FFS Module 9 – Sexuality +

Welcome to this module, which will explore various aspects of topics related to the way men and women interact. This has been given the title “sexuality” and not “gender”, explaining fundamental ways the men and women are different, and the way behavioural patterns build around these differences.

FFS Module 8 – Families in Ministry

By Angela & Andreas Frész

Lifelong, happy relationships and a strong family – who wouldn’t want that?
This dream that lives within each of us can become a reality, but it won’t happen by accident.
It needs to be planted, nourished, cared for, and defended.
It is fun!!

This module includes 6 hours of video content in 8 units.
Estimated workload (including assignments): 25 hours

Foundations for Family Studies Online

Next school: TBA

Are you considering work with families, couples and/or children? Have you done a YWAM DTS and want to equip families in your church, ministry or base? This foundational school will get you started with a Biblical understanding of family and provides tools to strengthen families and marriages. This accredited program is suited for both single and married people with a heart for transforming families.

(Although you can read this page in many languages, courses are only offered in certain languages.1)

This school will require online participation, a time commitment of about 8 hours per week, and at least one physical meeting (a couple of weeks or perhaps some other format) known as an intensive1. The school runs for fourteen months, finishing the lecture/online phase the following year. The intensive will probably be toward the end of the course, but this could vary with the different cohort groups.

The Foundations for Family Studies (FAM251) introduces students to the Biblical foundational concepts of family life. It presents a model for the study and understanding of the dynamics of family life, and introduces basic tools for working with individuals, couples and families. You will emerge equipped to provide resources for families in your locality. The lecture phase is broken down into these major topics.

  1. Worldview and Biblical view of family
  2. Introduction to the Family of Origin mode
  3. Introduction to Genograms
  4. Marriage relationships
  5. Parenting
  6. Basic seminar skills
  7. Christian family in today’s world
  8. Basic skills for coaching
  9. Families in ministry

…and you will do this mostly from your home! All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

Students can anticipate a challenge to grow and develop their Christian character traits. You will increase their competence in ministering to families. The FFS will, apart from strengthening your own family and relationships, prepare you to reach out to families in your sphere of influence i.e., the church, community, YWAM base.

This program is essentially on-line, but you benefit from a personal 1-on-1 tutor, group discussions with each module, individual feedback on your assignments, and regular contact with other students through student trios and group “coffee times”. Teaching content is offered via pre-recorded sessions, and these are designed to be short and easily understood. For many modules you will be able to meet with the teacher on-line for an interactive session. You will submit work in the form of written materials or sometimes short videos. You are also required to have a local personal coach who you can choose.

This school will be registered as 12 credits with the College of Family Studies (extension studies) of the UofN. All modules combined may be recognised as the second level FFS school FAM 251 (conditions apply). We expect you will also find opportunities for application (or outreach), during of after the school. ( Residential UofN courses include an outreach phase. In the case of the FFS online, it is possible to integrate outreach with your studies, or to compete outreach credits through application after you have finished the modules. Certain conditions apply). The details are to be confirmed with the school leader.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Family Studies, please indicate this when registering for this school, so we can discuss the requirements.

The online tuition fee for the FFS online is 7702 euros. This excludes costs for books (usually available as e-books at a minimal cost). The price includes access to all the online modules (as long as your work submissions and participation are up to date), personal staff tutoring and of course credit registration with the UofN.

The intensive (planned toward the end of the school) is estimated at 750 euros in Europe3, including accommodation and meals (the final price will depend the location, cohorts may be able to participate in an intensive locally).

1.This could vary in form depending on the location. Cohorts are currently anticipated in Europe, India, Brazil (Portuguese) and Madagascar (French).

2. A €27 non-refundable registration fee is included. It is possible to apply for a % scholarship for the tuition fees if your situation merits consideration. Your local cohort leader will be able to inform you about this after you have applied.

3. The cost for the intensive may vary significantly depending on the location and the modality of the intensive.

For questions contact us or email ffs@familystudies.online
Ready to apply? Fill out this form.

