Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The skills and knowledge needed for healthy functioning are widely known: strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem, and healthy interpersonal relationships. The goal of family life education is to teach and foster this knowledge and these skills to enable individuals and families to function optimally. Family life education professionals consider societal issues including economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender and more within the context of the family. They believe that societal problems such as substance abuse, domestic violence, unemployment, debt, and child abuse can be more effectively addressed from a perspective that considers the individual and family as part of larger systems. Knowledge about healthy family functioning can be applied to prevent or minimize many of these problems. Family life education provides this information through an educational approach, often in a classroom-type setting or through educational materials. To find out more information regarding:
- Where Family Life Educators are Employed
- Certification for Family Life Educators
- Family Life Education PowerPoint Presentation
- CFLE Standards & Criteria (12-page PDF summarizing the CFLE requirements)
- CFLE Content and Practice Guidelines
For more information visit www.ncfr.org
Parenting Coordination is a practice which utilizes a family system approach to facilitate resolution of co-parenting issues arising from divorce, separation or ongoing custody disagreements that may affect parent-child relationships. A Parenting Coordinator is an impartial third party who may be designated by the court or agreed upon in a mediated settlement to assist parents in resolving parenting issues through confidential procedures.
Parenting Coordination has been legislated in Texas since 2005. In 2007 it was legislated as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process. In 2009 Parenting Coordination professional guidelines for education and training were more clearly defined. As a consequence the Texas Council on Family Relations deemed it responsible to adopt Standards of Practice for Certified Family Life Educators that provide Parenting Coordination services. For more information please review our CFLE-PC Standards of Practice.