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Asking Hard Questions: Engaging Young Children and their Caregivers in Difficult Conversations

Family Paths

Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

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Asking Hard Questions- Engaging Young Children and their Caregivers in Difficult Conversation

A training with Tala Ghantous, LCSW


Provided by Family Paths (CEU Provider #62239) in conjunction with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County through Title IV-E Funding.

Target Audience:

This training is geared towards clinical staff, family advocates and community health workers working with foster children and youth in Alameda County.

This training is available to you free of charge.



Training Description: Through the use of PowerPoint presentation, interactive exercises, media, and vignettes, this presentation will provide participants with the tools to discuss difficult topics with families with young children. Participants will explore how to engage young children and caregivers around topics including incarceration and substance use that impact the care giving relationship. Participants will use self-reflective tools to build their confidence in addressing these issues with families. Participants will learn what protective factors support families’ well-being.


The Trainer: Tala Ghantous is a licensed clinical social worker who lives and works in Oakland. She has worked as an infant and early childhood mental health clinician since 2003 and continues to support the field as a home visiting clinician and as a consultant and trainer on the foundations of infant and early childhood mental health. As an immigrant to the U.S., Tala has a special interest in multi-cultural parenting practices and attachment and provides mental health services to Arabic speaking families in Alameda County. Tala is a mom to two young children and enjoys seeing the world through their eyes. Her favorite game is hide and seek and she loves to swim and dance with her kids.


Training Objectives: Participants will be able to…(1) demonstrate knowledge of how incarceration and substance use affects development and relationships in young children. (2) practice how to select interventions to engage families in difficult topics. (3) consider the concept of resilience and the protective factors that support families.




Coffee, tea, breakfast snacks and lunch provided.


Parking: NOT provided. We are sorry, but there is NO parking in the Family Paths lot. The lot is reserved for staff and clients only. Parking options include: There is 2 hour meter parking around the building. There are also multiple $7 lots in the area. These usually require cash. In addition we are located walking distance from 19th street BART station. And if you are open to a little walk, there is free parking across the freeway on and around 18th street. Please allocate enough time to find parking in the area. Here's the parking map for the area:


CEUs: Training meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch is not included in the total CEU time awarded. CEUs will be awarded in person at the end of the training. Provided by Family Paths, Provider #62239 thru CAMFT CEPA. We will be unable to provide attendees with certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of course content is missed.


Aligned with CA competencies for Infant-Family/Early Childhood Mental Health:

Domain 1, Knowledge Area: D – Risk and Resiliency (5 hours)


Cancellation Policy:   We do not charge for our trainings at present and space is limited. If you cannot attend we ask that you contact us as soon as possible in order to open up that seat to someone else. If training is cancelled, participants are notified via email no later than one week prior to the training if possible. If a trainer has an emergency and notifies the training department in less than week, those registered for the training are notified as soon as possible. Training registrants are provided the makeup date that is scheduled for the training.


Disability Accommodation: Family Paths will make reasonable efforts during the training to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this training, please contact the Training department no later than 5 days before the training. The building where this training takes place is wheelchair accessible. Disabled parking is available but must be arranged with the training department ahead of time, as parking is limited.


Training Grievance Policy: Family Paths is committed to providing a work/learning environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. A participant of trainings has the right to seek a remedy for a dispute or disagreement through Family Path’s policies for filing complaints/grievances for participants. Training participants may use available informal means to have decisions reconsidered before filing a formal complaint/grievance. No retaliation of any kind shall be taken against a participant for filing a complaint/grievance. In an effort to provide the highest quality services to participants in our trainings, you are encouraged to report immediately any concerns regarding your training experience to the Clinical Training Coordinator who will provide the complaint form. All participant complaints/grievances should be in writing (which may be in your own language) to the Clinical Training Coordinator, Family Paths, 1727 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite #109 Oakland, CA 94612 or by email to Once a complaint or grievance has been submitted, you can expect a response no later than ten (10) business days. Upon receipt the Clinical Training Coordinator will conduct a formal review of the complaint/grievance and will attempt a timely resolution, taking appropriate corrective action if warranted by the investigation. If no resolution is forthcoming, or the problem is not satisfactorily resolved, the participant may direct any complaint/grievance to the Program Administrator, Family Paths’ Clinical Director.



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Course Outline:


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Review of Agenda: Opening Activity

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. PowerPoint Presentation

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PowerPoint Presentation and Group Activity

12:00 – 1:00pm  p.m. Lunch (activity): What protective factor interventions do you use to support your families?

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Group Learning Activity

2;30-3:00 p.m.  Questions and Evaluations

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When & Where

Family Paths Inc
1727 Martin Luther King Junior Way
Oakland, CA 94612

Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

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Family Paths

Family Paths, Inc. (formerly Parental Stress Service) is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families.

 We are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability.

 We were founded as a volunteer-run 24-hour parent support hotline in 1972, and today we serve the mental health needs of children and families from offices in Oakland and Hayward. These services include a 24-hour Parent Support & Resource Hotline providing referrals to our counseling services and access to over 900 community resources from our vast database, a Foster Parent Advice Line, CalWORKs Case Management, Positive Parenting Classes, and Family Yoga. We provide counseling for children, adolescents, parents and caregivers, and families.

Our Mission:

Family Paths strengthens family relationships
by providing mental health treatment and supportive services
with respect, integrity, compassion, and hope.

Our Vision:

A safe home for every child.

Our Values:

Respect in our communications.
Integrity in our actions.
Compassion for our struggles.
Hope for the future.


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