Family Development (Leadership) Credential Training Program (FDC)
DHS provides an excellent professional development resource for frontline staff who work with families or who supervise direct service staff.
Individuals who take part in Family Development Credential training and Family Development Leadership Credential training come from provider agencies across all disciplines of the human services network. The shared training experience allows participants to acquire a common practice framework and philosophy as well as common language.
Equipped with this shared knowledge, direct service staff can apply the tangible, strengths-based approach with the families they serve to help them reach their goals and attain a healthy self-reliance and interdependence with their communities. Families who interact with those who have earned the Family Development credential also benefit from the continuity the training provides.
Similarly, managers and supervisors are able to support their staff in an evidence-based way relying again on standard family development principles and skills.
Family Development Credential (FDC) training provides direct service staff with a tangible, strengths-based approach to help families reach their goals and attain a healthy self-reliance and interdependence with their communities. Those who successfully complete all the requirements will receive an FDC credential that is recognized in 22 states.
Family Development Leadership Credential (FDLC), for managers and supervisors, teaches practical ways to support workers that help families become self-reliant, and helps upper level staff develop partnerships that promote the use of family development principles and skills. An FDLC credential is earned upon successful completion of the requirements.
Important information for those holding FDC and FDLC credentials
Family Development Credential application for enrollment
Family Development Leadership Credential application for enrollment
Application for FDC scholarship
Family Development Credential Training Program (FDC) Brochure