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What is Family Life Education?                                      logo

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:

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CFLE-Parenting Coordinator

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.