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.


  • Analyze careers in Family and Community Services in terms of employment opportunities, salary levels, education requirements, necessary skills, certification requirements, entrepreneurial opportunities, and employment outlook.
  • Understand the importance of exhibiting ethical responsibilities and encourage co-workers to comply ethical and legal responsibilities in the work place.
  • Be able to clearly articulate organizational policies, rules, and procedures.
  • Analyze needs, accommodations, and living conditions of families with various disadvantaging conditions and analyze situations that require crisis intervention.
  • Be familiar with effective family advocacy strategies and the rights and responsibilities of the clients and families.
  • Understand the ethical, legal, and safety issues related to positions in social work.
  • Research and evaluate local, state, and national agencies that provide support for family and consumer services agencies such as health care, Medicare, food stamps, and child care.
  • Analyze community-networking opportunities in Family and Community Services.
  • Guide individuals through the process of recognizing concerns and making informed decisions.

There are no specific requirements for taking and succeeding in this course. This is a foundation course on family and community services that provides an overview of family and community systems and the professionals who serve and support them.

Certain educational requirements and minimum experience or training are necessary for many careers. Higher pay in an occupation usually occurs with increased time spent at work, education, training, responsibilities, and experience. Different skills and education levels are required for different jobs. All careers have benefits and drawbacks, dependent on their pay, rewards, and stresses.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester