The Value of Professional Organizations

One of the many resources offered by professional organizations include toolkits to promote the good work! In 2023, I created this summary of resources shared online (for free) from national professional organizations related to Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Studies.  There are many other complementary organizations that we can work with and learn from but I started with a short summary of these …

2023 Letter to colleagues in the field: Letter FCS Colleagues (note the date of FCS Educator Day changes each year to land on the Wednesday of FCCLA Week)

Summary of online resources from national organizations: Links National promotional campaigns

Idea Starter to create in-person display to represent FCS: Career Day promote FCS

To colleagues: if you have any questions – or ideas – please contact me (Patrice) at








A few Ohio FCS Colleagues at 2023 Healthy Relationship Team Meeting

Nurturing Environments for Positive Care

November 22, Nurturing Environments for Positive Care by Patrice Powers-Barker, CFLE, (Certified Family Life Educator). This webinar is one lesson in the Connection Cafe: Caregiving Around the Clock, 2022

All References are listed at the end but this list will help direct participants to specific resources:

Safe storage and disposal of medication:


Wellness Wheels:

All References:

Making Powerful Impacts with a New Family Ecological Framework

On Thursday, October 29th Making Powerful Impacts with a New Family Ecological Framework will be one of the online break-out sessions at the 2020 Annual Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Conference.

We invite you to join us:


Description: Workshop session participants will be introduced to an energetic, lovable, Ohio family and will work in small groups to determine how the four concepts apply to different situations for this family and then share with the larger group. This activity will spark ideas for additional ways to apply this framework to work on various topics with families across the state.

Presenters & Group Facilitators:  James Bates and Erin Yelland* with Patrice Powers-Barker, Emily Marrison, Melissa J. Rupp, Laura Stanton, Kathy Tutt, Courtney Woelfl  (email links at end)

*Bates and Yelland are co-authors of  Family Rules, Family Relationships, and the Home: Reconceptualizing Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change in the Family Context published in 2018 in The Journal of the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (see page 112)


Bates, J. and Yelland, E. (2018). Family Rules, Family Relationships, and the Home: Reconceptualizing Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change in the Family Context. The Journal of the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Volume 13.

Brutus Buckeye (2020). The Ohio State University. Retrieved 10/5/2020 from

Bourhis, R., & Lanyon, S. (2015). The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told to His Parents Sally Lanyon and Ray Bourhis

Chute, T. (2014). Interview of Ray Bourhis and Sally Lanyon. Ohio State University Archives. Ohio State University. University Archives Oral History Program. Ohio State University Oral History Project.

Gregson, J., Foerster, S. B., Orr, R., Jones, L., Benedict, J., Clarke, B.,… Zotz, K. (2001). System, environmental, and policy changes: Using the social-ecological model as a framework for evaluating nutrition education and social marketing programs with low-income audiences. Journal of Nutrition Education, 33, S4-S15.

Kegler, M. C., Honeycutt, S., Davis, M., Dauria, E., Berg, C., Dove, C., Gamble, A., & Hawkins, J. (2015). Policy, systems, and environmental change in the Mississippi Delta: Considerations for evaluation design. Health Education & Behavior, 42(1S), 57S-66S.

McLeroy, K. R., Bibeau, D., Steckler, A., & Glanz, K. (1988). An ecological perspective on health promotion programs. Health Education Quarterly, 15, 351-377.

Moore, T. & Asay, S. (2015). Family resource management. In M. J. Walcheski, & J. S. Reinke (Eds.), Family life education: The practice of family science (pp. 205 -212). Minneapolis: MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Real Money Real World (2020). Ohio State University Extension. Retrieved 10/14/20 from

Tudge, J., Mokrova, I., Hatfield, B. and Karnik, R. (2009). Uses and Misuses of Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Theory of Human Development. Journal of Family Theory & Review. December 2009: 198 – 210.

