Empowerment skills for family workers : a worker handbook.
Family development credential curriculum
Cornell Empowering Families Project, Ithaca, NY.
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The family development curriculum compiled by Cornell University emphasizes the worker's role in empowering families to become interdependent members of the community. The strengths-based perspective focuses on family-driven goals and power shared between professionals and family members. This handbook for social workers, home visitors, and other individuals who work with families describes practice strategies for implementing the family development approach. Workers who complete the course with the assistance of a portfolio advisor can receive the Family Development Credential from their state when they successfully pass a multiple choice examination. Topics include the principles of family development, planning for family development, communication skills for workers, self-care, cultural competency, assessment, and goal achievement. Specialized services, home visitation, facilitation skills, and collaboration also are discussed. The text includes information about support for parents, post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, child abuse, and substance abuse treatment. Each section suggests learning activities to improve professional skills.
curricula; social workers; family services; empowerment; professional training; competency based training; family advocacy; family support systems; strengths assessment; Home visiting programs; family group conferencing