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information on the Family Development Specialist training, please contact Bonnie Mikelson, Associate Training Director at: 515-490-1308 or email@example.com
This 8-day course teaches Family Centered Practice principles for Family
Development to improve family functioning and economic independence.
The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRC/FCP) developed
the FDS training and certification program in cooperation with the Iowa
Association of Community Action Agencies and directors of CAAs.
For more than 20 years the NRC/FCP has revised and improved the FDS training
continuously seeking better ways to effectively work with families throughout
the United States, Canada and Latin America.
The FDS course is designed to teach skills to workers in agencies such
as Community Action Programs, Head Start, County Extension, Public Health
Nurses, work with individual and their families.
The 8-day training covers topics such as relationship building and maintenance,
holistic or systemic thinking, strength-based assessment, family-centered
case management, self-sufficiency support strategies, and empowerment
Participants also learn about systems theory, solution-focused interventions,
conflict management, depression, family violence, substance use/abuse
and strategies for family and community empowerment.
Number of contact Hours: 48
- This course will teach basic skills needed to assist families experiencing
stress who want to improve family functioning and achieve economic independence.
- This course will help participants explore personal ethical and philosophical
issues concerning family centered work including, but not limited to,
poverty, culture, and gender.
- Participants will be able
to apply systems thinking to practice with families.
- Participants will be able to describe the family centered philosophy.
- Participants will be able to apply the Family Development practice
model to interventions with families.
- Participants will be able to identify effects of common moral censures
(i.e.: sexism, ableism, religious/spiritual perspective, homophobia, racism,
ageism, etc.) on the relationship building and maintenance process.
- Participants will demonstrate awareness of use of "self"
in the Family Development process.
- Participants will demonstrate verbal, non-verbal and contextual
family engagement techniques.
- Participants will demonstrate skills in culturally competent practice
with: families in poverty, different cultural groups and ethnic groups,
and in work with individuals of both genders and of different sexual orientations.
- Participants will demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence
at the organizational level as well as at the individual and family levels.
- Participants will demonstrate skills in building and maintaining relationships
and empathy with individuals and family groups.
- Participants will demonstrate basic interviewing skill (empathic statements,
- Participants will demonstrate active listening skills.
- Participant will demonstrate challenging skills.
- Participants will be able to conduct strength-based family assessments.
- Participants will be able to use the following tools effectively in
a family assessment: Ecomaps, Genograms, Scaling, and Time-lines.
- Participants will be able to use effective solution-focused interviewing
- Participants will demonstrate basic strength-based solution-focused
case planning and goal setting skills.
- Participants will be able to identify the following challenges to
family change and identify effective strategies for working with them:
depression, substance abuse, family violence, and role-rigidity.
- Participants will be able to use referral and advocacy appropriately.
- Participants will demonstrate basic conflict management and mediation
- Participants will develop beginning skills in empowering families
by the use of groups.
- Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the role of community
advocacy and community development in family centered social work practice
- Participants will demonstrate basic skills in nurturing families.
- Participants will demonstrate effective skills in the termination
phase of work with families.
- Participants will demonstrate initial skills in self-care, professional
development and avoidance of burnout.
Family Development Participant's Handbook from the National Resource Center
for Family Centered Practice, containing assigned readings.
A. DESCRIPTION OF EVALUATION METHODS
The FDS course uses a combination of lecture, discussion, portfolio development,
a supervised project, readings, class presentations, role-playing, multimedia
training and other experiential methods of teaching. Peer-to-peer evaluation
and self-evaluation will also be used in skill development.
Students will be required to successfully complete all requirements of
the Family Development Specialist Certification Training including:
a) attend 8 days of training
b) class participation
c) maintain a case portfolio
d) pass final on-line certification exam (70% or above)
B. GRADING PROCEDURE
Class will be on the 100 point grading scale:
Completion of 8 days of training Required
Class Participation 25%
Participant Case Portfolio 25%
Online Test (70 and above is passing) 50%
Total 100 %
A. PARTICIPANTS WITH DISABILITIES
Federal Law requires that the National Resource Center for Family Centered
Practice as a part of the University of Iowa make reasonable efforts to
accommodate students with disabilities. A student with a disability can
contact the training instructor for their course or the National Resource
Center for Family Centered Practice Training Director (319-335-4935) to
request accommodation. If the student and instructor disagree on how course
requirements may be altered without compromising the integrity of the
course, the student will contact the Director. The Director will work
with the student, the instructor, and the Office of Student Disability
Services to resolve such differences. If additional accommodations are
needed questions may be addressed to the Office of Student Disability
Services, University of Iowa (319-335-1462).
