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Training Schedules

To register for a training session, find the training you would like to attend on this page, then fill out the Training Registration form.


Resource Family Approval Orientation

Address: Kern County Department of Human Services: Columbus Center-Orientation Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield CA 93306

Child Care? No. Sorry, child care is not provided.

Pre-Register: Call the Registration Line to (661) 631-6204

Schedule: Orientation is offered the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5:30pm to 8:30pm (only the 2nd Thursday in November and December)
Spanish Foster Care orientation is the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

For more information on becoming a Resource Parent please call (661) 631-6204 or visit the Kern County Department of Human Services website.

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Pre-Adopt Training Schedule

Pre-Adopt Training is a required training for foster parents going through the adoption process. Pre-Adopt training consists of Sessions 3, 6 and 9 from the PRIDE training series. Usually the adoptions social worker will refer foster parents to this training.

Child Care? Yes, Childcare is available. Please register.

Pre-Register: Call the registration line at 661-319-1836

NO Walk-Ins!

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Resource Family Approval (RFA) Training

Resource Family Approval Training is a training series for participants interested in becoming a Resource Family (Foster Parent, Relative Caretaker or Non-Related Extended Family Members). This training fulfills the Kern County Department of Human Services training requirements. The training is a 12-hour series broken into four sessions and will be offered twice a month. For further information, please contact 661-395-4991.

Pre-Register: Visit the Training Registration page to register or call the registration line at 661-395-4991.

Child Care? Yes, childcare will be available some months. Check availability by calling 661-319-1836.

All RFA trainings are currently being held virtually through Zoom. Register for an FKCE Training and a representative will send you the Zoom link along with more information.

RFA Schedule

May 4-13, 2020

Becky Colaw, MS; Jessica Macias-Cervantes, ACSW

Session Date/Time Location
Session 1 Monday, May 4
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 2 Wednesday, May 6
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 3 Monday, May 11
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 4 Wednesday, May 13
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room

May 19-28, 2020

Barbara Reifel, LCSW; Jessica Macias-Cervantes, ACSW

Session Date/Time Location
Session 1 Tuesday, May 19
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 2 Thursday, May 21
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 3 Tuesday, May 26
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 4 Thursday, May 28
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room

June 2-11, 2020

Sydney Matlock-Pettus, MSW; Cherilyn Haworth-Price, MSW, LCSW

Session Date/Time Location
Session 1 Tuesday, June 2
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 2 Thursday, June 4
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 3 Tuesday, June 9
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 4 Thursday, June 11
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room

June 6-13, 2020

Becky Colaw, MS; Jessica Macias-Cervantes, ACSW

Session Date/Time Location
Session 1 and 2 Saturday, June 6
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 3 and 4 Saturday, June 13
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room

June 15-24, 2020

Barbara Reifel, LCSW; Cherilyn Haworth-Price, MSW, LCSW

Session Date/Time Location
Session 1 Monday, June 15
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 2 Wednesday, June 17
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 3 Monday, June 22
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room
Session 4 Wednesday, June 24
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kern County Department of Human Services
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Orientation Room

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Capacitación de aprobación de la familia de apoyo

La capacitación para la aprobación de la familia de recursos es una serie de capacitación para los participantes interesados ​​en convertirse en una familia de recursos (padres de crianza temporal, cuidadores relativos o miembros de la familia extensa no relacionados). Esta capacitación cumple con los requisitos de capacitación del Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Kern. El entrenamiento es una serie de 12 horas y se ofrecerá una vez al mes. Para obtener más información, comuníquese al 661-395-4991.

Registro: 661-395-4991.

Cuidado de Niños esta disponible unas fechas. Puede verificar disponibilidad llamando a 661-319-1836.

Todos los entrenamientos han movido virtualmente por Zoom. Regístrese para un entrenamiento de FKCE y un representante le enviara un enlace a una página web con mas informacion.