What Is ‘Policy, Systems and Environmental Change’? (nd). Cook County Department of Public Health. Retrieved 09/22/20 from

Co-presenters, October 2020

James Bates 

Erin Yelland

Patrice Powers-Barker

Emily Marrison

Melissa J. Rupp

Laura Stanton

Kathy Tutt

Courtney Woelfl

CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) in the Workplace (Specifically Extension)


Updated 2022 to include resources for OSU Extension colleagues:

From student presentation, 2020:

(one-page student Handout_CFLE in workplace . All information on handout is listed below)

Questions for students: 

  • What helps you?
  • Who helps you?
  • Who do you help?

Suggested Readings:

 Myers-Walls, J. A., Ballard, S. M., Darling, C., & Myers-Bowman, K. S. (2011). Reconceptualizing the domain and boundaries of family life education. Family Relations, 60, 357-372.

Kirby Wilkins, J., Taner, E., Cassidy, D. & Cenizal, R. (2014). Family Life Education: A profession with a proven return on investment (ROI). National Council on Family Relations, white paper.

Nickols, S., Ralston, A., Anderson, C., Browne, L. Morgan, Schroeder, G., Thomas, S., Wild, P. (2009). The Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge and the Cultural Kaleidoscope: Research Opportunities and Challenges. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3, March 2009 266-283 



Other Links (related to the class presentation):

Other links (related to Patrice’s certification)









Using the Logic Model and Family Life Education Planning Wheel

On April 21, 2020, Ohio State University Extension Professionals will partner with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) to present a webinar on Using the Logic Model and the Planning Wheel to Strengthen Communication, Planning, and Assessment of Family Life Education Programs. To learn more about the webinar and to register, please visit NCFR’s page.

This webpage will share the links to resources noted in the webinar presentation. Presenter bios and emails at the end of this page.

Logic Model

Family Life Education Framework


Additional Resources


Bredehoft, D.J., & Walcheski, M.J., Eds. (2011). Family Life Education Framework Poster and PowerPoint – 3rd. Ed. Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Bredehoft, D.J., & Walcheski, M.J. (2009). Family life education: Integrating theory and practice. Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Clarke, J. I, (1984). Who, Me Lead a Group? Seattle, WA: Parenting Press, Inc.

Gravel, E. (nd). Diverse Families. Retrieved April 14, 2020 from

Keller, A., & Bauerle, J. A. (2009).  Using a logic model to relate the strategic to the tactical in program planning and evaluation:  An illustration based on social norms interventions.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 24, 89-92.

Myers-Walls, J. A., Ballard, S. M., Darling, C. A. and Myers-Bowman, K. S. (2011). Reconceptualizing the Domain and Boundaries of Family Life Education. Family Relations, 60, 357–372.

National Council on Family Relations – What is Family Life Education.

University of Wisconsin – Extension, Program Development and Development, Logic Model.

Presenter Bios

Patrice Powers-Barker, CFLE, is an Ohio State University Extension Educator in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in Lucas County, Toledo, Ohio. She holds a master’s degree in Family Life Education from Spring Arbor University and a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College. She works with families on topics including wellness, food safety, household budgeting, mindfulness, local foods, and universal design. Beyond using her Certified Family Life Educator credential to directly reach families in her community, she is also interested in encouraging other professionals to recognize the value of their work with families. She has worked with teams to make useful and meaningful connections between the FCS profession and resources from NCFR, and she serves on the Ohio Council for Family Relations Board of Directors.

Katie Schlagheck, CFLE, started in June 2014 as the FCS educator in a split position with Sandusky County and Ottawa County for the Ohio State University. She also serves on the Ohio Council for Family Relations Board of Directors. She holds a master’s degree in human development and family studies from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in human development from Washington State University. In her professional role, she is always on the lookout for new partnerships and collaborations in order to strengthen programming in the community.

