Comprehensive FDC training and portfolio advisement is available through official FDC training programs
in local communities across New York State, and many other state FDC programs affiliated with National
FDC, which is located at UConn. For information about where FDC programs are being offered,
contact: FDC Program Manager,
For technical assistance, to discuss bringing FDC to your state, or about the FDC curriculum, contact
Dr. Claire Forest at
FDC Course - Participate in approximately 90-hour course over several months, led by an
official FDC instructor.
Portfolio advisement - Students work with a trained portfolio advisor associated with the
course, who provides guidance to complete required portfolio work.
Portfolio Development - Prepare a portfolio that contains, for each of ten chapters:
- Responses to at least three "Activities to Extend Your Learning" from the Worker Handbook.
- Plan and carry out at least one skills practice for each chapter.
- Share this with your portfolio advisor and document it in the portfolio.
The last section of the portfolio contains three Family Development Plans that the worker creates with
one family, to demonstrate an ability to work with family member(s) as they choose a goal and begin
to take steps toward that goal.
Examination - Successfully complete an examination based on "Forest,C. (2015).
Empowerment Skills for Family Workers, Ithaca, NY: Cornell Family Development Press (distributed
by University Press of New England)." Costs include a fee charged by the local FDC program (fees
vary, averaging around $850), the Worker Handbook ($65) and a $300 credentialing fee.