Horario de entrenamientos

Mayo 2020

Instructor: Angelica Gonzalez, MSW; Angelica Maria Gonzalez, MAC MFTI

Sesiones Fechas Lugar
Sesion 3 y 4 Sabado, 9 de Mayo
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Departamento de Servicios Humanos Condado de Kern:
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Centro Columbus: Sala de Conferencia "Family Team"

Junio 2020

Instructor: Angelica Gonzalez, MSW; Melina Galindo-Morfin

Sesiones Fechas Lugar
Sesion 1 y 2 Sabado, 6 de Junio
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Departamento de Servicios Humanos Condado de Kern:
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Centro Columbus: Sala de Conferencia "Family Team"
Sesion 3 y 4 Sabado, 13 de Junio
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Departamento de Servicios Humanos Condado de Kern:
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Centro Columbus: Sala de Conferencia "Family Team"

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Ongoing Training

Trainings are recommended for Resource Families, Group Home Staff, and other professionals working with children.

Visit the Training Registration page to register for one of the trainings listed below.

Resource Families will fulfill training hours for licensing.

Child Care? No. Sorry, child care is not provided.

Pre-register: Call the registration line (661)-395-4991

Walk-ins? Yes! Walk-ins are also welcome!

All trainings are currently being held virtually through Zoom. Register for an FKCE Training and a representative will send you the Zoom link along with more information.

