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Professional Training

Professional Development for Family Workers

Working with families requires special skills and providing training to professionals who work in partnership with families is crucial. CCE Tompkins offers the following professional development and credentialing programs for frontline family workers and professionals to learn and practice skills of strength-based family support with families.

Coalition for Families focuses on creating family-centered services, enhancing collaboration between agencies, and exploring policy issues. Past topics have included: Parent Information Resource Center; Health Insurance/Health Care for Families; Helping Children Exposed to Batterers; Strategies For Professionals Working With Families; Social Inequality: Concentrating on Public Education; Affordable Housing in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Community Café Host Training is a one-day training that spark leadership to develop the supportive relationship necessary to strengthen families through community conversation hosted by parents and community partners. Learn how to help engage and empower families, and support culturally diverse families to work together for a common cause, while becoming a leader for stronger families in our community. All are welcome, bring a friend! 

Family Development Credential (FDC) / Empowerment Skills for Family Workers is an integrated learning experience involving classroom and field service components. FDC can be an alternative to a college degree or a supplement to formal education in social work, human development and related fields. The curriculum is designed by Cornell University, endorsed by New York State, and nationally recognized. Successful completion results in New York State Family Development Credential.

PS: It Works! Strengths Based Communication Skills Training is a 2-day communication skills training designed for parenting educators and others who work with parents/caregivers/children/families and who wish to gain experience with the Parenting Skills Workshop Series©. The program model is easily replicable, inexpensive, and builds upon partnerships among agencies.

Protective Factors Framework

Standards of Quality Certification is a National Certification based on the Principles of Family Support Practice and the Strengthening Families Framework and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, they have created a common language across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs such as Family Resource Centers, home visiting programs, and child development programs. This full-day certification training details how the Standards can enhance work with families. Whether you are setting up a new program or strengthening an existing one, the Standards provide a blueprint for implementing best practice.


Anna Steinkraus
Family & Community Development Program Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 145

Last updated February 7, 2022