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Now after 16 years, UIM has grown to be the largest family ministry in India and has catered to families in more than 40 cities in India and abroad, serving churches of varied denominations and affiliations. UIM has intervened in a unique way to cater to the three specific groups of people namely the urban middle class, urban teens, and urban poor. Today UIM’s ministry fulfils its objective of transforming cities one home at a time through six different ways of intervention— Family Counseling, Family Life Education, Life skills and Value Education Program for teens in schools, Compassion Ministry in the slums for families, Media Ministry through television, magazine, and websites and Training Programs on Family Education and Counseling . Further details can be obtained from www.urbanindia.org.

In the last 16 years of UIM being in existence, we realized the key need in our nation today is to educate the families on Family life than just working curatively after the damage has occurred. With the increase of rape, divorce, suicides, domestic violence and even domestic killings, the need for family life education integrated with family counseling is the need of the hour. Hence, with a desire and dream to mobilize family life educators and counselors and with a futuristic view to be engaged in various educational initiatives, we have registered a trust in the name of UIM EDUCATIONAL TRUST. This is the education and training wing of UIM which aims to professionally train and equip people to become family life educators and counselors in our nation.

Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The skills and knowledge needed for healthy functioning are widely known: strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem, and healthy interpersonal relationships. The goal of family life education is to teach and foster this knowledge and these skills to enable individuals and families to function optimally.

Family life education professionals consider societal issues, including economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender and more within the context of the family. They believe that societal problems such as substance abuse, domestic violence, unemployment, debt, and child abuse can be more effectively addressed from a perspective that considers the individual and family as part of larger systems. Knowledge about healthy family functioning can be applied to prevent or minimize many of these problems. Family life education provides this information through an educational approach, often in a classroom-type setting or through educational materials.

Family plays a vital role in the healthy development of an individual as well as that of a society and nations. Indian family values and systems are the bedrock of its civilization traits. Yet, contemporary families are under tremendous stress and are fast changing in its composition, values and outworking. The current system fails to offer adequate prepare and support for families. Unlike most aspects of life (professional, financial, social or civic) where we are expected to obtain some level of education and/or training to act in a healthy manner, the family living does not require any systematic learning. As a result knowledge and skills levels remain at rudimentary levels.
Deeply convicted of the old Indian adage – “Prevention is better than cure”, we approach family life education as a preventive measure to develop healthy relationships in all spheres and to avoid unnecessary family squabbles and breakups. We are committed to developing healthy and strong society in India and around the world. We hope to research and develop content and training to develop a network of family life educators (FLEC) across the country. These FLEs will conduct family life education and counseling regularly in schools, corporations, social and cultural groups, religious bodies and neighborhood gatherings.
Family Life Educators come from a variety of backgrounds. They are homemakers, teachers, engineers, lawyers, social workers, doctors, managers, counselors, psychologists, policy makers, etc. They live in the cities, towns, and villages across the country. They speak and conduct family life education in different languages of India.
Family Life Education takes place in a variety of settings. There are probably numerous instances of family life education occurring in your community on any given day. There are family life educators working in health care settings—conducting workshops and classes in hospitals, secular and faith communities, junior and senior high schools, colleges and universities, social service agencies, corporate settings, government agencies, correctional and retirement facilities, as well as in the military.
Family Life Educators must have a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university in India or abroad in order to enroll for the Masters in Family Life Education course of two years duration, offered by FECTRI/UIM. Upon completion, they can join the National Association of Family Life Educators in India. Certified FLEs will obtain regular training, mentoring, support, and resources for the ongoing family life educational efforts. FECTRI will maintain a transparent certification process and FLEs will be expected to maintain credible practice and remain accountable to the professional association.
Family life educators work in a variety of settings. They bring comprehensive family training to a myriad of employment sectors and job classifications. They work in the following venues:

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