OCO’s Melissa Lamb Receives Certification As Family Development Instructor

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FULTON, NY – Fulton, NY – Training Coordinator with Oswego County Opportunities’ Family Development Credentialing Program, Christine Prevost has announced that Melissa Lamb has recently receive achieved the status of Family Development Credentialing Program Instructor and Portfolio Advisor.

Melissa Lamb
Melissa Lamb

To achieve certification, Lamb attended a week-long training program presented by the National Family Development Credentialing Program, in Ithaca, NY. “I thought the instructor training for FDC was great. I enjoyed meeting Dr. Claire Forest (National FDC program director and co-author of the FDC curriculum). She made you feel very comfortable in practicing the material and teaching the lessons. I strongly believe in the strength based approached and would like to see more employees and human service agencies in the county put their employees through this training. I am looking forward to being an instructor and a portfolio advisor so others can learn how to effectively work with clients using the strength based approach,” said Lamb.

Now certified to teach front-line workers and provide portfolio advisement to Family Development Credentialing students, Lamb has joined the current FDC class of 2012 as an instructor.  Coordinator of OCO’s Family Development Credentialing program, Christine Prevost said that Lamb is a welcome addition to the program’s staff of instructors. “I was pleased that Melissa showed the initiative to apply to attend the FDANYS Instructor Institute in Ithaca. Throughout her participation in the FDC Class of 2011, she demonstrated a mastery of the Family Development approach. It was also evident that she was very comfortable with the facilitator role, when presenting class projects and leading class discussions,” said Prevost.

Tuition for Lamb’s training was provided, in part, through a grant received from the Family Development Association of NYS (FDANYS) Legacy Fund.  Created through the collaborative effort of New York State agencies and, particularly, New York State Department of State and Community Action Agencies throughout the State, FDANYS is a membership organization for Family Development professionals and the families and communities with whom they work. By working to support the growth of individuals, families, and communities the Family Development Association of NYS promotes the Family Development philosophy and excellence of family workers.

“We are thankful for the grant we received from FDANYS Legacy Fund and for the support that Melissa received from the leadership within OCO.  Our programs have realized some painful funding cuts in recent months. For Melissa’s department to encourage her to attend the training and allow her to work in the classroom, in addition to her very busy caseload, shows a high level of confidence in the value of Family Development training for our staff,” said Prevost.

Lamb, who is also a LPN and certified Lamaze instructor, joined OCO in 2009. A Case Specialist, Lamb works with pregnant and parenting teenagers in OCO’s OPTIONS program and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Empire State College.

OCO offers more than 50 human service programs that serve more than 28,000 people each year. Operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County, OCO’ workforce has more than 650 employees and 1,000 highly valued volunteers.  A private, non-profit agency that is celebrating its 45th anniversary, OCO is on a roll to continue helping people, supporting communities, changing lives, and improving the quality of life for Oswego County residents. OCO, Inc is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency. For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org