COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS
FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM
FREE WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
FOR ALL FOSTER/RELATIVE CAREGIVERS, PARENTS/GUARDIANS,
 AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARENTING ISSUES
ALL CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR B, D, OR F RATE RENEWAL
 

April-June 2017
 
 
May 2017
 
Building a Resilient Child
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This workshop focuses on the modern child, and why in today’s society there are so many children who lack resiliency. Parents will learn why self-esteem is impacted in today’s child, and how to increase self-esteem by teaching resiliency.  
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Chris Jones – Dynamic Intervention
 
Summer Safety
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
75% of kids ages 4 & up ride bikes regularly. Apart from the automobile, bikes are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product. 90% of kids don’t wear helmets properly, leaving them vulnerable to brain damage in a fall. Drownings are the leading cause of injury and death for children ages 1 to 4. But all of these are preventable. Caregivers will learn how to make these and many other summer activities much safer. Erin will cover how to teach kids the rules of the road, when your child should be riding on a sidewalk vs. the street and what and how to teach them to look for potential dangers. Bring your child(ren)’s bike helmet(s) to learn how to properly fit them to maximize protection during a fall.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Erin Royer-Asrilant

 

 
June 2017
 
Understanding AB12
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided 
AB12 allows foster youth to keep their cases open until the age of 21. With this right comes responsibility. We will review eligibility requirements, housing options and other resources to prepare youth for independence.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Building, Room A*  
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Successful Transitions for AB12 Youth
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
1:00-5:00 p.m.
The shared living agreement is a tool to help prepare foster youth to transition to adulthood. We will present helpful strategies to increase success in the area for non-minor dependents.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Building, Room A* Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Ten Habits of Highly Successful Parents and Professionals
Friday, June 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided 
These ten habits are effective in not only forming healing connections with children, but in simultaneously taking better care of themselves, as well. This workshop is a wide-ranging smorgasbord of pertinent philosophies and therapeutic strategies with an emphasis on critical communication skills and self-awareness. It’s designed to be instantly practical in renewing the spirit of parents and professionals as they face the challenges of better serving their children.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton
 
Living Anxiety-Free in Anxious Times
Friday, June 9, 2017
12:30-3:30 p.m.  A light lunch will be provided 
We live in anxious and uncertain times.  Almost everyone is affected in some way or another.  As long as we hold the misperception the external “world” is causing our anxiety, there will be no escape from fear. This training is about how to internally inoculate yourself from external pressures, allowing parents and professionals to thrive even in the midst of anxious times.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton
 
The Healing Power of Empathy
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided 
Empathy helps youth heal yet, all too often, parents and professionals see them through a lens of sympathy. Sympathy, while well-intended, sees them as damaged, or at least more damaged than us. Thus, we can see their behaviors through pity or resentment.
This distorted lens of sympathy views youth as ‘aliens’, where their feelings, thoughts and actions are completely dissimilar to our own. But, are they really? This lively training is designed to help participants decrease sympathy and increase empathy. It will help them access the same feelings, thoughts and actions as their youth and demonstrate potent ways to talk with them from empathy.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton
 
How to Speak with Children About Difficult Things
Saturday, June 10, 2017
12:30-3:30 p.m.  A light lunch will be provided 
Learning to talk with children about the profound issues affecting their lives demands a high level of skill and empathy on the part of parents and professionals. Many of our children are confused and well-defended, pushing away all attempts to help. This training is designed to give participants not only a deeper understanding of resistance, but a way to thoughtfully meet and melt through it while approaching difficult subjects.
Location: Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton
 
Behavior - What is Your Child Telling You
Tuesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, 2017
9:30-11:30 a.m.
This workshop looks at what children are communicating by their behavior.  The participants will learn strategies and tools to help identify what the children may be communicating by their behavior and how we can create positive experiences that will support them. 
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Cindy Stephens
 
Four Goals of Misbehavior
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Children are not inherently "bad", they misbehave for a reason.  This workshop will explore why children misbehave, the losses associated with misbehavior and ways to correct the misbehavior.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed

CSEC Part 1: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness & Identification Training 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided 
This is an interactive training that will provide caregivers with awareness of the intersection of sex trafficking and children in the child welfare system.  It will uncover the psychological and family dynamics that drive the ongoing maltreatment and victimization of children by sex traffickers.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed

CSEC PART 2: Developing a Healthy Self-Concept in our Most Vulnerable Youth
Thursday, June 15, 2017
2:30-5:30 p.m. 
This workshop is a precursor to understanding sex trafficking and will increase knowledge of sexual development.  Caregivers will learn skills to effectively engage and communicate with youth to increase the perception of their self-concept and lessen the likelihood of sexual exploitation.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed

Puberty:  What is It?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
9:30-11:30 a.m.
We all experience puberty, but what is it really? This workshop will discuss typical transformations and how you can survive your child going through puberty. It will also include brain development and ways to build strengths in your child.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Understanding LGBTQ
Thursday, June 22, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided 
This workshop explores LGBTQ from the perspective of gender identity and expression, which has been a struggle for our children. Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but most people don’t.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Theresa Reed and Cindy Stephens
 
ABC’s of Healthy Relationships
Thursday, June 22, 2017
1:00-5:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided 
What are the keys to building healthy relationships? Through this workshop, participants will learn tenets such as the Four Agreements and the Five Love Languages as building blocks.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Understanding Loss and Getting Through the Grieving Process
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
We all suffer losses in our life. This workshop will discuss the various types of loss, the differences between grief and loss, the importance of completing the process of grieving, and how to recognize the signs and help our children recover.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
  
 
 

Note: Certificates will only be issued to Foster and Kinship Care Providers and will be mailed within 1 to 2 weeks after finishing the workshop

*Please note – all classes held on the College of the Canyons campus require a
parking pass. Passes will be emailed to registered participants. 

There is NO SMOKING in the vicinity of the Early Childhood Education Building.

  LOCATIONS

COC - University Center – Dianne Van Hook
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA  91355
 
COC Center for Early Childhood Education
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
 
Santa Clarita Activities Center
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350


 Low enrolled workshops are subject to cancellation.
Please register at least three days prior to class.
 
  
 
To register, please e-mail Mimi Leach at Mimi.Leach@canyons.edu
 
 
 
or register online
 
 
 


 
 
These workshops/classes are for adults only, as childcare is not provided 
  
 
These FREE workshops and class series are provided in
 
 collaboration with the City of Santa Clarita
 
  
 

 
 
 





 
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