Date/Time Location Instructor Topic
Monday, April 27, 2020
6:00-8:00 PM
All trainings are currently being held virtually through Zoom. Register for an FKCE Training and a representative will send you the Zoom link along with more information. Becky Colaw, MS The Connected Child Based on book by Keryn B Purvis
Parenting children from “hard places” presents unique challenges. Their special needs require from caregivers care, consideration and compassion. The Connected Child addresses how to build bonds of affection and trust, how to deal with learning and behavior disorders and how to discipline with love.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
All trainings are currently being held virtually through Zoom. Register for an FKCE Training and a representative will send you the Zoom link along with more information. Kerry Chea, Licensing Investigator “When an investigator knocks”
Caregivers will learn what to expect when an allegation is reported against them and about the general investigative process of when an allegation of abuse and neglect is reported to CPS.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00-9:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Cherilyn Haworth-Price, MSW, LCSW Human Trafficking: Commercial Sexual Exploited Children (CSEC)
This training is specifically designed for foster parents, relative caregivers, and group home staff as a first step in combatting the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in California. We are working to raise awareness to the crisis at hand and increasing your ability to identify commercially sexually exploited children.
Friday, May 8, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Gayla Gibson, Relative Caregiver Teaching Responsibilities at any age
Children who have responsibilities to the family develop a sense of their importance and belonging. Their self-esteem grows as their competencies grow. In order to help them grow what are some responsibilities in the home we can ask our children to do that will help them grow as a person.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Santa Maria Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Gayla Gibson, Relative Caregiver Resource Parents Rights and Responsibilities
Come learn about resource parent rights. Also, learn about foster parent responsibilities at the state level and national level. Receive a copy of the California State Resource Parents Rights and the National Resource Parent Rights. These rights and responsibilities are very important for all resource parents to understand while caring for foster children.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Santa Maria Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Gayla Gibson, Relative Caregiver Reasonable and Prudent Parenting
Come learn about reasonable and prudent parent standard and how you as a caregiver can make certain parental decisions.
Monday, May 11, 2020
6:00-8:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Perla Davis, MFT Mandated Reporter
Certain persons such as teachers, counselors, health care providers, and resource families are mandated reporters and are required to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect. This training will review types of abuse, indicators of child abuse and neglect, what is NOT child abuse and neglect and mandated reporter responsibilities.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
6:00-8:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Sydney Matlock-Pettus, MSW Caring for Children with Severe Behavioral & Emotional Needs
Behavioral and emotional challenges often affect children who live in long-term foster care. Research has shown that the adverse effects of early childhood trauma directly impact the neurobiology of a child's brain. There is a correlation between this trauma and a variety of behavioral difficulties, such as aggression, hyperactivity, impulsivity, as well as insecure attachment. This training will focus on identifying some of the more significant behavioral and emotional challenges seen in foster care. This training will also focus on offering trauma informed solutions for resource families trying to manage these behaviors.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
5:00-7:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage 40 developmental Assets Part 1 - What are the External Assets?
Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets).
Thursday, May 21, 2020
7:00-9:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage 40 developmental Assets Part 2 - What are the Internal Assets?
Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (internal assets).
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
10:00 AM - noon
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Rolando Hernandez, Foster Youth Services; Chase Amos, BC NextUp program Educational Rights/Supporting Youth for Higher Education
This workshop will cover foster youth education rights and how you as a caregiver can help your child succeed in school. Learn about resources available. Chase Amos from Bakersfield College will cover a special presentation about the services available through the NextUp program.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
6:00-8:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Becky Colaw, MS Sexual & Reproductive Rights for Youth in Foster Care
In this in-service, we will review SB 89 Sexual and Reproductive Wellness in Foster Care. We will discuss what the law says, your duties and responsibilities as a caregiver, how to engage in conversations with youth about sexual and reproductive wellness, and we will have an overview of contraceptive methods, as well as talk to you about resources for the children in your care.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
6:00-8:00 PM
BC SouthWest
Camino Media and Scarlet Oak Blvd.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Barbara Reifel, LCSW Positive Parenting & Discipline
This training will focus on incorporating useful skills and methods to improve communication with your child and allow you to spend more quality time together. Parents will be taught various age and developmentally appropriate ways to approach discipline situations with your child, and how to defuse difficult situations such as tantrums and power struggles. Parents will learn about expected behaviors by age and a wide range of ways to solve common issues.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
9:00-11:00 AM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Santa Maria Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Cherilyn Haworth-Price, MSW, LCSW Therapeutic Parenting
Children in child welfare often struggle with challenges around attachment and trauma. The experience of childhood for these children is significantly different than the experience of childhood for the non-traumatized child that has had the opportunity to attach to a primary caretaker. Learning how to parent therapeutically is the single most important thing you can do to help support a traumatized child struggling with attachment issues. This training will discuss the different approaches in therapeutic parenting, help you identifying your therapeutic parenting style, and provide you with therapeutic parenting tools to add to your toolbox!
Saturday, June 6, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Santa Maria Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Cherilyn Haworth-Price, MSW, LCSW The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel
Dr. Dan Siegel's inspiring work gives parents tools to help kids move from surviving to thriving! This is especially important for foster kids, whose traumatic experiences can rewire their brain to focus on survival. The main point of The Whole-Brain Child is that families are not stuck in their current circumstances. Parents have the ability to change these circumstances by changing the way they respond and relate to the child, and as they do they can help alter their child’s brain, and how the child responds to their environment, in the process. Adoptive and foster parents have found The Whole-Brain Child to be helpful and relevant as they parent children that have had difficult and traumatic experiences.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
5:00-7:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage ACEs and Resiliency Part 1
The term “ACEs” is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences. ... Toxic stress explains how Trauma ACEs compromise brain development and impact neglect on behaviors.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
7:00-9:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage ACEs and Resiliency Part 2
The term “ACEs” is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences. ... Toxic stress explains how Trauma ACEs compromise brain development and impact neglect on behaviors.
Monday, June 15, 2020
6:00-9:00 PM
BC SouthWest
Camino Media and Scarlet Oak Blvd.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Patti Kasper, MA, MTh, TBRI Practitioner; Ana Morales, MS Becoming a Trauma Competent Healing Parent, Part 1
When a child enters a foster/adoptive home with a history of drug exposure, abuse, neglect and/or trauma, that child will greatly impact the family. Often times the experience is nothing like what parents expect. This causes confusing emotions and parents may feel ill-equipped for the journey ahead. This workshop will support parents and caregivers of children who come from hard places with a practical how-to approach, specific tasks and skills. Participants who complete this training will receive a free copy of the book “Wounded Children Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families” by Jayne Schooler
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Cherilyn Haworth-Price, MSW, LCSW In the Trenches: Managing your Secondary Traumatic Stress
The condition has numerous names: secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue. The symptoms are similar in some ways to post-traumatic stress disorder: withdrawing from friends and family, feeling unexplainably irritable, having difficulty focusing, always feeling pressured to get things completed, and feeling hopeless and isolated. Many foster parents recognize the cumulative stressors that they faced in raising traumatized children, but often do not realize that the symptoms they may experience are a common reaction to working with traumatized children — and that these symptoms have a name. This training will focus on recognizing how STS affects you and your family, ways to mitigate the effects of STS, and developing a plan to deal with burnout.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
6:00-9:00 PM
BC SouthWest
Camino Media and Scarlet Oak Blvd.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Patti Kasper, MA, MTh, TBRI Practitioner; Ana Morales, MS Becoming a Trauma Competent Healing Parent, Part 2
When a child enters a foster/adoptive home with a history of drug exposure, abuse, neglect and/or trauma, that child will greatly impact the family. Often times the experience is nothing like what parents expect. This causes confusing emotions and parents may feel ill-equipped for the journey ahead. This workshop will support parents and caregivers of children who come from hard places with a practical how-to approach, specific tasks and skills. Participants who complete this training will receive a free copy of the book “Wounded Children Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families” by Jayne Schooler
Thursday, June 18, 2020
6:00-8:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Becky Colaw, MS A Volcano in my Tummy
This training will be based on the book A Volcano in my Tummy. It is about helping 6-15 year old handle their anger so that they can live successfully, healthily, happily and non-violently. The book has stories, easy to use games and exercises designed to encourage children to see their anger and to deal constructively with it. Participants will receive a free copy of the book.
Monday, June 22, 2020
6:00-9:00 PM
BC SouthWest
Camino Media and Scarlet Oak Blvd.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Patti Kasper, MA, MTh, TBRI Practitioner; Ana Morales, MS Becoming a Trauma Competent Healing Parent, Part 3
When a child enters a foster/adoptive home with a history of drug exposure, abuse, neglect and/or trauma, that child will greatly impact the family. Often times the experience is nothing like what parents expect. This causes confusing emotions and parents may feel ill-equipped for the journey ahead. This workshop will support parents and caregivers of children who come from hard places with a practical how-to approach, specific tasks and skills. Participants who complete this training will receive a free copy of the book “Wounded Children Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families” by Jayne Schooler
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
6:00-8:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Perla Davis, MFT Visitations
This training will be focused on visitations and how to prepare a child for visitation with family and how to deal with the behaviors that might arise.
Friday, June 26, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kern County Department of Human Services - Family Team Conference Room
3711 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Gayla Gibson, Relative Caregiver Community Resources for Foster Children
Come learn about resources available for the children in your care. Learn how to navigate the system and how to advocate for the children in your care. This training will include an overview of the resource directory provided by the Kern County Department of Human Services.

