FKCE Class Schedule

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San Bernardino Valley College 2017 Spring Foster & Kinship Care Education Classes

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

TERRA DUNN at (909) 891-3621

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SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: 
MONDAY - THURSDAY - 7:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY - CAMPUS CLOSED

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

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MONDAY, JUNE 5, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN CAN BECOME VICTIMIZED BY VISITS (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
'Where's my mom!  She said she'd be here 2 hours ago?!'...I thought my dad was coming!  Where is he!?'...'Didn't you say my mom told you she'd be here at noon!?'...'I thought you said my parents were going to be here quite a while ago!?...As caregivers can attest, hearing these comments from their foster children creates VERY tough situations.  These kids have already been victimized by their bio families and when visitations go wrong, they are VICTIMIZED all over AGAIN!  This class reveals the heartbreak (not the caregivers fault), and how to deal with it, foster children experience when court ordered visitations do not occur as expected.

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN:  AWARENESS AND IDENTIFICATION (RFA Class)
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Abused children are at a higher risk of exploitation and homelessness, which makes foster youth more vulnerable to human trafficking.  Youth identified with the problem as chronic runners from care are at a higher risk of human trafficking.  Caregivers will be able to identify the preconceived stereotypes about the sex trade and help child victims of trafficking.  Caregivers will discuss available resources in place to assist victims of trafficking to provide access to the support they need to foster health and well-being.  Caregivers will understand the unique needs of child victims of human trafficking by increasing awareness of this issue and prepare to identify and connect youth to community-based services.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE KEY TO SUCCESS:  SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-REFLECTION
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley – North Hall Room 151
It’s very east for many of us to gloss over our growing up years and believe it was all good.  But none of us get into this “work” by accident, and so our greatest resource may be reflecting back on those years and discerning honestly what worked for us and what did not work.  Come to class to learn how to do this in a way that jives with your current parenting styles.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
How do we help our youth turn their dreams into degrees and careers? Most foster youth want a college education, but need guidance, support and services to get there and succeed.  Participants will discuss ways to encourage and motivate their youth to consider higher education.  Caregivers and youth (16 and above) will identify ways to overcome challenges and participate in community activities to prepare them for this transition after high school.

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

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

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