Course Information | 2022 Academy Series

Each course has been designed by experts in their field, is self-paced, and packed with valuable information, reflective activities, and resources for service providers.  1.5 continuing education credits are available for each course from various credentialing agencies.

These asynchronous courses are sequential and best experienced in order. To supplement these courses, please make plans to attend the live events scheduled throughout June 2022. Help for getting registered is available here.

Course Enrollment

Course 1


Introduction to Social Justice Lenses for Family Well-Being

This course explores a social justice lens through which family service providers can view prohibitive barriers that negatively impact family well-being.  

A family’s health and well-being are directly linked to equitable rights, opportunities, and access. Further, individual and family wellness creates community wellness. Yet, one’s race, location, and socioeconomic status have direct impacts on one’s health, longevity, and wellbeing. Through this course, learners will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences, and begin to envision equitable pathways to well-being for the families they serve by blending theory into practice. 

Course Author

Shawn O'Neal

Shawn O’Neal, is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Ethnic Studies Department.

 90 minutes – 1.5 CE Credits


Course 2


Family Service Providers: Recognizing and Responding to Inequities

This course addresses how family service providers can learn to identify and assess impediments to family well-being through a social justice lens.  

How can social service providers become front-line social justice advocates? Family service providers connect families to services and programming that positively influence a family’s well-being. However, systemic discrimination, marginalization, and inequity create barriers to access and opportunities for diverse families. Discover ways of responding to institutional discrimination as it appears in organizational policy and in the management and practice of human services.

Course Author

Allison De Marco

Dr. Allison De Marco is an advanced research scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and adjunct faculty at the School of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 90 minutes- 1.5 CE Credits
Course 3


Social Justice and Military Families

The final course of the series addresses the specific work of social justice advocacy among family service providers, in the context of military families and their health and well-being.

Military service can further complicate both equitable service access and families’ lived experiences given the strains of deployment, combat, reintegration, PCSing, and injury. 

Incorporating both a personal and professional lens,  examine the concept of belonging and inclusion through a framework of self-care, healing, and resilience.  Reflect on and identify strategies for using your discretionary power/sphere of influence to incorporate social justice and well-being practices for military families as families navigate the additional complexities of military service. 

Course Authors

Eduardo Gonzàlez Jr.

Eduardo González Jr. serves as the Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for Cornell Cooperative Extension. In this capacity, Eduardo provides leadership on systemwide DEI organizational transformation efforts designed to promote belonging and engagement through an antiracist lens.

Julika von Stackelberg,

Julika von Stackelberg is a resilience trainer and researcher, who focuses on building communities of belonging based on strategies that promote well-being for all. She is a Family and Community Resilience Educator with Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County.


Dr. Keith Tidball is pictured with short hair, eyeglasses, a collared shirt and a business jacket. He is looking straight ahead with a relaxed facial expression.Keith Tidball is the Cornell University Senior Extension Associate and serves as the Principal Investigator for the OneOp Community Capacity Building team.

 90 minutes- 1.5 CE Credits


Panel Discussions

We want to hear your voices as part of the live events we have planned. Learn how you can share your own story here.

June 15: This panel discussion will feature course authors Shawn O’Neal and Dr. Allison De Marco, as well as Dr. Jennifer Ho, who will talk about the content in courses 1 and 2 of the series, and answer questions from attendees. Continuing education (CE) credit will be available. RSVP for Social Justice and Social Work: A Panel Discussion!

June 29: This panel discussion will focus on military families with authors from the 3rd course in the series, and representatives from the Department of Defense. Continuing education (CE) credit will be available.  RSVP for Social Justice and Military Families: A Panel Discussion!

Continuing Education Credit

Certificates of Attendance will be available for providers interested in documenting their training activities. We have received approval of 1.5 CE credits for each of the three courses from the following accrediting agencies:

  • The Patient Advocate Certification Board
  • The Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work:  Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK (Expires: June 1, 2024).
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE):  via the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 
  • The Center for Financial Certifications (FinCert)
  • Commission for Case Manager Certification