B. PARTICIPANT GRIEVANCES
A participant wishing to grieve a grade should discuss the matter with
the instructor. If the grievance is not resolved, participant should contact
the Training Director at the National Resource Center for Family Centered
Practice main office (319) 335-4965. In the event that the grievance still
has not been resolved, the student should send a letter describing the
grievance to the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
C. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
An incident of inappropriate citation (i.e., plagiarism) or other forms
of academic dishonesty, will result in a reduction of the student's grade
for the course, at minimum, or a failing grade, depending upon the severity
of the transgression.
Family Development Certification Requirements: The following requirements
must be completed before granting Certification for Family Development
Completion of eight days of training in the National Resource Center for
Family Centered Practice's Family Development Model.
Case-management skills will be evaluated during the Family Development
training by a portfolio which will be submitted at the end of the course
to the instructor for evaluation. The Portfolio will include multiple
assessment tools, self-assessment of rapport building techniques and relationship
maintenance skills, a working case plan, a networking strategies plan
and a personal development plan. Portfolio instructions can be found at
the back of the FDS training manual.
Participants should be active participants in their learning process.
This includes but is not limited to: arriving on time, asking questions,
being respectful of others opinions, completing in-class assignments and
participating in instructional exercises.
Students will be expected to pass the Family Development Specialist Exam
with a score of 70 or above. The exam will consist of 100 questions that
are a stratified random sample of questions covering the major concepts
in the training. The exam will be time-limited and access to the exam
will be controlled through the use of a combination of authorized user
IDs and passwords. The exam will track attendance, score the performance
on the exam, and provide summary reports to the National Resource Center.
The summary reports will provide information on individual and group performance
on the exam and summary statistics related to:
- Test question effectiveness and validity;
- Evaluative summary statistics on performance trends to be analyzed
according to a variety of variables such as trainer, agency and job classifications
and settings, performance as to various training topic categories, and
demographic characteristics (e.g., ethnicity, length on job, age, geographic
regions, educational background, gender, etc.)
This web-based option will make test administration and scoring logistically
easier and consistent; and it will provide statistical assessment information
and feedback about the training that can be collected in individual, aggregate,
and longitudinal formats.
Participants not able to access the on-line examination can request a
paper and pencil version of the test by writing to:
National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
University of Iowa, SSW
100 Oakdale Campus, W206 OH
Iowa City, IA 52242-5000
Please enclose name, class location and date, reason for request, name
of direct supervisor who will adjudicate the test, and contact information
for such supervisor.
Theory--Defining the Work of Family Development
Families from a Resilience Perspective
The 21st Century Family
Linear vs. Circular Thinking
Philosophy--Partnering Not Rescuing
Family Centered Practice
Resilience and Empowerment Perspective
The Principles of Family Development
The Assisting Relationship
The Structure or Stages of Assistance
The Rescue Triangle
Cultural Competence in Family Development
Identifying Your Cultural Background
Individual Cultural Competence
Social Privilege: White Privilege, Class Privilege, Sexual Privilege
Organizational Cultural Competence
The Assisting Relationship
Family Assessment Skills
Relationship Building Skills
Safety in home visits
Cross Cultural Communication
Discovering Family Strengths
Feeling Word Vocabulary
Family Assessment Tools:
Goal Setting and Case Planning
Resilience-Focused Interview Skills
Prioritizing and Goal Setting
Plan Implementation: Referrals and Coordinating Services
Patterns of Over- and Under-Accommodation
Child & Positive Youth Development
Issues in Parenting: Child Abuse and Neglect
Family Support Strategies
Family Roles & Role Rigidity
Domestic Violence: Power & Control
Substance Use & Abuse
Mental Health: Stress & Anxiety, Depression & Suicide
Community and Group Development
Principles of Community Development
Community Advocacy and Community Planning
Making Brief Presentations
Empowering Families Through Groups
Planning a Group and Group Facilitation
Cultural Differences in Resolving Conflict
Closure and Self Care
Closure of Family Work
Agency & Worker Resilience
To register for academic credit for 42:130 Family Development Specialist
Model, please contact Kate Kemp, Program Administrator at The University
of Iowa School of Social Work (319-335-1254) firstname.lastname@example.org. She
will send you a registration form and course syllabus, which contain guidelines
for the final assignment of the course, which will be supervised by Lisa D'Aunno, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Work.
Students may register for 3 semester hours (s.h.) of credit at either the graduate or undergraduate level. Tuition for credit is paid to the University of Iowa; fees paid to the National Resource Center for the FDS training are not applied to tuition. Please see the following link for tuition fees: www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu. Fees will appear on a University of Iowa bill sent to the student as "off-campus fees." There are no additional fees for computer, student health, student service, etc.
Students who contact the School of Social Work before the midpoint of the semester will be registered in that session. If after the mid-point, the student may proceed with the assignment but will be formally registered, be billed and receive grades in the following semester.