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

January-March 2018


 
January 2018​
 
 First Aid/CPR ​
Saturday, January 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Participants will learn what to do in case of a minor accident or emergency situation.  Class includes:  American Red Cross First Aid for Infants, Children, and Adult; and CPR.  Successful completion of the class will qualify participants for the American Red Cross First Aid certificates, and the Adult, Child and Infant CPR certificates. MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 20
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor:  Monica Marshall 
 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
There are approximately 175,000 youth ages 10–18 in foster care in the United States.  
Of these youth, an estimated 5–10 percent—and likely more—are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. In this class you will learn about LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks. You will discover specific actions that you can take to create a welcoming home for all youth in your care and to promote your youth’s health and well-being in the community.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A
Instructor:  Bridgitte Green
 
Saturday, January 20, 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, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A
Instructor: Theresa Reed
 
CSEC PART 2: Developing a Healthy Self-Concept in our Most Vulnerable Youth
Saturday, January 20, 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, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Our children experience a great deal of anxiety and stress in today’s world. From family issues, to academics, to friendships, children have to manage more anxiety and pressure than they are often able to handle. This workshop will focus on the causes of anxiety, how to recognize the signs, and how to help children overcome the impact anxiety has on a daily basis. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and learn how to manage the issues that you see in your children every day. 
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A
Instructor:  Chris Jones
 
Monday, January 29, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This course explores the manner in which trauma, self-esteem, and a need for acceptance influence the sexual behavior of foster youth. The discussion includes how gender roles, current and previous role models, and the need to feel needed may cause behaviors that are not comfortable for resource parents. How might a resource parent assist foster children to build a positive sexual self-image which encourages positive relationships? Join us as we explore this topic and answer questions which encourage personal growth and development for both resource parents and foster children.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A
Instructor:  Bridgitte Green
 
Mindful Parenting
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Are you overwhelmed? You are not alone. Mindful parenting is linked to more positive parent-child relationships. Join us in this workshop that will cover the benefits of mindful parenting and uncover strategies that will help you and your child reduce stress and improve emotional regulation.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A Instructor:  Lisa Prince

 

February 2018
 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
This workshop will explore the concept of rough and tumble play behaviors in early childhood. Rough and tumble play is characterized as big body play that involves wrestling, play fighting, chasing, and simply romping about. We will discuss its place in the development of young children, how to confront stigma, and how to promote positive rough and tumble experiences for children.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A Instructor:  Clint Springer
 
Saturdays, February 3, 2018 AND February 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided
Are you interested in being certified to care for a teen parent and her/his dependent child? Then you should attend an upcoming 16-hour certification class. During the certification we will discuss caring for the developing teen as both a mentor and a parent; strategies for helping the teen parent to build attachment and be an effective parent; discuss roles, rights & responsibilities of teen parent and caregiver; provide information on available tools and resources; discuss DCFS policies and compensation; complete the Shared Responsibility Plans. 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: Theresa Reed
 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about depression and its differing manifestations, and how it can differ between children and adults. Included will be ways of approaching and coping with it as parents, peers or individuals suffering from depression in order to recover.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 316
Instructor:  Larry Schallert
 
Thursdays, February 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 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:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 316
Instructors:  Mimi Leach and Elena Gima
 
Come Play With Me!
Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Play is the most important occupation a child can do as they grow up. As children wonder about the world and explore how things work, the best way a child can understand is through play. As parents, teachers, and caregivers, there are many ways we can facilitate play both at home and out in the community. Join us in this playful workshop of interaction and discussion on play development from birth through early childhood and how to be better play partners for your youngsters!
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A Instructors:  Holly Charlton and Judy Hopkins
 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
This workshop details the process of becoming a Resource Parent/Family, formerly referred to as a foster parent. As required by the state, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has new processes for all current and prospective foster and adoptive parents in Los Angeles County. This class will clarify expectations and requirements.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 316
Instructor:  Bridgitte Green
 
 
March 2018
 
Saturday, March 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Learn how to prepare simple meals and snacks for picky children or those with special dietary needs. Engaging kids so they want to not only help at meal time but go from picky to adventurous. Shopping, menu planning, recipes and more! PLEASE NOTE – ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FOR ADULTS ONLY. MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 20
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A Instructor:  Chef Dawn Walker
 
Psychiatric Disorders in Children
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Learn about the variety of psychiatric disorders that are manifested in children, their suspected origins and some current approaches recommended to help children recover.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 316
Instructor:  Larry Schallert
 
Positive Discipline Strategies for Children: Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Wednesdays, March 7, 14, and 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
In this three-part series, we will discuss stages of development, behavior challenges, and strategies to support your child through each stage, using positive discipline techniques. By getting to know your child at each stage, we will look at discipline and guidance through your child's eyes, and gain a stronger understanding of why they do what they do! 
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 316
Instructor:  Wendy Ruiz
 
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wondering what effects media might be having on your child’s behavior, learning and physical health? Media is everywhere and it has a big influence on our children’s development, both positive and negative. This workshop covers these all of these effects and recommended guidelines by age so you can set your house rules accordingly. Solutions for battles over media time and content are also covered. 
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A Instructor: Erin Royer-Asrilant
 
Kids and Media: 11 Years and Older
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Kids have access to the world at their fingertips, the good, the bad and the ugly. How can you help protect your teens and tweens who have access to anything and everything 24/7? This class covers the common predicaments, temptations, and messages that teens come up against and how to discuss and coach them into making better choices as well prevent them, whenever possible, from occurring. 
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A Instructor: Erin Royer-Asrilant
 
Your Sensational Child
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
In this class, you will learn about your child’s unique sensory abilities and experience ways to easily integrate sensory activities into your daily routines. Parents will leave knowing concrete, developmentally appropriate strategies for optimizing your child’s sensory skills.
Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 316
Instructors: Judy Hopkins and Holly Charlton
 
  
 
  
 
*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
 
 
Low enrolled workshops are subject to cancellation. Please register at least three days prior to class.
 
REGISTER ONLINE
 
  
 
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These workshops/classes are for adults only, as 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
 
  
 

 
 
 





 
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