kid is so over-the-top challenging that you don’t want to put anything under the tree for him? Could we just have an awesome time over the holidays without focusing on presents? Participants will identify the critical holiday issues and needs for foster kids and foster teens. Participants will learn through brainstorming to respond to those issues and needs.


CLASES EN ESPAÑOL

SABADO, 11 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PROGRAMA DE VIDA INDEPENDIENTE
Instructora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 152
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, 15 DE OCTUBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER LA CONDUCTA INAPROPRIADA DE LOS NIÑOS Y LAS METAS DE LA CONDUCTA POSITIVA
Instructor: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 336
Los padres tendrán la oportunidad de explorar las técnicas con relación al comportamiento de los niños. Se pondrá énfasis en las metas del bien comportamiento versus el mal comportamiento.

MIERCOLES, 22 DE OCTUBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
CONSEQUENCIAS LOGICAS DE LA CONDUCTA INAPROPIADA: EL METODO DE DISCIPLINA QUE CREA RESPONSABILIDAD EN LOS NIÑOS
Instructor: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 336
El método de consecuencias lógicas desarrolla responsabilidad en los niños y los permite hacer mejores decisiones sin forzarlos a obedecer.

SABADO, 25 DE OCTUBRE, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRABAJANDO CON LOS PADRES BIOLOGICOS
Instructor: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 153
En esta clase discutiremos el significado de la reunificación y permanencia de los niños. Más información identificara maneras para mentor familias de nacimiento para que puedan regresarles a sus hijos y si no, proporcionar una familia a los niños en un hogar adoptivo.

SABADO, 25 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
EXTENSION AL CUIDADO DE CRIANZA TEMPORAL (AB12)
Instructora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 152
Durante esta clase hablaremos sobre los nuevos cambios al sistema de cuidado de crianza, la extensión del cuidado de crianza (aka AB12). Los padres de crianza aprenderán quien es elegible, los requisitos que los jóvenes necesitan para participar, los diferentes tipos de casa, lo que se espera de los padres de crianza, y las normas de la extensión de cuidado de crianza con referencia a los hogares de crianza.

MIERCOLES, 29 DE OCTUBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LA ADOLESCENCIA (EL ADOLECENTE Y SUS CAMBIOS)
Instructor: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 336
El adolecente tiene muchos 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.

MIERCOLES, 5 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LAS CINCO NECESIDADES VITALES DE LOS NIÑOS
Instructor: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 336
Esta clase se enfocara en el desarrollo de estrategias basadas en las cinco necesidades vitales de los niños con la meta que puedan alcanzar estabilidad emocional y seguridad en la vida. Los padres ganaran conocimiento y habilidad para mejorar la conducta y salud mental de sus hijos.

SABADO, 8 DE NOVIEMBRE, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MANTENER A LOS NIÑOS A SALVO
Instructor: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 153
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 los participantes a ayudar a los niños a aprender acerca de violencia y amenaza.

SABADO, 8 DE NOVIEMBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
¿F2F, TDM Y TCS: QUE SIGNIFICAN Y COMO INVOLUCRAN A LOS PADRES DE CRIANZA?
Instructora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 152
En esta clase hablaremos sobre las filosofías de familia a familia, decisiones tomadas en equipo (TDM) y Conferencias de Transición (TC) como estas filosofías envuelven a los padres de crianza y como ellos pueden participar en estas juntas efectivamente.

MIERCOLES, 12 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LA ANSIEDAD Y EL MIEDO EN LOS NIÑOS
Instructor: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 336
El mundo de los niños está lleno de miedos y ansiedad. Esta clase se enfocara en las condiciones más comunes que están relacionados con la ansiedad: ansiedad social, ansiedad generalizada, conducta obsesiva-compulsiva, fobias, ansiedad de separaciones. Los padres tendrán la oportunidad de entender más sobre la diagnosis, los síntomas y tratamiento de estas condiciones de ansiedad.

MIERCOLES, 19 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
EL SINDROME FETAL DE ALCOHOL
Instructor: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 336
Uno de los efectos más severos de tomar alcohol durante la etapa prenatal es el síndrome fetal de alcohol que produce problemas al sistema nervioso, causa anormalidades faciales, de crecimiento, y problemas intelectuales entre otros. Esta clase facilitara el entendimiento de las graves consecuencias físicas e intelectuales de tomar alcohol durante la etapa prenatal.

SABADO, 6 DE DICIEMBRE, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MEJORAMIENTO SOBRE EL MANEJO DE NUESTRAS FINANZAS
Instructora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall Room 152
En esta clase tendremos la oportunidad de aprender algunas técnicas de cómo podemos mejorar el manejo de nuestras finanzas, como planear mejor nuestro futuro financiero, como eliminar gastos innecesarios y como crear un plan de gastos y podrán transmitir esta información a los jóvenes bajo su cuidado.