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  1. 1. FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAREER OPPORTUNITIES - EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS 4-H Development Early Childhood Family Education Peace Corps Adoption and Foster Care Employee Assistance Programs Planned Parenthood Adult Education Centers Faith Communities Preschool/Day Care Child Protective Services Family & Individual Therapy Project Head Start Civic Groups Fathering Programs Recreation Programs Colleges and Universities Funeral and Mortuary Services Religious Organizations Community Action Programs Girl Scouts/Boy/Scouts/Campfire Research Community Education/Extension USA School Dormitories Community Health Centers Halfway Houses Schools - Public & Private Consumer Credit and Protection Health Care Schools for Deaf/Blind Correctional Facilities Health Promotion Organizations Senior Citizen Programs Criminal Justice Hospices Social Security Crises Centers Hospitals Social Welfare Offices Crisis or Hotline Services International Agencies Sororities/Fraternities Day Care Centers Latch Key Programs Student Services Disability Services Mental Institutions Vocational Guidance Divorce Mediation Military Family Support Women's Centers Domestic Violence Prevention Neighborhood Youth YMCA/YWCA Drug/Alcohol Rehab Centers Nursing Homes Youth Organizations Parenting Centers The multidisciplinary nature of family life education and the variety of settings in which it takes place can be seen as both a plus and a minus. The positive side is that there are numerous opportunities for those with the broad training normally included in a family degree. The negative side is that this variety of settings can make it difficult to target efforts when job seeking. Do you apply with hospitals or through community education programs? What job titles do you look for in the classifieds or when searching the Internet? The Department of Labor's 2002-03 Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov does not include family life education as an occupation. In fact, the only occupations listed with family in the title include Family and General Practitioners, Family Services Social Workers, and Family Therapists. The occupation of Family Services Social Worker only includes information on social work with no reference to any other family-related positions. As those involved in family life education know, the social work field has done an excellent job of branding itself and incorporating social work training (and in many cases social work licensure) into many state and federal jobs dealing with families. While this works well for jobs focusing on intervention and case management, it excludes a great many well-qualified family professionals who possess the skills and knowledge needed to help families through a preventative approach. A new licensure requirement for non-social work family professionals is not likely. Generally, most legislators are not interested in creating new licensure requirements in any fields that do not involve significant health or welfare risks to the public. There are a number of strategies that can be implemented to increase the visibility and value of educational and preventative efforts focused on the family, including the promotion and support of standards of practice, education of employers and the general public, incorporation of family life education into intervention settings, inclusion of family life educators as recognized service providers in legislation dealing with families, increased funding for programs focused on prevention and with that increased attention to the importance of evaluation, and the development of a niche or specialty area for CFLEs. * The National Council on Family Relations http://www.ncfr.org / is working to increase the value and visibility of family life education as a profession. From: Cassidy, D. (2003). The growing of a profession: Challenges in family life education. In D. J. Bredehoft & M. J. Walcheski (Eds.), Family life education: Integrating theory and practice. Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.
