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2024 Spring

Foster and Kinship Care Education Trainings  

 

Summer Office Hours

 MONDAY - THURSDAY  8:00 am - 5:30 pm

FRIDAY CLOSED

Please note that our office will be closed July 29-August 5, 2024. To register for classes during this time, please email Lucy Razo at mrazo@valleycollege.edu.
                                                                    
       

Registration for trainings!

Please call 909-384-4457 or email fkce@valleycollege.edu 

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 trainings online, with a few in-person classes, to resource parents and kinship caregivers 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 hae 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 fkce@valleycollege.edu  confirmation will be sent to emails when done in a timely manner, weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please only register for two (2) trainings at a time.
  • Participants will be required to complete a registration form online, unless you have taken trainings 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 by the Senior Student Services Technician.
  • Participants not physically involved in the training 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.
  • Thanks for your patience during this challenging time.

Lucy Razo, FKCE Instructional Specialist

For general information regarding trainings, please call (909) 384-4457. All of the trainings 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 Special Care Increment 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 
Sumreen Chattha at sumreen.chattha@hss.sbcounty.gov

PLEASE CALL 909-384-4457 TO REGISTER FOR TRAININGS OR EMAIL fkce@valleycollege.edu 

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:
San Bernardino Valley College - ADSS 202
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA  92410
909-384-4457                                          

 CLASES VIRTUALES EN ESPAÑOL       

 

LUNES, 12 DE AGOSTO, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EXPLOTACION SEXUAL COMERCIAL DE NINOS Y JOVENES

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Explora la explotación sexual comercial de niños y cómo los padres de crianza pueden reconocer que un niño está siendo explotado sexualmente.

 

SABADO, 17 DE AGOSTO, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CSEC: EXPLOTACION SEXUAL Y COMERCIAL DE NIÑOS

ENTRENADOR: JORGE RAZO

En esta clase los padres de crianza recibirán una orientación para identificar la explotación sexual y comercial de niños, los componentes básicos del tráfico de humanos, vocabulario usado en el tráfico de humanos, factores sociales que lo influencian, así como factores de riesgo. Los cuidadores aprenderán podrán identificar indicadores físicos y de conducta e identificar recursos y servicios para víctimas de la explotación sexual y comercial de niños.

 

LUNES, 19 DE AGOSTO, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

COMO MANEJAR LOS COMPORTAMIENTOS

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase discutirá los comportamientos problemáticos de los niños que se ven comúnmente en el hogar, por qué deben cuidarse y proporcionará algunas técnicas para responder de manera afectuosa y efectiva.

 

MARTES, 20 DE AGOSTO, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN 

ENTRENADORA: LUCY RAZO

EN PERSONA: WESTEND KINSHIP

224 E 16th St, San Bernardino, CA 92404

CSEC se refiere a una variedad de delitos y actividades que involucran el abuso o la explotación sexual de un niño para el beneficio financiero de cualquier persona o a cambio de algo de valor (incluidos beneficios monetarios y no monetarios) dado o recibido por cualquier persona. Ejemplos de delitos y actos que constituyen.

 

LUNES, 26 DE AGOSTO, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TRATAMIENTO Y ABUSO DE SUSTANCIAS EN ADOLESCENTS

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Explora el abuso de sustancias entre adolescentes, incluidos los síntomas del uso, los impactos físicos, cognitivos y sociales del uso y cómo los padres de crianza pueden responder ante un niño que abusa de sustancias.

 

SABADO, 31 DE AGOSTO, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

UNDERSTANDING THE FEDERAL INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT (25 U.S.C. SEC. 1901 ET. SEQ.)

ENTRENADORA: LUCY RAZO

Como podemos garantizar la igualdad de protección para los niños nativos americanos. ¿Qué es la Ley de Bienestar Infantil Indígena? ICWA es una ley complicada con muchos problemas constitucionales. Los participantes aprenden la ley por las tribus y por los niños indígenas y sus familias. Explicaremos la Sección 9 en un resume y como pedir ayuda con el Departamento de Familia y Niños.

 

JUEVES, 5 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

TRANSFORMANDO SUEÑOS EN TÍTULOS EDUCACIÓN CURSO 1

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Este curso capacitará a los cuidadores, incluidas las familias de apoyo, para discutir el valor de la educación superior con los jóvenes bajo su cuidado y brindar ideas sobre cómo pueden desempeñar un papel activo en el apoyo a estos jóvenes para que lleguen a la universidad.

 

LUNES, 9 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DISCIPLINA TIEMPO CONSTRUYENDO 

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase describe la crianza positiva y sus beneficios a largo plazo para los niños. También incluye una descripción general y los beneficios de las habilidades parentales positivas, como el elogio, la reflexión y la imitación, además de establecer límites.

 

SABADO, 14 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CONVIRTIENDO LOS SUEÑOS EN GRADOS: “CURSO DE EDUCACIÓN 1 

ENTRENADOR: JORGE RAZO

Apoyar a los jóvenes de acogida a través de la concientización y preparación para la universidad

Este curso está diseñado para cuidadores con jóvenes de 6º a 10º grado. Este curso capacitará a los cuidadores para discutir el valor de la educación superior con sus jóvenes y proporcionarles ideas sobre cómo pueden desempeñar un papel activo en el apoyo de sus jóvenes a la universidad. Los cuidadores aprenderán la importancia de la exploración universitaria temprana, la preparación y los pasos clave que pueden tomar para ayudar a los jóvenes a convertir sus sueños en títulos.

