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Family Paths sponsors community trainings free of charge to those in Alameda County who work with, or on behalf of, Alameda County Foster Youth and Families. Our trainings are developed to help those in the mental health or related fields have the latest information on topics relevant to supporting vulnerable children, youth and families impacted by traumatic events and life circumstances. All of our trainings emphasize the importance of culturally responsive practice and the complexities that children and families in the foster care system face, as well as helping children and families at risk of system involvement.

To attend any training, you MUST first register by clicking the appropriate Eventbrite link below or by emailing trainings@familypaths.org. While the shelter in place orders are in effect, TRAININGS WILL BE HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM. A link will be emailed to you 48 hours before the training begins so you must register.

Trainings and workshops are free and open to those who work with foster children and youth in Alameda County.
Family Paths (CEU Provider #62239) provides trainings and workshops in conjunction with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County through Title IV-E Funding.


Gender & Pronouns 101 for Service Providers

– with Kelsey Pacha

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Location: THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM. A link will be emailed to you 48 hours before the training begins so you must register.
Full description and to register: CLICK HERE

Risk Management

– with Sarah Solis, LCSW

When:Monday, December 14, 2020
Time:9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM. A link will be emailed to you 48 hours before the training begins so you must register.
Full description and to register: CLICK HERE

If you would like to join our email list for future training announcements, please email Trainings@familypaths.org.


Previous trainings have included:

Improving Our Support and Response to Child Welfare System (CWS) Involved Families – with Marya Wright

Cooperative Relationships: Conflict Resolution and Courageous Conversations to Improve Outcomes for Youth – with Hideko Akashi

Supporting Trans & Gender Expansive Youth 11 & Under – with Kelsey Pacha

Supporting Families in Care: Effective Ways to Help Clients and Colleagues Heal from Institutional and Internalized Oppression – Hideko Akashi

Doing the Right Thing: Managing Ethical Issues in Clinical Work with Families and Children
– Tala Ghantous, LCSW

Clinical Supervision – Stan Taubman, PhD, LCSW

Adapting Best Practices from Expressive Arts and Embodied Methods to Telehealth and Virtual psychotherapy work with Children, Youth, and Families – with Kimberly Cohn, MFT, RDT-BCT

Supporting Families of Color Through the Adoption and Foster Care Process and Beyond – with Malaika Parker, MFT

Impacto del trauma de la inmigración en las familias: Como se manifiesta y estrategias para apoyar a los/as niñas/os y su familia
– with Cecilia Reus, MFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis: An Individualized, Recovery Oriented Approach – With Ron Unger, LCSW

A Discussion on Clinical Endings – With Meleah Chamberlain Terheyden, MFT

Transracial Adoption – With Katie Wynen, MSW

Integrating Art in Therapeutic Relationships with Children and Youth – with Eleanor Ruckman, LMFT

Risk Assessment: Effectively Addressing Client Crises – with Sarah Solis, LCSW

Doing the Right Thing: Managing Ethical Issues in Clinical Work with Families and Children – with Tala Ghantous, LCSW

Los Genogramas Con Niños y Familias – with Dulce Lopez, Psy.D.

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area Resources and Referrals – with Eleonore Zwinger, Senior Staff Attorney at IIBA Oakland

Reflective Practice in ECMH Work: Seeing the Needs of the Other – A training with Barbra Stroud, PhD.

Un Marco Cultural Sobre Terapia Familiar/A Cultural Framework on Family Therapy – A training IN SPANISH ONLY with Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW

ECMH – Asking Hard Questions: Engaging Young Children and their Caregivers in Difficult Conversations – A training with Tala Ghantous, MFT

Apoyando a los Jóvenes y Familias en la Navegación de los Retos Puesto por la Aculturación/
Supporting the Youth and their Families in Navigating the Challenges Placed by Acculturation
– A training IN SPANISH ONLY with Jeanette Urbina, LCSW

ECMH – Understanding the Impact of Loss and Separation in Early Childhood – A training with Tala Ghantous, MFT

Shhh! Sweet Dreams: Understanding Healthy Sleep Habits in Early Childhood – A training with Tala Ghantous, MFT

The Neurological Underpinnings of Successful Relationship: A training given by Barbara Stroud, PhD

Impacto del Trauma de la Inmigración en las Familias: Cómo se manifiesta y estrategias para apoyar a niños/as y familias Latinas: A training by Cecilia Reus, MFT

Foundations of Helping 0 – 5 Year Olds Thrive: A Three Part Series – with Ayumi Kurtz, MFT

The Dependency and Probate Court Processes—Understanding what’s happening when children are in court: A training by Kristin Mateer, East Bay Children’s Law Offices

Healing Shame in Families With Children from Rough Beginnings: A training by Shelia Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT & Bret Lyon PhD, SEP, BCC

If It’s Legal, What’s the Problem? Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents: A training by Gabrielle Jones, Ph.D.

Foundations of Helping 0-5 Year Olds Thrive: A Three Part Series with Ayumi Kurtz, MFT.

SOGIE Fundamentals for Mental Health Professionals: A workshop with Amber Merziotis & Kim Baranek of SOGIE Education

Challenges in ECMH Work: A workshop with Ayumi Kurtz, MFT

PREP: Alameda County Prevention & Recovery in Early Psychosis

Art in Healing: A workshop with Antonia Fokken, LMFT.

Permanency Planning and the Implications for Children, Youth and Families: A workshop with Julianne Rositas and Diedra Hughes

Foundations of Helping 0 – 5 Year Old Foster & At-risk Children Thrive: A Five Part Series
A workshop with Ayumi Kurtz, MFT

Understanding Sensory Integration & Processing Disorder in 0 to 5 year Olds: A two-part series with Susan Campodonico, MA, OTR/L

Domestic Violence: An Integrated Approach with Latino Fathers and Families
Led by Juan Cuba, featuring Julianne Rositas MPA, MsEd and Josy Lopez from the Family Violence Law Center.

Grupo de Temas: Connecting Curanderismo and Mental Health Services as a form of support for Latino Families
Led by Sandra M. Pacheco, Ph.D.