COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS
FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM
FREE WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
 

FOR ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS, FOSTER/RELATIVE CAREGIVERS, AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARENTING ISSUES 
ALL CLASSES ARE AVALIABLE FOR B, D, OR F RATE RENEWAL
  
 
April-June 2014 
 

 

April
 
Taming Your Temper: An Anger Management Solution
Mondays, April 14, 21, 28
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This three-week course is intended to offer adults specific tools on how to control or manage their anger.
Location:  Valencia Library, Community Room 
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Patton 
 
 
What You Don’t Know: Teens, Drugs, and the Consequences
Tuesday, April 15
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This interactive workshop will answer your questions about teens and drugs in Santa Clarita. Learn current trends, where teens get the drugs, where they use them, and where they hide them. You don’t want to miss this workshop presented by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Juvenile Intervention Team.
Location:  City Hall Council Chambers 
Instructor: Detective Bill Velek
 
 
Active Parenting of Teens
Wednesdays, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
In this six-week series, parents will learn the skills required to meet the challenges of parenting teens and preteens in today’s society. 
Location:  Valencia Library, Community Room
Instructor: Christi Aijian
 
 
Giving Kids Wings: How to Build Self-Esteem in Today’s Youth
Thursday, April 17
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
This workshop focuses on helping parents identify warning signs of low self-esteem in their children. Participants will gain techniques for coaching their children in the areas of courage and confidence, so that they have the ability to persevere throughout their tot-to-teen years.
Location:  Valencia Library – Community Room 
Instructor: Dynamic Interventions
 
 
Active Parenting Now
Fridays, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
In this six-week series, learn the skills required to help develop cooperation, responsibility, and self-esteem in your children, and prepare them to meet the
challenges of teenage years. 
Location:  College of the Canyons University Center, room 207
Instructor: Carri Arquilevich
 
 
D Rate Pre-service Training
Fridays, April 18, 25, May 2, and May 9, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This is the required training for caregivers who would like to work with severally emotionally disturbed children.  You must attend all 16 hours to receive your certificate.
Location:  College of the Canyons - Early Childhood Education Center – Room B
Instructor: Fran Cameron 
 
 
Teens, Cellphones, Sexting, and Social Media
Wednesday, April 23
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
For parents concerned that their teens are not prepared for the barrage of temptations and distractions embedded in today’s online world, this workshop is a practical discussion about what you should know when it comes to technology, and how to keep the lines of communication open.
Location:  City Hall Council Chambers
Instructor: Deputy Josh Dubin 
 
 
Raising and Parenting a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Thursday, April 24
6:30 – 8:30 p.m
Raising a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder can be an overwhelming challenge, both physically and emotionally.  This workshop includes essential information about autism to help parents understand and cope with the stress of receiving the diagnosis, stress on relationships, the stress of not having a typical child, and the challenges of parenting.  Participants will also gain knowledge about autism to help you find appropriate treatments to help your child, yourself, and others.
Location: Valencia Library, Community Room 
Instructor: Chris Jones
 
 
Girl Power: Empowering the Mother-Daughter Bond
Saturday, April 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Girl Power is a unique, interactive workshop for daughters aged 8-18 and their mothers/stepmothers. This workshop will assist families with understanding and better navigating the social world of girls as well as improve communication between mother and daughter.  Break-out sessions for daughters will focus on increasing self-awareness and improving self-advocacy; Parent sessions will emphasize self-care and teaching specific parenting strategies for girls. 
Lunch will be provided.
Location: College of the Canyons Early Childhood Education Center
Instructor: Carri Arquilevich and Mary McGrath
 
 
Exploring Cultural Differences and Stigmas
Monday, April 28
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This workshop will explore the benefits and challenges of cultural diversity and offer tools and techniques to address these challenges.  Sharing of personal beliefs and strategies to promote appreciation of cultural diversity is encouraged.  Explore the similarities and differences of those around us
Location: College of the Canyons University Center, room 206
Instructor: Renee Marshall
 
