SFW - Strengths-based Family Workers

Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW) is a professional training and credentialing program that is comprise of a competency-based curriculum. It is unique in its focus on the development and documentation of knowledge and skill through the portfolio. Workers who complete the program 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.

To earn the Credential for Strengths-based Family worker, each participant must successfully:

  • Complete a minimum of 80 hours on interactive classroom instruction
  • Demonstrate the 6 Core competencies which help define the qualities of a strengths-based family worker
  • Complete a skills portfolio and participate in a minimum of 10 hours of individual sessions which a learning coach
  • Pass a National SFW credentialing exam

Features of SFW

  • Workers learn skills related to effective family engagement, effective communication, problem solving, action planning, cultural humility, critical thinking, reflection and evaluation performance
  • Incorporates a variety of evidenced based training methodologies by trained community based family development instructors
  • Skills are shared with those they help, supporting the development of skills in help seekers
  • Includes a portfolio coaching by a trained Learning Coach
  • Allows for demonstration of core family worker skills
  • Assessment exam evaluated achievement of learning objectives
  • Credential issued by Temple University
  • Opportunity to earn 7 college credits, CEU's and Act 48 Hours
  • Instructor and Learning Coach Trainings may be evaluated for approval of continuing education hours nationally

The 6 Core Competencies of SFW

  • Demonstrates professionalism and commitment to ethical practice
  • Recognizes strength in diversity and difference; demonstrate sensitivity in practice
  • Understands and utilizes the power of clear, non-judgmental communication
  • Demonstrates self-care and lifelong learning
  • Applies strengths-based principals to practice with families
  • Applies strengths-based principals to agency and community systems