FKCE Class Schedule

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2020 Spring Foster and Kinship Care Education Classes 

 OFFICE HOURS

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

FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

San Bernardino Valley College, as well as the entire community college community, continues to work tirelessly to help students, their families, resource parents, and kinship families get through this crisis as they play a critical role in our state's recovery. Working together and following safety guidelines and procedures, we can help keep our community healthy.

  • The FKCE program will only be providing classes online to resource and kinship parents through ZOOM and will require each participant to use a computer and/or phone and to have an email address to participate. (If you don't have an email, please create one using yahoo.com or gmail.com) Each participant will need to download the ZOOM app on their computer and/or phone.
  • Participants can register by calling 909-384-4457 or email rrivera@valleycollege.edu confirmation will be sent to emails when done in a timely manner, weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please only register for two (2) classes at a time.
  • Participants will be required to complete a registration form online, unless you have taken classes in the last 90 days; EVERYONE needs to have an email address.
  • Participants will receive certificates for attendance only when evaluations are completed, and attendance verified by the trainer; certificates will be emailed to participants.
  • Participants not physically involved in the class or leaving early or joining the meeting more than 10 minutes late (without specific approval by the trainer) will NOT receive a certificate.
    NO CHILDREN or PETS or other distractions are allowed in the training which should take place in a private area to maintain confidentiality.
  • This online training format will last until June 30, 2020. The FKCE classes will resume face-to-face contact once the COVID 19 crisis has been resolved. Thanks for your patience during this challenging time.

Karen Dixon, FKCE Instructional Specialist.

 

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 909-891-3537

PLEASE CALL 909-384-4457 TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES OR EMAIL rrivera@valleycollege.edu

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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 $3.00. 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 128
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA  92410

April/Abril

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THE FAMILY MEAL
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
San Bernardino Valley College – Library Viewing Room – LIB149
Many foster children may have been exposed to only fast food in their diet.  Their bio family due to substance abuse or neglect, or some other negative and dysfunctional reason, may have only given them fast food and maybe noodles and cereal.  And if they've been homeless, they have been even MORE nutritionally deprived and may show severe food insecurity issues due to starvation or neglect.  They may not know healthy food options, food shopping, food preparation, food utensil usage or even socializing with their family over a meal.  This class addresses these issues so resource parents can teach these children effective ways to eat together and socialize as a family.

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
THE INCREDIBLE YEARS: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER - HEALTHY PARENTING STYLES
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Parents that have a better understanding of children’s needs have increased ability to nurture more effectively, decrease harsh discipline, have more parent/school involvement and decreased behavior problems with their children.  Parents will learn ways to support their child’s education by emphasizing parenting approaches designed to promote children’s academic skills and building collaborative relationships with teachers.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING ALWAYS BEGINS WITH US
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
So many of us foster parents, social workers, and therapists have plenty of unhealed trauma in our own life.  But we must muster up the courage to bring these traumas into our conscious awareness and do everyone the favor of healing them.  It is our most powerful tool for participating in the healing of our kids’ trauma and avoiding re-traumatizing them while they are under our care.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
INTERNET SAFETY                                                                                    
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Sciences Building Room 137
How do we keep our children safe from the internet?  Should we allow our children to use the internet? At what age? Participants will learn simple ways to monitor their children’s use on the internet and help keep them safe.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
NEGOTIATING SKILLS FOR RESOURCE PARENTS
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
'You NEVER listen to me!'...'I am ALWAYS punished!'...'It's ALWAYS MY fault'...You NEVER discipline my sibling!'...  'You are ALWAYS USELESS and DISGUSTING!'...Just a few statements care givers may be used to hearing from their kids.  Children who speak in absolutes (NEVER and ALWAYS) use these words to encourage care givers 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 care givers to master so their children feel they are heard but also are accountable for their own actions.

MIERCOLES, 8 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO ENTENDER LA CONDUCTA INAPROPRIADA DE LOS NIÑOS Y LAS METAS DE LA
CONDUCTA POSITIVA
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
Los padres tendrán la oportunidad de explorar las teorías con relación al comportamiento de los niños. Se pondrá énfasis 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.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
CAN MUSIC MAKE A DIFFERENCE?                                                                                          
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Support Services
It has been said that music can not only promote a person’s academic performance, but also have an impact on a person’s mood, motivation, and behavior. Participants will learn the latest research on the impact of music on our daily lives.  Participants will also learn how to engage children and children with their music

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
FAMILY THERAPY FOR YOUR FOSTER KIDS
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
When your kids are referred to therapy, insist that the therapist provide family therapy for the entire foster family with whom the foster kids lives twenty-four hours a day.  The family then becomes a powerful resource for ALL including yourself and any other foster children under your care.  And always remember that your role is not that of the tattler.  You are a participant working on your own healing.  Come to class to learn exactly how this works.  And it works really well.

