Model Program

Strengthening Families Program

Lutra Group, Inc.
5215 Pioneeer Fork Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1678
http://www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org/index.html

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Contact Information:
Karol Kumpfer, PhD
Director
801.581.7718
karol.kumpfer@health.utah.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City
Tribal

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a family skills training program that involves weekly classes for children ages 3-5, 6-11, and 12-16 and their families. The program uses family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches to increase resilience and reduce risk factors. It seeks to improve family relationships, parenting skills, and youths' social and life skills. Topics in the parental section include setting rules, nurturing, monitoring compliance, and applying appropriate discipline. Youth sessions concentrate on setting goals, dealing with stress and emotions, communication skills, responsible behavior, and how to deal with peer pressure.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2011

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Early aggression

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Social Workers
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

To achieve maximum results, all seven two-hour sessions of SFP must be completed. SFP has been evaluated more than 17 times, some studies using experimental or quasi-experimental designs and up to five-year follow-up. The program has resulted in: clinically significant decreases in conduct disorders, significant decreases in aggression, significant decreases in delinquency, and decreased substance use.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level