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Q.  Who is the certificate program designed for?

A.  The Certificate in Grandfamilies Leadership is designed for professionals working in a variety of social services providing supports to grandfamilies or who find they are working with extended family members who are raising another family member’s child or children and are seeking specialized training to meet the unique needs of these families.

Q.  How do I enroll?

A.  To enroll in the Certificate in Grandfamilies Leadership, please complete the registration form by clicking here.

Q.  It is offered online, does that mean I can enroll and complete the program at any time?

A.  No, the certificate program operates as a cohort model in an effort to bring together professionals from a variety of backgrounds and locations who share the common theme of working with grandfamilies.  One aim of the program is to facilitate professional networking and co-learning opportunities among participants by building cohorts. You will have the flexibility to complete weekly course content during the week at a time when it is most convenient to you but content will need to be completed within the designated 12-week period.

Q.  How much does the certificate program cost?

A.  The program cost is $85 which includes all course materials and 8 NASW continuing education units upon completion.

Q.  Do I get academic credits for completing the certificate program?

A.  No, there are no academic credits for this program.

Q.  Can I receive continuing education units for completing the certificate program?

A.  This certificate program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886480408-1036) for 8 Social Work continuing education contact hours. If you are not a social worker, we recommend contacting your local licensing board or the appropriate certification organization for your specific field to inquire about receiving continuing education units for this program.

Q.  What is the time commitment expected for completing the certificate program?

A.  The program was designed to complement a busy professional’s schedule.  It is comprised of 9 modules over a 12-week period, to keep the pace manageable.  Participants are expected to spend just 2 hours per week attending to the learning activities presented in the modules.  The program seeks to facilitate successful completion of the certificate, so materials will be accessible on an unlimited basis, though the active discussion periods will be during the week in which the particular topic is being covered.

Q. What day and time are the classes offered?

New course content will be made available each Monday and participants then log on to the certificate course portal and view the course videos and participate in the online discussion when it is convenient for them. You will need to complete all module content and quizzes by the close of the certificate program in order to receive your certificate of completion.

Q.  There are quizzes.  I don’t take tests well.

A.  The program is designed to facilitate success.  Quizzes and other learning materials will be available on an unlimited basis so multiple attempts are possible.  Each topic will be actively discussed during the week in which the module is presented, but all modules will be available even after the active discussion period passes.

Q.  Who is teaching or presenting materials?

A.  We have partnered with a number of experts across the country to deliver high quality content to certificate program participants.

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