Families Facing the Future

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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Families Facing the Future has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult).

Target Population: Parents receiving methadone treatment and their children ages 5-14

For children/adolescents ages: 5 – 14

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 5 – 14

Brief Description

The Families Facing the Future parent training curriculum consists of one five-hour family retreat and 32 hour-and-a-half parent training sessions. Sessions are conducted twice a week over a 16-week period. Children attend 12 of these sessions to practice the skills with their parents.

Parent sessions are conducted with groups of six to eight families. It is necessary to provide practice opportunities as well as skill components that address recurring problem behaviors specific to the needs of the parents. The parent training format combines a peer support and skill training model. The training curriculum teaches skills using the "guided participant modeling." Skills are modeled by trainers and other group members, then discussed by participants. Skills steps are reviewed and then parents practice the steps. Video-tape is frequently used in modeling the skills or during practice of the skills. The training focuses on affective and cognitive as well as behavioral aspects of performance.

Program Goals:

The goals of Families Facing the Future are:

  • Reduce parents' use of illegal drugs
  • Reduce risk factors for their children's future drug use while enhancing protective factors

Contact Information

Name: Kevin Haggerty, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: University of Washington
Department: Social Development Research Group
Website: www.sdrg.org/fffsummary.asp
Phone: (206) 543-3188
Fax: (206) 543-4507

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2009