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Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families Program is geared for parents of youth between the ages of 6-12 and 10-14.

Strengthening Families Program 6-12

– Builds on family strengths
– Increase resilience
– Reduce risk factors for substance abuse, depression, violence and aggression, delinquency, and school failure
– Helps youth develop skills in handling peer pressure and build a positive future
– Decreases the likelihood of family conflict and risky adolescent behavior
– Aids families in growing together

Strengthening Families Program 10-14

– Builds on family strengths
– Encourages appreciation for one another
– Improves relationships
– Helps youth develop skills in handling peer pressure and build a positive future
– Decreases the likelihood of family conflict and risky adolescent behavior
– Aids families in growing together

Parent Sessions

– Using Love and Limits
– Making House Rules
– Encouraging Good Behavior
– Using Consequences
– Building Bridges
– Protecting Against Substance Abuse
– Getting Help for Special Family Needs

Youth Sessions

– Having Goals and Dreams
– Appreciating Parents
– Dealing with Stress
– Following Rules
– Peer Pressure
– Reaching Out to Others

Family Sessions

– Supporting Goals and Dreams
– Appreciating Family Members
– Using Family Meetings
– Understanding Family Values
– Building Family Communication
– Peer Pressure
– Putting It All Together

Each of the sessions includes one hour of parents and youth meeting separately with their facilitators. The second hour parents and youth meet together as a family.

The sessions include activities, videos, discussion time, learning, games, and family projects.

Outcomes indicate that, compared with those who were not in the program, families:

– Had significantly lower rates of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use
– Youth had significantly lower conduct problems in school
– Parents learned to build a positive relationship with their children, set appropriate limits, and follow through on consequences

SFP 10-14 has been proven effective in:

– Delaying the onset of adolescent substance use
– Lowering levels of aggression
– Increasing the resistance to peer pressure in youth
– Increasing the ability of parents to set appropriate limits and show affection to and support of their children

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