Training Class Details
Class Title: CANCELLED: Supporting Youth with Deafness and Hearing Loss: Overcoming Cultural Barriers, Finding Connection, and Meeting with Curiosity
Class Date: Monday, December 18, 2023
Class Time: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 30
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
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[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Shoshana Phoenixx
Class Description:

Training Summary: Provide a couple sentences summary (content themes/training techniques, and how this training is relevant to working with children who live in out of home care)

When a hard of hearing or deaf, system involved child joins a new family or environment, there are many communication, education, philosophical and cultural barriers to overcome. Meeting 
these challenges with openness and curiosity are the best tools for the job at hand. In this workshop we will discuss resources, ASL, and other visually based skills and cultural communication strategies to make the life of the foster child and the family blend in a coherent way.

Class Objectives: (what knowledge, ideas or skills will participants explore, learn, practice, etc during the training) Provide at least 3 class objectives.

- We will review and discuss the history of services for deaf and hard of hearing youth and how it impacts services available today.

- Participants will be introduced to the different government programs and nonprofit agencies serving families with hard of hearing or deaf children.

- Participants will be introduced to the basic concepts within American sign Language, including grammar, placement, hand shape, and classifiers

- We will review the vast amount of Deaf culture cultivated skill building material on YouTube and in written material


How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? (provide at least 2 transfer of learning strategies)

- Participants will practice and share the skills they have developed with their client ffamilies

- Participants will identify potential areas of difficulty for the system involved youth and families they work with as their hard-of-hearing or deaf child ages and develops.

- Participants will plan different types of strategies to address the common communication frustrations system involved youth and their families may experience and how to navigate them.




• You must check-in during the training to confirm your attendance via visual, verbal, or written roll-call. 




Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing: 



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer 

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through 

registration confirmation email or by calling: 

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004 


Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice 

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605 

(510) 654-4004 x2244 


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event. 


Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.