FKCE Class Schedule

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San Bernardino Valley College 2017 Summer/Fall Foster & Kinship Care Education Classes

 

For general information regarding workshops, please call (909) 384-4457. All of the classes listed in this schedule meet the criteria for San Bernardino County’s training for RFA (Resource Family Approval) pre and post trainings and for Los Angeles County’s “D” rate pre and post 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) 388-6721

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OFFICE HOURS: 
MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

FRIDAY  8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

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

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE - BASIC PARENTING TOOLS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)
In the tenets of Positive Discipline parenting, some basic methods are used to avoid rescuing children, controlling them and engaging in power struggles with them.  These include giving strong messages of caring, holding children responsible and accountable, being kind and firm at the same time, providing limited choices and offering routines, among others.  Children learn from their parents long term decision making skills.  This class explores ways to interact with kids that encourage strong relationships, cooperation, educational importance, building self-esteem and better understanding between parents and their children.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
DID I GO WRONG SOMEWHERE? (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
It’s the nagging question for all of us.  We might be raising our own grandkids, or we might be looking back on the way we have fostered for a zillion years, or we might just be wondering what the heck happened to our own birth kids.  Self-evaluation, especially if we eliminate the judgement and the sentencing, is always insightful and healing.  It also paves the way for us to be the best that we can be.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
FOSTER CARE TO ADOPTION…LIFELONG ISSUES (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Science, Room 143
Foster Care & Adoption is a lifelong, intergenerational process which unites the triad of birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families forever. Adoption, especially of adolescents, can lead to both great joy and tremendous pain. Recognizing the core issues in adoption is one intervention that can assist triad members and professionals working in adoption better to understand each other and the residual effects of the adoption experience.    

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
‘TWEENS’ BRING THEIR OWN ISSUES (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Using cell phones until midnight…wanting to dress like they’re 18 instead of twelve…texting friends at all hours of the day and night…insisting they be allowed to wear make-up…asking to be dropped off a block from school…..staying at the mall ALL DAY…just some of the behaviors this age group called ‘tweens’ experience.  Kids who are pre-adolescent are technically still children but are rapidly approaching adolescence and wish to be treated that way.  This class discusses how care givers need to hold their ground and encourage this age group to enjoy their childhood and begin to prepare for making mature and responsible decisions in adolescence.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE – FAMILY MEETINGS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
In the first class of two classes on Positive Discipline, attendees discussed the basic tenets of Positive Discipline.   In this second class attendees are exposed to other ways to build confidence and decision making skills.  On Family Meetings, this class shows that completing chores, appropriate dress and curfew are just a few of the applicable topics family members can post on the agenda.  This class introduces a very powerful tool families can initiate in teaching accountability, effective communication skills and healthy family interaction.  In the Positive Discipline 'tool kit', Family Meetings are considered the best strategy in bringing families closer.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND TEENS WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY-ABUSED? (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)
We tend to be nervous in talking and working with children who have been sexually abused.  We mistakenly think this matter is for a therapist.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We provide care for the child twenty-four seven, and we are the primary healers of all their wounds.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRANSITIONING TO ADULTHOOD – TURNING 18! (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA  92401
Waking up on my 18th birthday I thought I knew everything.  Well most youth think this way.  Too often our youth become young adults without knowing some basic life skills that we assume they received from someone else.  Participants will discuss what young adults need to be successful and how to provide the practice experience.  Participants will learn how to assist and guide young people who are trying to be independent and don’t always know “what they don’t know.”

