Our Member Centers work with families in a strength-based way, meaning family development specialists act as coaches and systems navigators to support families as they set and meet their own goals. The following training package prepares family development workers to successfully conduct this work with families.

Interested in learning more about FRCA Trainings?  To learn more or schedule a training, please contact Anna Michaels at 303-388-1001 Ext. 108 or

Day 1 (one day training): The Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support  $100
FRCA adopted The Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support in 2013. They are the first and only standards in the country to integrate and operationalize the Principles of Family Support Practice with the Strengthening Families Frameworks and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors. The vision is that their implementation will help ensure that families are supported and strengthened through quality practice. FRCA is the only organization in Colorado trained and authorized to conduct this training.

Day 2 and 3 (one and a half day training): Motivational Interviewing Training                  $150
Family development workers can use Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to help families develop, set and achieve their goals. MI is a supportive approach to encouraging families to talk about their need for change and readiness to make those changes. The interviewer listens and reflects thoughts and ideas back to the family to help develop a clear plan using the Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 tool.

Day 3 (half day training): The Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 Tool Training     $75
The Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 (CFSA 2.0) is a tool developed by FRCA to measure family self-reliance across 14 domains, (i.e. employment, education, housing and support systems), and help families set goals in selected domains. The tool also assesses caregiver’s existing strengths and readiness to change. The family development worker uses MI techniques to work with families from a strengths-based approach to complete the assessment and follow up on progress.

Days 1-3: Full Training Package                                                                                            $325
Space is limited. Meals and snacks are included. To sign up for all three days, or individual courses, please contact Kelli Hedin at Premium and Plus Members of FRCA receive scholarship registration as a benefit of membership. Basic Members of FRCA receive a 25% registration discount.

FRCA worked with our centers to increase the quality of data and outcomes.  We conducted a pilot project to study the reliability of the Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 (CFSA 2.0).  This tool is an upgraded version of the family well-being matrix our network members have been using for over six years.  The Study confirmed that the CFSA 2.0 is a highly reliable tool.  FRCA has trained over 300 FRC staff members across Colorado on the CFSA 2.0 administration and is training organizations outside our membership.

The Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support integrate and operationalize the Principles of Family Support Practice with the Strengthening Families Approach and its research-based Five Protective Factors. The standards are designed to be used by all stakeholders – public departments, foundations, community-based organizations, and parents – across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs as a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice.

In October of 2013, Colorado offered the first standards training certifying staff members from FRCA and the  Family Resource Centers. The standards cover the following practices:

A.    Family Centeredness: Working with a family-centered approach that values and recognizes families as integral to the program.

B.    Family Strengthening: Utilizing a family strengthening approach to support families to be strong, healthy, and safe, thereby promoting their optimal development.

C.    Embracing Diversity: Acknowledging and respecting families’ diversity, supporting their participation in a diverse society, as well as engaging in ongoing learning and adaptation to diversity.

D.    Community Building: Contributing to building a strong and healthy community by facilitating families’ social connections, developing their leadership skills, and by collaborating with other services and organizations.

E.  Evaluation: Looking at areas of program strength, as well as areas for further development, in order to guide continuous quality improvement and achieve positive results.

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