Family Life Coaching

Helping the lives of youth and children… it’s what we do.

Want to help families to grow and thrive? Consider a career as a family life coach.


The demand for family life coaches is on the rise. More and more people have realized that the benefits of life coaching can easily be extended to help the entire family. Blended families or single parents may need assistance navigating tricky familial arrangements. Parents with children who are gifted, have special needs, or are dealing with challenging circumstances (addiction, transitions, divorce) may recognize that a family life coach can help everyone involved succeed.

Learn how you can make a difference working as a family life coach.

What Does a Family Life Coach Do?

Support families through trauma and transitions through home visits, support sessions, and interactions with third parties such as caseworkers, social workers, health providers, or educators. Inspire families to work together and make use of available resources. Work one-on-one with families to set goals, address problems, work through issues, and improve interpersonal relationships within the family unit. Inform parents of the availability of additional support services, including but not limited to parent education classes, tutors, counselors, health professionals, community services, and government agencies that provide parenting and child resources.

Family life coaches interact with family members as a group or as individuals. They may work independently as a consultant or for an agency. Some family life coaches are employed by schools as home visitors to act as a liaison between the family and the school.

Strengthen one of the key pillars of our society — families — through this rewarding career. 

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Steps to Become a Family Life Coach

The following are steps you will want to take are you pursue a career as a family coach:

  • Volunteer. Attend a parent education class, participate in training opportunities, and then volunteer as a peer parent educator. You will gain valuable experience and perspective.
  • Pursue the right education. It is expected that you have deep knowledge of mental health, therapeutic intervention, and child and family studies. Learn about all three Family Life Coaching training options here, including our Family Life Coaching Accelerated Course to fulfill the Board Certified Coach training requirements. A graduate degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences equips you with the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in this field. 
  • Network. Get involved with local community services that support families. You’ll make important connections and discover resources that will be invaluable once you are working as a parent educator.

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Graduate Spotlight

Meet Karen Randle

Family life coaching student Karen Randle featured by Grad School

As a middle school math teacher, Karen Randle was well acquainted with the frustrations of parents watching their capable adolescents struggling academically, forgetting to do their homework or failing to turn it in. At the same time, she saw adolescents desiring greater independence, while their parents tried to reign them in.

Randle knows that these family conflicts can send a middle schooler into an academic tailspin. For her graduate research project at NC State University, she decided to explore the value of family life coaching to help improve middle school behaviors and academic performance.

Randle is working on a master’s degree in youth, family and community sciences. Extra coursework she has taken will allow her to become a certified family life educator when she graduates in 2017.

Read the rest of the article about Karen Randle here.

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Ready to Get Started?

You already have the desire to help families. Now get the credentials you need to get hired.

Get started on your career as a family coach with a master’s degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences from NC State.
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