American River College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

Class Schedule

Tuesdays:  All classes will be held on Tuesdays at McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100 unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday Spanish Classes will be held at Granite Park, Conference Room 1A
  • Whole Foster Family Home classes are tentatively scheduled to be held as needed at American River College, 4700 College Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95841, HEED 700

 Wednesdays: All classes will be held on Wednesdays at Granite Park, Conference Room 1B, Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. 

Thursdays:  All classes will be held on Thursdays at McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100

Saturdays: Most Saturday classes will be held at Granite Park Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826 in Conference Room 1A and 1B.  Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. 

Calendar of Classes and Events

Autism Life (Series total 6 hours)

Autism is a neurological disorder that disrupts the child’s/adult’s learning and socialization affecting 1 in 59 children.  It is a spectrum disorder, meaning that any two people diagnosed with Autism may have very different symptoms and/or characteristics. In this workshop you will have a better understanding about this disorder.  Take this opportunity to ask questions you may have felt uncomfortable to ask before. You will leave with many strategies and resources you can share with your family.

Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Parent & Child Advocate(SCOE)
Date: Thursdays, November 7, 14 & 21, 2019
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100.  Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Caring for Adolescents who have experience Loss/Grief and Trauma (6 hours)

What is Trauma and what does it look like in behaviors? Come learn about the right/left brain connection and trauma reactions. What are trigger reactions and interventions to assist in the healing process. What is going on with the adolescent brain and how trauma impacts show up in the teen years. We will discuss methods on how to tame the “monster” and the developing adolescent brain. You will leave with more understanding and useful parenting techniques to assist your youth who has experienced trauma.
Instructor: Diane Miller, M.S.W.
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Crianza con cariño: (serie en desarrollo 12 hours)

Para criar se require conocimiento, dedicacion, amor, y compassion. Ejercer el papel de padres atraves de aprendizaje con el enfoque de cariño, técnicas apropiadas, y aumentando el conocimiento sobre las formas adecuadas de ejercer autoridad y reglas.

Instructora: Nayeli Rojas, Estudiante de SW y apoyo de cuidado adoptive experimentado
Fecha: Martes, Octubre 8, 15, 22, 29 , 2019 & Noviembre 5, & 19 2019
Tiempo: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lugar: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A. Compruebe primero con Seguridad. Estacione a lo largo de la valla de hierro blanco y no frente al edificio ya que esos espacios están reservados para nuestras operaciones diarias.
Por favor llame a Nayeli Rojas con cualquier pregunta al 916-709-5667

Crisis Intervention (2 hours)

This will equip resource parents with an effective framework to safely manage and prevent difficult behaviors utilizing proven treatment methods.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pmLocation: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Coping with Grief and Loss as a Caregiver (2 hours)

In the life of resource parents, children come, and children go, sometimes knowingly, sometimes suddenly and without warning. Incidents and allegations are often inescapable. Knowingly or unknowingly, resource parents face multiple situations that can leave’s them feeling a deep sense of grief. In this class, we will explore some of the multiple sources of grief for Resource parents including, recognizing and understanding grief and explore practical ways of coping with grief.
Instructor: Michelle Gray, M.S.W.
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Cultural Competency and Humility (6 hours)

This course is designed to provide foster and adoptive parents with information and skills that will enable them to parent children from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.Our basic assumption is that culture and ethnicity will predispose us to behave in specific ways. In order to provide for the children in our care, we must understand specific concepts, some of the differences that manifest as a result of the social environment, including culture, ethnicity, economics, and language. We must also be willing to look at ourselves from a cultural perspective to embrace the culture of others.Despite how we look, every individual present with a personal history, a unique personality, and a way of being in the world. Children in foster care are no exception to this rule and because of this, it is important that caretakers be willing to explore the varying possibilities. This includes but is not limited to sexual orientation, physical and emotional disabilities, mixed race heritage, religious orientation, and other individual factors that define the children in our care.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Cultural Competency and Humility with Mixed Race or Mixed Heritage Families (6 hours)

