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Family Advocate FAMA.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 18 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Effective as of Fall 2018

What is the program about?

A short-term certificate competency based, task-specific training for Head Start Family Specialists, Family Service Specialists and Family Workers whose job it is to provide the support services which are needed by families to enhance the quality of their family life. Courses in this curriculum will focus on achieving proficiency in the following areas: social work core knowledge, values, skills; social work ethics and theory, interviewing and documentation; group/organization and micro-level methodologies; collaboration and advocacy; understanding family dynamics, barriers to self-sufficiency, conflict resolution, cultural and social diversity issues, the relationship between social problems and institutional responses.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of social work values, roles, practice principles, ethics and theories. Demonstrate foundation skills of listening, interviewing and documentation.
  • Understand family dynamics, barriers to coping, conflict resolution, collaboration, advocacy and resource allocation.
  • Appreciate cultural and social diversity. Demonstrate cultural competence in professional settings.

Career Opportunities

This certificate enhances career opportunities in agencies and organizations that provide a wide variety of social services.


Course Title Credits
COM 2206 Interpersonal Communication 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 1115 Sociology of Marriage & Family 3
SWK 1206 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 1213 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
SWK 2207 Cultural Competence in a Diverse World 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.