A substance use prevention program targeted towards youth aged 10-14 and their families
Originally developed in the 1980s as a 14-session module for high-risk families with young children, the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) now has field-tested versions for families with children of different age groups, including ages 10-14.
The program has been extensively evaluated in the peer-reviewed literature and is rated by researchers as among the most effective family-oriented substance use prevention education interventions.
The basic SFP consists of seven sessions with 7-10 families and includes:
- life and peer resistance skills training
- goal development
- emotion management
- building positive parent-child relationships
Activities include discussions, role-playing, games, and family projects. Sample curricula are available for viewing and the full program can be purchased on CDs. Four optional booster sessions are available to be held three to twelve months after the original program.