Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework


Course Description: This course provides a synthesis of the ideas and research from the neurobiological, behavioral, and social sciences that further inform the evidence base of CSSP’s (Center for the Study of Social Policy) Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework. In addition, this course examines the ideas and research that serve as the foundation of the Strengthening Families approach.  This discussion is followed by a synthesis of the research that provides the evidence base for the theoretical articulation of the Strengthening Families protective factors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the goal to formulate an evidence-informed approach that reaches a broad range of children and families
  • Describe the seven foundational ideas that are the basis of the Strengthening Families approach
  • Describe the five Strengthening Families protective factors

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 4 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Charlyn Harper Browne, PhD

Content Publisher(s): Center for the Study of Social Policy

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Harper Browne manages the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC), a five-year project of the federal Administration for Children and Families, the Children’s Bureau, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and the Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds that is coordinated by Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). Prior to joining CSSP, she served as an associate professor of psychological studies at Clark-Atlanta University, teaching graduate psychology courses and chairing the Department of Counseling and Psychological Studies. She holds a doctoral degree from Georgia State University in early childhood education.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association
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New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
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Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Psychological Association (APA)

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