  2. 2. FAMILY STUDIES – CAREERS Organizations: community and social service agencies; hospitals; support group and volunteer organizations; CLSCs; geriatric centers and residences; drug and alcohol treatment centers; schools and after-school programs; mental health institutions; women’s and family centers; community recreation centers; and religious organizations. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE Business, Consumer & Family Resource Services Government & Public Policy • Employee Assistance Specialist • Family Policy Analyst • Consumer Protection Agencies • Cooperative Extension Specialist • Food Assistance Programs • Military Family Support Services • Family Business Consultant • Advocate/Lobbyist on Behalf of Children, • Family Financial Counseling & Planning Women, & Family Well-Being Community-Based Social Services • Department of Child and Family Services • Youth Development Programs Health Care & Family Wellness • Adoption Agencies • Public Health Programs & Services • Foster Care Programs • Hospital Family Support Professionals • Family Preservation Worker • Prenatal and Maternity Services • Teen Pregnancy Counselor • Hospice Programs Early Childhood Education International Education & Development • Day Care Centers • International Family Policy Analyst • Head Start Programs • Peace Corps and NGO Leadership • Montessori Schools • International Human Rights Advocacy • Child Development Consultant • Immigration & Migrant Families Services Education Research • Public School Teaching in Family & Consumer • Grant Proposal Writing Sciences (Certification) • Academic and Government-Related Research in • Family Life Educator Family Science Content Areas • Sexuality Educator • Population Studies & Demographic Research • Parent Educators • Community-Based Research for Non-Profit • Children's Museum Education Family Agencies Family Intervention Writing & Communication • Case Manager • Curriculum & Resource Development in Family • Victim & Witness Support Services Life Education • Crisis & Hotline Services • Public Service Radio and TV Programming • Divorce Mediation • Newspaper & Magazine Journalism on Social • Drug & Alcohol Prevention Counselors Issues Affecting Children and Families CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES WITH A GRADUATE DEGREE Federal, State, and local government agencies Business • Departments of Health, Education, Welfare, • Human Resources Nutrition, and Cooperative Extension. • Training Social service agencies • Counseling • Mental Health Agencies • Family and Employee Mediation. • Child Protection Agencies Entrepreneur • Women's Clinics • Family Life Educator • Health Promotion Agencies • Consultant to Established Businesses as a • Domestic Violence Centers Trainer Family policy • Counselor • Think Tanks • Writer/Problem Solver • Lobbyist for National Organizations Education • Advocacy Work • Teaching & Research at 2 & 4 Year Colleges • Family Life Educators
  3. 3. CAREER OPTIONS FOR YOUTH, ADULT, AND FAMILY SERVICES GRADUATES: You could work with children, adolescents, families, single mothers, victims of abuse, adults, the elderly, or multigenerational families. You could be a direct provider of those services or you could develop educational materials for others to use. Some alternatives are outlined below: 1. Serving people directly: as a case manager, agency worker, parent educator, recreation leader, or group home staff. 2. Organizing services: as a parent-aid coordinator, family services program coordinator, service coordinator, or in-take coordinator. 3. Providing information to other professionals: in a community resource center Possible careers upon completion of a degree in Youth, Adult and Family Services include: • Family case manager • Juvenile probation office • Intake Coordinator • Child life specialist • Child abuse specialist • Independent living coordinator • Social services director • Foster care specialist • Family support worker • Drug prevention specialist Some graduates also pursue graduate degrees in areas such as social work, marriage and family therapy, family studies, child development and educational counseling. FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CERTIFICATION Family Life Education is a complex and multi-faceted field which addresses all aspects of family life. Family life education can take place in schools at all levels, in churches, in community agencies, through mass media, in home visitor programs, or in homes with families educating themselves. It can be directed toward children, young people, couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents, or families as a whole. In 1968, the National Council on Family Relations defined family life education as follows: "Family life education has as its primary purpose to help individuals and families learn about human growth, development, and behavior in the family setting and throughout the life cycle. Learning experiences are aimed at developing the potential of individuals in their present and future roles as family members. The core concept is relationships, through which personality develops, about which individuals make decisions to which they are committed, and in which they develop self esteem." The organization which developed that statement, the National Council on Family Relations, has established a certification for family life educators who have met defined qualifications. It is not a certification to teach, but it is a credential indicating expertise in the field of family life education. For those responsible for hiring and evaluating personnel, it is assurance that the family science knowledge and skills of family life education are possessed by teachers in school settings, community services and educational agencies, health care settings, criminal justice system settings, employee assistance settings, and religious settings. Students who complete a bachelor's degree in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Youth, Adult and Family Services automatically will have completed most of the requirements for provisional certification in family life education. They need to make sure that they take electives as indicated in the YAFS curriculum After two years of work experience in a family life education setting they would be eligible to be fully certified.