 

LUNES, 16 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TRANSFORMANDO SUEÑOS EN TÍTULOS EDUCACIÓN CURSO 2

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Este curso ayudará a los cuidadores, incluidas las familias de apoyo, a comprender cómo apoyar a los jóvenes bajo su cuidado para que realicen una transición sin problemas de la escuela secundaria a la universidad.

 

MARTES, 17 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

¿QUÉ ES UN PROGRAMA DE EDUCACIÓN INDIVIDUALIZADO (IEP)?

ENTRENADORA: LUCY RAZO

EN PERSONA: WESTEND KINSHIP

224 E 16th St, San Bernardino, CA 92404

¿Qué es un Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP)? El IEP es el documento que responsabiliza a la escuela de enseñarle a su hijo. Un plan (o programa) de educación individualizado también se conoce como IEP. Este es un plan o programa que describe las necesidades individuales de aprendizaje de un niño con una discapacidad identificada que asiste a una institución educativa primaria o secundaria. Hace que las escuelas sean responsables de enseñar a su hijo. El proceso y los diversos documentos pueden resultar difíciles de comprender. ¿Tiene un hijo en un IEP y se siente perdido?

 

JUEVES, 19 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

BIENESTAR SEXUAL Y REPRODUCTIVO PARA JÓVENES EN CUIDADO DE CRIANZA (SB 89)/ SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE WELLNESS FOR YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE (SB 89)

ENTRENADORA: LUCY RAZO

EN PERSONA: WESTEND KINSHIP

918 N. Euclid  Ontario,CA 91762

Los cuidadores aprenderán los derechos de los jóvenes y adultos jóvenes en cuidado de crianza a la atención e información de salud sexual y reproductiva, a la confidencialidad de la información confidencial de salud y al estándar razonable y prudente de los padres. También aprenderán cómo participar y hablar con jóvenes y adultos jóvenes sobre el desarrollo sexual saludable y la salud reproductiva y sexual.

 

LUNES, 23 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

COMPRENDER Y AYUDAR A LOS NIÑOS LGBTQ+ EN HOGARES DE ACOGIDA 

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase explora problemas que afectan a los niños y jóvenes LGBTQ+ y cómo los padres de crianza pueden responder con el apoyo adecuado.

 

SABADO, 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

AB-12 APOYAR A LOS NIÑOS Y DEPENDIENTES NO MENORES EN LA ESCUELA 

ENTRENADORA: LUCY RAZO

Proporciona orientación con respecto a las políticas y procedimientos para un adulto joven que busca reingresar al cuidado de crianza extendido como un dependiente no menor porque su. Los participantes sabrán qué es menor dependiente? Con quién conectarse con el menor para obtener apoyo. Cuáles son los beneficios del menor dependiente. En California

 

LUNES, 30 DE SEPTIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

MANEJO EL ENOJO 

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase ayuda a los padres de crianza a comprender la ira y sus causas y cómo ayudar a sus hijos a controlarla, así como a reconocer cuándo un niño podría necesitar ayuda profesional.

 

LUNES, 7 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VIOLENCIA DOMESTICA Y LOS NIÑOS 

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase ayuda a los padres de crianza a apoyar a los niños que han sido testigos o han sido afectados por la violencia doméstica.

 

SABADO, 12 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

QUE ES INTIMIDA EN LAS ESCUELAS?

ENTRENADOR: JORGE RAZO

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.

 

LUNES, 14 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

MANEJO DE MEDICAMENTOS PSICOTRÓPICOS

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

En esta clase, hablaremos sobre las clases de medicamentos psicotrópicos, qué tratan y los efectos secundarios que se deben tener en cuenta, así como qué deben hacer los padres de crianza para controlar estos medicamentos.

 

LUNES, 21 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EMANCIPACIÓN Y VIDA INDEPENDIENTE 

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase explora las necesidades de emancipar a los jóvenes de crianza y las formas en que los padres de crianza pueden ayudar a preparar a sus hijos para la vida después del cuidado de crianza.

 

SABADO, 26 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EMANCIPACIÓN Y VIDA INDEPENDIENTE 

ENTRENADORA: LUCY RAZO

El Autismo (ASD)  impacta al desarrolo normal del cerebro en areas relacionadas con la interaccion de como el nino socializa con la jente y como se comonica a diario.  Entre los ninos y adults el autism tipicamente tienen diferente deficienceas  en como se comunican verbalmente. Como los cambios de ninos pueden producirle,cireta ansiedad.

 

LUNES, 28 DE OCTUBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CRIANZA RAZONABLE Y PRUDENTE

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase proporcionará información sobre la aplicación del estándar de padres razonables y prudentes. La clase revisará las políticas y procedimientos que los padres de crianza deben seguir al tomar decisiones para brindarles a niños y jóvenes experiencias normativas, manteniendo al mismo tiempo su salud, seguridad y sus mejores intereses.

