Current Tracks & Classes
To earn FDC:
- Complete 90 hours of interactive classroom instruction, based on the FDC curriculum, Empowerment Skills for Family Workers.
- Prepare a Skills Portfolio, with support of a portfolio advisor.
- Pass a state credentialing exam.
Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute (GTI) offers a number of professional development opportunities for those working with families. Students learn and practice a variety of skills for strength-based family support. Our workshops and on-site consultation services provide practical, cost-effective ideas for building strong family engagement within programs.
Goals of GTI Family Development Training
- Increase awareness that strengthening families is central to quality child care and education
- Increase best practices among early care and education professionals, using key protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect
- Improve working relationships among early care and education systems and the support networks that are critical to families
The Strengthening Families Approach
The Georgia Training Institute offers training in family development that is based on five key factors that help prevent child abuse and neglect, as researched and identified by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation). These factors are parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, and concrete support in times of need for adults, and healthy social and emotional development for children.