Housing Counseling Training

Community Development Institute

Our upcoming 2-day CDI class will give participants the knowledge to conduct a pre-purchase homebuyer education course at their agencies. 

Housing Counseling Training
January 18th and 19th
10am to 4pm
Columbia, SC

The class will focus on designing and presenting a homebuyer education workshop, recruiting partners, marketing the workshop, measuring the impact of the workshop, and working with clients on a one-on-one basis.

The training session will cover:

  • Planning and designing a pre-purchase workshop
    • Determining the curriculum to include
    • Designing a workshop – creating an effective agenda
  • Delivering a pre-purchase workshop
    • Presentation skills
    • Incorporating games and activities
  • Recruiting partners
    • Selecting effective partners/volunteers
    • Tips for working with partners/volunteers
  • Marketing the program
    • Social media
    • Community outreach
  • Measuring Impact
    • Tracking and evaluation
    • Surveys
  • National Industry Standards
    • The importance of adopting the standards
    • SC Department of Consumer Affairs licensure


Debbie Kidd  Director of Homeownership for Origin SC

Debbie Kidd
Director of Homeownership for Origin SC

Kristin Bastian  Financial Education Director for Origin SC

Kristin Bastian
Financial Education Director for Origin SC

Origin SC (previously known as Family Services) is a 128 year-old nonprofit organization well-ingrained in the areas of finance and housing. The organization is approved by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, a NeighborWorks Charter Member, and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Debbie Kidd, Homeownership Director, Realtor, and Facilitator, has 25 years of experience in facilitating pre-purchase homebuyer education workshops. She is a licensed credit counselor with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, and she also holds NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) Certifications in Pre-Purchase Homeownership Education and Post-Purchase Homeownership Education. Ms. Kidd and the Origin SC staff will be responsible for designing this proposed “train the trainer” workshop, provide curriculum materials, and can assist in marketing and outreach.

Origin SC is an approved provider of continuing education for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs for licensed credit counselors. Participants who attend this workshop and are also licensed credit counselors through the State of South Carolina will receive continuing education hours for that licensure as well.