 

LUNES, 4 DE NOVIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CÓMO AYUDAR A LOS NIÑOS Y ADOLESCENTES A LIDIAR CON LA ANSIEDAD SOCIAL 

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase analiza la ansiedad social (fobia social), incluidos los signos y síntomas, las causas, las intervenciones terapéuticas y médicas, y lo que los padres de crianza pueden hacer para apoyar a los niños que sufren de ansiedad social.

 

JUEVES, 14 DE NOVIEMBRE, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

ADICCION A LA MARIHUANA

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase explora el uso de la marihuana entre niños y jóvenes, su efecto en el desarrollo y cómo los padres de crianza pueden comunicarles a sus hijos sobre el consumo de marihuana.

 

SABADO, 16 DE NOVIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CURSO DE EDUCACIÓN 2: APOYAR TRANSICIONES EXITOSAS DE LA ESCUELA SECUNDARIA A LA UNIVERSIDAD

ENTRENADOR: JORGE RAZO

Este curso está diseñado para cuidadores con jóvenes de 11 ° a 12 ° grado o recién graduados de secundaria. Este curso ayudará a los cuidadores a comprender cómo apoyar a sus jóvenes para que hagan una transición sin problemas de la escuela secundaria a la universidad.

 

LUNES, 18 DE NOVIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ATENCIÓN INFORMADA SOBRE EL TRAUMA 

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase explora cómo los padres de crianza pueden cuidar a un niño y al mismo tiempo ser sensibles a sus experiencias traumáticas pasadas.

 

LUNES, 25 DE NOVIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

NIÑOS MÉDICAMENTE FRÁGILES

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase está diseñada para brindar información sobre cómo ayudar a los padres de crianza a manejar, reconocer y comprender las condiciones crónicas y las necesidades especiales de los niños médicamente frágiles.

 

LUNES, 2 DE DICIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CUANDO EL NINO ACTUA DE MANERA AGRESIVA

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

En esta clase discutiremos sobre niños social y físicamente agresivos, las causas del comportamiento agresivo y cómo ayudar de manera apropiada y efectiva a los niños a controlar su agresión.

 

LUNES, 9 DE DICIEMBRE, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SÍNDROME DE ALCOHOLISMO FETAL

ENTRENADORA: LEILA MONTIEL

Esta clase explora los efectos de la exposición fetal al alcohol en los niños, los signos y síntomas de la exposición y cómo los padres de crianza pueden ayudar a los niños que estuvieron expuestos al alcohol prenatalmente.

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CLASSES IN ENGLISH ON ZOOM UNLESS MARKED OTHERWISE

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 9:00AM – 12:00PM   

ASSESSING OUR STRENGTHS AND OUR LIMITATIONS

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

The beginning of the new training semester is a “perfect” time to assess our strengths and limitations about parenting. How well do we handle verbal abuse, defiance, and four-letter words? How well do we see the little bits and pieces of improvement or do we miss them all together and focus only on their failures? Do we know how to love our foster kids? Do we need their respect and appreciation, and if so, is that a strength or a limitation on our part? Participants will create three goals for the new training semester and present real-life situations for hands-on application.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 9:00AM – 12:00PM 

THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

The relationship between a parent and a child is like no other, and yet, like other general nurturing relationships. The relationship is not characterized by control, nor is it permissive when creating a healthy structure. In some sense, the relationship is a one-way relationship where our return comes from watching them grow and blossom like a flower. In this training, we will learn the step-by-step process of creating this relationship. Participants will learn the primary ingredients in establishing a life-giving relationship that will literarily elicit new behavior and what stands in the way. 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

SOMETIMES MY MOMMY GETS ANGRY 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

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 several questions, such as “Why did my mom or dad this way?” “Will I get this illness?”

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

TRANSRACIAL PARENTING IN FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION  

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

This training will focus on how to help parents and children in transracial homes learn how to thrive in and celebrate their bicultural family; and for children to gain a strong sense of racial identity and cultural connections. All foster children, whether in a transracial placement or not, worry, “Will I be accepted in this home, even if I am from a different (“biological family?”)  Children in transracial homes also worry, “Will I be accepted even if I’m from a different Race?”  Are you doing enough to help the child in your home of a different race to feel a sense of belonging? Are you helping them to feel connected with his/her culture, and racial roots? How can you prepare them for impending racial discrimination? What can you do to make this happen?

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

BEING FIRM AND WARM AT THE SAME TIME

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Our calling is to create a powerful structure that makes it possible for our kids and ourselves come out of survival mode. It does not require that we be a drill instructor, but rather a parent who is willing to learn to create an effective and powerful structure in which we can all live, thrive, and do our very best. Participants will learn tools and skills for creating a structure that invites cooperation instead of non-compliance. 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES THAT ARE EASILY FORGOTTEN IN OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

The children we love and serve have developmental issues related to both their chronological and placement age. And just what do we mean by placement age? Well, day one in our home is kind of like birth and no matter where a child might be chronologically, coming to our home is like starting all over in many ways. We want to develop the skills to see the child’s needs in both their chronological and placement age. Our ultimate goal is to bring chronological and placement age into sync, and that just might be impossible! Participants will learn to identify developmental stages and their respective needs. 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

LIFE BY DESIGN: TEACHING YOUTH TO SET GOALS AND PRIORITIES 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Many children who are in foster placement have experienced living with parents who have substance abuse issues. These issues do not go away just because they have been removed from the home. These experiences are often very traumatic for the children as they have witnessed their parent’s substance abuse. How should this be discussed with the children?  Should it be discussed? How much information should we disclose about their parent’s substance abuse? How should this be done effectively?

