Course Description

Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW)

The Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers is a professional training course and credentialing program comprised of a competency-based curriculum. It is uniquely focused on the development and documentation of knowledge and skill through a multi-faceted evaluation process. Workers who complete the SFW course are better able to facilitate a family’s ability to set and reach their own goals. While nationally standardized, the training is tailored to meet the needs of local communities and implemented by Lead Agencies or Approved Providers. SFW course consists of 80 hours of interactive classroom sessions and incorporates a variety of evidenced-based training methodologies by trained community-based family development instructors. In addition, each SFW participant is provided with 10 hours of individual sessions with a trained SFW Learning Coach.

Course Outline

This class is only open to those individuals associated with Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. If you are interested in this class, please contact Margie Meehan at mmeehan@nkcac.org

Your instructor will inform you of the class schedule, location, and times. The SFW course includes fourteen classroom modules, a portfolio, one-on-one meetings with a Learning Coach, and a final exam. Temple University Harrisburg scores your exam and portfolio and awards the Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers.

SFW Pins:


Learner Outcomes

Demonstrate professionalism and commitment to ethical practice

Strengths-based Family Workers understand and believe in strengths-based family development approaches. They adhere to a professional code of ethics for professional behavior and seek feedback in order to improve service quality.


Recognize strength in diversity and difference and demonstrates sensitivity in practice

Strengths-based Family Workers understand that the definition of culture is broad. They recognize the impact of culture on their own and others' beliefs and behaviors. This understanding leads workers to respect each unique family and organizational culture.


Understand and utilize the power of clear, nonjudgmental communication

Strengths-based family workers practice effective communication skills in order to establish mutually respectful relationships with help seekers and colleagues. They are able to conduct both culturally and professionally appropriate communications.


Demonstrate self-care and lifelong learning

Strengths-based family workers establish self-care routines and appropriate support systems. They can identify and use resources in order to continue personal and professional growth.


Apply strengths-based principles to practice with families

Strengths-based family workers apply their skills throughout the help giving cycle. This includes the development of a mutually respectful relationship, strengths-based assessment, development of specific and measurable goals with families, measurement of progress, evaluation of results and reassessment.


Apply Strengths-based principles to agency and community systems

Strengths-based family workers understand that the approaches they use to work with families can also be used to build partnerships and collaboration. They have an understanding of the impact of agency and community systems on family outcomes.


The Strengths-based Family Worker (SFW) Program is one of the many Continuing Education and Professional Development opportunities sponsored by the NEST Unit at Temple University Harrisburg.

One hour of instruction is equal to 0.1 CEU that are expressed in tenths. The CEU is defined as 10 contact hours in an organized continuing education training.

Our Strengths-based Family Worker (SFW) Program has been approved for 9 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) through Temple University Harrisburg. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those members who attend and complete all requirements of the program and completed the steps listed below.

Participant Requirements to Receive CEUs

  1. Participants must attend all class sessions and instructors must document attendance.
  2. Participants must complete a final evaluation (This is completed in Module 14).
  3. Participants must complete the SFW Continuing Education Unit Request Form (Once passed course) and can be located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZkLc-eL9Lnz855xdzWSQ-qjm3bY65KbDvFh47uVEpR4aQOg/viewform?c=0&w=1.
  4. A CEU Credit Fee of $20 paid by the participant at checkout via their account in DestinyOne. This can be completed by following the link provided here and adding the request to your cart. https://noncredit.temple.edu/specialrequest/publicSpecialRequest.do?method=addSpecialRequest&specialRequestId=8227970


If you have any questions, please contact: sfwtuh@temple.edu

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