The FDC is a national credential that enables individuals in Family Advocate or similar
professional roles to better serve families. FDC participants learn to coach families
as they set and reach their own goals for healthy self-reliance within the community.
The program focuses on a strength-based partnership approach that develops workers
both professionally and personally. Visit the Family Development Credential website to learn more about the program.
To earn the FDC, front-line family workers take 90 hours of classes based on the text,
Empowerment Skills for Family Workers (Forest, 2015). They also complete a portfolio documenting their ability to apply these concepts and
skills, and pass a standardized exam. The FDC website provides details about the
credentialing requirements. Professionals with a Bachelors Degree are eligible to attend an Instructor Training Institute
to become facilitators. Trained FDC facilitators can hold their own 90 hour FDC class
for their organization and community, with oversight by OSU's CFR.
FDC Core Competencies
Building a Route to Healthy Self- Reliance
Communicating with Skill and Heart
Self-Care and Mindfulness
Setting and Reaching Goals
Accessing Specialized Services
Productive Home Visitation
Why does the CFR Value the FDC Program?
The Center for Family Resilience at OSU in Tulsa is pleased to offer the Family Development
Credential. This FDC/CFR collaboration fits the CFR's goal of working with local human
and social service agencies to translate scientific knowledge about families and family
life into strategies that build individual and family resilience.
What is CFR's Role in the FDC Program?
As Oklahoma's State Coordinator, the CFR will:
Recruit participants for FDC Instructors and Portfolio Adviser Training Institutes
Plan FDC trainings across the state
Work with OSU Cooperative Extension Services to provide portfolio advising
Provide technical assistance to instructors and advisers through Update Meetings
Administer FDC exams
Assistance candidates in obtaining the necessary FDC credential from the University
of Connecticut once participants have completed requirements.
Organize graduation celebrations
Organize an FDC Coordinating Council
Establish and maintain database with information about FDC Procedures for permanent
Prepare and disseminate information about FDC at conferences
The FDC Program is a trademarked program under the direction of Dr. Claire Forest,
in collaboration with the University of Connecticut's Center for Culture, Health & Human Development, which issues the credential and administratively oversees the program.