SABADO, 11 DE ABRIL, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FOSTER CARE Y LA EDUCACION
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building Room 124
En esta clase los padres de crianza aprenderán cuales son los requisitos A-G para graduarse de la High School; que es un Plan Individualizado de Educación ó IEP, como requerirlo y que recursos adicionales están disponibles para los que los jóvenes continúen a una educación más avanzada.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CONTRIBUTE?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
For non-minor dependents to achieve a sense of competence, we must ask them this critical question:  How are you going to contribute?  This is not a financial question.  The question goes way beyond finances.  The question invites the youth to be both responsible and accountable.  Contributing in a meaningful way is the only way they will learn that they can successfully live on their own.

MIERCOLES, 15 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
COMO AYUDAR Y ENTENDER A LOS NIÑOS QUE HAN SUFRIDO TRAUMA EN SU DESARROLLO
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
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.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
PREVENTING ALLEGATIONS – INSURING SAFETY
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Whether false or confirmed, allegations arise for different reasons.  We hope that children who are abused will notify someone in authority. But sometimes children whose background include abuse are highly sensitized to triggers that they associate with abuse. All families who care for children with special needs face some risk, and every parent can take steps to keep situations from turning into allegations.  The class will discuss ideas for parents to consider: a) know your limits; learn all you can about each child before placement; be proactive about safety plans. Never use physical discipline, document sexual acting out in writing and report to CSW and therapist; and document behavior patterns.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
SHOULD WE OR CAN WE LOVE OUR FOSTER KIDS?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES!  Will they love us in return?  Let’s make it impossible for them not to love us.  Where else or how else will they learn to love and be loved?  Have an abundance of questions?  Of course, so come to class.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
HOW DO I GET TO COLLEGE?  COLLEGE LIFE
Facilitator: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building 123
College is not something that is spoken to foster youth as being achievable. They don't grow up with that cultural expectation. As foster youth grow into adolescence and early adulthood, they must navigate the complex processes of becoming independent, responsible adults while developing a sense of personal and sexual identity, and establishing emotional independence and maturity. They must pursue educational and vocational goals while learning how to balance a checking account, obtain a car and participate in a host of other critical activities.) Caretakers will be able to assist their teen attain a higher education. They will learn how to complete college application. Will be able to identify financial aid options and critical deadlines.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
LGBTQ – IDENTITY AND INCLUSION
Facilitator:  Eric Thornton
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 124
After identifying as LGTBQ, teens face being ostracized by their birth families, as well as Foster families. As a result, teens run away from home and turn to drugs, prostitution and other means; just to survive. Caregivers and parents will learn skills that will help develop empathetic thought patterns, as well as "language and terminology" that assists an identifying LGTBQ child in feeling included.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
YES THERE IS A YES BRAIN
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
There’s even a NO brain, so, for sure, we want to learn how to switch on the YES brain.  We all have a YES brain.  The yes brain is our thinking brain and is characteristically open, flexible, conscious, creative, and desires connection.  It is the key and the door in.   We will also learn about the NO brain.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
SOMETIMES MY MOMMY GETS ANGRY                                                                                  Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Sciences Building Room 137
Mental Illness can be frightening—not only to the person who has it but also to people around them.  If you are a child and reliant on the care of an adult who has a mental illness, things can be even more confusing.   Children may have a number of questions, such as “Why is my mom this way?” “Will I get this illness? Participants will learn how to help a child to understand a parent’s mental illness.

