Welcome to the Family Development programs and services site
Temple University is dedicated to being the home for the National Family Development Programs, supporting Family Development Models, championing a national presence and assuming oversight to ensure that professional development and credentialing is standardized and all partners allow for and support fidelity to the Family Development model and national program evaluation activities. As a national steward of the Family Development concept, Temple University continues to support its expansion.
Professional Development Training Programs
Effective October 1, 2013, the Temple University Family Development Program unveils the new curriculum for the enhanced Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW). This curriculum replaces that of its predecessor, FDC. Oversight of the SFW is provided by Temple and its partners who comprise the National Family Development Board.
Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW) is a new training and credentialing process for family workers and provides training for family development workers to be able to facilitate a family’s ability to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency. The training program is designed to foster knowledge and skills that workers who interface with individuals and families need in order to assure maximum effectiveness in the delivery of helping services.
- Is competency based
- Incorporates a variety of evidenced-based training methodologies
- Has clearly articulated connections to learning objectives
- Uses precise measures to demonstrate competence
- Includes a process for continuing professional development and credential renewal
Features of SFW
- Comprehensive classroom instruction by trained community based family development instructors
- Portfolio coaching by a trained learning coach
- Demonstration of core family worker skills
- Assessment exam based on specific learning objectives
- Credential issued by Temple University
- Opportunity to earn 7 college credits
SFW Curriculum and Credential
- Is designed to foster knowledge and skills family workers need to assure maximum effectiveness
- Is unique in its focus on the development and documentation of knowledge and skills
- Results in the acquisition of competencies which allow family workers to utilize strengths-based family centered practice (upon successful completion.)
If you would like more information about the SFW curriculum,click here.
If you have earned the FDC and would like to receive the SFW: There will be a grandfathering in period from January 1 through November 1, 2013 during which any FDC credentialed worker may apply at no cost to receive the Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW) by completing this short application. After 11/1/2013 we will continue to accept applications, but will charge a small fee of $10 for processing, printing, and mailing.
Application Process (after November 1st)
- Complete the Application Online
- You will receive an email of your completed application as confirmation
- Print out a copy of the email confirmation
- Make a check out to Temple University for $10 with "SFW Grandfathered" written on the memo line
- Mail the printed confirmation and the check to:
234 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Attention: Andrea Warner
For Classes Beginning July 1, 2013 and forward only the SFW credential will be awarded
What happened to FDC?
FDC is an interagency strengths-based professional development program. Temple University Family Development Programs supports the concepts and theories that comprise FDC. The Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW) updates those concepts to further enhance the professional development of family workers and the challenges family workers currently face.Further, the SFW training program incorporates several other training programs and academic curricula. Among the additions is an evidence-based training approach that incorporates a variety of best practice methodologies for the adult learner.
How can I get more information about the SFW?
(717) 232-6400 x228