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FOSTER & KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION
Classes meet ALL COUNTY & STATE requirements
for B,D & F Rate renewal.
Classes are free of charge and OPEN to ALL Foster Parents, Kinship Caregivers & Interested Parties
All Classes meet in the North Gym, Room 5600 at 9:00am - 12:00pm unless otherwise stated.
Classes may be canceled if fewer than the minimum number of students attend.
3/4/2017
ESSENTIAL YOGA: Meditation Technique for Caregivers 9am to 12pm
In this workshop, participants will learn to use Essential Yoga, Mediation, Breathe work Aromatherapy, Journaling and Mindfulness as a means to manage difficult emotions, release anxiety and tension, and create a peaceful home energy. Caregivers will learn simple-to-do techniques and healing tools to use and to teach the children in their care to increase feelings of calmness in themselves. *Certified Yoga Instructor
Cat Macary
3/11/2017
FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME 9am to 12pm
Learn about the signs and symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as you discuss treatments and prognosis. We will also discuss how to parent a child with FAS and where to find resources to help.
Karen Inouye, BSN, RN-C
3/18/2017
INTERGRATIVE HEALTH *6-hour class, 30 minute lunch, 9am to 3:30pm
Explore 7 Core Areas of Health including Environment, Movement, Nutrition, Relationships, Resiliency, Sleep, and Spirituality. Caregivers will develop a deeper understanding of each of these areas and the benefits of maintaining balance between them for themselves and the children in their care. Suggestions for optimizing health and lifestyle will be discussed.
Steve Lorentson, LMFT
4/1/2017
THE POWER OF QUESTIONS 9am to 12pm
Would you like to learn how to get your child to follow your instructions the first time? Did you know that asking the right questions empowers your child to listen without being argumentative? This is the perfect class for caregivers seeking the secrets behind using questions skillfully to improve communication and relationship skills with their child. *Author/Presenter
Yvonne Brooks
4/8/2017
THE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE ON CHILDREN 9am to 12pm
This class explores the parameters of physical and sexual abuse and the devastating impact on children. Caregivers will gain a deeper insight of how to identify signs and symptoms of various types of abuse and how these manifest in children. Treatment approaches will be discussed.
Steve Lorentson, LMFT
4/29/2017
RECOGNIZING EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN CHILDREN AND TEENS 9am to 12pm
One in five children experiences a mental health condition, but only 20% actually receive services. Learn to understand the difference between "bad behavior" and symptoms of mental health conditions, recognize early warning signs in children and teens, and how to link to community services.
Nicole Warner, Presenter, NAMI
5/6/2017
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN: Awareness and Identification (9am - 1pm) 4 Hr. Class
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) will give care providers the tools needed to identify warning signs and indicators of CSEC involvement. Caregivers will obtain the ability to recognize risks associated with children and youth in out-of-home care, identify and strengthen protective factors to prevent youth from involvement in CSEC, and understand the core elements of CSEC awareness, identification, intervention and referral for assessment and treatment. Caregivers will develop and understanding of the survivor, from the survivor’s perspective. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER * Online at extension.piercecollege.edu - Click on "register for classes" OR * By Phone at 818-710-2937
Theresa Reed, MEd
5/13/2017
HOW TO BE A FIERCE ALLY TO LGBTQ + YOUTH 9am to 12pm
Learn what LGBTQ + means; gender pronouns, identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, and diversity in relationships. Become familiar with LGBTQ + child development, particularly of low-income, immigrant, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people of color. Get real and specific local examples on how you can be a fierce ally to LGBTQ + children and teens in your care. * Somos Familia Valle
Ronnie Veliz
5/20/2017
GRIEF AND LOSS 9am to 12pm
We all suffer losses in our lives. This workshop will discuss the various types of loss, the differences between grief and loss, and the importance of completing the process of grieving and how to recognize the signs of grieving so we can help our children recover.
Theresa Reed, MEd
6/3/2017
STRESS MANAGEMENT TO INCREASE YOUR CHILD'S MINDFULNESS 9am to 12pm
Does your child complain about going to school, doing chores or being responsible with basic instructions? There is a good chance your child could be unconsciously crying out for tools and resources to deal with their personal stressors. This class provides parents and caregivers with proactive tools for empowering their child to achieve a higher mindfulness level to master stressful situations more effectively. *Author/Presenter
Yvonne Brooks
6/10/2017
THE IMPACT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN 9am to 12pm
Children are exposed to or experience domestic violence in many ways. They may hear one parent/caregiver threaten the other, see one parent assault the other, or live with the aftermath of a violent assault. Many children are affected by hearing threats to the safety of their caregiver, regardless of whether it results in physical injury. Children who live with domestic violence are also at increased risk to become direct victims of child abuse. In short, domestic violence poses a serious threat to children's emotional , psychological, and physical well-being. We will discuss domestic violence and different ways to support children who have been victimized by it.
Mazda Lakpour, LMFT
6/24/2017
ANGER MANAGEMENT FOR CHILDREN 9am to 12pm
You can teach your child to recognize that anger management is an important skill to have. At the same time, you should acknowledge that it's not easy. Managing anger takes most of us a lifetime, and it remains a work in progress. Impulses are hard to control, and the ability to stop, listen to the other side, and seek out common ground for negotiation and compromise are skills that are difficult to learn. We will discuss strategies to help teach our children appropriate ways to handle their anger and reduce behavior problems.
Mazda Lakpour, LMFT

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