FRPC 303 - Working With Vulnerable Families

This course addresses the attitudes and values required to work effectively with vulnerable families and the skills needed to support these families. Students will examine parenting styles and their impact on disciplinary practices. Students will learn the difference between effective guidance versus discipline and punishment, and their role in modeling appropriate guidance strategies. This course examines the various forms of abuse as well as signs and indicators. Students will discuss the practitioner’s responsibility and the importance of assessing resources to ensure children are safe from abuse and neglect.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks:  15



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


Non-Course Prerequisites: 

Schedule B Type CRC: works with children and vulnerable adults





Course Content:
- Effective forms of discipline (guiding and caring)
- Parenting styles
- Repealing Section 43
- Dynamics of child abuse
- Dynamics of family violence and impact on children
- Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency
- Trauma-Informed Practice/Approach
- Strategies for strengthening families



Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, students will be able to provided strategies that effectively support vulnerable families while promoting family strengths.

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

- Describe the dynamics of child neglect, physical, psychological and sexual abuse and family violence and their impact on children and family members
- Describe the role FRP practitioners play in supporting parents while ensuring their children are safe
-Describe the role FRP practitioners play in advocacy and in reporting to the appropriate authorities
- Explain the practitioner’s role in assisting families to deal with serious threats to the safety and well being of their children
- Compile a resource list of programs and services available to assist vulnerable children and families
- Use appropriate communication and support skills to respond to the emotional needs and crises arising from family life transitions


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


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