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

WHAT TO EXPECT: YOUTH WHO TRANSITION FROM GROUP HOMES TO FFA’S 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

This training teaches caregivers key elements for developing a relationship with their youth.  Participants examine the process of this transition and learn techniques to ensure all necessary documents are in order. Participants will also identify common behaviors displayed by youth who transition from group homes to foster care and discuss how these behaviors impact transition.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

NOT TAKING THEIR BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDE PERSONALLY

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

If we take any part of their behavior or attitude personally, we are dead in the water and our only way forward is to become a kid ourselves. The challenge is to find that place deep inside where we know that we are the parent, and their attitude or behavior cannot shake that for a moment. It is from this place that we give off a kind of “vibe” that will literally elicit from our kids a respect and a desire to connect to us. Participants will learn simple tools for increasing both competence and confidence in responding to or ignoring provocative behavior. 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

SEEING OUR KIDS AS NORMAL

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Seeing our foster kids as normal as can be? YES! And then grasping that what we typically consider abnormal is more than likely wrapped up in survival issues, many of which may be buried in the emotional memory. Once we can recognize these survival behaviors, we can then provide them a life of living instead of surviving. Participants will learn what is normal behavior in terms of developmental age. Participants will also explore their personal triggers that result in seeing the kids’ behavior as not normal when it is normal. 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

THE WONDER OF BOYS 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Boys need to become strong, responsible, sensitive men. According to author Michael Gurian, boys are often encouraged to stifle boy’s natural propensities for competition and aggression. He offers effective and practical guidelines for channeling them. In this training, we will discuss what boys really need.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

WHAT IS IED?

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is the professional diagnosis given to people who have anger issues that directly impact their life, usually at home or at work. These discrete episodes of angry behavior may take many forms — aggressive behavior toward others or property, verbal assault, or physically assaulting another person. The episodes of anger must be grossly out of proportion to any provocation, and are not premeditated or caused by a specific trigger or stressor.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TURNING DREAMS INTO DEGREES 

TRAINER:  WANDALYN LANE

Foster children deserve and have the opportunity to attend college and graduate from college. I can be an advocate for my foster child. The participants will learn how to motivate their foster youth to attend college or higher education to be a productive citizen in society.  

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

GENUINE FATHERHOOD IS FAIR AND FIRM SIMULTANEOUSLY 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Children learn fathering from the man who was their own father and tend to father in the same way. This places foster children at a disadvantage since they learned negative fathering methods and received mixed messages of true fathering.  From their physical interactions with their kids to their verbal assaults, bio fathers create a difficult climate for kids.  These bio fathers taught abuse, intimidation, and conflict to these children. This training on fathering explores many facets of fathering including compassion, sensitivity, and firm but fair discipline.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

WHAT IS A FOSTER HOME COMPLAINT?

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Resource parents just must ensure the safety of the children in their homes. Children who have been separated from their parents due to mistreatment often have special needs. Resource parents sometimes experience increased scrutiny and may be more likely the target of allegations or complaints. In this training, we will explore what a complaint is, what an allegation is, and how to respond.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER IS 100% PREVENTABLE 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that covers a number of alcohol-related issues which are 100% preventable. One condition, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), taxes society since it occurs their whole life, devastating families by symptoms such as violent behavior, academic underperforming and impulsivity. This training examines identification, intervention, academic issues, and strategies for dealing with FAS children. An early assessment of this condition is taken by participants who become more aware of identifying factors for FAS children in their care.            

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

WHAT TO DO WITH A PROBLEM? HELPING CHILDREN WITH HANDLING PROBLEMS 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

What do you do with a problem?  Especially one that does not go away?  Do children worry about problems? Do they ignore them? Do they run and hide from them? In this training, we will look at ways to help children deal with their problems, develop the courage to face them, and how to look at problems as opportunities rather than devastations. We will also discuss the children’s book, “What to Do with A Problem” by Kobi Yamada.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

LEARNING TO BE AT HOME WITH THEIR TRAUMA, GRIEF, AND LOSS

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

We mistakenly think that listening to trauma is the job of a therapist. Why do we think that when we live with the child and his/her loss, grief, and trauma is twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week? They need to know that we are at home with all of that. That at homeness in itself is healing. And yes, in order to be at home with their trauma, we need to address our own. Participants will learn to recognize grief issues that underlie attitude or behavioral issues. 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

SEEING OUR KIDS AS NORMAL

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

In the healing professions, we tend to eliminate this most powerful and most healing experience between human beings, LOVE! If we decide to include love in our healer’s “bag,” what will it look like and how does it interact with other “medicines”? Participants will explore their understanding of what love is and how it may or may not apply to foster care. Participants will also explore any fears they may have about loving their foster kids. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

