What is Family Life Education?

Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The skills and knowledge needed for healthy functioning are widely known: strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem, and healthy interpersonal relationships. The goal of family life education is to teach and foster this knowledge and these skills to enable individuals and families to function optimally.

Family life education professionals consider societal issues including economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender and more within the context of the family. They believe that societal problems such as substance abuse, domestic violence, unemployment, debt, and child abuse can be more effectively addressed from a perspective that considers the individual and family as part of larger systems. Knowledge about healthy family functioning can be applied to prevent or minimize many of these problems. Family life education provides this information through an educational approach, often in a classroom-type setting or through educational materials.

The 10 FLE Content Areas

The Certified Family Life Educator credential requires demonstrated knowledge in the ten family life content areas.

Where are Family Life Educators Employed?

Family life educators work in a variety of settings. They bring comprehensive family training to myriad employment sectors and job classifications.

Family Life Education Fact Sheet (PDF)

The Family Life Education Fact Sheet includes information regarding the purpose of and need for family life education as well as policy implications and professional qualifications.

Family Life Education PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

This presentation considers operational principles that help to clarify how Family Life Education differs from counseling, therapy and social work.

FLE and CFLE PowerPoint (PDF)

This PowerPoint explains the nature of family life education and includes information on becoming a Certified Family Life Educator.

FLE PowerPoint Japanese cover slide

Family Life Education PowerPoint - Japanese (PDF)

The Family Life Education PowerPoint presentation translated into Japanese. This presentation considers operational principles that help to clarify how Family Life Education differs from counseling, therapy and social work.