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AB12: The Fostering Connection to Success Act: Supporting Youth to Successful Transitions from Foster Care

In this course, the trainee will recognize the following goals for working with non-minor dependent youth: a. Assisting youth in developing and maintaining permanent connections b. Engaging youth in the development of Transitional Independent Living Plans c. Engaging youth in the development of Mutual Agreements and d. Shifting roles to allow increased autonomy and independence.

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AB12 Overview

This half-day workshop, designed specifically for Imperial County’s child welfare professionals, will allow participants to understand: ƒ the legislation’s intent and overview, the child welfare worker’s role in transition planning, benefits and eligibility essentials and the legal process.

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Adolescents and Substance Abuse

In this course, trainees will describe the complex and progressive nature of chemical use, abuse and dependency, identify various chemicals of choice and the and its impact of the family milieu, and present various treatment and auxiliary interventions.

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After 18 Learning Day

This Learning Day will include small and large group discussion, break-out sessions, and time for counties to do some strategic planning on their own. Participants are asked to send any questions they would like discussed during the day when they register for the event. Participants are also asked to bring examples of tools they have successfully used with this population (for example, a safety map done with After 18 youth).

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Crisis Intervention with Adolescents

In this course, trainees will  enhance their ability to provide effective crisis intervention to adolescents in trouble.

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Crisis Intervention with Non Minor Dependent Youth (Coaching)

The course will cover Crisis Intervention strategies for working with this population. This Part 2 and 3 of a three part training on this topic. Participants must have taken Part 1 (webinar) prior to taking Part 2 and 3. Part 2 consists of an assignment to observe/engage skills in handling a crisis with a youth. Part 3 consists of reporting out assignment activities and receiving coaching/feedback in a 1.5 hour coaching session.

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Dealing with Violent Youth

In this course, trainees will  enhance their ability to effectively work with violent youth.

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Effects of Bullying and Interventions with Aggression

In this course, trainees will learn various forms of anger, identify the relationship between developmental problems and aggressive, or dangerous, behaviors, and understand the impact of adult behavior on child/youth  behaviors.

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Emotionally and Behaviorally Troubled Adolescents

This course will address the wide range of challenging issues related to adolescents in child welfare placements and what both the foster parent and social worker can do to partner with each other and the adolescent to address them. The training will utilize small and large group activities and discussion, video presentations and didactic lecture modalities.

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Facilitating Change with Teens in Foster Care Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques

In this course, trainees will learn about how to facilitate change in adolescents who are ambivalent and resistance of change, developmental issues adolescence face and its interaction with substitute care placement, and Stages of Change. Trainees will also practice O.A.R.S.

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Interventions with Oppositional Defiance and Reducing Power Control or Struggles

In this course, the trainee will distinguish between motivations for oppositional defiance, explore attachment and conduct disorders and consequent tendencies toward defiant behavior, and outline the role of discipline in the development of clarifying cause and effect relationships.

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May I Have Your Attention Please – Key Strategies for Engaging Emerging Adults in Extended Foster Care

This is an interactive learning environment where strategies for engaging youth and emerging adults will be encountered by the participants as we explore the dynamics of our newest population in Child Welfare. EFC participation requirements and placement options will be confirmed and dilemmas considered. PowerPoint, learning groups, creative activities, and digital stories will be utilized to enhance the learning environment and offer examples of a paradigm shift in how we think of young adult clients.

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Negotiation Skills with Non-Minor Dependent Youth (Coaching)

The course will cover Negotiation strategies for working with this population. This is Part 2 and 3 of a three-part training on this topic. Participants must have taken Part 1 (webinar) prior to taking Part 2 and 3. Part 2 consists of an assignment to observe/engage in skills in negotiating effectively with a youth. Part 3 consists of reporting out assignments and activities and receiving coaching/feedback in a 1.5 hour coaching session.

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Successful Teaming with Teens

In this course, trainees will be able to identify shifting perspectives in the field which assist in building better partnerships with teens, as well as identify several skills that will assist them in enhancing their relationships with teens.

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Training Strategies for Developing Emancipation Skills with Adolescents

In this course, trainees will learn to better assist adolescents in preparing them to develop effective emancipation skills.

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Understanding Behavior in Adolescents with Trauma Histories

In this course trainees will review attachment theory and brain development, leading to a clearer understanding of behavior, for those raised in nurturing families, and for those who have experienced chronic trauma (abuse and neglect). Focus will be on adolescent behavior, and identify physical and social-emotional development milestones for ‘typically developing’ adolescents.

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Understanding and Managing AWOL Behaviors in Out of Home Placement

This workshop will review the most current research findings on runaway behaviors; review risk factors associated with runaway behavior, and provide specific recommendations for the staff interventions and agency policies regarding runaway behaviors.

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