Project title: Learning and Practicing as Family Life Educators: Enhancing Skills through Community Outreach, Education and Service.
The goal of the project is two-fold as it aims to create and implement a series of community-based courses focusing on the development and assessment of family life educators’ (FLE) teaching and interpersonal skills while educating individuals and families which improves relationships and households. This project will allow the Weber State Child and Family Studies department to partner with Ogden area partners-Your Community Connection (YCC), Catholic Community Services (CCS) and Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU)- to provide FLE courses in the domains of relationship skills (enhancement, anger management, family stress management, domestic violence prevention) and parenting skills (newborns through middle childhood age 12). This project will serve the needs of both FLE’s at Weber State in the development and enhancement of teaching skills (through coursework) and meet the needs of the partner organizations that require additional support and educational opportunities for their clientele (low income or homeless individuals and families).
- · This project includes a new course starting in Spring 2015 for Family Studies students to practice their Family Life Education skills in the classroom and out in the community at local area partners.
- · This program will allow for our department to provide an enhanced education to students, the community and the field of family life education while fostering the direct connection to the community.
- · We are happy to have a number of partners for this pilot study and hope to expand our program in the next 3 years to include more community partners and CHF students