This class is designed to help resource parents or adoptive parents to work with children who are biological born into a family of mixed race or heritage or who have been adopted or placed into a mixed race or heritage family. The participants in this class will obtain history and knowledge regarding various races. They will obtain facts regarding the largest growing population, the date it became legally free to marry outside of their race, discuss in an open forum issues children of mixed race or heritage face. This class will promote pride and positive racial identity in youth with a focus on mixed heritage. The resource parents/adoptive parents will learn how to celebrate their culture as well as the children’s cultures. They will also learn how to deal with implicit bias and explicit bias. Resource parents will develop tools, games, and activities to use at home with their children to promote racial and ethnic identity and pride. The Primary Reference “Multiethnic Education Presents My People Are…Youth Pride in Mixed Heritage” www.multiethniceducation.org
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Cultural Competency and Humility- LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questions, Intersex, Asexual) Exploring the Different Definitions and Understanding how to Parent and Communicate with Children who may Identify with LGBTQIA (6 hours)

This class explores and addresses critical issues that youth who may identify with LGBTQIA issues. The goal of the class is to (RISE), Recognize. Intervene. Support. Empower.” This class is open to resource parents and youth ages 12-up who would like to address their concerns, obtain resources and discuss issues in a safe, welcoming and protective environment. The participants in the class will be provided with information, resources and tools they can use to help them and children in care to feel comfortable, safe, and identify opportunities to render successful permanency outcomes. This class also help resource parents or biological parents respond to children at the moment when the child discloses their sexual identity. When parents hear the news that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual, they oftentimes freeze and think they don’t know what to do – they stop parenting all together. But it’s more important than ever that they be a good parent at this time. In this class we will help the resource parent or biological parent to capitalize on their own strengths to comfort the child, help them feel safe, and keep them in a loving, protective, and healthy environment. Resource parents will understand how to L.E.A.D. their children and families with love.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Cyber Security and Managing Technology ( 6 hours)

Technology doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. Learn how to help keep your kids safe by managing technology and understanding what cyber security is. Get tips on how to avoid scams, managing phones/computers, how to discuss cyber security, cyber bullying, sexting,
Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Child and Parent Advocate (SCOE)
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Dynamics of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care (Series total 8 hours)

You will learn about understanding healthy development, how the brain functions, and healthy social & emotional regulation. We will be exploring how trauma can occur and how it effects the young developing brain, understand how trauma and it’s effects on the caregiver, learn compassionate and trauma informed care skills. This series is a must for those who parent children who have experienced, abuse, neglect and entered foster care.
Instructor: Diane Miller, M.S.W.
Date: Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Educational Issues (2 hours)

What are the indicators that your child may need to be accessed for Educational resources and services? In this class will learn the process and assessment protocol that will assist your child in getting Educational services. You will learn about the student study team, 504’s, IEP’s and other resources that your child may qualify for to help them have success in school.
Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Parent & Child Advocate (SCOE)
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

El Enfoque de Corazón Nutrido (NHA) (6 hours)

NHA es un increíble conjunto de estrategias desarrolladas específicamente para niños con conductas desafiantes. A menudo los padres han probado muchas técnicas de crianza de los hijos sólo para desanimarse cuando no funcionan bien. Este enfoque funciona bien para todos los niños, especialmente aquellos que no han respondido bien a las técnicas tradicionales, y facilitará el éxito de los padres. Los niños cuyos padres aprenden a energizarlos son mucho más propensos a hacerlo bien en la escuela; Tener autoestima sana; Muestran empatía y comportamiento pro-social; Y evitar actividades de alto riesgo como el uso de drogas, ausentismo y actividad criminal. Nuestro objetivo es ver que usted tiene una relación positiva con sus hijos!

