Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents and their children ages 0-17 who need skills to reduce family conflict and the risk of abuse or neglect, including substance abusing parents, those already reported for child maltreatment, and those who need skills to deal with a disruptive child

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a 10- to 14-week parenting and family skills training program for high-risk and general population families. It is unique because the whole family attends and practice new relationship skills together in family groups. SFP is designed to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce child maltreatment, children’s problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse; and to improve social competencies and school performance. The program is designed to work with many different ethnicities and races. In addition, it is available as a Home-use DVD for school, behavioral health, and family services to use alone or with case managers. It can also be given to families to view at home.

Program Goals:

The primary goals of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) are:

  • Reduce child maltreatment
  • Reduce costs of foster care and kinship care
  • Reduce parent and child substance abuse
  • Reduce child development and behavior problems
  • Reduce academic and school failure
  • Increase parent/child attachment and bonding
  • Increase positive parenting and parenting skills
  • Reduce family conflict and violence
  • Reduce children’s and parent’s depression and stress
  • Increase children’s positive behaviors

Contact Information

Karol L. Kumpfer, PhD
Title: Professor
Agency/Affiliation: University of Utah
Phone: (801) 583-4601

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2016