Susan Graham Credentials

Meet Certified Family Life Educator & Parenting Coach, Susan Graham, CFLE

Hey There, I’m Susan!

I’m a Certified Family Life Educator, Parent Coach & Course Creator, wife & mother of 3 incredible humans. I know all about the challenges parents struggle with as we juggle multiple hats and busy lives.

I know because I’ve lived it myself.

You Are Not Alone In Your Parenting Journey.

My programs and workshops utilize the most effective, evidence-based methods available, designed for convenience and simplicity.

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Susan Graham Credentials

What is a Family Life Educator?

Family Life Educators obtain the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The CFLE credential is the nationally recognized standard in Family Life Education and validates a professional’s experience and knowledge as a Family Life Educator.

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Family Life Education

Family Life Education is the professional practice of equipping and empowering family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance well-being and strengthen relationships through an educational, preventive, and strength-based approach. 

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Certification is through the NCFR:

National Council on Family Relations

The National Council on Family Relations, founded in 1938, is the oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary professional association focused solely on family research, practice, and education. NCFR members are dedicated to understanding and strengthening families.

Susan Graham Credentials

Additional Insight Into Family Life Education

The skills and knowledge needed for healthy family functioning are widely known:

  • strong communication skills
  • knowledge of typical human development
  • good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem
  • healthy interpersonal relationships

The goal of Family Life Education (abbreviated FLE) is to teach these skills and knowledge areas to family members across the lifespan, and foster positive individual and family development so families can function optimally.

Family Life Educators have knowledge based in the discipline of Family Science, and are employed in a variety of settings and roles. They consider societal issues — economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender, and more — within the context of the family. They believe that societal problems like substance abuse, domestic violence, unemployment, debt, and child abuse can be more effectively addressed from a perspective that considers individuals and families as part of larger systems.

Family Life Educators empower families themselves to apply knowledge about healthy family functioning to prevent or minimize problems.

Learn more about how Family Life Education compares to two other practice areas that apply Family Science: family therapy and family case management.

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CFLEs have proven knowledge in the 10 Family Life Education Content Areas:

  1. Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
  2. Internal Dynamics of Families
  3. Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  4. Human Sexuality
  5. Interpersonal Relationships
  6. Family Resource Management
  7. Parent Education and Guidance
  8. Family Law and Public Policy
  9. Professional Ethics and Practice
  10. Family Life Education Methodology

Susan Graham Credentials

Achieve Life Balance

As a family & youth educator, I have over 15 years working with parents and children in the education system and eight years supporting families in court custody cases. In addition, I’m a Certified Family Life Educator specifically trained to support family education and learning. Utilizing verifiable evidence-based methods and research, I’ve designed successful parenting and youth programs used across the globe.

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Given the evidence that parenting practices and the family environment have a strong impact on child outcomes, Achieve Life Balance’s main goal is to provide effective resources to help parents, guardians, and educators learn concrete ways to encourage children’s growth and wellness at home and in their community. All programs are designed to meet families where they are at. Achieve Life Balance takes great care regarding the diversity, inclusion and privacy of all participants.

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Achieve Life Balance is dedicated to providing the most effective and easily accessible programming in a manner that is simple to understand. Online workshops provide options for families with limited time. No need to travel, spend money on gas or find a babysitter. Parents can learn in the privacy and comfort of their home, at their pace.

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Learning is a community effort. In order to remain up-to-date as a Family Life Educator, I consistently collaborate with industry specialists and leaders, including researchers, parenting specialists, marriage & family counselors, educators, health professionals and others. In addition, I often work with community leaders in an effort to support and grow our local communities.

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Testimonials From The Home Front 

What My Kids Have to Say

Yes!  These are my real children.  No, I did not force them, bribe them, pay them, pressure them, or anything along those lines.  I asked my kids if they’d be willing to provide an honest testimonial on how they would describe the success of my parenting skills ~ after I dedicated my efforts to improve my parenting skills, earned my certification, and put my lessons to the test in the real world.

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Lauren Graham, 24

Multilingual Learners Elementary Teacher

“My mom really changed when she started working on her certification and parenting knowledge.  She became a whole different person, a better parent. I’m always asking for her classroom management advice.

Nicole Graham, 21

Global Studies Student

“My friends tell me how lucky I am to have a mom who listens and supports me, even when we disagree. I have to admit she’s a great mom. I feel safe coming to her with almost anything.”

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Brendan Graham, 18


“She’s okay. Just kidding! She’s a great mom. If something goes wrong, I know I can go to her to help me figure things out.”