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Aldea Training Institute

Aldea Training Institute

Aldea Training Institute provides the community with education opportunities in Napa and Solano Counties. Topics ranging from child welfare, foster care, adoption and mental health services will be offered through out the year.

Our CE goals include

  1. Ensure that all clinical staff have the opportunity to further their professional knowledge and development in the context of their employment as providers of specialty mental health and behavioral health services at Aldea.
  2. Provide clinical staff with cutting edge science and evidence-based training in assessment, prevention and treatment, as well as up-to-date information regarding legal, ethical, and supervisory issues.
  3. Promote among the clinical staff the maintenance, development, and continued increase in their knowledge base and areas of competency, in order to best serve the needs of our clients and community.

Refund/cancellation policy

The majority of Aldea’s trainings are free; however, we ask that registrants notify us as soon as they know they cannot attend, opening up space for other attendees.  Trainings with a fee:  for a full refund,  registrants must notify Aldea at least 48 hours in advance.  Registrants who do not notify Aldea at least 48 hours in advance forfeit their registration fee.

Special Accommodations

Please contact Diana Griffin, 1546 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559,, 707-224- 8266, to submit a special accommodation request, or if there are additional questions related to special accommodations. A response will be provided within 48 business hours.

ATI Instructors

Course instructors are established professionals in their field. Instructors are chosen based on their experience in the field and with the topic of presentation.

Because respect for diversity is important to us at Aldea, it is important that instructors hold the same commitment to respecting our diverse staff, population of community program participants, and the clients we serve.




Have Fun with Summer Activities with Youth in Care While Improving Their Skills and Self-Esteem

This training will incorporate easy and fun activities to do with children and adolescents during the summer. Children can gain confidence when they are successful in activities. There will be a variety of activities explained, so parents can have plenty of choices for what works for them as well as having children pick what interests them!

Trainers: Dr. Lisa Hirsch

Online via Zoom

Resource Parent Orientation

This training provides an overview of the Resource Family Approval application process including: an introduction to Aldea, its history, the various Treatment Foster Care programs, as well as support services provided to all Resource Families.

We will define what a Resource Parent is and go over the responsibilities that come with the role, as well as the five competency categories guiding a Resource Parent.

We will explain the process of becoming an approved Resource Parent: the required documentation, pre-service trainings, submission of background checks via Live Scan, how to prepare your home for RFA approval, and review the purpose of the psychosocial assessment (home study interviews and report).

Trainers: Holly Carter, Karen Lustig

Online via Zoom

Personal Rights for Youth in Care and the Responsibilities of Resource Parents

This training will include a review of the most up-to-date personal rights of youth in care and the basic responsibilities of resource families such as: supervision, provision of food/nutrition, and requirements related to participation in the reunification process will be reviewed. Appropriate timeline of reporting and best practice will also be discussed.

Trainers: Karen Lustig, Karen Valentine, Christina LaRocca

Online via Zoom