Instructor: Nicholas Huerta, Instructor Certificado del Corazón Nutrido Instuctor
Fecha: Sábado, Novembre 16, 2019
Tiempo: 9:00am – 4:00pm (Comida 12-1)
Lugar: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A. Compruebe primero con Seguridad. ATENCIÓN: Estacione a lo largo de la valla de hierro blanco y no frente al edificio ya que esos espacios están reservados para nuestras operaciones diarias.
Por favor llame a Nayeli Rojas con cualquier pregunta al 916-709-5667

Feeling Good (2 hours)

This class will explore thoughts and perceptions that can lead to depression in both children and their caregivers. Understanding the nature of depression will assist caregivers in looking for signs of depression in the children they care and in themselves.
Instructor: Diane Miller, M.S.W.
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pmLocation: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Healthy boundaries and Communication (Series total 6 hours)

This class will discuss healthy boundaries in a family system and give hands on instruction on positive communication to use with the traumatized child. This class will also explore healthy family communication styles and how to implement an effective pattern of communication within the family.
Instructor: Diane Miller, M.S.W.
Date: Tuesdays, October 1, 8 & 15, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

How To Maintain Placement Stability and Prevent 14-Day Notices (2 hours)

The goal of this class is to develop skills and tools to recognize behavior patterns, intervention required to meet the children’s needs, and avoid placement disruptions. Learning to distinguish the language of the behaviors. Resource parents will learn how to engage with the child at their stage in life, break cycle of problematic behaviors, and refrain from stereotyping or generalizing all children’s behaviors. Resource parents will learn how to address different behavioral patterns, skills and tools to work with children with problematic behaviors.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

I Can Crisis (Series total 6 hours)

The majority of incidents of challenging behavior and crisis events that youth exhibit are triggered by overwhelming emotions or traumatic stress responses. This training will assist care-givers to prevent or de-escalate crisis and provide adults with the skills and knowledge so they can become the catalyst through with youth change old habits, destructive responses and maladaptive behavior patterns. Participates will learn: The Phases of Typical Crisis, Importance of Knowing Ourselves and Our Youth, How to Manage the Environment and numerous tools/techniques for de-escalating /managing challenging behaviors.
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH
Date: Tuesday, October 22 & 29, & November 5,2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

I Got NEEDS (2 hours)

Behavior and Needs go together. Whatever behavior youth exhibit, it’s always closely related to a need of some sort. The need should be our primary concern, rather than simply focusing on the youth’s behavior. Youth who grow up in stressful environments may have learned to go to extremes to have their needs met. It is our responsibility, as caring adults, to help youth develop new comping skills and find ways to meet their needs.
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRHDate:
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

I Don’t Know What to Say; learning the language of mental health (2 hours)

Mental health is not the privilege of a select few, but rather the birthright of us all. And yet mental illness is one of the greatest health crises our society has faced in decades. The impact is massive, and the ripple doesn’t stop at the front door where we work, worship or live, it moves inside. But there is a way to halt the flow and help those we live alongside to journey from mental "hellness" to mental wellness, and one of the most powerful ways is to leverage the power of language. Words have great power, and can be used to convey support, reflect empathy and even help facilitate healing. But, when it comes to the issue of mental illness, we often hold our mouth shut for fear we will say the wrong thing and make matters worse. Instead of stepping forward to voice our support and understanding, we either stay silent or avoid the conversation altogether. But what if there was a simple way to know what to say and thus let go of our fears? This workshop teaches how to harness the power of words so we can most effectively speak support into the lives of those living with mental illness.As a result of this workshop, attendees will learn:How to leverage curiosity to create a space of understanding.The well-intentioned things we say that are harmful to others.How to recognize the hidden need behind a person’s words.A variety of expressions that are helpful to someone suffering.
Instructor: David Woods Bartley, Mental Health Speaker/Trainer/Writer/Advocate
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Intro to Sensory Processing and Visual Supports (2 hours)

Small movements can sharpen your focus, providing sensory input to perk up or calm down. Learn some sensory motor strategies that can be integrated into the daily routine or spontaneously. Visual supports can help children and adults regain composure during stressful times and help move successfully throughout the day. Learn about sensory processing disorder and some techniques to help to have a productive day. Leave class with your very own sensory bottle you created.
Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Parent & Child Advocate (SCOE)
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Kickstart to a Successful School Year ( 2 hours)

Children struggle in many different ways at school. Some children don’t struggle at all. But everyone should have a plan to make each school year successful. In this class we will discuss struggles, communication with school & staff, recording relevant information, the atmosphere of school today, helpful tips for parents and kids, etc. You’ll leave class with resources to assist your child in making this school year better. Come to class armed with questions you might have about your child
Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Parent & Child Advocate (SCOE)
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Inteligencia Emocional: (serie en desarrollo 12 hours)