MIERCOLES, 22 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LAS PROBLEMAS PSICOLOGICOS Y SU TRATAMIENTO
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
La clase se enfocara en los principales desordenes psicológicos tales como la esquizofrenia y la condición bipolar.  También se hará la distinción entre psicosis y neurosis. Los padres podrán identificar los síntomas de estos problemas psicológicos con la meta de detectarlos tempranamente y buscar tratamiento.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
HELPING CHILDREN WHO HAVE INCARCERATED PARENTS                                             
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Support Services, 224 E. 16th St., San Bernardino, 92404
This class will discuss the impact and effects on children who have one or more parents incarcerated. Participants will learn and discuss the emotional impact that incarceration of a parent has on the child and how to help them cop.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
IF OUR HANDS ARE TIED, THEN WE’VE TIED THEM!
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
We often feel powerless and erroneously believe that our hands are tied.  Nothing can be farther from the truth.  If we really think our hands are tied, then come to class to have them untied once and for all.  And while we are here, we will learn just how powerful we are.

SABADO, 25 DE ABRIL 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
¿COMO PUEDO LLEGAR A LA UNIVERSIDAD? LA VIDA UNIVERSITARIA
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
La Universidad no es algo que se habla para fomentar la juventud como alcanzable. No crecen con esa expectativa cultural. A medida que los jóvenes de crianza crecen en la adolescencia y la adultez temprana, deben navegar por los complejos procesos de convertirse en adultos independientes, responsables mientras desarrollan un sentido de identidad personal y sexual, y estableciendo la independencia emocional y la madurez. Deben perseguir metas educativas y vocacionales mientras que aprenden cómo balancear una cuenta corriente, obtener un coche y participar en un anfitrión de otras actividades críticas. Los cuidadores podrán ayudar a su adolescente a alcanzar una educación superior. Aprenderán a completar la solicitud universitaria. Podrá identificar las opciones de ayuda financiera y los plazos críticos.                   

SABADO, 25 DE ABRIL, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
COMO PREVENIR Y MANEJAR LAS QUEJAS
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building Room 124
Los padres de crianza están expuestos a enfrentar quejas sobre sus hogares. En esta clasehablaremos sobre diferentes técnicas para prevenir y manejar las quejas, también hablaremos sobre el proceso de investigación. 

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
RESOURCE PARENTS AND FATIGUE
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Resource Parents take on the tough task of raising children who have been in multiple placements, have emotional scars, cannot communicate well and are angry if not full of rage. Dealing with these kids can take a large toll on care givers sensitivity and compassion.  Frustration, irritation, lack of respect and not being listened to are all issues with which care givers must contend.  Their concern, trusting nature and trusting nature are all put to the test by these difficult to raise children.  In this class, care givers discuss their own experiences and learn from others how to best deal with resource parent fatigue.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
ANGER AND RAGE ARE NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD!
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Yes, it all depends upon what we do with our rage and our anger.  And as we learn to appreciate our own anger and rage and do something beneficial with them both, we can then model for our foster children healthy ways to grapple with their own anger and rage.  Everyone becomes a winner!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FRAMING A RESOURCE FAMILY MISSION STATEMENT
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Foster children see chaos, illegal behavior, emotional turmoil and non-existent communication in their birth families where they are physically and emotionally abused.  They do not know what a real family is until they go to live with a Resource Family.  Often, care givers do not formalize their understanding of 'familyness' and commit to paper what constitutes their family unit.  In this class, Resource Parents bring their knowledge of what being a real family means and share with other participants what that looks like. Through hard work and class discussion, resource family participants leave class with a prepared Mission Statement for their own family.

MIERCOLES, 29 DE ABRIL, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
CRIANDO Y EDUCANDO NIÑOS Y ADOLESCENTES DENOMINADOS (LGBTQ)
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
Esta clase discutirá temas como la identidad y orientación sexual y autoestima. También se enfocara en cómo estas cosas afectan a los niños y adolescentes. Se discutirá como ayudarlos y protegerlos.  Los padres discutirán como entender y proteger los niños y adolescentes denominados LGBTQ y cómo protegerlos de abuso físico, emocional y sexual.

 MAY/MAYO

FRIDAY MAY 1, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
A POWERFUL RELATIONSHIP IS THE MAGIC
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
The foster kids we serve will frequently challenge our directions and our house rules.  Perhaps we are already well-aware that our toughest consequences do little to elicit compliance. That’s even true for us as adults!  So what makes it possible for us as adults to be compliant?  It is no different for kids!  So come to class to explore this “magic” in detail.   

SABADO, 2 DE MAYO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
¿QUE ES INTIMIDA EN LAS ESCUELAS?
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
Este curso describe varias técnicas que los cuidadores de crianza  deben ser conscientes de la realidad sobre la intimidación con los jóvenes en las escuelas. Los participantes identificarán y definir distintas técnicas interactivas para ayudar a fomentar la juventud,  reconocer qué hacer para prevenir el acoso se en el entorno escolar. Los participantes también colaborará en el juego de roles para ayudar mejor ayudar a los jóvenes a reconocer los signos de la intimidación.

