COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS

              FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM

FREE WORKSHOPS – PROFESSIONAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

FOR ALL FOSTER AND RESOURCE FAMILIES, COLLEGE STUDENTS, PARENTS, 

EDUCATORS, AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARENTING CLASSES

CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR B, D, OR F RATE RENEWAL​


September-November 2018


September 2018​


D-Rate Preservice Training
Saturdays, September 22, 29 AND October 6 and 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Following reasonable and prudent parenting standards, this is the required pre-service training for caregivers who would like to work with children who have behavioral needs. It is mandated that you attend all 16 hours of training to earn your certificate. 
Location:  College of the Canyons, Room TBD
Instructor:  Gina Romo

An Ounce of Prevention...
Monday, September 24, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Workshop designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 4-12, all are welcome.
What does a parent need to know about personal safety for children? How should you teach your child proper safety skills without fear? When should you start? This workshop dispels the myths and clarifies the truths surrounding childhood sexual abuse and abduction. Learn who the predators are, what they really count on, and common tricks they use to lure children.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre
Instructor:  Rebecca Laff

Developing Positive Relationships with Birth Parents
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
This class helps Resource parents understand the importance of building and maintaining a positive relationship with birth parents. Participants will acquire knowledge that will assist with skill building while building a positive foundation for a support system which is open to the birth parents. Resource parents will also learn why a willingness to build and maintain a positive relationship is important to the child’s well-being.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor:  Bridgitte Green


College of the Canyons Resources for Students
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Do you know about all the resources that are available to students at College of the Canyons? Whether you are a current or future student, or a parent or guardian of a current or future student, come join in a discussion with representatives from various departments including the RISE Program, Financial Aid, TLC, and Student Services, as well as special guests from Fostering Youth Independence.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor: Panel Discussion

Overview of RFA
Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Effective January 1, 2017, the foster care system has begun a reformation. This reform also includes a new process for certifying families called the Resource Family Approval process. This workshop will discuss the legislation behind the change and the required training and assessments needed to be approved as a Resource Family.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Hasley Hall, Room 232
Instructor: Theresa Reed

Mindfulness
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Are you overwhelmed? You are not alone. Mindfulness is linked to more positive parent-child relationships. Join us in this workshop that will discuss the benefits of mindfulness and uncover strategies that will help you and your child reduce stress and improve emotional regulation.
Location: Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre
Instructor:  Lisa Prince

Goblins, Gobbles, and Garland: Preparing for a Stress-Free Holiday Season
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Holidays can be an amazingly fun time! Many of our experiences include treats, costumes, parties with family and friends, songs, and lively decorations. However, this time of year can also bring on anxiety, meltdowns, and sensory overload for many children. Join us as we offer tips and strategies for helping you and your child to have a calmer and more enjoyable holiday season.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton OTR/L, MS

Taking the GRRRR Out of Anger! Anger Management Techniques for Parents, Teens and Children
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This workshop includes 35 effective skills to help parents, teens, and children deal with feelings of frustration, stress and anger. Combines research-based information, sound advice, humor and lively demonstrations. Learn practical ideas to control your anger before it controls you.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre
Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Patton

Community of Care AKA Building a Village
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:30 p. m. - 8:30 p.m.
A child cannot have too many people in their life who offer love and support. Each child needs a Village or Community that will provide love and care for the child and their family. This class will offer positive ideas to seek out a community for your child and also a positive manner in which you may enter a child's life. Frequently, parents may feel replaced in their child’s life by a nanny, foster parent, or step parent. We will discuss measures that will encourage your involvement and acceptance as part of The Village.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor:  Bridgitte Green

Dealing with Tantrums
Monday, October 22, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Workshop designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5, all are welcome.
Learn how to effectively use positive discipline and limit setting to help your child begin to internalize “the rules” and learn self-control. We will discuss how consistency helps children feel safe and builds self-esteem, as well as how it reinforces discipline and limit setting. You’ll learn about developmentally appropriate expectations and think about your child’s temperament and your parenting style. Finally, we’ll talk about “fighting the battles worth winning” and how to handle temper tantrums. 
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre
Instructor:  Rebecca Laff

What’s all the Buzz Around Sensory Issues? A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Sensory Processing
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
All the information we receive about the world comes to us through our sensory systems, but what happens when our brain doesn’t understand this information? This workshop will provide information on the 7 sensory systems of the human body, what sensory processing is and how it can affect a child’s ability to function on a daily basis. We will discuss sensory overload, sensory sensitivity, and sensory avoidance, and how to identify each category through a child’s behavior.  Attendees will also learn various strategies to help support a child who is demonstrating difficulties with sensory processing.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre 
Instructors:  Emily Elam and Michelle Wintermute