Jim Bates, Ph.D., is a tenured associate professor and extension Field Specialist of Family Wellness in the FCS program area of Ohio State University Extension. He holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Human Sciences in the Human Development and Family Sciences program area. He holds a doctoral degree in child and family studies from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in developmental studies from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in marriage, family, and human development from Brigham Young University. He has taught courses in family relations; family life program design, implementation, and evaluation; parenting; intergenerational relationships; and research methods and applied statistics. He has formed partnerships with community outreach organizations to evaluate programs and has consulted on a multi-state, multi-year projects. His program themes as a Specialist in Family Wellness with Ohio State University Extension are intergenerational family relationships; family resiliency; and Family Life Education program design, implementation, evaluation, and analysis.

February is Family Life Education Month

hearts family life educationAs a member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) I celebrate February as Family Life Education Month. I am fortunate to serve on the NCFR affiliate board, the Ohio Council on Family Relations (OHCFR). Last year (February 2018) I was highlighted as a board member and asked to share my Family Life Education story. Below is a copy of the interview.

Happy New Year! To kick off 2018’s Meet-the-Board series, let’s get to know Board Member Patrice Powers-Barker, Certified Family Life Educator and Ohio State University Extension Educator. Read on to hear how her strengths in work and family intertwine and build on each other!

On studies:
“I don’t think I fell into family sciences (studies and work) by accident but the steps to my current position in Family Consumer Sciences meandered. For my Bachelor of Arts, I studied Social Justice at Hiram College. My interdisciplinary major included classes in a variety of departments including Communications, Religion, Education and Sociology. It wasn’t until years later, as I was working full-time and raising a family that I landed in Family Life Education at Spring Arbor University for my Master of Arts. It was during that time I learned about the National Council for Family Relations (NCFR) and Certified Family Life Education (CFLE).”

On career:
“When I started working for Ohio State University Extension, Lucas County (Toledo, OH), I didn’t expect that it would be my place of employment for almost two decades! I currently serve as an Extension Educator in Family and Consumer Sciences. I love this quote by Ruby Green Smith as she described home economics in the 1940s; ‘this is ‘where science and art meet life and practice’. I am privileged to serve families in Lucas County and in the state of Ohio. I love that my work is practical, educational, interdisciplinary and rooted in science.”(To learn more about Lucas County Extension, visit

On family:
“I am the granddaughter of farmers and immigrants. I am the daughter of educators and community volunteers. I met my husband and two daughters at a community garden. We married seventeen years ago and within the last five years our family has added three boys: a son, a son-in-law and a grandson. I share my family story here because they taught me about families long before I knew there was an academic program for it! Just like every family, we’ve had our ups and downs. As an adult, a couple personal messages have kept me anchored during the rough times. ‘This is family, this is holy’ was a very clear message that came to me during a particularly hard time. It reassured me that we were in it together – and that things could be good even as they were challenging and imperfect. Another was a conversation I had with my (step) daughter during her teenage years: ‘aren’t we lucky? We can define this relationship of family in whatever way we want.’ I don’t necessarily share those specific quotes when I’m at work, but they summarize my values. My career allows me to educate and encourage others to identify their own struggles and solutions in order to build strong, healthy families.”

“Like my day-to-day work, I hope that what I bring to the OHCFR board is practical, educational, interdisciplinary and rooted in science. I am proud of two infographics that a team created in an effort to help make the Family Life Education (FLE) Framework approachable and easy to access for students as well as professionals. The infographics are designed to complement, not replace the NCFR FLE Framework materials. In a similar way to the team that designed the infographics, the OHCFR board is a collaborative, hard-working group of people who are really enjoyable to work with!” (Check out Patrice’s webinar from last year’s Family Life Education Month:

On life outside of work:
“Is it funny that in this type of work, I continue to think and ‘work’ on similar topics during my free time? I like to read about families, practice mindfulness, dig in the garden, try new recipes and spend time with my family. We like being outdoors, whether it’s camping at state parks or visiting the playgrounds and paths at our local metroparks or state park on the Maumee River and Lake Erie. Here’s my shameless plug for Toledo/Lucas County: In my family’s free time we have so many awesome opportunities right in our own community that we try to take advantage of (and not take for granted) all the local benefits. If you have never been to Northwest Ohio, consider a day/weekend trip. If you want any recommendations for family activities, send me a message!”