National Family Development Credential Training Programs

National Family Development Credential Training Programs

Empowerment Skills for...

6 credits, lower division level; January 2016 through December 2020

Empowerment Skills for Family Workers
The Empowerment Skills for Family Workers credentialing program is a professional development course and credentialing program for frontline family workers to learn and practice skills of strength-based family support with families. Major topics covered include Family Development: A Sustainable Route to Healthy Self-Reliance, Communicating with Skill and Heart, Presence and Mindfulness: Cornerstones of Healthy Relationships, Taking Good Care of Yourself, Our Diverse World, Strength-Based Assessment, Helping Families Set and Reach Their Own Goals, Helping Families Access Specialized Services, Home Visiting and Collaboration and Community Support.

3 credits, upper division level; January 2011 through December 2020

Empowerment Skills for Leaders
Empowerment Skills for Leaders is a 30 hour companion course to the Empowerment Skills for Workers course. The curriculum was designed to help support family-serving agencies through empowerment-based leadership modeling the principles taught in the Empowerment Skills for Workers course. Agency leaders and supervisors learn and practice the same strength-based concepts of family development with staff and colleagues that front line workers use with families. Approximately 10-20 hours of portfolio work which includes a final Leadership Empowerment Plan is completed outside of class.

Empowerment Skills for Family Workers; 3 credits, lower level; January 2011 through December 2015
Empowerment Skills for Family Workers Practicum; 4 credits, lower level; January 2011 through December 2015

Empowerment Skills for Family Workers The Family Development Credential (FDC) program provides frontline workers with the knowledge and skills they need to coach families to set and reach their own goals for healthy self-reliance in their communities. Coaches and workers use the Family Development Plan to focus their sessions on reaching the family's goals. The interagency FDC program is available in communities across the state and country to frontline workers from public, private and non-profit service systems (e.g., home visitors, case managers, family resource center workers, community health workers). To earn the FDC, workers take 90 hours of classes based on "Empowerment Skills for Family Workers" (Forest, 2003), complete a portfolio documenting their ability to apply these concepts and skills, and pass a standardized exam. Instruction is via lecture/discussion, supervised laboratory, and self-study.

6 credits, lower level; January 2001-December 2010

Empowerment Skills for Families
The Family Development Credential (FDC) program provides front line workers with the skills and competencies needed to help families identify and reach their own goals for self-reliance. Through interagency training, the FDC program stimulates networking among family workers in the same community or county, which strengthens workers' knowledge of available resources and their ability to make accurate referrals. Both the application of the FDC core principles and the networking done in interagency classes result in more comprehensive and coordinated family development services. This course was designed to aid participants in moving away from the deficit approach, to a strengths-based partnership approach, and will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to coach families to set and reach their own goals for healthy self-reliance in their communities. Instruction is via lecture/discussion, supervised laboratory, and self-study.

Source of Records

National FDC Program Manager; University of Connecticut; 348 Mansfield Road; Storrs, CT 06269

About the Program

The Connecticut Family Development Institute, a program of the Children's Trust Fund and the University of Connecticut Center for the Study of Culture, Health, and Human Development, works to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing a multifaceted and cohesive system that brings family-serving organizations, statewide agencies, and communities together to provide streamlined prevention-based services.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit. NOTE - The National Family Development Credential Programs are training programs, not credentials.