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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.
How to Build Your Child's Self Esteem
Parents will learn specific self- esteem and confidence building techniques to help their children increase competence at home, at school and with others.
Yvonne Brooks
Trauma And P.T.S.D. in Children
Many children experience early life trauma due to various forms of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. In severe circumstances ,children can develop. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). this class will review the typical emotional and behavioral response patterns that children experience as a result of traumatic experiences. We will also discuss how we can respond effectively to traumatic symptoms to maximize support and develop in our children.
Steve Lorentson, LMFT
Attachment Issues
Healthy attachment begins in womb. Many children in foster care began experiencing neglect very early and struggle with attachment. We will explore the "Cycle Of Need" and discuss ways attachment and trust can be developed later in life
Theresa Reed, MEd
Violence In Children
Children who are aggressive or violent can engage in behaviours that are damaging and destructive. This class will explore various expressions of aggression and violence including verbal abuse , property destruction and assault. We will alsodiscuss factors contributing to violence in chilldreas well as effective response patterns and treatment approaches to this problem.
Steve Lorentson, LMFT
Co-Occurring Disorder In Youth
The presence of co-occurring mental disorders among youth with substance use disorders creates unique challenges for both their caregivers and themselves. Research finds that these may also have elevated risk of suicide, impairment in individual and academic functioning, and poor treatment outcomes. Together, we will look at practices that can address these co-occurring issues.
Mazda Lakpour, LMFT
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness and Identification
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 FOR THIS CLASS Online at extension.piercecollegeledu - CLICK on "register for classes"
Theresa Reed, MEd
Warning Signs Of Suicide
Unfortunately, suicide is on the rise among children and teens. In this three hour workshop caregivers will learn about the key warning signs of suicide, as well as underlying factors, and suicide awareness and prevention. We will discuss the details of 51/50 hold and the 72 hour Evaluation, and have a question and answer period.
Tammy Lanier, FKCE Instructor
Children and "Cutting"
It can be very frightening for parents and caregivers to see their children self- harming to drown out emotional pain. In this class you will learn about various kinds of self – injuries such as cutting and burning, which are typically not meant as suicide attempt, yet can still be dangerous. This behavior can also be a result of underlying psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Tammy Lanier, FKCE Instructor
How to Help Your Child Make Good Decisions
Every decision produces a reward or consequence. Caregivers will learn the process of making good decisions, and how to effectively communicate this process to their children. Caregivers will also gain the tools to explain how decisions affect their child’s grades, their friendships and their future choice of going to college.
Yvonne Brooks
Bullying is a problem that impacts thousands of children and can lead to devastating consequences. This class will explore personality characteristics of bullies and various contexts in which bullying occurs including schools, neighborhoods, and the internet. We will also explore the impact of bullying on victims as well as the communication skills most useful in supporting children with managing and overcoming this growing problem.
Steve Lorentson, LMFT

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