2020 Summer/Fall Foster and Kinship Care Education Classes 




MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00am - 5:00pm

FRIDAY - 8:00am - 4:30pm

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 or 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 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 December, 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


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.
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.
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

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Tuesday, November 24, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
My Mouth Is A Volcano!
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Teaching children how to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting can be quite challenging. We will read and discuss the children’s book, “My Mouth Is a Volcano” by Carrie Hartmen. Participants will learn how to how to take an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and learn how to teach children a witty technique to help them manage their rambunctious thoughts and words.

Miércoles, 25 de Noviembre, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Como Mejorar La Auto Estima De Sus Hijos
Facilitador – Fernando Bolívar
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 la auto estima de sus hijos.

Tuesday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Taking Inventory
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
In twelve step work, we take a daily inventory of our strengths, our limitations, and the ways we choose to survive the situations we have no control over.  When it comes to parenting, a daily inventory can support us looking at what’s happening with our kids without judging either them or ourselves.  Self-evaluation, especially if we eliminate the judgement and the sentencing, is always good medicine, as well as insightful.    It also paves the way for us to be the best that we can be and to model the process for our kids.

Tuesday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Children and The Culture of Poverty
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Poverty occurs in all races. Who are the children of poverty? What is the Poverty Line? How does poverty impact children? What is the Poverty Wheel? What is the Poverty Cycle? In this class we will learn what poverty is, how it impacts children, and how to help those under your care escape poverty. Participants will learn the statistics regarding poverty and its impact on children.

Wednesday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Teaching Holiday Traditions
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Children who come from families of origin who were severely abused and neglected may not understand the traditions of Christmas such as putting up a tree, attaching stockings to the fireplace mantel, putting up other holiday decorations or even seeing Santa Claus at the shopping mall.  And, as research indicates, these holiday traditions, among others, create the “warmth” that is so important in families during this time of year.  And what about the traditions of Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and other cultures. In this class caregivers look at their own holiday family traditions that helped them bond with their own families in their youth and as parents now.  Then they explore how their own holiday routines can assist the children in their care who had none.  

Miércoles, 2 de Diciembre, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Como Corregir Y Entender La Conducta Inapropiada De Los Niños Y Las Metas De La Conducta Positiva
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
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, December 3, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Culture and Trauma
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Children and adolescents can differ dramatically in their level of sexual knowledge according to the family and culture into which they were born and raised. These factors must be considered when providing services to these families. These class focuses on learning those differences and the many aspects that may occur cross-culturally. Participants will learn how trauma and culture differs in children’s sexual education and knowledge.

Friday, December 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Healing Sexual Abuse
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
It is unfortunate that we see the process of healing sexual abuse as the “job” of a therapist when the child or teen lives in our home twenty-four seven.  That twenty-four-hour relationship that we create, and nurture qualifies us as the primary healer.  So, come to class to become more confident in our precious role.

Sábado, 5 de Diciembre, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
¿Cómo Celebran Las Diferentes Culturas La Temporada De Fiestas?
Facilitador: Jorge Razo
Es hora de descubrir las diferentes tradiciones festivales en todo el mundo. La investigación muestra que los niños que participan en rituales grupales se afilian más fuertemente con sus compañeros. Además, tener recuerdos más positivos de los rituales familiares parece estar asociado con interacciones más positivas con los propios hijos. Las tradiciones festivales toman muchas formas, dependiendo de dónde se encuentre en el mundo. Venga preparado para compartir algunas de sus tradiciones (por ejemplo, decoraciones, comida, canciones, bailes, etc.)

Saturday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thinking Parenting Approach: Children and Trauma Issues
Facilitator:  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 learn because behavior has been learned through negative experiences it can get unlearned with positive experiences.

Tuesday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sexual Orientation
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
We want to be able to give our teens in general our very best which includes our heart!  We also deserve both accurate information as well as training to address the issues of both sexuality and sexual orientation.  So, come to class to learn what we know scientifically about sexual orientation and how to raise our teenage children as they come to terms with whom they are as sexual people. 

Tuesday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Developing A Self-Control Plan
Facilitator: Wanda Cooper
Self-control or self-discipline is an important element of one’s personality. One who does not have a disciplined and controlled approach to life can never succeed in this world of heavy competition. Developing self-control requires parent understanding of the current psychological situation of the self. This class describes alternative skills for parents and youth to use in developing a self-control plan. Participants learn how to understand their youth with a self-control plan in place.

Wednesday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Children of Rage
Facilitator: Dan Crain
Children whose parents harm them physically, emotionally, sexually and through substance abuse are angry children.  Kids who have witnessed extensive domestic violence, homelessness, and severe neglect experience trauma which can approach that of our returning war veterans. These circumstances which children face from ignorant and often criminal families of origin can create a mindset which negates a positive outlook on life. This class focuses on extremely angry, or rageful, children due to how they have been treated.  Extreme acting out, severe aggression and hurting themselves or others are just some examples of how they may demonstrate their rage.  This class explores what caregivers can do to assist them in handling their anger and rage.

Miércoles, 9 de Diciembre, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Las Problemas Psicológicos Y Su Tratamiento
Facilitador: Fernando Bolívar
La clase se enfocará 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, December 10, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
What Is IED?
Facilitator: 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. In this class we will discuss Intermittent Explosive Disorder its symptoms, causes, risk factors, risk factors, and complications.

Friday, December 11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
I’m Happy Being A Grandparent
Facilitator:  Vern Bradley
So Why Has That Dream Of being a grandparent come crashing down to earth?  Many of us have convinced ourselves that we can’t be grandparent because now we are, in fact, parents to our grandkids.  Well, let’s rethink that and go back to what we looked forward to.  We are their grandparent(s).  So, come to class to learn how to hold on to our special role as grandparents.

Saturday, December 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trauma Informed Care and Attachment
Facilitator:  Eric Thornton
How can a parent facilitate attachment with a child who has suffered trauma?  Participants will be able to assist a child who has suffered trauma by helping them to make new meaning of their trauma history, and by helping them reduce overwhelming emotions.

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