HOW TO CREATE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN BY USING THE 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Kids who experience beatings, domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse, are treated like they do not matter, and are sexually exploited. They can find themselves uncertain about their futures. This pattern of uncertainty unfortunately continues into foster placement. These children are very much in need of 'resilience building' assisted by their resource parents. The SEARCH Institutes 40 Developmental Assets is the key! This training reviews and discusses these assets with resource parents to help care givers assist these children in their care into becoming healthier and functioning people who can make contributions to society.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

THE TRUTH ABOUT BEDWETTING           

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Bedwetting is typically seen more as a social disturbance than a medical disease. It creates embarrassment and anxiety in the child and sometimes conflict with parents. The single most important thing that parents can do is to be supportive and reassuring rather than blaming and punishing.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A SEXUAL PERSON?

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Yes, that gets our attention, and understanding just what it means to be a sexual being with corresponding human needs will take us above and beyond any swarm of internal conflicts regarding gender and orientation. This training will discuss best practices in serving our LGBTQ kids while ironically learning that our job is really no different in serving all of our children with respect to their sexuality, which their orientation and gender is a relatively minor part. “It” doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it. Participants will learn to distinguish between orientation and gender issues and sexuality. 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

THINKING PARENTING APPROACH: CHILDREN AND TRAUMA ISSUES 

TRAINER:  WANDALYN LANE

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________________ misbehavior. I just want my child to listen to me all the time. Participants will learn and practice techniques to help their child(ren) recover from trauma issues. Participants will also learn that because behavior has been learned through negative experiences, it can get unlearned with positive experiences.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ATTACHMENT PARENTING:  AN INTRODUCTION 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

When they are removed from their biological families and placed in foster care, abused, neglected, 'throwaway' children may not trust the people entrusted to care for them. They look at resource parents as just some other adults who may do them more harm since that has what they experienced with their bio families. These children are emotionally 'detached' from caregivers and are insecure in attachment with others. This training, the first of three, is an introduction to Attachment Parenting with information about this area for foster children and the family environments in which they live.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

UNDERSTANDING GENDER AND ORIENTATION

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

We may think that gender and orientation issues are relatively new, but they are as old as...? Well, at least us! I mean do you remember someone telling you when you were little what was lady-like and what was manly? And how do we come up with our notions about what is attractive and what isn’t? This training will discuss best practices for raising children with LGBTQ needs. Participants will learn current information about the changes in utero that impact orientation and gender identification. Participants will also have an opportunity to share and explore their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs regarding sexual orientation and gender.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

HEALING EMOTIONAL WOUNDS  

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Emotional wounds are often much more damaging and long lasting than physical wounds. Emotional wounds are one of the most common reasons that healing from traumas is so difficult and hinder the process from one ’s ability to move forward.  As caregivers, social workers, mental health therapists, it is an absolute necessity that you learn about emotional wounds and how to bring the person to the point where they can receive inner healing.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CHILDREN ARE GREATLY IMPACTED BY ALCOHOLISM 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Alcoholism brings major trauma to many families, and foster children often see this in theirs since it promotes physical abuse and domestic violence. Caregivers themselves may have seen the damage alcohol can cause. This training 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. 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

ENCOURAGEMENT 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

This training will provide assistance to caregivers to help children learn composure techniques that will help children in regulating their own upsets and ways to teach them how to regulate their bodies when dealing with frustration.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

PARENTING THE BULLY

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

If we listen to ourselves rant about bullies, we might hear that part of ourselves that is a bully or a perpetual victim. Once we experience what it is to be powerful, we can then walk our kids through the process of being powerful and letting go of both the bully and the victim. Participants will explore family dynamics and the interaction between the different roles or players within the family constellation. Participants will also explore how the entire family plays into both the bully and the victim’s behavior. This training will discuss the tools to shift family dynamics for everyone in the family including themselves. 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ACTIVE PARENTING 

TRAINER:  WANDALYN LANE

No more sitting on the side lines; discover why raising World Class Kids are uniquely ski. Participants will practice and explore how to avoid communication blocks and putting active communication to work.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ATTACHMENT PARENTING II:  MEETING THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

As was discussed in the first Attachment training, children feel huge amounts of distrust and insecurity in their foster homes. Because of how they were treated in their families of origin, they have incredible emotional hurdles to overcome. The physical and emotional pain they experienced have 'numbed' them to true emotional bonding. Foster parents need to take every opportunity to help these kids gain in emotional trust and get over their emotional stumbling blocks. This second training in a three-part Attachment series helps parents in assisting these children by going over Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs where needs of safety, security, food and housing are discussed.  Only when these needs are met can these kids form healthy attachments with their new families.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

A POWERFUL PARENT IS BEYOND EITHER STRICT OR PERMISSIVE

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Many of us drive ourselves crazy reflecting on how we were parented, which affects our parenting and what we want to see more of in our kids. Participants will explore what it is that keeps us from being powerful, confident, and skilled. Participants will also learn to identify specific pieces of behaviors they want to see more of. 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

