Family Development Specialist Training


The Family Development Specialist Training is back this year! The Family Development Specialist (FDS) model offers seven core skill sets. Upon completion of this training, attendees will be certified as a Family Development Specialist.

Please note: To complete the certification, participants must attend all full sessions and three days of virtual training.


Course objectives include:

  • The ability to support and empower families through skillfully building a collaborative relationship.
  • The ability to help families identify their goals and barriers, and develop a plan to achieve their goals.
  • The awareness and intervention strategies for dealing with challenging family issues, including psychological, emotional, and interpersonal.
  • The skillful application of core coping skills for families with systemic understanding of families and their context
  • The ability to identify strengths, develop a plan, and coordinate a network of resources in partnership with families to help them achieve their goals including skillful application of family assessment tools (eco-map, geno-gram, timeline, matrix, balance wheel)
  • The ability to advocate for families within communities through application of community organizational and group facilitation skills
  • The ability to access appropriate sources of professional growth, utilize self-awareness skills, and ongoing self-care resources while providing Family Development services.


May 9, 2024, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

May 13, 2024, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

May 22, 2024, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


For information about this training and how to register, please contact Lorie McClain.


May 09 2024


10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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