Groups and Workshops


Nurturing Connections: Support and Training in Becoming a Therapeutic Parent

Who Should Attend: Foster/resource/adoptive/kinship resource caregivers

Description: Support and training, led by a therapist, in a safe and supportive environment where participants can share their experiences as a foster or adopted parent. Participants have a chance to explore their own attachment histories and strengthen their therapeutic parenting skills. Learn about attachment, trauma, development, self-care, and more. Resource parents can earn training hours!

When & Where:

    • Ventura: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm at 864 E. Santa Clara St. Ventura.
    • Simi Valley: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 9-11am at 2900 N. Madera Rd. Simi Valley.
    • Oxnard: (Spanish) 1st Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm at Sierra Linda Elementary School.

Cost: Free for foster/resource/adoptive/kinship caregivers within the Ventura County Child Welfare System.

Contact: Please contact us at 805-643-1446 Ext. 133 for the latest information and to register.


TBRI® Caregiver Training

Who Should Attend: Foster/resource/adoptive/kinship resource caregivers

Description: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles to address attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. TBRI® is designed for children who have a history of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Because of their histories, these children have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems. These changes make it difficult for them to trust the loving adults in their lives, which often results in perplexing and challenging behaviors. The TBRI® Caregiver Training offers practical tools to help caregivers see the “whole child” in their care and meet their unique needs, in order to help that child heal and reach their highest potential. Resource parents can earn training hours!

When & Where: Four full days of training facilitated by two TBRI® Practitioners. Training held in Camarillo, offered twice a year.

Cost: Free for foster/resource/adoptive/kinship caregivers within the Ventura County Child Welfare System.

Contact: Please contact us at 805-643-1446 Ext. 180 for the latest information and to register.


Hold Me Tight Couples Workshop

Who Should Attend: Foster/resource/Adoptive/Kinship Caregivers; general public

Description: 8 weekly sessions in which couples learn to deepen their connection, change painful/frustrating cycles, and make sense of their relationship/attachment needs. Based on the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson.

When & Where: Workshop help in Ventura, offered twice a year

Cost: Free for foster/adoptive/kinship parents within the Ventura County Child Welfare System; fee-based for the general public.

Contact: Please contact us at 805-643-1446 Ext. 106 for the latest information and to register.


Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go Parent and Teen Workshop

Who Should Attend: Foster/resource/adoptive/kinship families; general public

Description: One Friday evening for parents only and the following full day with parents and their teens, led by two therapists. Families will deepen their connection, enhance trust and emotional safety, change frustrating cycles, and better understand each other. On the second day, families will have time all together as a group, time alone with their teen, as well as a parent support group and teen support group during the day. Resource parents can earn training hours!

When & Where: Workshop help in Ventura, offered 4-5 times a year.

Cost: Free for foster/adoptive/kinship parents within the Ventura County Child Welfare System; fee-based for the general public.

Contact: Please contact us at 805-643-1446 Ext. 106 for the latest information and to register.


Sibling Support Group

Who Should Attend: Birth children with foster/resource/adoptive siblings

Description: Siblings of foster, adoptive, and kinship youth in Ventura County have the opportunity to explore and share in a safe and supportive environment with peers. Sessions topics include dealing with conflict, family changes, your voice matters, coping skills, repairing relationships, and managing stress and worries. This is a nine-week closed group led by two therapists; parents participate every 3rd week and can receive training hours.

When & Where: Groups held in Ventura, offered twice a year.

Cost: Free for foster/adoptive/kinship parents within the Ventura County Child Welfare System.

Contact: Please contact us at 805-643-1446 Ext. 180 for the latest information and to register.


Parent Support Group

Who Should Attend: Parents involved with CFS

Description: Join other parents to talk about the challenges of the system and how to be successful. Groups are run by Parent Partners who have been there and have successfully reunified with their children. They know what you’re going through!

When & Where: Groups held on Mondays from 3:30-5:00pm in Oxnard

Cost: Free for Parents involved with CFS

Contact: Please contact us at (805) 940-6391 or (805) 978-2073


Kinship Support & Resources Groups

Who Should Attend: Foster/resource/adoptive/kinship caregivers

Description: Under the KSSP program, we offer Kinship Support and Resources groups for grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, or other relatives raising children. This group is facilitated by para-professional staff and experienced caregivers who understand the struggles of raising the child of a relative, friend, or neighbor.

Where & When

  • Oxnard: (Bilingual Spanish & English) 1st (Bilingual) & 3rd (Spanish) Wed. of the month, 6-8pm at 2201 Jasmine Ave., Sierra Linda Elementary
  • Santa Paula: (Bilingual) 2nd Tues. of the month, 6-8pm at 115 Dean Drive Ste. C, C.A.U.S.E
  • Ventura: 1st & 3rd Tues. of the month, 6-8pm at 864 E. Santa Clara St., Kids & Families Together
  • Thousand Oaks: 2nd Tues. of the month, 6:30-8:30pm at 401 Hodencamp Rd., Senior Concerns
  • Camarillo: 4th Thursday of the month, 9am-11a at 1317 Del Norte Rd., Suite 110, Kids & Families Together- Support Programs and Training Center

Contact: Please contact us at 805-643-1446 Ext. 203 for more information and to sign up.

*Child care for groups is available through Channel Islands Social Services for foster/kinship resource families. Contact Miriam Magana at 805-384-0983, ext. 859. Must call 48 hours in advance.

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