Advanced Family Studies Online

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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.


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!


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. This time it runs from 20 November – 2 December in YWAM Burtigny, Switzerland. See this page 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 ever 5 or 6 weeks. You can choose to do 8 to 10 online credits, plus 3 credits during the intensive.


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.


This school will be registered as 11 – 13 credits with the Family Resource Centre of 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 module 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, so we can discuss the requirements.


The online tuition fee for the AFS is 490** euros (Europe) . 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 intensive (planned during the school) is estimated at 650** 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 fee for each student you refer to us. Contact us for details and conditions.

** Prices may vary depending your location and the courses taken. A non-refundable registration fee of €25 is included.


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.