CFD graduates are professional leaders working statewide in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, government agencies, and universities. CFD’s specializations and certificate programs focus on early childhood education, conflict resolution, parent-child interactions within families, and ethnically diverse and special needs populations, and prepare students to advocate and serve the needs of diverse youth, families, and communities.
Examples of CFD Field Experiences
- Students help run parenting and trauma intervention at shelters and agencies serving families involved in domestic violence (e.g., Center for Community Solutions, ParentCare Family Recovery Center). Students work with peer educators on an anti-bullying program in Sweetwater Union High School District middle schools. They develop curriculum that includes research-based techniques that teach self-control, anger management and social problem-solving skills.
- Students help HHSA-Office of Violence Prevention staff implement and evaluate programs addressing teen dating violence.
- Students evaluate programs and help disseminate results at agencies and at professional conferences.
- Students work at Family Resource Centers in low-income neighborhoods (funded by tobacco legislation Proposition 10), providing hours of service to children and families with developmental disabilities.