"Before FDC I was afraid to speak in public. Now I facilitate a Nurturing Families
Group every week as part of my job. FDC taught me that I can be a leader."
-Former FDC student
The Family Development Training and Credentialing (FDC) program provides frontline
human service workers with the skills and competencies to support families and
individuals in a shared-power working partnership. The program supports those who
work with families striving to attain healthy self-reliance and interdependence with their
communities. Working with a "shared power" belief system asks the worker to invite the
family to embrace the process of setting their own goals and developing steps to reach
them with the FDC worker assuming the role of facilitator.
The program builds on underlying principles of empowerment and family support. It recognizes that people need more than temporary relief from a crisis and that prevention based in the motivation for freedom, self respect, hope, and the chance to make an important contribution must be honored.
Skills and Competencies covered in the FDC curriculum include:
North Shore Community College Offers the Family Development Credential for college
credit through two-three credit courses: HUS120 Family Development 1 and HUS122
Family Development 2. Students complete a portfolio as part of the course and take a
national credentialing test.
For more information about the FDC program, please contact the Coordinator, Cindy O'Donnell, MSW at (978) 762-4000 ext.2153 or email@example.com.