Advanced Family Studies Online

Are you ministering to families regularly? Have you done prior training* and want to deepen your knowledge & skills to work effectively with Families, yet you can’t leave your ministry for 3-5 months to do a University of the Nations school?

* If you have completed a YWAM DTS and a Foundations in Family Studies course or an FMS, then you qualify. If you have only completed a YWAM DTS and now have experience working with families and couples, you may also qualify to join. Please ask.
If you have not studied Family Systems or Genograms, you will be able to take two short courses as a prerequisite before starting the program.

TOPICS

In the Online Advanced Family Studies (AFS) you will take your skills to the next level :

  1. Advanced Genograms
  2. Advanced Family Systems
  3. Motivational interviewing coaching skills
  4. Parenting
  5. Sexuality and Gender
  6. Contemporary Family & Marriage issues
  7. Theology of marriage
  8. Dysfunction, stress and trauma in families
  9. Developing culturally appropriate courses

…and you will do this mostly from your home! All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

ONLINE & INTENSIVES

This school will be run mostly online, ending with an on-site intensive. The online modules will run in a cohort, meaning that we work through each module connected to a group of students. This program is essentially on-line, but you benefit from a personal 1-on-1 tutor, group discussions with each module, individual feedback on your assignments, and regular contact with other students through student trios and group “coffee times”.

The intensive is planned to run each year. We get together for 2 weeks and go deep on 2 topics: Motivational Interviewing and Sexuality & Gender. We will announce the date & location as the online school starts. Last time it ran in November at YWAM Burtigny, Switzerland. See this page as reference and for more info.

The online modules will take place over the course of 14 months and require self-study, online teaching and Zoom (small) group meetings. These require about 25 hours (5 – 6 hours a week) each and will become available every 5 or 6 weeks. You can do 8-10 credits online, plus 3 credits during the intensive (a total of 11 credits is the minimum to be considered as a full AFS).

LANGUAGE OPTIONS

The Course material & lectures are offered in English. Depending students and staff there will be language groups, so you can do the processing and written work also in, for example, Korean, French or Portuguese. A minimum of 6 students is required to start a language cohort.

EXTENSION STUDY CREDITS & DEGREE

This school will be registered as 11 – 13 credits through the College of Family Studies (with Extension Studies) in the UofN. All modules combined may count towards the third level AFS school (FAM 351), building upon the existing Foundation for Family Studies. We expect you will do outreach or modular application, details to be confirmed with the school leader. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Family Studies, please indicate this when registering for this school. If you like, we can discuss the requirements.

COST

The online tuition fee for the AFS is 790** euros (exchange). This excludes costs for books (usually available as e-books at a minimal cost). It does include access to the online modules (as long as your work and attendance is up to date) and of course credit registration with the UofN. The 2-week intensive (planned during the school) is estimated at 850** euros (Europe), including accommodation and meals (the final price will depend the location, cohorts may be able to participate in an intensive locally).

We offer a scholarships as a partial discount for category B/C nations. We also offer an additional discount on your tuition for each student you refer to us. Contact us for details and conditions. You may also pay per module in advance, as we go through the course, however keep in mind that there is a cost for each international money transfer.

** Prices may vary depending your location and the modules taken. A non-refundable registration fee of €27 is included.

APPLICATION

Via this form you can indicate your interest and ask further questions.

To apply go here.

Click on the module content below to find out more about each topic.

FFS Module 7 – Group leadership skills

Group leadership skills

Speaking, teaching, and public presentation

Family celebrations and parental blessing

You can start working on your PGP for this module here.

AFS Module 8 – Parenting & Attachment

There is hardly a job more common, yet so difficult to get right, than parenting. In one way or another we are all affected by (the lack of) parenting in our lives. As hard as it is to do it well, it is even harder to teach others to do this well. Parenting instruction easily becomes biased, or seen through a cultural lens.

