Fred Finch Youth Center’s Training Institute provides high-quality training to people who provide services to children, youth, and families facing challenges.

View our searchable training calendar and register for trainingsYou can also download a PDF version of the October 2018 training calendar.

Course offerings are designed to:

  • Increase individual competence in areas of systemic and systematic intervention, cultural competence, co-occurring capacity, and clinical excellence
  • Increase the capacity of service providers to deliver innovative, evidence-based practice approaches; to further areas of quality assurance and improvement; and to advance in areas of accurate service infrastructure

To enroll in a course, submit your request for registration to trainings@fredfinch.orgCancellations must be received one week prior to a scheduled class.

Fred Finch Youth Center is pleased to provide these trainings in conjunction with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County through Title IV-E Funding. You can attend trainings at no cost if you provide care and/or services to:

  • Alameda County foster children and/or youth
  • Children and/or youth facing imminent enrollment in Alameda County services

Groups or organizations serving Alameda County foster children and/or youth may request FFYC Training Department trainers to  provide on-site instruction at no cost (contingent upon fund availability). At times, FFYC staff may be able to design trainings specific to the needs of a group or organization.

For further information, to make a training request for your organization or group, or to register for a training, please contact the FFYC Training Department via email at

Fred Finch Youth Center is an approved Continuing Education Provider (#045295) by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Fred Finch Youth Center maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be provided for each course offered. CEUs will be provided within 30 days from date of the training and will be sent via email to each individual attendee.

Cancellation Policy
If we cancel a training course due to low registration, we will notify registered participants by email one week prior to the course start date. In cases where courses are cancelled for reasons beyond our control, they may be cancelled with shorter notice.

Training registrants will be provided with a makeup date that is scheduled for the cancelled training.
Please note that we will not be liable for any loss, including travel and accommodation costs, suffered by or on behalf of any person who wished to attend an event, should we cancel it for any reason.

Training Disability Accommodation
Fred Finch Youth Center will make reasonable efforts during the training to accommodate 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 a training, please contact the Training Department (listed on the training announcement) no later than three days before the training. The training center where most of our trainings are conducted is wheelchair accessible and disabled parking is available.

Training Grievance Policy
A training participant has the right to seek a remedy for a dispute or disagreement through Fred Finch Youth Center’s policies for filing complaints/grievances for visitors and employees. 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 to the Training Director who will provide you with the complaint form.

All participant complaints/grievances should be submitted in writing to the Training Director, at FFYC Training Department, 3800 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602 or by email to Once a complaint or grievance has been submitted, you can expect a response in no more than ten (10) business days. Upon receipt, the Training Director will conduct a formal review of the complaint/grievance and will attempt a timely resolution. If no resolution is forthcoming, or the problem is not satisfactorily resolved, the participant may direct any complaint/grievance to the Sr. Director of Human Resources.