Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA) [E-Learning]

Angela Braxton and Charmaine Brittain
CE Hours: 3.5

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Online Test and Certificate: $10.00

"PLEASE NOTE; this item is for the purchase of the post-test and CE certificate only."


The Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA) will assist in preparing family leaders and agencies to work in equal partnership through shared leadership, terminology, and experience to create systemic change in child welfare best practices.

This 12-hour curriculum is designed to be delivered in two consecutive days. It focuses on family empowerment to build skills and knowledge application at the agency/system level to be co-delivered by State agency trainers and State or local family leaders. This curriculum is a complement to the Center’s FELA e-learning modules.

The Family Empowerment Leadership Academy (FELA) eLearning courses are designed to assist states at building their system capacity and empowering families to achieve sustainable change. The following three-eLearning courses build upon one another to accomplish the objectives of the FELA.

  • Module 1 Impacting Sustainable Change: The purpose of this module is to explain how Family Leaders and agency leaders can empower sustainable change in the child welfare system through collaboration with families. This module is a prerequisite to taking Module 3 - Meaningful Partnerships.

  • Module 2 Peer-to-Peer Support: The purpose of this module is to explain the role of Parent Partners and how they provide Peer-to-Peer Support to families.

  • Module 3 Meaningful Partnerships: The purpose of this module is to discuss the roles of agency leaders, caseworkers, Family Leaders, and community partners as they collaborate to develop meaningful partnerships. Course participants learn how child welfare agencies can build organizational capacity with the support of agency leaders to improve their working relationships with families, as well as the services they offer.

These three FELA eLearning modules provide a basic knowledge foundation to the topics presented in this FELA Curriculum. This FELA Curriculum expands upon the topics presented in the eLearning modules by discussing strategies and presenting activities that explore solutions for empowering families and achieving sustainable change.

In addition to the e-learning modules and the FELA curriculum, the Center created an implementation manual to help guide ongoing implementation of family empowerment and leadership activities. The manual serves as a guide for family and State agency leaders to implement strategies for engaging and empowering families and increasing family voice. It provides “how-to” information using implementation science approaches.


Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid course fee, verified identity by checking checkbox on verification webpage, completed evaluation, and completed post-test with passing grade of 75% in order to receive a certificate. Failure to complete and submit these materials will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 3.5 CE hours.

Social Workers
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 3.5  contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (3.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (3.5) hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (3.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151. 3.5 credit hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (3.5) CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (3.5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2019.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.