MONDAY, MAY 4, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M
LET’S NOT MAKE CHORES A WAR
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
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.  Since their bio families were more into substance, physical and sexual abuse rather than work use, they never properly learned the real purpose of chores. Doing chores in the family setting encourages cooperation, builds relationships, increases self-esteem and creates a sense of belonging.  In this class, resource parents learn how to teach their children ways to complete their chores in an effective manner.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
I WANT TO MEET YOUR BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Why don’t we kindly say, “I want to meet your boyfriend/girlfriend?  And why don’t we kindly say to our gay and lesbian foster kids, “I want to meet your boyfriend/girlfriend?  Why don’t we want to have the maximum influence we can have during this critical time in their lives when they are so desperately searching for acceptance and love?  Come to class to explore this important topic.

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
PREVENTING SUMMER FROM BEING A BUMMER!    
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Sciences Building Room 137            
“I’m Bored! What Can I DO?” After the final school bell rings and kids are dismissed for summer a whole new experience occurs for foster families. Planning summer vacations, daily summer routines and managing children’s expectations are paramount for caregivers. Participants will learn how to effectively plan fun filled summer days for their children.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER IN CHILDREN 
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a 100% TOTALLY preventable condition - all that needs to happen is that the pregnant female CEASE DRINKING during pregnancy!  Yet many children are born with this severely debilitating condition.  A part of the umbrella condition under Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), FAS impacts families and society in billions of dollars in health care costs and severe emotional costs to birth families, foster families and society overall.  This class explores with resource parents in depth the issues surrounding this issue and discusses specific methods for effectively working with children who have this totally preventable condition.

MIERCOLES, 6 DE MAYO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
EL SUICIDIO Y EL ACOSO FISICO, SOCIAL Y PSICOLOGICO
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
Esta clase se enfocara en la relación entre el suicidio y el acoso físico, social y psicológico.  Se
consideran las estrategias para prevenir el suicidio.  Los padres podrán identificar los síntomas y conductas que pueden llevar a un niño y adolescente al suicidio.  En esta clase se enfatizara las prevenciones y el tratamiento psicológico.

***THURSDAY, MAY 7, 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.****
FOSTER & KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building 100
Must be registered to attend. Call 909-384-4457 

FRIDAY MAY 8, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
USING OUR IMAGINATION TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Think about it.  The kids (or adults) whom we want to change are totally defenseless against our imagination!  Our imagining change, then looking for the change, and then recognizing the change we are wanting, are all steps in a powerful process known as ENVISIONING.  Come to class to learn to ENVISION.  Money back guarantee included. 

SABADO, 9 DE MAYO, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
TRABAJAR CON LA IDENTIDAD SEXUAL (AB 458)
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 124
Este taller se discutirán los problemas a los que se enfrentan los jóvenes que necesitan de nuestra protección debido a su orientación sexual. Muchas personas tienen fuertes sentimientos en lo que respecta a orientación sexual, sino como cuidadores debemos ayudar a nuestros niños que se sientan seguros y siga la ley (AB 458) que dice que los jóvenes no deberían soportar abusos y acoso en hogares de guarda. Los cuidadores entenderán cómo ofrecer el mismo ambiente seguro es necesario que todos los jóvenes necesitan y las formas para ser más tolerantes de las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transexuales, los jóvenes como una persona joven que necesita el mismo apoyo y orientación se desarrollan como cualquier niño.

SABADO, 9 DE MAYO, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MEJORAMIENTO SOBRE EL MANEJO DE NUESTRAS FINANZAS
Facilitadora: Elisa Arteaga
San Bernardino Valley College
En esta clase tendremos la oportunidad de aprender algunas técnicas de cómo podemos mejorar el manejo de nuestras finanzas, cómo eliminar gastos innecesarios y cómo crear un plan de gastos y podrán transmitir esta información a los jóvenes bajo su cuidado.

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: CHILDREN AND TRAUMA ISSUES
Facilitator:  Wandalyn Lane
San Bernardino Valley College - Business Building 123
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 at a lost to stop the misbehavior. I just want my child to listen and get over the trauma that has happen. Participants will learn and practice techniques to help their child(ren) recover from trauma issues. Participants will learn because behavior has been learned through negative experiences it can get unlearned with positive experiences.

