Family Service Worker

Family service workers need a sound understanding of individuals, families, youth, adults and relationships. Graduates from the family studies program at Weber State University are trained to be proactive family life educators.

Why choose WSU to prepare for a family service career?

  • Weber State University’s family studies program has been an NCFR-approved program since 1997. 
  • The family studies program provides an opportunity for certification as a Provisional Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations ( This background is valuable for those who will be working with families. 
  • Our family studies curriculum covers family systems theory and other theories to prepare you for a career helping individuals, partners, parents and youth meet their goals as a family service worker.
  • We offer community-based service-learning opportunities to help you prepare for a career working with families.
  • Graduates can work with organizations such as:
    • Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
    • Catholic Community Services (CCS)
    • Family Support Center (FCS)
    • Head Start

Social Service Worker Requirements

  • 2,000 hours of supervised experience in mental health therapy
  • At least three semester hours in human growth and development (CHF 1500 – Human Development), social welfare policy (SW 5020 – Professional Development: Social Welfare Policy) and social work practice methods (SW 5030  – Professional Development: Social Work Ethics and Practice Methods)
  • A passing score on an Association of Social Workers ASWB bachelor’s degree level exam

The family studies program has a strong faculty that is enthusiastic about engaging with you. We are committed to helping you reach your goals in our program.