Inteligencia Emocional: En la vida diaria son muchas las ocasiones en que nuestras emociones influyen decisivamente en nuestra vida, aunque no nos demos cuenta.  La inteligencia emocional implica cinco capacidades básicas: descubrir las emociones y sentimientos propios, reconocerlos, manejarlos, crear una motivación propia y gestionar las relaciones personales. Aprenderá sobre  tomar conciencia de las emociones, reacciones sobre  las presiones y frustraciones, y como adoptar una actitud empática y social que brindará mayores beneficios de desarrollo personal. 

Instructora: Nayeli Rojas, Estudiante de SW y apoyo de cuidado adoptive experimentado
Fecha: Martes, Agosto 27, 2019 &  Septiembre 3, 10 17, & 24  2019 & Octubre 1, 2019
Tiempo: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lugar: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A. Compruebe primero con Seguridad. Estacione a lo largo de la valla de hierro blanco y no frente al edificio ya que esos espacios están reservados para nuestras operaciones diarias.Por favor llame a Nayeli Rojas con cualquier pregunta al 916-709-5667

Life Space Intervention (2 hours)

Learn how to turn youths challenging behaviors into learning opportunities. Life Space Intervention is a powerful tool for teaching self-management and values. It uses the youth’s reaction to difficult situations as way to help youth gain insight and understanding into their own feeling and behaviors. Participates will explore the importance of supportive communication, fine tune Active Listening Skills and learn the Evidence Based Processing Tool (LSI).
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH
Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan. Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Neurodiversity; ADHD, ASD, Learning Disabilities, SPD….oh my! (2 hours) Differently Abled vs. Special Needs

Neurodiversity, what is that? ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder are some neurological differences that we come across in our everyday life. But do you know how these differently abled people manage in real life? In this extended workshop you will get a better understanding of these diagnoses’, how you as the caregiver/educator can support them. You’ll receive assessments that your family can take to learn sensory function, learning styles, executive functioning, and dyslexia. Visuals/supports will be demonstrated that you can use at home and in school. Educating yourself is the best way to advocate them. You’ll also be given the opportunity to listen to youths who are living this life and how they deal with the strengths and challenges that come it with being neurodiverse.
Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Parent & Child Advocate (SCOE)
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

New Nurtured Heart Series (6 hours)

New Nurtured Heart Series ( Series total 6 hours)
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Wednesdays, August 28, 2019 & September 4 & 11, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first



New Nurtured Heart Series (6 hours)
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Saturday, Sepember 14th, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first



New Nurtured Heart Series (Series total 6 hours)
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Wednesdays, October 9, 16 & 23, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
b: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first



New Nurtured Heart Series (6 hours)
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first


New Nurtured Heart Series ( Series total 6 hours)
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Wednesdays, November 6, 13 & 20, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first


New Nurtured Heart Series (6 hours)
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first


“ Canceled due to low enrollment”.  New Nurtured Heart Series (Series total 6 hours)  “  
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Wednesdays, December 4, 11 & 18, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first


New Nurtured Heart Series (6 hours)
The Nurtured Heart Approach ((NHA)) is an amazing set of strategies developed specifically for children with challenging behaviors. Often parents have tried many parenting techniques only to become discouraged when they do not work well. This approach works well for all children, especially those who have not responded well to traditional techniques, and will facilitate parenting success. Children whose parents learn to energize them are much more likely to do well in school; have healthy self- esteem; exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior; and avoid high-risk activities such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. Our objective is to see you have a positive relationship with your kids!
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those spaces are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Preparing for the Holidays-Self Care (formerly Triumph Over Holiday Blues)(6 hours)

Preparing for the holidays don’t have to be a stressful time especially if you know how to care for yourself in the process. This class will provide you with knowledge about stress, and how it’s intensified while preparing for the Holidays. Participants will learn how to recognize the on-set of stress, obtain several practical techniques of reducing and relieving stressors. (Please dress in comfortable loose-fitting clothing that allow you to move about for a fun and relaxing time)
Instructor: Michelle Gray, M.S.W.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: New Location- Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first.