 
May
 
Mental Health First Aid: Learning the Warning Signs of Mental Illness
Saturday, May 3
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This one-day program educates participants on how to identify the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and how to respond.
Location:  College of the Canyons University Center, room 206
Instructor: Larry Schallert
 
 
Creating Healthy Family Meals at Home in a Fast Paced World
Saturday, May 10
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Learn how to plan, prepare, and serve healthy family meals that are affordable, nutritious, and quick to prepare.
Location: College of the Canyons Early Childhood Education Center
Instructor: Chef Dawn Walker
 
 
Attachment Parenting: Bonding With Your Child
Tuesday, May 13
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
This course will cover the basic principles and tools of attachment parenting. The focus will be on building a secure and nurturing connection between the child and caregiver. The tools discussed will include how to effectively create a bond with your child, how to improve communication, and how to discipline with attachment in mind.
Location:  Canyon Country JoAnne Darcy Library, Community Room
Instructor:  Heather Haywood
 
 
The Art of Grandparenting: Establishing Roles and Creating Healthy Boundaries
Thursday, May 15
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Let’s face it, being a grandparent can be a challenge, whether you’re raising your grandchildren, caring for them, or just loving them. Learn practical tips on how to define your role with your children and grandchildren.
Location:  Old Town Newhall Library, Community Room
Instructor:  Madelyn Gordon
 
 
Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medication for Kids and Adolescents
Wednesday, May 14
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The realization that a child may need professional attention can be painful or frightening to parents who have tried everything to support their child. This class will explore psychiatric medication treatment, side effects of medications, and types of medications.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Dr. Alan Sandler
 
 
June
 
Are You Too Involved in Your Child’s Life? The Dangers of Helicopter Parenting
Thursday, June 5
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Do you hover over your child?  Do you focus intently on protecting them from harm, disappointment, and unhappiness?  How much involvement in your child’s life is enough?  Learn how to be involved in your child’s life allowing them to experience the natural consequences of their actions and how not to deprive them of valuable learning opportunities. 
Location:  Valencia Library – Community Room
Instructor:  Chris Jones
 
 
First Aid CPR
Saturday, June 7
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Expect the best and prepare for the worst.  By attending this all day workshop, you will learn what to do in case of a minor accident or an emergency situation.  This class will include: American Red Cross First Aid for Infants, Children, and Adults; and CPR.  Successful completion of the class will qualify you for the American Red Cross First Aid certificates, and the Adult, Child and Infant CPR certificates. 
REGISTER EARLY - CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
Location:  College of the Canyons Early Childhood Education Center - Room B
Instructor: Monica Marshall
 
 
F Rate Pre-service Training
Friday June 13 and Saturday June 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This is the required training for caregivers who would like to work with children who are medically fragile.  You must attend all 16 hours to receive your certificate.
Location:  College of the Canyons - Early Childhood Education Center – Room A
Instructor: Geri Hernandez
 
 
Why is My Child Distracted? Recognizing, Coping, and Parenting a Child with ADD/ADHD
Saturday, June 14
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This workshop will address the signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and how to have your child diagnosed. For those caregivers that have children with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, there will be discussion about medication, treatments, diets, and resources to help you.
Lunch will be provided
Location:  College of the Canyons - Early Childhood Education Center – Room B
Instructor: Lori Switanowski
 
 
Helping Children Become Thoughtful Decision Makers
Saturday, June 21
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Learn how to help youth become thoughtful decision makers.  This training is designed to deepen empathy and our ability to be of true healing to the children we work with.
Location:  COC Center for Early Education – Room A
Instructor: Jeff Cotton
 
 
 

 

LOCATIONS
 
SC Activities Center/Aquatic Center
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
 
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
18601 Soledad Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
 
COC Center for Early Childhood Education
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
 
Valencia Library
23743 Valencia Boulevard
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
 
COC University Center - Diane Van Hook
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
 
Old Town Newhall Library
24500 Main Street
Newhall, CA 91321 
 
City Hall Council Chambers
23920 Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355
 
 
To register, please contact Gloria Lopez at
gloria.lopez@canyons.edu

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