MONDAY, MAY 11, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACE)
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Kids who go through daily beatings, maybe broken bones, are treated like they do not matter, and are sexually exploited suffer from serious maltreatment and may very well experience severe developmental delays.  Further, these kids may display extreme aggression and may turn to sexual acting out and substance abuse later in their lives.  This class discusses these issues using the results of the Adverse Child Experiences Study which has been reviewed at many Children's Network Annual Conferences.

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
THEIR STORIES
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
The simplest but most effective way for a child or an adult to heal trauma is to tell their story in ALL its gory details. Telling the story and perhaps even writing the story on the computer with pictures and music added is one of the simplest ways to move trauma into our memory so that we know the trauma is OVER.  So come to class to learn how to walk our children or teens through this marvelously healing process.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHAT COMPOSES THE SYSTEM OF CARE
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Many social service, educational and behavioral intervention agencies deal with assisting foster care, adopted, kinship care, and group home children and their families.  Social workers, teachers, therapists, counselors and the courts all have roles in working with children.  These children who have been exposed to numerous instances of sexual, substance and physical abuse and neglect have been put though the "wringer" by the bio families and are exceedingly needy children.  Resource parents and their families, who are an integral part of this 'team' approach, also play a major role in helping children. This class explores how all these entities make up the 'system of care.'

MIERCOLES, 13 DE MAYO, 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 123
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.

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PARENTING SIBLINGS                                                                                          
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Support Services, 224 E. 16th St., San Bernardino, 92404
The bond between siblings is unique.  It is the longest lasting relationship most people have. A person’s life-time quest for personal identity is interwoven with his/her sibling. Participant will learn how to develop resolution skills with siblings.

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO THEIR STORIES?
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Perhaps the stories are just too gory, or there is a lot of sexual content that we just don’t want to hear.  Maybe we cannot believe that their own parents or family members would treat them so abusively, so we end up protecting these folks by keeping the stories off the record.  Maybe we haven’t told our own story yet, so listening to theirs, triggers too much emotion for us.  Whatever the reason, come to class to learn how to leap over these hurdles and get their stories to press, so to speak.

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND ATTACHMENT
Facilitator:  Eric Thornton
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 124
How can a parent facilitate attachment with a child who has suffered trauma? Parents will be able to assist a child who has suffered trauma by helping him/her to make new meaning of his/her trauma history, and by helping him/her reduce overwhelming emotions.

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
OUR LGBTQ KIDS ARE REALLY NO DIFFERENT!
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
We can offer kids with other than straight sexual orientation the exact same “offerings” we have for every other foster child.  A welcoming, an unconditional love and acceptance, affection, guidance, support and advocacy, and an openness to learning their experience of themselves and life in general.  It is very easy to do if we just see them as kids with the same dreams, desires, and needs that we also had when we were kids and teenagers.

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 5:30 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PREPARING YOUTH FOR COLLEGE
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Sciences Building Room 137            
A youth’s experiences prior to placement in foster care contribute substantially to their
educational delays. Unfortunately youth in foster care change schools more frequently, have lower GRAs, earn fewer credits toward graduation, have lower scores on state testing, and are more likely to in special education programs. Participants will discuss things to do, when to start and more successful ways for preparing youth for college.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
CHILDREN WHO ARE VICTIMIZED MULTIPLE TIMES
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Foster children see chaos, illegal behavior, emotional turmoil, domestic violence and non-existent communication in their birth families and they are often physically, sexually and emotionally abused and neglected.  They frequently fall victim to their families of origin and their extreme amount of dysfunctionality.  Children in this cycle experience severe trauma over and over again which is characterized as poly-victimization.  This class explores this trauma, the intense suffering it causes these children and how being victimized in multiple ways impacts their behavior and acting out.

MIERCOLES, 20 DE MAYO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
EL SINDROME FETAL DE ALCOHOL
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
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.

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
WHAT ARE YOUR TRUE COLORS?                                                                                            
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Support Services, 224 E. 16th St., San Bernardino, 92404
Are you smart with books, in art, with your body, with people? Are you a gold, greed, 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 children’s performance. Participant will learn these different learning styles, learning strategies to increase your foster children’s performance.