Recognizing and Identifying Signs of Abuse and Neglect/ Effective Intervention Strategies for Traumatized Children (6 hours)

This class helps individuals recognize the signs of abuse and neglect. They will understand the full dynamics of maltreatment, it’s effect over the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive areas of a child or person’s life. This class will help parents and individual that work with children develop tools they can use to help them overcome obstacles, enhance the child’s overall development, sense of self-worth, and well- being. The parents and individuals will obtain resources to work with the children and meet their needs.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Setting SMART Goals (2 hours)

SMART is an acronym that represents a framework for creating effective goals. It stands for five qualities your goals should have. They should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. The SMART method is one of the most popular and effective tools for creating realistic and achievable goals. You can use this goal setting method to help you, your family, and your children/foster children to improve your chances of success at home, at school, in therapy, and in life. This class will help you develop specific goals that are relevant to you and your families’ specific needs.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Suicide TALK ( 2 hours)

Every 28 seconds someone dies by suicide, unfortunately it has recently become the 2nd leading cause of death for young people. Suicide Talk is an introductory to the topic of Suicide, it includes examining why someone might experience thoughts of, explores Stigmas /Attitudes and teaches to how you can be a part of a suicide safer community
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Surviving, Thriving Teens (2 hours)

Trauma occurring during childhood or adolescence can have a substantial impact on adolescent development and permanently alter the way their brain functions. This course will review “normal’ adolescent development, examine how trauma can derail “Normalcy”, and explore some supportive interventions to assist teens on their journey to “Greatness”.
Instructor: Karen Gregg, Expert Trainer/Supervisor CRH
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Sexualidad: ( serie en desarrollo 9 hours)

Durante el crecimiento el cuerpo humano se desarrolló en varias áreas incluyendo la salud sexual y reproductiva. El bienestar físico, social, y mental es una clave importante relacionada en cuestión de la sexualidad. Se aprenderá sobre lo básico de la salud sexual, y el desarrollo de la pubertad. Tambien se discutara los cambios en los sistemas reproductivos, temas sobre los terminos y acesso de cuidado.
Instructora: Nayeli Rojas, Estudiante de SW y apoyo de cuidado adoptive experimentado
Fecha: Martes, Diciembre 3, 10 & 17, 2019
Tiempo: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lugar: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A. Compruebe primero con Seguridad. Estacione a lo largo de la valla de hierro blanco y no frente al edificio ya que esos espacios están reservados para nuestras operaciones diarias.
Por favor llame a Nayeli Rojas con cualquier pregunta al 916-709-5667

Situational Crisis (2 hours)

This class is designed to help resource parents develop skills and tools to address, avoid, and deescalate situational crisis. This class will help resource parents learn what constitute situational crisis veres an ongoing behavioral pattern. Resource parents will learn tools to help them assess their own triggers and and teach them how to relate to the foster child.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Sometimes What Hurts the Most Can’t Be Seen; and sometimes what helps the most is easy to do. (6 hours)

The truth is, mental illness doesn’t look a certain way. As it stands now, its many evil incarnations are inflicting devastating harm on people in all demographics and in all parts of their lives; home, worship, school and work. Recent suicides of the famous, the accomplished and the seemingly content points to the fact that much lies behind a forced smile, a distracting joke, or a “perfect” life. This keynote chronicles the story of my journey from the brink of suicide to the experience of mental health. With both stories and data, I share how mental illness feels, what were the causes of my condition, the lessons I have learned, and the simple actions we can each take to bring about the most life affirming gift of all; connection. As a result of this workshop, attendees will learn: What mental illness feels like, what it is, and what it isn’t. The difference between attention, contact and connection. How to leverage recognition, curiosity and expression to create what can be lifesaving connection. The importance of understanding surrender and acceptance. How to rebuild a life after tragedy or trauma. The language of mental health.
Instructor: Diane Miller, ACSW
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

There’s a New Way to Spell Mental Health; Begin with the Letter, “C” (2 hours)