ADOLESCENTS & THE LAW 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

This training will supply information about basic principles of law in clear straight forward language. Participants will learn about due process of law, school rules, the law and truancy, assault and battery, shoplifting, alcohol/controlled substances and forgery. Caregivers will understand their children's rights when dealing with law enforcement and the court.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

BILL GATES AND ELON MUSK ARE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM - DO YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD IS ALSO? 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Children fascinated by objects that spin…who rarely talk, if ever, or talk in a mechanical manner…. hand flapping, flailing, or rocking…difficulty in communicating.... These are all characteristics of autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term that includes autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (both Bill Gate and Elon Musk have Asperger’s).   Frequently misunderstood, this issue is complex for all our society at large. Autistic children have minimal social skills, even when trying to communicate with close family members.  Early diagnosis is essential as is a willingness to use compassionate routine and structure. This training will discuss the aspects of this developmental disorder.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

ANOTHER FAMILY CHANGE? HELPING CHILDREN TO COPE WITH TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Sometimes families have major problems. This often means they need to change so children will be safe.  A child’s family may change from a birth family to a foster family or an adoptive family.  This change can be hard on children.  In this training, we will discuss ways to help children through this difficult change. We will look at ways to use simple words and illustrations to help children move from this traumatic pain to the promise of the future.  We will also discuss the Julie Nelson’s book, “Families Change…A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

LEARNING TO WORK WITH THOSE DYSFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORS THAT HAVE FAMILY ROOTS

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Is it unnerving to look at the dysfunctional patterns in our own life and then notice those same dysfunctional patterns in the families of our kids; some of them are related to us! This training will discuss the tools to free ourselves from and transform those dysfunctional patterns to provide a model of more functional directions for the kids we love and serve. Participants will have an opportunity to explore and talk about the dysfunctional patterns in their own families of origin. 

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ATTACHMENT PARENTING III:  HOW TO AVOID ARGUING WITH CHILDREN 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

In fostering healthy attachment, caregivers need to have an understanding of the reasons children behave the way they do and that their child’s experiences were hurtful, frightening, and overwhelming. Children act out negatively and inappropriately because of these feelings which keeps the caregiver at a distance. They also cause disputes and disagreements over many issues and want to ARGUE ALL THE TIME! The key here is to not become entangled in the argument and calmly state the commitment to the child. In addition, the dispute can be avoided entirely by using some key words and phrases which brings any argument to a halt! This last training in the Attachment three-part series teaches how to negate conflict and arguments.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

OUR VOICE IS ONE OF OUR MOST POWERFUL TOOLS

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

EVERYTHING is in our voice. When we don’t speak up in meetings, when we do not challenge social workers, teachers, doctors and therapists, and only raise our voice with our kids, this demonstrates how powerless we experience ourselves. This training will discuss the tools to turn on our voice so our voice can represent who we really are with all of our wisdom, insight, knowledge, expertise, and experience. AND POWER! Participants will explore how and when they use or do not use their voice. Participants will also explore the connection between the use of their voice and their ability to stand on their own two feet with both adults and kids. This training will discuss tools to claim or reclaim their voice. 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

BULLY B.E.A.N.S. (BULLIES EVERYWHERE ARE NOW STOPPED)

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

In this training, we will discuss bullying. The latest story from hit author, Julia Cook, Bully B.E.A.N.S. is a fun story that teaches people of all ages to become proactive when it comes to bullying. We will discuss how this bookend can help children and adults understand why bullying happens and what they can do to stop it. Finally, a bullying book that speaks to the bystander!

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

THE 5 B’S OF BEDTIME 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

The bedtime routine is absolutely essential for assisting children in their resource home, especially for younger kids.  The 5 B’s consist of taking a bath, brushing their teeth, reading a B-book, praying (something Biblical if appropriate), and being honest.  Bathing teaches healthy hygiene, brushing their teeth teaches good dental care, reading books teaches lifelong learning, praying assists in growing a self-spirituality, and being honest grows healthy self-esteem. The bedtime routine contains valuable teaching methods for caregivers. This training reinforces these values as the bedtime routine is discussed.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

EATING DISORDERS: DYING TO BE THIN 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

What drives people into body obsession? Is it just women and girls? Is hereditary? This training focuses on learning how the leading eating disorders are making drastic advances in the treatment of eating disorders. We will also discuss the impact that eating disorders have in the lives of children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

MAKING SENSE OF LOSS

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Our own lives and the lives of the kids we love and serve are naturally filled to the brim with loss, many losses and each demanding and deserving grieving. Typically, a missing puzzle piece in loss is the sense of it. Often, there is no sense other than loss is a guaranteed part of our life experience. It is essential that we have some “expertise” in grieving loss and attempting to make that sense of loss. Otherwise, we will leave the kids we serve in a state of “limbo”, or worse, a

state of depression and anger, and they may stay stuck there indefinitely. This training will discuss what to do when there is seemingly no sense to a loss. Participants will explore the variety of losses that life presents both to themselves and to their kids and tools for grieving. 

