Certificate Program for Family Development and Case Management Summer Institutes for Head Start Programs
2021 dates TBA
Yes, we will hold the Summer Institutes this year online. The classes will be available to you online via ZOOM. You can take the quizzes online.
California State University Certificate in Family Development for Family Workers in Head Start Programs Based on the HHS/ACF Office of Head Start PFCE Goals and Relationship Based Competencies
The Office of Head Start created the Parent, Family Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework to guide the work of local Head Start programs in their relationships with families. The OHS first published the Relationship Based Competencies (RBCs) in IM-12-05 and these were updated in 2018 with the addition of the new goal on leadership and advocacy, and changes in the RBCs. The RBCs are the knowledge, skills and actions that family workers need to implement the PFCE framework.
The Center for Community Futures conducts educational programs in family development that enable you to acquire the knowledge and skills described in the RBCs. Social work faculty and practitioners describe how social work theory and practices can be used to accomplish the RBCs. The content of these classes is based on the RBCs for Head Start family workers so it is directly related to your job. You can take any of these classes without participating in the full certificate program, or without registering for college credit. These classes can also provide Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSWs.
In collaboration with the California State University East Bay (CSUEB), the Center has designed a certification program for family workers based on the PFCE and the RBCs. The certification program enables family workers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in all of the topic areas covered by the RBCs. There are four separate classes. Each is eligible for 2 college-semester credits from CSUEB. After completing the four courses (8 credit hours) the Certificate in Family Development is automatically issued by the California State University East Bay (CSUEB).
Most people will complete the four classes for the Certificate over a fifteen-month to eighteen-month period. You take the class in June at CSU or at your agency location (contact Jim for details), then do the homework/fieldwork class related to it over the following fall/winter. Then you take the second class in June of the following year, and complete the homework/fieldwork course related to it. Each participant who completes the four classes will receive the Certificate in Family Development from the California State University East Bay. CSUEB is a fully accredited institution. The 8 college credits are transferable toward an A.A. or B.A. degree. Everybody who has tried to transfer credits from CSUEB to their local university has been successful.
Each class is described below.
I. Basic Skills for Family Workers 1. Online instruction and small-group work. Course # EPSY 820C (click for required Contract Form). It is 2 semester credits. This class provides skill training on one-half of the RBC areas. This class covers the RBCs related to: culture, engagement, assessment, goal setting, and intervention including interventions in family crisis situations, leadership and advocacy, and data. These are PFCE Goals 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9. After each goal is discussed, the participant will take a true/false exam consisting of ten to twenty questions. All those who have attended the class will have the knowledge needed to pass these exams.
II. Professional Portfolio: Homework and Fieldwork, Part I. Course # EPSY 821C (click for required Contract Form). It is 2 semester credits. This will be completed back home after the first online training event. You will use your experience to develop answers to about 17 questions to demonstrate your competence on the RBCs covered in the first course. The homework is based on the information and interventions you learned in the class.
III. Basic Skills for Family Workers 2. Course # EPSY 822C (click for required Contract Form). It is 2 semester credits. This second Summer Institute class provides more skill training. This class covers the remaining RBCs. There are five goals covered. Their focus will be on working with families, coordinating and integrating services, family connections to the community, foundations for professional growth and transition from Head Start to Kindergarten, (PFCE Goals 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10).
IV. Professional Portfolio: Homework and Fieldwork, Part II. Course # EPSY 823C. It is 2 semester credits. Back home, each individual will answer 18 questions based on what they learned in the class, and will also develop:
An Autobiography (1-2 pages) and
Professional Resource File (A list of the agencies and other resources you use.) You send us the table of contents of your resource file, not the whole file.
After completing these four classes, the candidate will automatically receive the Certificate in Family Development from CSUEB. Each of these four elements is described in greater detail below.
The source of the RBCs is: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (2018). Relationship-based competencies to support family engagement: A guide for early childhood professionals who work with families. For more information about this resource, please contact: PFCE@ecetta.info | 1-866-763-6481
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/no-search/rbc-sfe-guide-pro-work-with-families.pdf The RBCs that are covered in each class/goal area are listed below.
SKILLS RELATED TO THE PFCE RELATIONSHIP BASED COMPETENCIES
For FAMILY WORKERS IN HEAD START PROGRAMS
NOTE: The goals are presented in a sequence based on faculty recommendations.
I. THE FIRST CLASS. Basic Skills for Family Workers 1.
This is a four-day course via Zoom. CSUEB Course # EPSY 820C (click for required Contract Form). It takes place on at Cal State University East Bay.
INTRODUCTION - Overview of Head Start PFCE Relationship Based Competencies