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)
Foster children may be unfamiliar with what most kids think of as being the holidays:  buying/trimming a tree; decorating with lights, writing a letter to/visiting with Santa; or celebrating other holidays such as Ramadan, Kwanza or Hanukah.  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 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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING LGBTQ FOSTER YOUTH (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA  92401
This class focuses on understanding LGBTQ youth.  We will discuss the terminology, definitions about the LGBTQ population.  This class is not intended to change your personal, religious beliefs or values on this topic but to educate you.  The goal is to provide effective tools so that you can better serve this population.  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: FAD, CHOICE, OR GENETICS? (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)
We deserve accurate information about teens who are straight as well as teens who are gay, lesbian, transgendered and questioning.  And we deserve training to provide teens of whatever sexual orientation our very best which includes our heart.  So come to class to get a chunk of that training. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: CHILDREN AND TRAUMA ISSUES
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building, Room 120
My child continues to misbehave no matter what I say or do to stop the misbehavior.  I am losing my grip on parenting my child.  I find myself going back wanting to spank to stop the behavior. I just want my child to behave in a respectful way when they are at home or in the community.  Participants will learn and practice the third corrective method in the Thinking Parenting Approach using the ‘Time-Out Method’ and realize that they do not have to spank.  Participants will explore and understand children’s behavior by finding out creative ways to help children feel safe in the home.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
IT TAKES TWO TO CREATE A POWER STRUGGLE (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Science, Room 143
Power struggles create distance and hostility instead of closeness and trust.  Closeness and trust create a safe environment.  Adults need to remove themselves from the power struggle without winning or giving in.  Participants will learn how to get children involved in solving problems as a team effort, how to use reflective listening skills, and how to teach children self-discipline and problem solving skills.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE – MONEY IS POSITIVE POWER FOR KIDS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Building, Room 104
Caregivers can use financial remuneration (money) as a valuable medium to give children the opportunity to grow, build self-esteem and become independent.  When parents teach setting aside an allowance to buy a bike or saving money to purchase a special video game, they are teaching the value of money.  They are also encouraging looking at ways to save, budget and comparison shop.  Their kids also understand goal setting, delayed gratification and the need to plan and work for what they want. This second class in the three part Positive Discipline series discussed how money, and what it represents, can influence kids in a positive way.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENT-CHILD VISITS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Visiting is essential to maintaining parent-child and other family attachments, as well as reducing the sense of abandonment that children experience at placement.  Visits are challenging yes, but also very necessary to increase the connections between children and their birth parents or caregivers who will be their permanent families.  Participants will discuss the challenges and advantages of visits and will understand that visitation for a child is an opportunity for reconnecting and reestablishing the parent/child relationship and above all provide the necessary elements for return of the child to the parent home.  Participants will discuss how to plan activities that provide mutual gratification for parent and child.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CAN I STILL BE THE GRANDPARENT I ALWAYS DREAMED OF BEING?  YES!
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
Why would being the grandparent you always dreamed of being be any less effective or life-giving now than before?  You don’t have to become their parent(s).  You are their grandparent(s).  So come to class to learn how to hold on to your special role as grandparents.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
TEEN PREGNANCY (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Science, Room 143
“Births to younger teens pose the greatest risk of poor medical, social and economic outcomes.  Efforts to prevent teen childbearing need to focus on evidence-based approaches to delaying sexual activity and increasing use of the most effective methods of contraception for those teens who are sexually active.” - Dr. Tom Frieden (CDC, Director). Is this the answer? What can/should be done? Participants will discuss teen pregnancies and ways to prevent them                      

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BLAME IT ON THE BRAIN (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
When a baby ‘soaks up’ what they see, hear and touch, they are said to be ‘sponges’. This learning process continues further since, as kids grow, they are learning from our environment.  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.  The different parts of the human brain, especially the Pre Frontal Cortex, directly behind our forehead, has a direct bearing on decision making.  Participants see in this class how a young person’s brain is constantly maturing and needs adult direction. Participants gain more understanding of how to best interact with children and assist them in proper decision making.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
TEACHING BASIC LIFE SKILLS TO FOSTER YOUTH (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA  92401
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 like skills.        

