2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Family Support Studies - Certificate

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Program Description Family Support Studies coursework provides training and instruction in best practices in family support to students currently working or planning to work with people using a strengths-based approach within a framework of prevention. The approach nurtures healthy development of families through the processes of accentuating family strengths, connection to positive community resources, and nurturing self-efficacy and agency for family members. Students have found employment in various fields of interest including: health, education, and human services. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

General Education Requirements (14 credits)

Communication Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

Human Relations Skills (4 credits)

OUTCOME: Act responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with success in educational, workplace, community, and group settings.

Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.

Cultural Diversity Skills

OUTCOME: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.

Cultural Diversity Course List  

____Cultural Diversity Requirement met

Program Requirements (36 credits)


  1. Apply a strengths-based approach and demonstrate best practices in family-serving programs.
  2. Demonstrate ability to effectively work with individuals and families using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, and ethical procedures.
  3. Identify local, regional, and state services that are available to families and individuals.
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills and techniques, including partnering with family members to achieve family-identified goals.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of family systems and governmental, social, and political systems that affect families.

Career and College Success (3 credits)

OUTCOME:  Develop professional and academic skills and strategies for career and college success.

____Career and College Success Requirement met

Note: The Career and College Success course should be completed within the first two quarters. Students who transfer in 30 or more college-level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher may be exempt from the Career and College Success course; see faculty advisor.

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is YSAFSC45. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • Grade Requirements: Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade in all courses in Program Requirements.
  • The program is designed to appeal to both professionals and nonprofessionals wishing to enter the field. For the professional, coursework provides supplemental education for employees intending to infuse concepts of family support in their work environments: including health, education, and human services. For those wishing to enter the field, the program provides both theory and practice and opportunity to exchange ideas with those currently working in the field.

**Program Electives Notes

  • Not all courses are offered every quarter. Some elective courses are offered only once a year. Students should work with their faculty advisor regarding their career objectives, interests, and schedule planning.
  • Completion of SHS 104, SHS 106, and an additional 5 credits of specific electives also meets the requirements for the Prevention Specialist Certificate of Completion, which covers the educational component of the state of Washington’s Associate Prevention Professional (APP) credential.

The department advisor for this program is: 
Cathy Dominguez | cathy.dominguez@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1242

The faculty advisors for this program are: 
Timothy Burdick | timothy.burdick@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1633
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1981
Roxanne Green | roxanne.green@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1595
Mika McAfee | mika.mcafee@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1452

Department Website: Social and Human Services | edmonds.edu/shs

Internal Coding

TC - 60
CIP - 440702
Last revised - 2024/03/16

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