Download the FDC brochure with Registration Form

Download FDC Registration Form

This October, SCAP is offering the Family Development Credential® Program. This 90-hour strength-based family support training is spread over nine months. Trainings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from October 2015 to June 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: All sessions are held at SCAP, 913 Albany Street, Schenectady, in the 2nd floor conference room.

Schedule is as follows:

October 13 and 27
November 10 and 26
December 8 only
January 12 and 26
February 9 and 23
March 8 and 22
April 1 and 26
May 10 and 24
June 14 and 28

Cost: $550 - this includes registration fees, training materials and your credentialing fee.

Registration: Deadline to register is October 7, 2015. Download and return the registration form with a check made out to SCAP, Inc. or send a Purchase Order to:

Mail: Attention Keith Houghton or Naomi Wood, SCAP, 913 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY 12307
Fax: 518-374-9181
E-Mail: Nwood@scapny.org

What is 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.

FDC Outcomes
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.