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Entrenamiento Continuo

Todos los entrenamientos han movido virtualmente por Zoom. Regístrese para un entrenamiento de FKCE y un representante le enviara un enlace a una página web con mas informacion.

Fecha/Horario Lugar Instructor Tema
Jueves, 30 de Abril
6:00-8:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Gonzalez, MSW; Melina Galindo-Morfin Autocuidado para cuidadores
Jueves, 7 de Mayo
6:00-8:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Gonzalez, MSW; Jessica Macias-Cervantes, ACSW Juventud LGBTQ
Jueves, 14 de Mayo
6:00-8:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Maria Gonzalez, MAC MFTI; Melina Galindo-Morfin Trata de Niños
Miercoles, 20 de Mayo
6:00-8:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Gonzalez, MSW Pena y Perdida
Lunes, 1 de Junio
6:00-8:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Gonzalez, MSW Niños con condiciones Médicas Frágiles; Melina Galindo-Morfin
Miercoles, 10 de Junio
6:00-8:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Gonzalez, MSW; Melina Galindo-Morfin Derechos de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva de los Jóvenes (SB89)
Sabado, 20 de Junio
8:00-10:00 AM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Gonzalez, MSW; Melina Galindo-Morfin Trata de Niños: Niños explotados comercialmente
Sabado, 20 de Junio
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Gonzalez, MSW; Melina Galindo-Morfin Seguridad de Internet
Jueves, 25 de Junio
6:00-8:00 PM
Virtual por Zoom Angelica Maria Gonzalez, MAC MFTI; Melina Galindo-Morfin Crianza razonable y prudente

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