Strengths-based Family Workers Credential

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  • Complete a minimum of 80 hours of interactive classroom instruction

  • Demonstrate the 6 Core Competencies which help define the qualities of a strengths-based family worker

  • Complete a skills portfolio and participate in a minimum of 10 hours of individual sessions with a learning coach

  • Pass a National SFW credentialing exam


  • Workers learn skills related to effective family engagement,effective communication, problem solving, action planning, cultural humility, critical thinking, reflection and evaluating performance

  • Incorporates a variety of evidenced based training methodologies by trained community based family development instructors

  • Skills are shared with those they help, supporting the development of skills in help seekers

  • Includes portfolio coaching by a trained Learning Coach

  • Allows for demonstration of core family worker skills

  • Assessment exam evaluates achievement of learning objectives

  • Credential issued by Temple University

  • Opportunity to earn CEU’s

  • Instructor and Learning Coach Trainings may be evaluated for approval of continuing education hours nationally

The 6 Core Competencies

  • 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


Carolyn Truchon
Carolyn Truchon

Program Manager