Background and Research

The Family Development Credential Training process originated through state funding to Cornell University in 1994 from a research-policy collaborative involving Cornell University, the New York State Department of State and its Community Action Agency network, and the New York State Council on Children and Families. The move to establish this training and credentialing process was led by Evelyn Harris, of the New York State Department of State.

Since that time, many hundreds of Family Workers across the nation have earned the Family Development Credential, an acknowledgement of the principles and practice learned from the Family Development Credential training and curriculum. The Cornell Family Development Program was discontinued as of December 30, 2009.

The Temple University Family Development Program has been going through a transition over the last 5 years since January of 2010 when we originally established the National Family Development Board which now consists of state coordinators of SFW programs who partnered with us from across the country. The board is a national governing body made up of state representatives, responsible for making decisions,establishing policy and developing an ambitious work plan to move the professional development of family workers forward.  

Temple University Family Development Program and the National Board have used the past few years to actively plan for and develop new training for professional development of Family Workers.Effective October 1, 2013, the Temple University Family Development Program Unveiled the new curriculum for the enhanced Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW).

Research - Dr. Betsy Crane

Research – Pennsylvania:

Perceptions of Change by Participants

"Pennsylvania Family Development Credential Program: Perceptions of Change by Participants" is a study conducted by Nicole M. Hewitt, MSW, Doctoral Candidate, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.Ms. Hewitt examined and analyzed all of the Final Feedback Forms submitted at the end of the first year of the Pennsylvania implementation of the FDC program. This document is the Executive Summary (prepared for the FDC-PA Advisory Committee, July 2007) of the report of her work, submitted to IUP in May 2007.

Related Articles:

Change in Frontline Family Workers' Burnout and Job Satisfaction

Dr. Deborah Smith at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Director of the MidSouth Regional FDC Program (including MO, AR, KY)completed an extensive evaluation during the first 3 years of the MO FDC program. The attached article was published in 2009.

A Synthesis of outcome Research

This article by Hewitt, Crane and Mooney is an overview of FDC research.

Research Articles on Strength Based Approach

  • Improving Outcomes by Improving Practice

  • Measuring Strength-based Practice

  • Perceived Impact of Strength-based Family Worker Training

  • Principles of Strength-based Practice

  • Strength-based Practice – The Evidence

  • Strength-based Practice and Mandated Clients

  • The Future of Strength-based Social Work