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW DO I STOP THE HOLES IN THE WALLS, THE LYING, AND THE STEALING? – BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave. (across the street from the college)
If I told you the answer, you might think I was lying!  My answer might make you so frustrated you might put a hole in the wall yourself.  You might even steal me away and have me locked up!  But come to class anyway to learn how do decrease these annoying behaviors as well as to gain some insight into what seems so pointless.                                                                                                                       

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: IGNORING – PICK YOUR BATTLES
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building, Room 120
Some behaviors do not warrant a war or a quick response.  You must know when and how to pick your battles.  Participants will practice and explore ignoring behaviors that are attention seeking.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING HOW TRAUMA IMPACTS CHILDREN IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Ida Tyler
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Science, Room 143
Trauma can impact the development and behaviors of children.  Traumatic events overwhelm a child’s capacity to cope and illicit feelings of terror, powerlessness and out-of-control behaviors.  Participants will learn how trauma influences the safety, permanency and the well-being of children.  Participants will learn how to help children to make new meaning of their trauma experience, skills to maximize the child’s sense of safety.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHAT IS SUCCESS?  AND HOW DO WE GET KIDS DREAMING AGAIN? (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)
We often view success as limited to a few, and we often equate success with materialistic wealth.  Worse, many of us have, ourselves stopped dreaming, maybe even a long time ago, so there is little or no fertile “soil” in our foster home for kids to grow dreams.  How sad!  Some come to class to learn or relearn to grow dreams both your own and the foster kids.  It’s the best antidote for hopelessness. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
UNDERSTANDING SUICIDAL BEHAVIORS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Science, Room 143This class will help participants identify suicidal youth warning signs and explain the scope and magnitude of the problem.  Participants will learn to identify youth who are at high risk.  This class will also identify the elements for assessing suicide.               

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.LYING, CHEATING, STEALING AND HOARDING FOOD (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA  92401
A child’s history often gives us a better understanding of the child and her/his behaviors.  A certain degree of these behaviors are normal especially in the early years.  These behaviors become very problematic when they are excessive and not address. Participants will learn to identify lying, cheating, stealing and hoarding food behaviors. Participants will learn how to help children assert themselves to prevent these behaviors.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
CREATING A RELATIONSHIP WITH BIRTH PARENTS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center, 1010 Grant Ave., (across the street from the college)
Birth parents may be nowhere to be found, but their ghosts are always present!  Or they may be more present than you can stand!  Ultimately, the foster child must come to terms with these folks whether they are available or not.  It is part of our job to walk them through that “coming to terms with.” Holidays sometimes propose additional drama and emotion around this topic.

BIENVENIDOS

MIERCOLES, 22 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER EL TRAUMA EN LOS NINOS (RFA CLASS)
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Building, Room 102
Esta clase tratara los causas del trauma en los niños y como defiere del estrés normal. Además se enfocara en como el trauma afecta el cerebro y el funcionamiento psicológico y social de los niños. Los padres aprenderán como el trauma causa cambios físicos, ansiedad, depresión y otros síntomas relacionados.

MIERCOLES, 29 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER LA CONDUCTA INAPROPRIADA DE LOS NIÑOS Y METAS DE LA CONDUCTA POSITIVA (RFA CLASS)
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Building, Room 102
Los padres tendrán la oportunidad de explorar las técnicas con relación al comportamiento de los niños se podrán enfocarse en las metas del buen comportamiento versus el mal comportamiento.  Los padres aprenderán a resolver situaciones difíciles de conducta e implementar técnicas apropiadas al corregir a sus hijos.

SABADO, 2 DE DICIEMBRE, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
DISCIPLINA (RFA CLASS)
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – North Hall, Room 153
El disciplinar a los niños es un reto que los padres tienen, especialmente cuando estos niños están bajo nuestro cuidado y las reglas que seguir. En esta clase hablaremos de técnicas de disciplina para todas las edades, especialmente para adolescentes. Los padres serán capaces de identificar y aplicar técnicas de disciplina edad/apropiadas.

MIERCOLES, 6 DE DICIEMBRE, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LAS MEDICINAS PSICOTROPICAS PARA LOS NIÑOS Y ADOLESCENTES (RFA CLASS
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar

San Bernardino Valley College – Liberal Arts Building, Room 102
 La clase se enfocará en las medicinas más comunes para tratar la hiperactividad, depresión, ansiedad y otras condiciones psicológicos y de conducta.  Los padres ganaran conocimiento del uso de las medicinas psicotrópicas, sus efectos secundarios y efectividad.