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Family Development Credential Program

Instructor Institute


Twelve participants attended the Winter 2019-2020 Oklahoma FDC Instructor Institute January 22-24.The CFR’s Dr. Amanda Harrist and Sunbeam Family Service’s Haven Harrison led the institute at the OKACAA Training Center in Edmond, OK. Participants were from six Head Start agencies serving 23 Oklahoma counties. They are now prepared to teach the 90-hr FDC curriculum to family workers at their agencies who are seeking the National Family Development Credential.


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What is the Family Development Credential (FDC)?

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

  1. Building a Route to Healthy Self- Reliance
  2. Communicating with Skill and Heart
  3. Self-Care and Mindfulness
  4. Diversity 
  5. Strengths-Based Assessments
  6. Setting and Reaching Goals
  7. Accessing Specialized Services
  8. Financial Empowerment
  9. Productive Home Visitation
  10. Facilitation Skills

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 records
  • 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.