Family Relations and Child Development

Career Opportunities

dad and babyThere are rapidly increasing career opportunities for individuals with backgrounds in child development and family studies. Students who choose an emphasis in family relations can find careers in early childhood and family service settings, advocacy and political action, education, government and international services, and in graduate schools preparing for professional roles in marital and family counseling, law, agency leadership, higher education and business. Also career opportunities exist in family resource management and consumer services, parent education, and other careers serving children, youth, and families. There are increasing opportunities for family practitioners in religious settings. Students can combine studies in Bible and Family Relations to prepare for effective work in family ministry. While many of our students wish to work in therapeutic settings with families, the focus of the program is on healthy families, and the prevention of problems through education and intervention. The curriculum is designed to adhere to the framework established by the National Council on Family Relations Family Life Education College and University Curriculum guidelines. See the Alumni spotlights below to learn how graduates are using this major to develop rewarding careers.

Lipscomb Council on Family Relations

The Lipscomb Council on Family Relations is an affiliate collegiate council of the National Council on Family Relations. It exists as a professional organization, tying members to policy, research, and current issues, as well as professional practitioners working with families. The LCFR promotes family wellness through community activity, projects, conferences, presentations, displays, and other professionally related activity. In November, 2009, the annual conference was held in San Francisco, CA. The 2010 conference will be in Minneapolis, MN. Visit the NCFR website for more informtion .

Family Relations Resources

Association for Marriage and Family Ministry
Healthy Marriages Nashville (Nashville's Healthy Marriage Initiative)
NCFR (National Council on Family Relations)
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
First Things First
Marriage Savers
U.S. Administration for Children and Families