  4. 4. CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES • PRE-SCHOOL/DAY CARE Counseling Teaching Administration Administration EMPLOYERS EMPLOYERS Profit and nonprofit organizations focused on children, Religious organizations youth, families, or senior citizens Montessori schools Adult and child day care providers Private, public, franchise, and corporate day care centers Group homes Private homes Half-way houses Family day care Youth services agencies Extended school programs Senior citizens' programs Preschools Foundations and funding organizations Head Start programs STRATEGIES STRATEGIES Supplement curriculum with courses in social work, Develop physical stamina for working with children. sociology, or psychology. Acquire appropriate certification or licensure for day Obtain a master's degree and appropriate licensure in care and public school teaching. Obtain experience mental health counseling, social work, or rehabilitation working with children through volunteering or part- counseling to provide therapy. Earn a graduate degree time jobs. to obtain most administrative positions. Gain experience Demonstrate patience with children and the ability to through volunteer positions or internships. work well with people of various backgrounds. Develop strong communications skills to deal effectively with • EDUCATION parents. Teaching Early Childhood Education • COMMUNITY SERVICES Early Childhood Special Education Administration Home Economics Development Family and Consumer Sciences Programming Curriculum Development Research Research Evaluation Counseling EMPLOYERS Administration Community centers College Student Affairs YMCA or YWCA Parent-Child Education Consumer protection agencies EMPLOYERS Summer camp programs Public and private schools (K-12) Adult day care providers Public preschool programs (e.g., Head Start) Hospitals Private preschool programs Rehabilitation organizations Montessori schools Religious organizations Adult education programs Adoption agencies Colleges and universities STRATEGIES Programs servicing children and adults with special Seek related work experience; particularly summer needs camps or special needs areas. Learn to work well with STRATEGIES all types of people through volunteer or paid positions. Acquire appropriate certification for public school Obtain Child Life Certification for some areas. Develop teaching. Obtain Ph.D. for college and university strong presentation and public speaking skills. Be teaching and research opportunities. Acquire willing to wear multiple hats within an organization. certification for day care and parent-child education. Learn how to write grants. Develop research and writing Obtain graduate degree for counseling, student affairs, skills. and administrative positions. Find part-time or summer jobs working with children. Serve as a tutor, peer • SOCIAL SERVICES mentor, resident assistant or student advisor. Case Management
  5. 5. • MEDICAL EMPLOYERS Child Care Programs Organizations geared toward children and family Education including: Book publishers, EMPLOYERS Professional associations, Radio and TV stations, Hospitals Nonprofit organizations, Manufacturers, Newspapers, Healthcare facilities and Magazines Health and wellness agencies STRATEGIES Hospices Minor or double major in a communications field. STRATEGIES Develop excellent communication skills, both written Earn a master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, or and verbal. Submit articles or books for publication. related areas for the most opportunities. Obtain Work for campus publications or radio stations. experience in advocacy. Acquire licensing or Complete internships with related organizations. certification for some areas. Volunteer in a healthcare setting. • GOVERNMENT Social Services • BUSINESS Rehabilitation Management Program Coordination Sales Research Customer Service Program Evaluation EMPLOYERS Legislation Manufacturing companies of children's clothes, toys, Advocacy furniture, and food Department and retail stores Service EMPLOYERS organizations Federal, state and local government agencies (i.e., STRATEGIES Departments of Health, Education and Welfare, Minor in business; develop skills in areas such as Criminal Justice Departments, Sanitation, Fire/Safety, management, marketing or sales. Secure leadership Nutrition, and Cooperative Extension) positions on campus. Get related experience through Vocational rehabilitation internships or part-time jobs. Build computer skills in Mental health agencies word processing, database management, and Military child care programs spreadsheet programs. Overseas child care and education programs Health and wellness agencies • COMMUNICATIONS Women's protective agencies Journalism STRATEGIES Public Relations Take additional courses in area of interest. Develop Writing strong presentation and public speaking skills. Obtain Editing specialized training for opportunities in protective Research services or law enforcement. Complete an internship with a government organization. Learn federal, state, and local job application procedures. • Bachelor's degree is sufficient for entry-level positions. • Advanced degrees are essential for clinical and therapeutic counseling positions. • Master's degree or Ph.D. is often needed for administrative and supervisory positions. • Ph.D. is required for college teaching and advanced research positions. • Additional or specialized training qualifies one for higher paying and positions of greater responsibility. • Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience in child care, schools, hospitals, camps, or overseas programs or in advocacy or service-oriented programs dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poor, or disabled populations. • Obtain certification in CPR, safety, and first aid for adults, children, and infants. • Develop interest and gain experience in computers, arts, crafts, music, or physical activity. • Obtain certification for specialized areas including Child Life Specialist or Child Advocacy. Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/ AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA/Employer

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