COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS
FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM
FREE WORKSHOPS
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 2017
 
September 2017
 
Creating Routines for Loving, Learning, and Living
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Daily routines, often considered “maintenance” activities, can actually be chaotic and disruptive to the family structure. Learn the key elements in the importance of establishing predictable routines and how planning for effective transitions in self-care, bedtime, and community errands can turn daily routine “NO’s” into “YES’s”.
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins, OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton, OTR/L, MS
 
F-Rate Preservice Training
Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, 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
 
Nonviolent Parenting – Parenting with Empathy
Fridays, September 22 and 29, and October 6, 13, 20, and 27
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The nonviolent parenting philosophy gives parents the tools to raise children who are imbued with the qualities of kindness, compassion, caring, generosity, and the joy of growing and learning. Nonviolent parenting is based on multiple fields of scientific research about human development. It gives the gift of truly seeing, hearing, and knowing your children as well as yourself.  
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 313*
Instructor:  Eve Scanlon
 
D-Rate Preservice Training
Saturdays, September 23 & 30, AND October 7 & 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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, University Center, Room 314*
Instructor:  Gina Romo
 
How to Maximize the Social Development of Your Child
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Is your child struggling with social development at home, school, or in the community? Are you wondering if these struggles are typical? This workshop focuses on the social development of both typical children and those with special needs, and will give you strategies you can use to help maximize their social potential. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and conference about the social issues your child is having, as well as share and connect with others having similar experiences.
Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructor: Chris Jones
 
Recipes for Success: Tips and Tools in Early Parenting Part 1: Merry Mealtimes
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us in one or all of a three-part series focusing on the top three challenging areas in early parenting. Each interactive workshop will address factors and problem areas, and offer take home tips and tools that will empower caregivers in these vital activities of daily living. Week 1 Merry Mealtimes: Picky eating, constant grazing, mealtime tantrums, overeating, and refusing to eat are common mealtime struggles. Discover what is normal eating behavior for early childhood vs. picky eating behavior. Stop food fights and make family mealtimes enjoyable again. 
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins, OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton, OTR/L, MS
 
Developing Positive Relationships with Birth Parents
Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:30-8:30 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 wellbeing.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructor:  Bridgitte Green, M.Ed.
 
 
October 2017
 
Recipes for Success: Tips and Tools in Early Parenting Part 2: Sweet Dreams
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us in one or all of a three-part series focusing on the top three challenging areas in early parenting. Each interactive workshop will address factors and problem areas, and offer take home tips and tools that will empower parents in these vital activities of daily living. Week 2 Sweet Dreams: Understanding the value of good sleep routines will be explored. Strategies to help caregivers coach their child through possible challenges in sleep cycle will be reviewed and discussed. Learn activity tips on how to put together a predictable sequence of events that can work for your child for months and likely years to come. 
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins, OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton, OTR/L, MS
 
Recipes for Success: Tips and Tools in Early Parenting Part 3: Toileting Readiness
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us in one or all of a three-part series focusing on the top three challenging areas in early parenting. Each interactive workshop will address factors and problem areas, and offer take home tips and tools that will empower parents in these vital activities of daily living. Week 3: Toileting Readiness: Ditching the Diapers. Learn about toilet teaching and how to create strategies to support this important transition. We will look at key areas including readiness for toilet learning; toilet preparation and demonstration; how to teach; how to handle potty accidents; and rewarding your child.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins, OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton, OTR/L, MS
 
Strategies that Promote Behavior Change with Exceptional Children
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This workshop will allow parents, caregivers and teachers to explore different strategies for behavior change when working with and providing for exceptional children. The use of visual aids, sensory breaks and routine are only some of the wonderful strategies that will be spoken about. Understanding a child's needs and the “why” behind those needs is invaluable when working with children with different abilities.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructors:  Emily Elam and Michelle Wintermute
 
Monday, October 23, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn how to recognize some signs a child might display indicating a possible developmental delay or disorder. This workshop will help you to distinguish between "atypical" and "typical" development while discovering some red flag warning signs of a possible delay or disorder and will offer modification ideas to support and guide the child.
Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructor:  Evelyn Paz-Durocher
 
Shining Light on Some of the Hidden Disorders of Motherhood
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Postpartum Depression effects at least 20% of women, impacting a parent’s mental health well-being that can feel confusing and isolating. It not only impacts birthing mothers, but can also impact families who adopt, miscarry or whose babies are stillborn, as well as men. This workshop will focus on increasing awareness about Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Participants will learn about the different kinds of PMADs, how to identify them and when and where to ask for help.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructor:  Lorena Aynalem, LCSW
 
 
November 2017
 
Parenting Issues in Blended Families and Resource Families: The Smart Approach to Creating Healthy Relationships
Wednesdays, November 1 and 8, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
When different families "blend" to create step-families, or when resource families parent foster children, there are often many challenges that can last a lifetime. These two, 2-hour workshops provide practical, realistic solutions to common issues that step-families and resource parents face, such as: Co-parenting issues, understanding and bonding with your stepchildren or foster children, dealing with sibling conflict in step-families or with resource families, parenting teenagers, and dealing with children's behavioral challenges and past trauma experiences.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Patton, Ph.D.
 
CSEC Part 1: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness & Identification Training
Saturday, November 4, 2017
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, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor: Theresa Reed
 
CSEC PART 2: Developing a Healthy Self-Concept in our Most Vulnerable Youth
Saturday, November 4, 2017
2:00-5:00 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, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Managing Stress in Your Daily Life
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Our mental health can be affected by stress in our daily lives. How do you balance various areas of your life - physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, workplace? This workshop will offer strategies to combat stress, including meditation with an experiential exercise in breath meditation. A self-care assessment will give insight to your individual management of daily stress.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 314*
Instructor:  Farnaz Kadi
 
Grandparenting 101
Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grandparenting is changing. 40% of grandparents are now routinely caring for their grandchildren. This class is aimed at helping you to be at the top of your game by reviewing current trends in child care and safety; fostering relationships with child/parent/grandparent; technology trends, and the importance of maintaining adult friendships. We will also look at community resources and volunteerism in this life role transition called grandparenting.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins, OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton, OTR/L, MS
 
 
 
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
 
*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


 
 
 
REGISTER ONLINE
 
  
or
 
 
Low enrolled workshops are subject to cancellation. Please register at least three days prior to class.
 
 These workshops/classes are for adults only, as childcare is not provided


 
 
 
 
 





 
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