FRPC 302 - Understanding Family Diversity

This course identifies the social, economic, cultural, and structural diversity of families while describing the specific approaches, strategies, and programs to facilitate inclusion. Students will increase their understanding of the impact of immigration, and adaptation to a new culture, on family life and parenting. They will learn about the impact of discrimination and how to apply this understanding to their work with Indigenous children and families. Using a strength-based approach, this course examines the family life cycle, stages of parenting, and the impact of poverty, low literacy, trauma, diverse physical/cognitive abilities, and family violence on the child’s mastery of developmental tasks and family functioning.

 

Credits:  3

 

Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)

 

Total Weeks:  15

 

Prerequisites:

Successful completion of (or concurrent registration in) FRPC 200.

 

Non-Course Prerequisites: 

Schedule B Type CRC: works with children and vulnerable adults

 

Co-requisites: 

None

 

Course Content:
- Social, economic, cultural, and structural diversity of families
- Impacts of immigration, settlement, and adaptation to a new culture
- Cultural competence
- Impacts of discrimination and residential schools on parenting and family life for Aboriginal Children and Families
- Family life cycle
- Negative impacts on family life
- Effective referrals

 

 

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course students will understand the concept of cultural competence and its relevance to the design and delivery of Family Resource Programs. They will be able to explain the social, economic, cultural, and structural diversity of families. They will also be able to identify ways to promote full participation of all families in FRPs.

Course Learning Objectives:
Specifically, upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

- Identify the social, economic, cultural and structural diversity of families and describe specific approaches, strategies and programs to facilitate inclusion
- Explain the importance of creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment
- Integrate an understanding of the impact of immigration, settlement, and adaptation to a new culture on family life and parenting when working with immigrant and refugee families
- Integrate and apply an understanding of the impact of the social, economic, and cultural discrimination on family life and parenting in work with Indigenous children and families
- Describe the practitioner’s role in planning and implementing programs for Indigenous families
- Identify strategies to support fathers and other male caregivers
- Describe the family life cycle, stages of parenting, and areas for support and assistance
- Describe the impact of poverty, low literacy, trauma, diverse physical or cognitive abilities, and family violence on the child’s mastery of developmental tasks and family life
- Describe the physical, emotional, psychological or behavioural indicators of a range of serious issues which may present among certain children or parents attending Family Resource Programs
- Model two to three strategies and approaches to foster the parent-child relationship and promote child development and learning
- Assist the family to identify their strengths in supporting their parenting goals
- Implement appropriate referral strategies
- Develop a plan to ensure work-life balance and self-care

 

Grading System:  Letters

 

Passing Grade: D (50%)

 

Textbooks: 
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.