F-Rate Preservice Training
Thursday, October 25 AND Friday, October 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided
Following reasonable and prudent parenting standards, this is the required 16-hour pre-service training needed to work with children who are medically fragile. It is mandated that you attend all 16 hours of training to earn your certificate.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor:  Geri Hernandez

November 2018

Self-Care for the Caregiver
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This workshop is centered on self-care, empathy management, and practical strategies for thriving. Learn numerous tools such as mindfulness meditation. Engage in an art-based activity which you can take with you to anchor your commitment to self-care. 
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A 
Instructor:  Nikita Gupta

Reactive Attachment Disorder
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Unfortunately, our children in foster care have been exposed to great traumas that affect their ability to trust and attach. This workshop provides a detailed look at how the neglect from early attachment has prolonged effects on our children resulting in manipulation, unhealthy relationships and even higher rates of suicide. We will also discuss strategies for helping our children heal from this severe disorder.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor: Theresa Reed

The Psychology of Domestic Violence and Abusive Relationships: Recognizing the Red Flags and Taking Steps Toward Healing
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Not all domestic violence is physical. Verbal and emotional abuse from an intimate partner can be just as destructive. This workshop includes how to spot signs of abuse, setting safe boundaries, and self-empowerment techniques for creating the secure, fulfilling life you deserve.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Patton

Understanding the RFA Process
Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
There are many questions regarding the reform of the foster care system that was instituted January 1, 2017. This workshop will discuss the legislation behind the change and the required training and assessments needed to be approved as a Resource Family. It will prepare caregivers for the changes and the conversion from state licensing to County certification.
Location: College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor: Theresa Reed

 RFA Written Directives

Friday, November 9, 2018

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Written Directives are replacing part of the Title 22 Regulations governing foster homes. This workshop will review details of the document, so caregivers are aware of the differences, so they are better prepared to care for our children.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor: Theresa Reed

Trauma and Discipline
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Disciplining a child who has been affected by trauma can be extremely difficult. This workshop will discuss the importance of using trauma-informed strategies to provide for basic needs before you can effect a change in behaviors.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 222
Instructor: Theresa Reed

Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction Techniques 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Living with chronic stress is both physically and psychologically debilitating.  While being a caregiver is an incredibly rewarding experience, it is also a role that can produce a considerable amount of stress.  In this workshop, learn how mindfulness meditation and other stress reduction techniques can help you manage the daily stressors common to the caregiving experience.
Location:  College of the Canyons - University Center, Room 325
Instructor:  Garrett Hooper

CSEC Part 1: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness & Identification Training 
Saturday, November 17, 2018
8:30 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, Room TBD
Instructor: Theresa Reed

CSEC PART 2: Developing a Healthy Self-Concept in our Most Vulnerable Youth
Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 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, Room TBD 
Instructor:  Theresa Reed

Nurturing Creativity-A Hands-on Approach to Learning Through Art
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This hands-on workshop will allow you to experience the many benefits of art & creativity in developing imagination, problem solving and reducing stress. Participants will actively explore the materials and engage in an artistic and creative process.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre 
Instructor:  Lisa Prince

Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers: Building Resiliency
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Everyone experiences daily stresses - personal and work responsibilities, parenting and family challenges, and more. Parents of children with special needs or those caring for aging parents, experience additional stresses like IEP meetings, paperwork, special health challenges and more. Whether you have people in your life who need special care or not, daily life can be demanding. Self-care is crucial to better quality of life and a stronger ability to care for others. Join us for a workshop that will give you tools for self-care and leave with a plan in place to set you on a path to accomplishing it.  
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre
Instructor:  Kathleen Secchi




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*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

 

College of the Canyons

Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center (UCEN) Lot 14, 13, or 15

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA  91355


College of the Canyons

Center for Early Childhood Education (ECED) Lot 12

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

 

​ Santa Clarita Sports Complex

     – The Centre

 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway

Santa Clarita, CA 91350

  

These workshops/classes are for adults only

Childcare is NOT provided

Note: Certificates will only be issued to  

Foster and Kinship Care Providers/Resource Families  

and will be mailed within 1 to 2 weeks following completion of workshop 

 

Arrivals after 15 minutes of class starting will NOT be 

issued a certificate. There will be no exceptions.

 

  

For more Foster and Kinship Care Classes:

LA Pierce College:

http://community.piercecollege.edu/fkce/Index.aspx 


OR

LA Mission College:

http://www.lamission.edu/fosterkinship/schedules.aspx


Please contact the agencies listed in the following flyers for specific information regarding licensing hours


                  


                     

           
 
 
 





 
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