Strengthening Family Program (SFP)


The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and general population families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills.

The SFP s a 14-session, evidence-based parenting skills, children's social skills, and family life skills training program specifically designed for high-risk families. Parents and children participate in SFP, both separately and together. Group Leader Manuals contain a complete lesson for every session. Parents' and children's Handouts are also provided for every session.

Cultural Adapations and International Dissemination of SFP

  • SFP works with Diverse Ethnic Populations

  • SFP is culturally specific or culturally sensitive

  • Multicultural and culturally sensitive

  • SFP serves Spanish, Asian and Pacific Islander Families

Ages of Children:

  • Pre-school children, SFP 3-5 years, higher risk: SFP3-5 parallels SFP6-11 and can easily be delivered at the same time with two more group leaders.

  • Elementary school children, SFP 6-11 years, higher risk: Use the original SFP6-11, available in English and Spanish.

  • Early Teens and High School, SFP 12-16, higher risk: Use SFP12-16, English or Spanish.

  • SFP7-17 Group Class Curriculum for ages 7-17 has lessons for Parents, Teens, and Children classes plus a joint Family Practice class and includes video vignettes of key SFP skills. It can be presented in 10 to 14 weekly sessions (depending on family risk factors). View the detailed table of contents for SFP7-17 here.

  • SFP7-17 Home-Use DVD: Teaches the SFP parent and youth skills in English or Spanish for parents and youth ages 7-17 to watch together. With 11 lessons, it can also be used as a review for SFP7-17 Group Classes, or can be presented to groups of families in schools, churches or clinics by a trained facilitator using a SFP-DVD Discussion Guide.

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