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Family Check-Up® (FCU)


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Full course description




10 hours; Self-paced





What you'll learn:

FCU is a strengths-based intervention that empowers parents to make positive changes to promote the well-being of their children and family. It is data-driven and easy to use. More than 30 years of research shows that the Family Check-Up is effective and proven to reduce children's problem behaviors by improving parenting and family management practices. The course participant will learn about the three-session Family Check-Up process, which includes: an Initial Interview, a comprehensive Child and Family Assessment to identify needs and strengths of the family and a Feedback Session, which involves the provider and parents collaboratively setting goals for follow-up services, such as the Everyday Parenting program.

Learning Objectives:

The learner of the FCU e-learning course will be able to describe the Family Check-Up model in terms of basic strategies; identify the theoretical models underlying the Family Check-Up which explain its effectiveness; learn about the research and outcomes supporting the Family Check-Up and learn how to collaboratively set goals for follow-up services for those who receive the Family Check-Up.

What you'll do:

The Family Check-Up e-learning course has five modules. Each module includes didactic content as well as opportunities to practice components of the intervention model. It will take you approximately 6 hours to complete the Family Check-Up e-learning course, depending on the number of practice activities that you do. At the end of each module are questions to self-assess your learning. The Resources section of this e-learning course contains the materials you will need to complete the practice activities, as well as additional information about the Family Check-Up. Links to some of the resources are also provided for you on certain pages of this course (as needed) as you proceed through the course modules. This course will be accessible to you for one year from the date of your registration. This e-learning course is only an introductory training to the Family Check-Up intervention model. To learn more about training and implementation support resources, please contact us here.

Who this course designed for:

The Family Check-Up can be used by any provider and caregiver who works with families and their children ages 2 to 17. Examples of providers include administrators, mental health professionals, doctors, nurses, paraprofessionals in any field working with families and/or caregivers and their children ages 2 to 17, professionals working in the legal system, professionals working in the foster care system and others. The Family Check-Up can be used with families and other caregivers (such as foster parents, legal guardians, grandparents) and their children ages 2 to 17.

Course materials:

Links to handouts used in the e-learning course are provided in the e-learning course as the learner proceeds through the course and on the Resources page in the e-learning course.

Course information:

Depending on which training option is chosen, the learner will be participating in either an in-person training or live webinar trainings after the FCU e-learning course is completed. The FCU e-learning course must be completed no later than the evening before either the in-person training or the first live webinar training. Location and time of the in-person training will be based on the availability of in-person training dates scheduled by the REACH team and the availability of the learner. The live webinar trainings will take place through the computer and the date and time of the live webinars will be based on the availability of the live webinar training dates scheduled by the REACH team and the availability of the learner. You will get access to this e-learning course approximately 3 weeks before your in-person or first live webinar training. This gives you approximately 3 weeks to complete the course.

People Involved

Dr. Thomas Dishion

Dr. Dishion was one of the developers of the Family Check-Up and conducted numerous randomized control trials demonstrating the effectiveness of the Family Check-Up. Dr. Dishion was previously the director of the ASU REACH Institute, which promotes Research and Education to Advance Children’s Health.

Dr. Anne Marie Mauricio, Implementation Scientist

Dr. Mauricio is an Associate Research Professor and Implementation Scientist at the Arizona State University REACH Institute. Her research interest is on the translation of evidence-based interventions for delivery in real world settings. In addition to her work as part of the FCU Implementation Team, Dr. Mauricio is actively developing the scale-up capacity of the Family Check-Up model.

Monique Lopez, Director of Data Collection Activities and Intervention Training Coordinator

Monique Lopez supervises data collection for all clinical trials at the ASU REACH Institute. She is also the coordinator for intervention trainings and implementation assessment systems, including those related to the Family Check-Up.

John Lipfert, Technology Support Analyst

John Lipfert supports all ASU REACH Institute projects on their technology needs. John maintains the websites, handles information security, and makes sure the multiple IT systems used to monitor Family Check-Up implementation and outcomes are integrated and functioning optimally. John also maintains the ASU REACH Institute data servers, workstations, laptops, and printers.

Yasaman Parsi, Implementation Coodinator

Yasaman Parsi, ME.D, M.C., LAC is the Implementation Coordinator for The Family Check-Up Program at REACH Institute. She is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked as an educator and therapist with individuals, families and groups in multiple agency settings such as La Frontera-Empact SPC and MISS Foundation.

Dr. Anne Gill, Consultant

Dr. Gill is a Counseling Psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh and a clinical supervisor and workshop facilitator for the FCU. Trained as a family therapist, she strives to provide high-quality, accessible, respectful, and culturally sensitive services to families and children.

Dr. Kevin Moore, Consultant

Dr. Moore is an Intervention Scientist, Research Associate at the Child and Family Center, Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon, He has 30 years of experience in researching, implementing, and consulting on evidence- and principle-based treatments.

Juliana Weaver, Consultant

Juliana Weaver is a Family Support Supervisor at a home visiting program in Virginia. She has a Master of Arts in Psychology and has worked for 9 years at the University of Virginia using the FCU Model. She is a Family Check-Up Model workshop facilitator and consultant with the ASU REACH Institute.

Tracie Stufft, Consultant

Tracie Stufft is a family therapist at the University of Pittsburgh, working with families using the Family Check-Up Model for over ten years. She is also an FCU workshop facilitator. She has a Master of Science degree in Child Development/Applied Developmental Psychology and has worked as a child and family psychotherapist for 20 years.

Adriana Chung, Consultant

Adriana Chung is a licensed clinical social worker and early childhood educator at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Family Check-Up trainer, consultant and provider. Adriana has been using the FCU Model to support families with young children in culturally diverse communities.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a mental health provider to be trained in this model?

No. Any provider of services to families with children ages 2 to 17 can be trained to deliver the Family Check-up.


How long do I have to complete the e-learning course?

Depending on the training option that has been chosen, you will have until the evening prior to your in-person or first live webinar training to complete the FCU e-learning course. The earliest you will receive access to the FCU e-learning course is 3 weeks prior to the in-person or first live webinar training. This gives you approximately 3 weeks to complete this e-learning course.


I am taking the e-learning course and have questions about the course. Who do I contact?

Depending on your question (whether the question is about the technology vs. the content of the course), there is a FAQ/Help page in the Orientation Module of the e-learning course which will direct you to the right people to help resolve your questions.


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