Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR)

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About This Program

Target Population: Families living in traumatic contexts who are vulnerable

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

SFCR is designed for families living in traumatic contexts with the dual goals of reducing the symptoms of trauma-related disorders in any family member and increasing coping resources in children, caregivers, and in the family system. Consistent with these two primary objectives, SFCR is guided by theories related to the ways families adapt to traumatic stress and a blending of ritual and routine theories with family stress and coping theories. SFCR provides trauma treatment within a family format. SFCR is designed to build the skills necessary to help families boost their sense of safety; function with stability; co-regulate their stress reactions, emotions, and behaviors; and make use of support resources. Although SFCR can be implemented using a variety of formats, it is typically delivered as a 10- or 15-week multifamily group (MFG).

Program Goals:

The goals of Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) are:

  • Reduce symptoms of traumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders in any family member
  • Increase coping resources in children, caregivers, and in the family system to help families:
    • Boost their sense of safety
    • Function with stability
    • Regulate their stress reactions, emotions, and behaviors
    • Make use of supports

Contact Information

Laurel Kiser
Agency/Affiliation: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Phone: (410) 706-2490

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2015