RESPITE | FKCE Classes May 2020

We invite you to join us for our ONLINE parenting classes, sponsored by Saddleback College’s FKCE Program!

During this time, we’re pleased to offer you regular sessions of parenting support and tools in a virtual setting. Please take a look at the list of classes below!

Note – All classes will be available for a live session through the Zoom video conferencing platform. Certificates of Completion will be granted to all participants that attend with their videos showing and who are active in discussions (either through chat or in discussion groups).

Materials and Links will be sent to registrants the day before the class. 


Tuesdays – 6-8pm

  • 5/5 – Prudent Parenting – Reasonable Prudent Parenting Standards (RPPS), SB-358 “supports the empowerment of a caregiver to exercise common sense and good judgment to access circumstances and events in which a foster child may participate.” This training will cover the specifics of the RPPS and how you should apply it to your foster parenting.
  • 5/12 – Fostering Connection with Nurture Groups[Note – this class is intended for the participation of children with their families during the 2nd hour of class. Adult registrants who are not able to include their children for this training will still be able to participate in a breakout session]. One of the most common questions of foster, adoptive, and kinship parents is, “how do I foster connection and attachment while applying needed structure?” This experiential workshop will give parents the opportunity to apply “High Nurture, High Structure” with their children in the Nurture Group format. Using the TBRI® Principles of Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting, families will participate in a full Nurture group during the second half of the workshop, helping parents to begin a meaningful tradition in their home that will grow: felt safety, emotional regulation, and connection. (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series).
  • 5/19 – Rituals and Routines that Create a Safe Home – Is there a special song your family likes to sing during the holidays? Do you light a candle before dinner? Is there a specific routine at the end of the day that you use to help get your mind and body ready to sleep? Providing rituals and routines not only helps to give structure in our homes and organizations, but also connects us by giving a sense of belonging within our families and communities. But most importantly, routines and rituals create felt safety, an essential factor of healthy development, This course will help you learn how routines can change and heal brains that have experienced trauma, identify routines that can be given deeper meaning through ritual, explore ways to grow rituals as a group process, and understand the positive impact of belonging and protective systems. (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series).
  • 5/26 – Scaffolding for Success – To succeed in our environments, we often need to negotiate at least one thing or factor that will help us to better access our resources; for kids from hard places, the list can be much longer and we might find ourselves in a cycle of “reject and eject” in our schools, programs, and organizations. Even in our homes, our natural responses to stress might inadvertently create barriers for our children, especially in challenging seasons. This course will help you understand the importance of high structure and high nurture for scaffolding your child, begin to even more clearly identify the specific needs of the child(ren) in your care, and advocate and prepare the environments in which your child will be so the barriers are removed and the bar is set at a level where success is achievable. (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series).

Mondays – 12-2pm

  • 5/11 – Parenting During Challenging Seasons – Parenting is hard. Parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss is even more difficult. And when crisis hits, effective parenting can seem almost impossible! But the good news is that we can scaffold our children, homes – and even ourselves – to withstand unusual and challenging circumstances! This session will: explore proactive measures parents can put in place, identify current stressors and possible solutions, and provide practical tools to engage in resiliency practices that will help the whole family to better weather the storm. (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series).

Thursdays – 12-2pm

  • 5/7 – How to Mentor the Tween/Teen Brain – Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to provide direction and effective discipline for older children and teens! As an important caregiver and safe adult in their life, you have the opportunity to mentor their brains to learn how to develop a sense of self-worth, connection to community, and the ability to self-regulate. In this session, learn about the tools needed to provide a high-structure, high-nurture environment that will train young brains to learn to trust and engage in healthy relationship, leading them to effective problem solving and decision-making.
  • 5/28 – Changing Mindset, Decreasing Stress – We all experience stress, both negative and positive, and it is a normal part of the human experience of growth. But reoccurring negative stress has a significant impact on our ability to fully function in all of the areas of our lives (including parenting) – stress can actually be toxic! One of the most effective ways of decreasing our stress is to address our mindset. This class will: help you understand the impact of stress on your brain and body, examine helpful mindset shifts that will connect you to your problem-solving brain, and provide you with effective mindfulness practices. (Part of the Coping with COVID-19 series)

Saturday – 10am-12pm

  • 5/16 – Who’s Taking Care of the Caregiver? – Stress and Pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily life; they are part of the human condition. When we care for children and youth who are themselves stressed from life circumstances, we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of the children placed in our home.