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
 
January-March 2017
  
February 2017
 
Love & Logic
Tuesdays, February 21 and 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2017

6:30-8:30 p.m.

This six-week series provides simple and practical techniques to help providers with kids of all ages. Caregivers will learn how to raise responsible children, learn how to have more fun in their role as provider and how to easily and immediately change children's behavior.

Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center

Instructor:  Gina Romo

 

  March 2017

 

Prudent Parenting

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.

This workshop will give an overview of, SB 358 ~ which outlines the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standards. We will discuss how the law is implemented so caregivers can exercise judgment in providing for babysitting and extra-curricular activities for children in their care. The RPPS is designed to allow children to participate in activities that promote normalcy. 

Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 310*

Instructor:  Theresa Reed

 

Understanding Biases

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

6:30-8:30 p.m.

This workshop will give participants an inside look on attitudes and/or stereotypes that affect ones understanding, actions, and decisions as it relates to biases. The content will develop discussions on feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance. 

Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 310*

Instructor:  Theresa Reed

 

April-June 2017
 
April 2017
 
It’s Not Drama – It’s Trauma
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided
This workshop will cover trauma and how it relates to parenting the children that are placed in your care. Participants will receive a better understanding of the effects of trauma. The workshop will enable caregivers to acquire knowledge of the varying emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges and diagnoses of children in the foster care system. Parents and caregivers will achieve the skills to develop strategies for parenting a foster child and help them learn how to deal with the trauma that they have experienced in their development.
Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
CSEC Part 1: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness & Identification Training
Friday, April 21, 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, University Center, Room 206*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
CSEC PART 2: Developing a Healthy Self-Concept in our Most Vulnerable Youth
Friday, April 21, 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, University Center, Room 206*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Literacy in the Early Years
Monday, April 24, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Learning to read and write is critical for a child to succeed in school and in life. What can we do as parents and educators to support the development of language and literacy? At this workshop you will learn some practical strategies that support the development of language and literacy through play, one-on-one interactions, and hands-on activities. Yes, learning to read and write can be fun!
Location: Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Gina Peterson
 
Positive Parenting in the Modern Age
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Parenting is a tough job, but the most rewarding job on the planet. Unfortunately, parenting did not come with an instruction manual, so how do you handle those tough parenting moments? How often do you hear yourself parenting just like your parents did? This workshop will teach parents skills to manage the modern child by focusing on positive communication, positive behavior, positive outcomes, and what to do when you have run out of ideas.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Chris Jones - Dynamic Interventions
 
The Connection Between Parenting Styles and Children’s Behavior
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The way in which a child is parented has a direct effect on his/her adult outcomes. There has to be a balance between giving orders, giving choices, and giving in when raising children. This workshop will discuss varying strategies to identify the root of challenging behaviors.
Location: Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
 
 
May 2017
 
Anger Overload
Wednesdays, May 3, 10, and 17, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Handling children’s anger can be confusing, draining, and upsetting for parents. This three-session workshop will give you tools to teach your children to accept their feelings and manage their anger.
Location: Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Patton, Ph.D.
 
*******D-Rate Preservice Training***********
Saturdays, May 6 and May 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided
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, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Tammy Lanier
 
Kindergarten Readiness
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This workshop helps caregivers to understand how to determine if their child is ready for kindergarten. Special attention will be paid to both cognitive and social-emotional readiness.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Renee Marshall
 
Summer Learning Loss
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kids lose an average of 2 months of academic skills over the summer months! Learn lots of fun ways to engage your kids in learning math, science, reading and more over the summer months so they can return to school in the fall as smart as ever! Summer is also a great time work with kids whose skills need support to catch up to grade level as well as those reluctant readers. Lots of fun learning toys and gadgets will be demonstrated and available on hand to check out
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Erin Royer-Asrilant
 
Five Love Languages of Children
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Caregivers naturally give and receive love in different ways. This workshop will help make your child feel secure, loved, and more willing and open to interact with you and your family.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Ruby Solis
 
*******F-Rate Pre-Service Training*********
Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided
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, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor: Geri Hernandez
 
Building a Resilient Child
Wednesday, 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.
Thes 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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