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

STRATEGIES FOR WELCOMING CHILDREN INTO A NEW HOME 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

When foster children go to a new home, they carry a great deal of worry. Some may show fear, anger, manipulation and isolation. Resource parents are hard-pressed to determine how to deal with these behaviors.  What’s best to understand is that children have not yet developed a trusting relationship with their new family. This training looks at ways care givers can grow a healthy bond with children so these kids can better assimilate into their new surroundings.  Kids can then begin to experience a healthy attachment which benefits child, caregiver and the entire family.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

THE URGE TO WIN IS A WARNING LIGHT

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

In our relationship with our kids, and the key word is relationship, we never have to win when there is conflict. We seem to forget that if our focus is winning, we leave our kids losers. We forget that they struggle internally with that sense of being losers. The alternative to being a winning drill instructor is to be a strong and powerful parent, and not having to prove it when challenged. Participants will explore and share that instinct inside of us that wants to win and hates to lose. Participants will also assess the outcome and value of kids losing in their conflicts with us. 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

LYING, CHEATING, STEALING, AND HOARDING FOOD 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

A child’s history often gives us a better understanding of the child and her/his behaviors.  A certain degree of these behaviors is normal especially in the early years. These behaviors become very problematic when they are excessive and not address.         

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DOES THE SYSTEM OF CARE ACCOMPLISH WHAT IT SAYS IT WILL ACCOMPLISH? 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Many social service, educational, legal, public health and behavioral intervention agencies deal with assisting foster care, adopted, kinship care, and group home children and their families.  Social workers, teachers, therapists, lawyers, 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 their 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 training explores how all these entities make up the 'system of care.'

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

THE COLORS OF GRIEF. UNDERSTANDING CHILD’S JOURNEY THROUGH LOSS FROM BIRTH TO ADULTHOOD 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

In this training, we will discuss “The Colors of Grief” by Janis A. Di Ciacco, PhD.  We will explore strategies for supporting a grieving child to ensure a healthy passage into adulthood.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

INTEGRATING OUR THINKING BRAIN AND OUR EMOTIONAL BRAIN 

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Many of the kids’ emotions that they generously share with us are old emotions, and they don’t even know it. The emotions are implicit memories locked out of consciousness in their amygdala. With this in mind, we can learn to respond to these emotions in a non-personal way and teach them to integrate them so they no longer dangle like lose threads and drive everyone crazy. There are also important needs behind those emotions, which, if met, can also make a HUGE difference. And EVERYTHING we learn about their emotions applies to US as well! Participants will look at how our brain processes our experience emotionally. Participants will also learn simple tools for working with both their own emotions and the kids’ emotions. 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 

TRAINER:  WANDALYN LANE

Today, discipline is not easy, but we need to know to discipline children. I have tried many things that I learned from my parents, but it is not working. I want my child to have respectful behavior toward others and I don’t want to spank my child when he/she misbehaves. Participant will explore how their parents discipline, how discipline has evolved, and discover the creative ways to discipline in theses modern times. Participant will use the Modern Self-Discipline recipe to motivate acceptable behavior and eliminate unacceptable behavior.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

AN INTRODUCTION TO POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Jane Nelson developed a method for disciplining children which encourages positive behavior without punishing, ridiculing and scolding.  Called Positive Discipline, her entire approach enlists children as being a part of problem-solving, being trustworthy, accepting responsibility and growing in maturity. This first training of three introduces participants to teaching healthy child-parent interaction and decreases ineffective parenting styles. Any parents interested in gaining new and successful techniques in working with children are encouraged to attend this training.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

RESPONDING POWERFULLY TO THEIR VERBAL ABUSE

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

We don’t like to admit it, but we take their verbal abuse personally because it hurts and often times, rings true especially when we have stood on our heads to try to make their life so much better. This training will discuss how to shift gears and do something else with the hurt to stop reacting to their verbal above, and instead, respond in simple and powerful ways. This will bring about a shift in them, and the verbal abuse will begin to disappear. Participants will use The Four Agreements to develop new skills to decrease or perhaps end this ingrained habit of ours of taking so many things so personally. 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

SELF INJURIOUS BEHAVIORS 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

Children often exhibit self-harming behaviors inflicting pain and injury to their bodies. Many of these actions are deadly. Participants will learn why children hurt themselves and what they can do to help.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 2:  AN 'EVEN KEEL' APPROACH 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Children who've experienced severe neglect or physical abuse have grown into rebellious, vengeful children with rage. All parents have different parenting styles such as authoritarian, permissive and democratic, as discussed in Dr, Jane Nelson's Positive Discipline parenting approach. This second Positive Discipline training discusses how parents invite different feelings from children depending on how they come across with them and the importance of having an 'even keel' or democratic approach.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

PREVENTING TEEN PREGNANCIES 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

“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.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

LET’S LEARN TO WORK WITH THEIR ANGER

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

We might be thinking that the last thing we want to do is deal with is anyone’s anger, especially kids! How about just making it disappear? However, anger is a very important energy in our lives, and unless we know what to do with it, it will just hang around and become rage. This training will discuss how to put anger to work for us. Participants will learn to use the energy from anger to stand up for themselves. Participants will also learn to shape their kids’ anger and rage and support them using it constructively rather than burying it. 

