On June 7, 2017 First State Community Action Agency celebrated nine students who came together to receive their Strength-based Family Workers Credentialing. It was a long awaited celebration of the hard work and many hours of study these students had endured while continuing to work their full time jobs, engage with their families, and other personal commitments. Through laughter and tears they persevered and made it through to this day of celebration.
First State was introduced to the Strengths-based Family Worker Training (SFW)as a result of our membership with the Maryland Community Action Partnership. The SFW Training is a professional training and credentialing program that is comprised of competency-based curriculum. This is a 14 Module minimum 80 hour interactive curriculum with a minimum of 10 hours individual coaching and a national examination. The training is based on these six core competencies: the worker’s ability to demonstrate professionalism and commitment to ethical practice; recognize strength in diversity and difference demonstrating sensitivity in practice; understand and utilize the power of clear, non-judgmental communication; demonstrate self-care and lifelong learning; the ability to apply strengths-based principles to practice with families and demonstrates the ability to apply strengths-based principles to agency and community systems.
Completion of the curriculum affords workers effective skills in family engagement, communication, problem solving, action planning, cultural humility, critical thinking, reflecting and evaluating performance. Workers are introduced to a variety of evidenced based training methodologies. They receive their credential issued by Temple University. There is an opportunity to received 7 college credits, CEU’s and Act 48 Hours.
First State applauds the graduates and is humbled by the agencies that cared enough about their workers to allow them to participate week after week. “To the graduates we say may this be another avenue to pursue on your journey of lifelong learning”.