Family and Community Services
This course introduces applications within professions related to Family and Community Services. You will identify degree and credential requirements for occupations in this pathway and identify individual, social, historical, economic, and cultural context to increase awareness of family and community services. You will develop the abilities necessary to evaluate and identify a range of effective communication strategies and skills for establishing a collaborative relationship with others. You will also complete a variety of projects to apply your skills and knowledge. The course begins by introducing you to Family and Community Services, associated careers, and general requirements. The first unit requires you to investigate the skills required for many professions, including effective communication and critical thinking. The remaining units are divided among career fields. Each chapter begins with a lesson that discusses the general role of the professionals, their required skills and knowledge, educational requirements, employment opportunities, and salaries. The following lessons in each chapter then discuss various aspects of the career in greater detail.
- Introduction to Family and Community Services: In this first unit, students will explore introductory information needed to understand careers in Family and Community Services. It covers occupations, educational and skill requirements, hard and soft skills, and a review of organizational structures.
- Social Workers: This unit offers an overview of the profession of social work. It covers the types of careers, such as clinical, child and family, and health care. It also discusses certification requirements, workplace settings, and job roles.
- Management and Planners: This unit explores the requirements and roles of managers, planning aides, and eligibility interviewers as support personnel in Family and Community Services.
- Therapists and Treatments Specialists: The goals of the professionals who serve as therapists and treatment specialists are to change behaviors. In this unit, students will extend their knowledge of family and community services by learning about marriage and family therapists and correctional treatment specialists.
- Education and Childcare: When one thinks of an educator, the first thing that comes to mind is a schoolteacher. However, the profession provides a wide variety of career options such as professor, elementary, middle school, or high school teacher, lecturer, substitute teacher, special education teacher, teacher’s aide, outreach educator, and preschool teacher. This unit is a general introduction into the careers of education and childcare and provides examples of duties and responsibilities associated with the careers.