            

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

UNDERSTANDING MISS BEHAVIOR 

TRAINER:  WANDALYN LANE

I am not sure why I was not given this information regarding the behaviors of the children in my home. The children in my home are behaving in ways I do not understand; I needed to get more information about their behavior. Participants will learn the importance of not getting in a power struggle and the anatomy of a power struggle with children, the parent-child cycle, and how to use anger in a positive manner.  

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE 3: FAMILY MEETINGS 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

In the first two trainings on Positive Discipline from Dr. Jane Nelson, attendees discussed the basic tenets of Positive Discipline and how important routines are for kids. This training shows that doing chores, meal planning, appropriate dress and curfew are just a few of the topics family members can discuss among themselves at Family Meetings.  This last training covers a very powerful tool families can introduce to teach communication skills, responsibility, decision making and healthy family interaction. In the Positive Discipline 'tool kit', Family Meetings are considered the best strategy in bringing families closer.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

PARENTING THE KNOW- IT-ALL KID

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Our goal in loving know-it-all kids is to entice them into spending more time trying to figure us out than we spend trying to change that know-it-all attitude! This training will discuss all the “chess moves,” and they will no longer entrap us into dealing with their specific attitude and behaviors. It will be okay with us that they know-it-all because we know they don’t. Or maybe that is the problem. We don’t know that! Participants will learn simple but powerful interactive skills to avoid conflict yet engage. Participants will also learn simple conversational skills which will result in the kids spending all their time trying to figure us out.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

THE FAMILY MEAL: MORE THAN JUST NUTRITION!          

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

Many foster children may have fast food as a common meal in their diet. Their bio family, due to substance abuse or neglect, or other reasons, may have only given them fast food, noodles and cereal.  And if they've been homeless, they have been even MORE nutritionally deprived and show severe food insecurity issues. They may not know healthy food options, shopping, preparation, utensil usage, or even socializing with their family over a meal. This training addresses these issues so resource parents can teach these children effective ways to eat together and socialize as a family.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

HOW TO WORK WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE WITHIN THE SYSTEM

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

It is important that we see ourselves as intelligent and capable because we are. And when another person within the system begins to give us directions that appear off-base, it is important for us to begin consulting with someone instead of just going along without questioning. The challenge is how to do this without coming across as difficult ourselves. This training will discuss how to do just that from both the training material as well as from other foster parents’ experience. Participants will learn to trust their observations and confront when necessary behavior that is off base. Participants will also learn powerful scripts to employ when confronting other adults in the system. 

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CHILDREN WHO RUN AWAY FACE GREAT DANGER 

TRAINER:  DAN CRAIN

California is experiencing a serious problem with children who run away from home or placement.  When these children leave their homes or placement, often it is because of the challenges they face as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) youth. In addition, they may have been sexually abused. As runaways, they may 'hook up' with other runaway teens or with total strangers who exploit them sexually, called 'survival sex.'  They may also engage in other risky behaviors such as substance abuse, alcohol abuse or prostitution. This training explores all the dangers these youth face and how parents need to be informed in working with children who run away from their homes.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

LEARNING TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DYING

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

At some point in our existence, we ALL leave this earth.  This topic is a good area of our own life to look at, explore, and attempt to neutralize our fear of death. We can then pass this on to the kids we love. We need to stop protecting ourselves and them from this reality. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their thoughts and emotions about death, and why they feel or don’t feel comfortable discussing this topic with kids. Participants will also learn simple scripts for this topic with kids. 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

UNDERSTANDING SUICIDAL BEHAVIORS 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

This training 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 training will also identify the elements for assessing suicide.                    

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA…THE MOTHER’S ROLE IN THE FOSTER CHILD’S LIFE 

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

This training focuses on the role of a mother in a foster child’s life. We will define what a mother is and her importance in a child’s life.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

THE IMPORTANCE AND VALUE OF ATTACHMENT OBJECTS

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

An “attachment object” is just a fancy term for binkies and stuffed animals and similar objects. We will also question holding on to ours but insisting that the kids we love let go of theirs. Participants will explore the attachment process and look at this process in their own lives as well as in the lives of the children in their care. Participants will also learn the purpose and importance of attachment objects both in the lives of children as well as in the lives of adults. 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

LEARNING EVERYTHING, WE CAN ABOUT THEIR BRAIN AND OURS

TRAINER:  VERN BRADLEY

Most of us do not have a clear understanding of the difference between our thinking and our feelings. This is the first step. We can then learn about all five parts of our brain and how they can work together to give us sound thinking and healthy processing of our emotions. Mixed in with all of that, we can learn about our survival brain, how it works and how it doesn’t. Participants will learn how the brain works and how to manage the conversation between the thinking brain and the emotional brain, and the role of the survival brain. Participants will also learn to identify their own inability to use their thinking brain to make good decisions. 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

BUT I THOUGHT THERAPY WAS FOR CRAZY FOLKS!

TRAINER:  WANDA COOPER

There are many stigmas associated with mental health therapy. What is mental health therapy? Does It actually work? How do you develop and maintain a good healthy relationship with your child’s therapist? It is important to help children to feel comfortable about therapy. In this training, we will discuss how therapy can be used to help discuss the underlying issues that impact the behaviors of children.