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What is Family Development Credential (FDC)®?
FDC® is a professional development course and credentialing program based on the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers Curriculum developed by Cornell University.
Who should attend?
Frontline family workers from government, private and not-for-profit agencies, as well as from business and large corporations should attrend. Family development staff works with families across the life span, including families with young children, teen parents, retired people, people with disabilities and many other groups.
In some colleges, workers are eligible to apply their FDC credential toward college credit and/or contact hours.
How Do I Earn the FDC Credential?
- Complete the 90 hours of interactive classroom training spread over nine months.
- Prepare a Skills Portfolio with support of a portfolio advisor.
- Pass a state credentialing exam.
Research conducted on the outcomes of FDC training revealed that:
- Workers utilized family development skills in their professional and personal lives.
- Workers enhanced skills in helping families develop their own goals of self-reliance.
- Supervisors increased effectiveness in helping workers with families.
- Supervisors improved communications among workers.
Empowerment Skills for Leaders:
What is the Empowerment Skills for Leaders Series?
Empowerment Skills for Leaders is a professional development training and credentialing program for frontline supervisors and other leaders interested in using empowerment-based leadership in their agencies.
It translates the core components and practices of empowerment-based family support presented in the Empowerment Skills for Workers curriculum within the context of relationships and mission of family-serving organizations.
Leaders who already have FDC credentialed staff in their organization will be able to enhance their organization’s capacity for providing empowerment-based support using the same principles and practices that their family workers use with families.
Leaders who are considering FDC training for their frontline staff will learn practical ways to build their organizational capacities in areas of empowerment-based supervision, interagency collaboration, strengths-based assessment, multicultural competence and personal self-empowerment.