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 2019


January 2019

 

 
Facing Bullying: Strategies for Empowering Yourself and Your Children
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Bullying comes in many forms and from many ages. This workshop will provide participants with strategies and practical tools for use in a variety of situations to withstand the efforts of people who use bullying tactics.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor:  Cindy Stephens
 
What if Everybody Understood Child Development?
Thursday, January 10, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Who is making the educational decisions for our children? Do they have an understanding of how children develop and what is typical at various stages? What if everybody understood? Join us for some straight talk about advocating for what's right for your child.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor:  Cindy Stephens

First Aid/CPR 
Saturday, January 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 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 Adults; 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 PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR FOSTER AND RESOURCE FAMILIES
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building
Instructor:  Monica Marshall

Top 5 ways to Raise a Healthy Teenager
Monday, January 14, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Workshop designed for parents and caregivers of preteens and teens ages 10-14, all are welcome. Tips tricks and practical advice on how you can help your preteen/teenager develop into a respectful, responsible, caring, and competent young adult. Contemporary parenting issues (vaping, bullying, social media safety) will be addressed.
Location: Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre
Instructor:  Rebecca Laff

Love & Logic
Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, 12, and 19, 2019
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 222
Instructors:  Mimi Leach and Elena Gima

Put on Your Oxygen Mask First: Tips on Taking Care of Yourself
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A parents and resource parents, caring for children can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life – but it can also be stressful for you and the rest of your family. Join us as start the New Year to examine the importance of self-care: taking care of YOU. Tools and strategies that place you in the driver’s seat will be presented and discussed.  
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre 
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton OTR/L, MS

Conscious Parenting
Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Being conscious requires being present in the moment and responding in ways that support and uplift our children. There are many distractions when we are parenting. This workshop will explore ways in which we can build and create relationships with our children that are mutually beneficial.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B 
Instructor:  Cindy Stephens

The Healing Power of Empathy
Friday, January 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A 
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton

The Eye-Opening Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Training
Friday, January 25, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
While things ARE better for LGBTQI kids, statistics still report a higher rate of suicide attempts within this population. In addition, an alarming number of these children are a part of the homeless population. While heterosexual teens are most concerned with good grades, good career, and financial stability, LGBTQI kids are concerned with not being kicked out of their families, bullied at school and not being “out-ed.” This eye-opening training is designed to increase awareness of and gain a deeper understanding of and compassion towards this diverse population.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building 
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton

Creating Healthy Teams & Partnerships
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This interactive high risk/high gain workshop helps individuals, couples and teams assess their own, and each other’s areas of strength and areas of challenge. It is designed to instantaneously increase the personal and professional commitments of parents and professionals to find inspiration and commitment, consensus and resolution, and healthy interactions to help children heal.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton

Skillful Engagement with Crises
Saturday, January 26, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This training focuses on how to internally anchor yourself in non-crisis so that we approach those in fear without adding our own chaos to theirs. It demonstrates the overt power dynamics and the underlying clinical issues being acted-out by parents and professionals, as well as the children. 
This training helps use crises as “teachable moments” designed to strengthen the bond to children with fragile attachments. 
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building
Instructor:  Jeff Cotton

Helicopters, Drill Sergeants, and BFFs: Recognizing Your Parenting Style and 
the Messages You Teach Your Kids 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
What’s your parenting style? Are you a "helicopter" parent who hovers over your children? Maybe you’re a “drill sergeant” who parents by demanding compliance. Or, do you act like your child’s best friend instead of their parent? This workshop is designed to help parents develop their own set of guiding parenting principles to help prepare children of any age for their life’s journey.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre 
Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Patton

Five Love Languages of Children
Thursday, January 31, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 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, following reasonable and prudent parenting standards.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building 
Instructor:  Mimi Leach

 

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Recognizing and Healing from Vicarious Trauma
Thursday, February 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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, triggers and reminders. It will also discuss how exposure to trauma as a care provider effects them in profound ways that may not be immediately apparent. Parents and caregivers will discuss the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and develop the skills to deal with their own secondary trauma or compassion fatigue.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222 
Instructor: Theresa Reed

The Spectrum of Autism
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
What is Autism really? How are children and families affected across the lifespan? This workshop will discuss the spectrum that is Autism, including impacts on development, behavior socialization and education. Participants will learn about interventions at home and school and be given the opportunity to ask questions about how to maximize the potential of their children.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre 
Instructor:  Chris Jones, Dynamic Interventions

Foster Youth Bill of Rights
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Every caregiver should have the Foster Youth Bill of Rights visibly posted and review them with their children. This workshop will discuss the categories of legal rights outline for all children in care, any exceptions and where to go if they need assistance.
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222
Instructor: Theresa Reed

 

March 2019

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Foster Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights
Thursday, March 7, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Foster youth and caregivers have rights. Being familiar with these rights will help foster caregivers advocate for their child. This class will provide caregivers with information that will increase their awareness of the rights of foster youth to advocate for their own mental health. Unfortunately, our youth are often misdiagnosed, over or improperly medicated. Many youth do not understand their diagnosis or treatment options. This workshop will discuss all these areas and ways to empower youth to be active in their own treatment.  
Location:  College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222
Instructor: Theresa Reed

Growth Mindset
Monday, March 11, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
How do you and your children work through challenges? Having a growth mindset can foster a love of learning and improve resiliency. This interactive workshop will assist in developing a growth mindset and provide strategies to use praise effectively.
Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222
Instructor:  Lisa Prince

The ABC’s to ABA!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. Behavior analysis helps us to understand: how behavior works, how behavior is affected by the environment, and how learning takes place. This workshop will provide an introduction to the theory behind ABA, as well as useful techniques for understanding and changing behavior.  We will apply our understanding of how behavior works to real situations in order to gain an understanding of how to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.
Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222
Instructor:  Michelle Wintermute

Tips and Tools for Parenting in the Digital Age
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
In a world where children are "growing up digital," it's important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. This class will explore the latest research on screen time and its impact on child development. It will provide practical strategies on how to set boundaries, balance screen time and face time and how to use technology to enhance development and relationships.
Location:  Santa Clarita Sports Complex – The Centre 
Instructors:  Judy Hopkins OTD, OTR/L and Holly Charlton OTR/L, MS

Navigating through the Special Education World
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Making sense of the Special Education process is essential in order to advocate for those children who are counting on us. Empower yourself by knowing and understanding the rights that you possess as a parent or guardian, and most importantly the rights and safeguards that are provided to Individuals With Special Needs. We will cover the special education process from the toddler stage to adulthood.
Location: College of the Canyons, University Center, Room 222
Instructor:  Ramses Magana






 
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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             


              

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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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