This module will begin by exploring and evaluating a variety of lenses and cultural bias, each of which have led to different parenting styles and disciplines. 

We will then present a framework for parenting from one particular viewpoint (the Developmental Approach). This particular methodology will give students the opportunity to develop an understanding and culturally appropriate interpretation to parenting in various contexts, while remaining congruent with biblical values. By comparing other approaches (based on other methodologies), students can develop their capacity to communicate their values and chosen approach to parents.

The premise of this material is to teach students “how to see”, rather than give them instructions as to “what to do”. The student can then evaluate their ability to ask questions so as “to see” the child in the process of maturation. There will be several opportunities (via group discussion) for students to engage and respond with their observations. 

You will find exercise questions for each video session. The best way to work with these is to read the questions before watching the video, and then make notes as you go. These can then be tidied up as succinct answers to the questions.

FFS Module 6 – What is marriage?

The objective of this module is to give you a good overview of the concepts behind marriage. We should be careful to talk about the idea of marriage, and not just the form. In many situations we see that couples have adhered to a form, but forgotten the idea, while others still believe in the idea but not the form. Forms can vary with cultures and sub-cultures, while good marriages are founded on very similar principles.

You will work through this process somewhat in reverse, coming to marriage preparation at the end of the module. There are opportunities for discussion around the presented topics, as well as some optional material that you can work through if you feel that you are already familiar with some of the presentations.

Our expectation is that you emerge from this module confident to accompany a couple in marriage preparation, in thinking through their wedding day, and in post-marriage coaching situations, as well as being able to address certain issues with those who are not yet in a relationship with marriage as a goal.

FAM Advanced Seminar – 2025

How do we effectively work with today’s young generation? How can we answer their purpose & identity questions? How do we motivate them for a lifetime of missions with a healthy family identity?

These are some of the questions we, as colleagues with a mission, wrestle with during this FAM intensive seminar. In this time we get together for 10 days of face-to-face lectures and interaction, preceded by online tools & resources to prime you for this Intensive.

Topics

This advanced seminar is part of the full Advanced Family Studies, but you can choose to join 1 or 2 of these weeks. In this intensive we dive deeper into these topics:

  • Week 1: Gender & Sexuality
  • Week 2: Coaching – using Motivational Interviewing techniques

Dates & Location

The intensive runs from [dates to be announced] in [location to be announced].
We start with dinner on the evening of [date], departure is from the morning of [day + date].

Cost

The full package costs €850*, this includes:

  • all course materials and seminar participation,
  • accommodation & food, arriving …, departing …
  • access to the online module containing videos, reading and assignments for both the Motivational Interviewing and the Gender Issues topics.

* This depends on the location and excludes airport transfers.

Alternative prices:

  • Standard package (Seminar + full board, excl. online content & credits) for €695
    Attending 1 of the 2 topics is €375.
  • Budget Seminar package (Seminar only, no accommodation) for €350
    Attending 1 of the 2 topics is €195.

Credits

Since this is part of our full 12-credit Advanced Family Studies (AFS) course you can earn up to 3 UofN credits when participating in both the online preparatory module and the 10-day intensive. These credits are earned through the College of Family Studies and can be used to complete the full AFS online, which in turn can contribute to the BA degree in Family Studies. AFS online students who are presenting their Capstone also earn 3 credits.

FFS Module 12 – Self Study module

Objective:

Study and write up on a specific theme that is relevant for the ministry you are involved in with Families / couples / singles. The final document should be suitable for presentation and perhaps publication. It may include any form of presentation (written, video, groups, worksheets, ppt. etc) appropriate for the content.

Modality

This is a short piece of work that should take you 25 – 30h and is worth 1 credit unit (LCU). Of course, you can work more hours, but you will only get 1 LCU for this module.

  1. Identify the subject and the goal
  2. Consider any literature or articles / videos that would be relevant
  3. Look at the subject from a Biblical perspective
  4. Envisage an original approach to the subject matter
  5. Produce a final, presentable piece of work