The SFW Curriculum and How to Earn the SFW Credential

Hallmarks of the Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers Course
  • Interactive classroom instruction
  • Classes offered by community-based instructors trained and supported by Temple University Harrisburg
  • An experiential and supportive adult learning environment that promotes discussion and reflection.
  • Development of a Skills Portfolio documenting knowledge and skills with guidance of a trained learning coach.
  • Competency based training and evaluation

To earn the Credential forStrengths-based Family Workers (SFW), a worker must successfully perform the following:

  • Completion of 80 hours of interactive classroom instruction
  • Preparation of a Skills Portfolio and participates in 10 hours of individual sessions with a Learning coach
  • Passage of an approved credentialing exam.
The 6 Core Competencies of SFW
  • Demonstrates professionalism and commitment to ethical practice

  • Recognizes strength in diversity and difference; demonstrate sensitivity in practice

  • Understands and utilizes the power of clear, non-judgmental communication

  • Demonstrates self-care and lifelong learning

  • Applies strengths-based principles to practice with families 

  • Applies strengths-based principles to agency and community systems