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
REASONABLE AND PRUDENT PARENTING
Facilitator:  Karen Dixon
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard includes cultural, social, enrichment, and/or extra-curricular activities that are appropriate and/or developmentally appropriate. Can the child’s health, safety, and best interests be maintained?  Participants will discuss: Will the activity encourage emotional and developmental growth of the child; and is the child’s participation in the activity sensible.

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
LEND ME YOUR EARS IS MORE THAN JUST SHAKESPEARE
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
We often escalate a crisis because we don’t listen.  Sometimes we do listen and “it” all begins to calm, but then we feel compelled to throw in our two cents or get the last word, and the crisis begins to escalate once again.   Just imagine we’re in a Shakespeare play, and the kid is pleading, “Lend me your ears....” Participants discuss ways to de-escalate the crisis.

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
ADDICTION: THEIRS AND OURS
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
We cannot address their addictions if we do not first address our own.  Addiction occurs in the first place because the pain of our life is so intense that we are willing to do whatever it takes to make the pain go away.  This is critical in understanding addiction.  It is not about control or self-control.  It is about pain and not knowing what to do with the pain.  So come to class and learn what to do with our own pain and then how to support our kids and teens confronting their pain without escaping into some form of addiction.

MIERCOLES, 27 DE MAYO, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
LAS MEDICINAS PSICOTROPICAS PARA LOS NIÑOS Y ADOLESCENTES
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
San Bernardino Valley College – Business Building Room 123
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.

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
HEALING THE WOUNDS OF SEXUAL ABUSE 
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
As much as we do not want to believe it, sexual abuse and intra-familial sexual abuse toward children is more common than any of us want to acknowledge.  Not to minimize sexual abuse, but it’s not such a “big deal” that only a therapist can assist the child to heal.  In fact, we have a better chance of supporting the child’s healing from sexual abuse than the therapist.  We just have to be willing to be vulnerable enough to go into the child or teen’s story.

 JUNE/JUNIO

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
BULLY OR BULLIED?
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Children who learn how to resolve conflict with others by inflicting pain on them are called bullies.  All too frequently, children whose family of origin who caused this pain are the same children who become bullies.   Conversely, these same children have also learned to be victims based on how they've been treated by the parents.  And in this high tech age, children are bullied on line and through social media.  This class looks at these children who are either bullies or are bullied and what brought them to this prevalent and very serious societal problem.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Remember Jack Nicholson’s line from the movie A Few Good Men?  So what is it about lying and stealing that drives us absolutely crazy?  Lying and stealing are not behaviors per se.  They are metaphors which point to important elements of the child or teen’s “story.”  Come to class to pull out the child or teen’s story when they lie and steel, and learn also how NOT to be so reactive to these “valuable” clues.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
WHAT IS YOUR PARENTING STYLE?                                                                                        
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
San Bernardino Valley College – Health & Life Sciences Building Room 137            
Parents wish to be loved or cared for by their children just like they want to raise children they can care for and love.  Sometimes their parenting is overly protective, too strict or lax which can create miscommunication and anger.  Caregivers need a balance in recognizing children for their abilities, but also setting clear expectations for the child’s behavior. Caregivers will learn what these parenting styles are and how they can modify their own individual style to better fit various child and parent interactions.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
SCHOOL IS OVER: NOW WHAT?
Facilitator:  Dan Crain
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Academic issues for foster children are frequently problematic since they are always moving and falling behind in credits.  And to add to that, when their school year ends, what will their academic ability look like when they start school in the fall?  Being away from school for the long summer may add to their 'not liking' school, poor academic performance and a general mistrust of anything academic.  In this class resource parents discuss methods for helping foster children 'keep up' academically during the summer, prepare them better for returning to school in the fall and assist them in developing a lifelong love of learning.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
LET’S LEARN TO TALK ABOUT SEX
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
Parent Education Center (across the street from the college) 1010 Grant Ave.
Why is it difficult for us to have a healthy conversation about sex with our kids or teens?  Why do we get what Jan Hindman calls “purple feelings?”  Come to class to learn how to have these important age-appropriate conversations.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
PARENTING OVER 60 AND STILL KICKING!                                                                             
Facilitator:  Wanda Cooper
Westside Kinship Support Services, 224 E. 16th St., San Bernardino, 92404
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. We will discuss lifestyle changes such as you work, life finances, routine shifts, decline in social activities, and dreams that disappear. Participants will learn how to effectively approach life changes and the feelings that accompany them. They will also be provided techniques on how to protect their health and be active at any age.