It’s safe to say that the feeling of being connected with others is the very essence of mutuality; a state of relatedness that makes life that much better. In all parts of our society, including where we live, work, and worship, we are faced with a variety of issues that have the potential to draw us away from belonging and into the cold space of isolation. The way to counter that terrible threat, and to say relationally warm and experience health and purpose in all areas of life is to unite with others. Put another way, the three most important words in health of any kind are, Connection, Connection, Connection. And yet, while connection is the foundation of lasting wellness, many of us feel like we don’t know how to create connection with others. This fun, fast-paced and interactive workshop teaches three methods that are easy to use and highly effective at creating real, and what can be life changing, morale boosting, talent retaining and productivity enhancing connection in all areas of life. As a result of this workshop, attendees will learn:How to use recognition to initiate connection.Ways to leverage curiosity to create understanding.The power that lies underneath our positive expressions.The 3 “R’s” that come when we actively create connection.
Instructor: David Woods Bartley, Mental Health Speaker/Trainer/Writer/Advocate
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Understanding Typical Behaviors of Teenagers and Youth Who Have Been Traumatized-Effective Intervention Strategies (Series total 4 Hours)

Each stage of development has its own unique challenges and rewards. The parents will be able to identify the different stages of development, behavioral and developmental challenges in each stage, and understand how trauma can affect the various stages of development.
Resource parents will learn how to assess the different behavioral patterns, understand the trauma cycle, and how it affects the teenager’s stage of development as well as their behaviors. Resource parents will learn how to help them overcome their obstacles. This class will help parents/caregivers assist the children through transition in each stage of development, develop, and enhance their overall well-being, build rapport, positive support system, and to help them become productive individuals.
Instructor: Rochelle Bard, M.S.S.W.
Date: Wednesdays, September 25, 2019 & October 2, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: New Location- Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1A or 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first.

Understanding Mental Health of Children who have Experienced Trauma (6 hours)

Adolescents can impact their mental health and daily functioning. This class will address what those possible mental health issues may look like in children and adolescents behavior. Participants will gain a knowledge of metal health diagnosis, symptoms of each diagnosis, and how to determine if a child is struggling with a mental health issue, and where to finds appropriate treatment. Effective interventions to work with mental health issues will be covered.

Instructor: Diane Miller, M.S.W.
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Welcoming Children with Disabilities (2 hours)

Welcoming a child into your home with a diagnosis comes all sorts of new feelings, information, relationships and systems. It is often overwhelming and emotionally draining for everyone in the home. It can also be one of life’s greatest gifts full of opportunity to make a difference. Each child is different, the processes, emotions, relationships will all be unique. This class is intended to give you the support as you navigate this new world.
Instructor: “Espi” Espinoza, Parent & Child Advocate (SCOE)
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: McClellan Park, 5146 Arnold Ave, McClellan, CA 95652, ROOM 100. Take Watt North and you will see McClellan Park. Look for address and if map quest put in city of McClellan.

Who Moved My Cheese? (6 hours)

Change is inevitable. This class will discuss ways to deal with change with flow and little disruption. You will explore how change happens to foster families as foster children come and go with techniques to empower you with those changes. This class will discuss the change that foster children go through while in the foster care system and explore how change can affect thought patterns, both positively and negatively. Tools will be offered to increase awareness of reactions to change and better coping methods to change.
Instructor: Instructor: Diane Miller, M.S.W.
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 9:00pm – 4:00pm (12-1 lunch)
Location: Sacramento County Building, 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826, Conference Room 1B. Park along the white iron fence and not in front of the building as those space are reserved for our daily operations. Check in with Security first

Whole Foster Family Home (10 hours)

Note: This class will be scheduled on an as need basis. Please contact our office if you need to get WFFH certified.
This class is required for all Resource Families who are interested in parenting a pregnant or teen with a child. Senate Bill 500 has provided guidelines for teens in foster care who become pregnant and maintain custody of their child. This class provides information and support resources for RFA homes that would like to be a foster parent and mentor to the “teen” parent.

Instructor: Michelle Gray, M.S.W.
Date: TBA as needed

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