Implementing SFW Training in your State

Individuals interested in providing SFW training must be associated with a sponsoring organization. The Sponsoring Organization will have an agreement either directly with Temple University or with a state SFW Coordinator, if you are located in a state that is partnered with the Temple National Family Development Board. (see SFW Coordinators in Partner States). The Sponsoring Organization will agree to implement the training according to Temple University Family Development Program national policies and procedures. On-going technical assistance will be provided by either the National Family Development Program or from your SFW state coordinator.

Interested in beginning trainings in your area?
Contact the National Family Development Program at for information about becoming a Sponsoring Organization, an Instructor or a Learning Coach. Specific training is required for each of these roles which make up a local implementation team.

Who should become an Instructor?

  • Representatives of any type of family-serving organizations at local, state or regional levels
  • Representatives of human service coalitions interested in offering a training for Family Workers in their communities
  • Staff of community-based human service organizations who are involved in professional development
  • Staff of educational institutions (colleges, universities, special training institutions)

Selection of Participants

  • Instructors and Learning Coaches must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and experience working with families or family serving organizations.
  • They must also have a commitment to creating (or assisting) in the creation of a local implementation team to offer the interagency training within local communities.
  • It is highly recommended that individuals with prior training and/or adult education skills and experience are selected for these activities.
  • "Teams" of individuals representing different agencies and systems from the same community are encouraged to apply together.

What is responsibility of Instructors?
Instructors, with their Sponsoring Organizations and interagency partners, will

  • Organize and offer interagency training programs for family workers, including facilitation of classroom sessions and portfolio development support
  • Recruit Learning coaches and work collaboratively with them to provide the local training
  • Follow all of the Temple University National Family Development Program policies & procedures

College Credits
To receive the SFW credential, individuals must complete the entire family worker training program. The complete training program is valued at 7 college credits by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)

Continuing Education Certificates
Applicants completing the Instructor and Learning Coach trainings may request continuing education units. Certificates documenting training hours are awarded based on evaluation and approval by Temple University Harrisburg.

Costs Associated with beginning a training program
Individual arrangements will be made with Sponsoring Organizations to deliver training for Instructors and Learning Coaches.

For more information contact:

Myka Piatt
SFW Program Manager
(717) 232-6400 x438