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Family Development Online Courses

Looking for online training on parent education, resource management, or health and nutrition? The following listing summarizes the options available through the Extension Center for Family Development. Most are free or low cost. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Parent Education

Parents Forever Online Course for Parents

Who:
Parents who are divorcing, separating, or going through another family transition
What:
Teaches parents valuable skills and tools to reduce the effects of the family transition on their children and themselves. Meets all 25 minimum standards required by Minnesota Statute 518.157 for Minnesota court-ordered education. Also available in person.
When:
On demand; 8-hour course
Cost:
$89; reduced fee available
Format:
Online classroom (See Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?)

Parents Forever Online Course for North Dakota Parents

Who:
Parents who are divorcing, separating, or going through another family transition through the North Dakota court system
What:
Online course that teaches parents valuable skills and tools to reduce the effects of the family transition on their children and themselves. We partnered with North Dakota State University Extension Service to ensure it meets recommendations for parent education through the North Dakota court system. Also available in person.
When:
On demand; 4.5-hour course
Cost:
$69
Format:
Online classroom (See Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?)

Games Divorcing Parents Play Webinar

Who:
Parents and anyone who works with parents or youth
What:
Addresses some of the games divorcing parents play that can negatively affect their children.
When:
On demand; 30 minutes
Cost:
Free
Format:
Other

Growing Up Resilient Webinar

Who:
Parents or anyone who works with parents or youth
What:
Discusses what resiliency is and how to build resiliency in children.
When:
On demand; 1 hour
Cost:
Free
Format:
Other

Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence Online Course

Who:
Any parent or caregiver concerned about giving "too much" to their children and families
What:
Helps identify and address overindulgence. Parents and caregivers overindulge children from a "good heart" but it does not help children (or families) in the long run. Counts as one hour of job/life skills training.
When:
On demand; 1 hour
Cost:
Free
Format:
Narrated slides, videos, and quiz

Seminar for Parents: College Finance

Who:
Parents of college-aged children
What:
Provides parents tools to help them guide their college-aged children in managing their finances.
When:
On demand
Cost:
Free
Format:
Other

Seminar for Parents: Alcohol Use on Campus

Who:
Any parent of a college student or soon-to-be college student
What:
Addresses the risks associated with young people’s binge drinking during the college years. Provides statistics, tips for talking about alcohol, comments from parents and college students, online discussion opportunities, and a list of available resources.
When:
On demand
Cost:
Free
Format:
Other

Families with Teens: Research Updates for Professionals

Who:
For professionals who work with teens and their families
What:
Helps professionals working with families of teens explore current research on specific topics in the field of normative adolescent development and what it means for the two-way parent-adolescent relationship.
When:
Offered set times during the year; length of course depends on topic
Cost:
Varies
Format:
Online classroom (See Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?)

Resource Management

Invest NOW: Money in Retirement Online Course

Who:
Any person needing help understanding investment and retirement
What:
Helps select the best investments for you, find money to invest, better understand retirement plans/IRAs/Social Security, and more. Narrated presentations, activities, self-assessments, and resources.
When:
On demand; 5-hour course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Online classroom (See Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?)

Renter 101 Online Course

Who:
Any person currently (or looking at) living in a rental unit
What:
Helps renters better navigate the rental process. Looks at how to better manage resources to pay rent, choose and apply for affordable housing, communicate effectively, maintain a home, and more. Counts as one hour of job/life skills training.
When:
On demand; 1-hour course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Narrated slides with quiz

Critical Conversations About Financing Long Term Care Online Course

Who:
Any person making plans for retirement, long-term care insurance, or dealing with aging parents.
What:
Helps you identify and communicate strategies to manage the risk of long term care.
When:
On demand; 90-minute course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Online classroom (See Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?)

Take the Road to Financial Security for Later Life Online Course

Who:
Baby boomers looking toward later life, planning for changes in work or retirement, and/or dealing with financial issues of aging parents.
What:
This online course will help you learn about and navigate important mileposts along the road to achieving financial security in later life.
When:
On demand; 90-minute course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Online classroom (See Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?)

Financial Educator Certificate Program

Who:
Any person teaching others about personal financial management
What:
Provides community-based professionals with knowledge and skills to work with people to manage financial resources, build financial assets, and improve financial health and well-being.
When:
Offered set times during the year; each of the 10 modules takes about 5-6 hours to complete
Cost:
$250
Format:
Videos, activities, case studies, quizzes, downloadable resources and more

Health and Food

Targeted Food Marketing to Youth Online Course

Who:
For professionals who work with youth and their families
What:
Helps professionals understand food and beverage marketing and its influences on children.
When:
Offered set times during the year; 7-hour course
Cost:
$25; reduced fee available for UMN staff and students
Format:
Online classroom (See Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?)

Making Family Mealtime a Tradition Online Course

Who:
Any person raising children
What:
Reviews the benefits of eating meals together as a family and tips for getting started. Counts as one hour of job/life skills training.
When:
On demand; 1-hour course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Narrated slides with quiz

Shop and Save Online Course

Who:
Any person who wants to save money grocery shopping
What:
Reviews ways to save money at the grocery store and how to get healthy foods on a budget. Counts as one hour of job/life skills training.
When:
On demand; 1-hour course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Narrated slides with activities and quiz

The Nutrition Facts Panel Online Course: A Guide to Wise Food Choices

Who:
Any person who shops for groceries
What:
Reviews how to read and use nutrition facts labels to make better choices at the store. Counts as one hour of job/life skills training.
When:
On demand; 1-hour course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Interactive online presentation with quiz

Farm to School: So Fresh, So Easy

Who:
Foodservice professionals
What:
Five online trainings give an overview of farm to school practices.
When:
On demand; 70 minutes
Cost:
Free
Format:
Series of videos with quiz

Change: Loss, Opportunity, and Resilience Online Course

Who:
Any person dealing with a stressful event
What:
Helps families understand change and its effects on you. Counts as one hour of job/life skills training.
When:
On demand; 1-hour course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Narrated slides with exercises, questionnaire, and quiz

Staying Resilient in Times of Change Online Course

Who:
Any person dealing with a stressful event
What:
Helps individuals understand how to view change as an opportunity and to bounce back from unexpected changes. Counts has one hour of job/life skills training.
When:
On demand; 1-hour course
Cost:
Free
Format:
Narrated slides with quizzes and a questionnaire

Related Resources

Managing Your College Life: Your Money Your Housing Your Time — Online resources that help students better manage their first years of college.

Dealing with Stress: An Educational Web-based Series — Online workshops help you identify and battle the stress. For those in agriculture or anyone experiencing stress.

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