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What is SFPY?

Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth (SFPY) is a nine-week skill-building program for families with teens 12 to 16 years old. It is a shortened, adapted version of the 14-week Strengthening Families Program (SFP) developed by Dr. Karol Kumpfer of the University of Utah.

The program takes a ‘whole family’ approach that helps parents and teens to develop trust and mutual respect. In the first hour, all participants enjoy a healthy family meal together. In the second hour, parents and youth participate in separate sessions where they discuss a range of topics. In the last hour, all participants come together again for a session where they build on the topics and skills they’ve explored separately.
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When organizations implement the SFPY curriculum (and optional support package), they provide families with a complete research-based approach to improving parent-teen relationships, and to helping teens build resilience that will support good decision making and mental health.

Parents will:

  • Learn to understand where their teen is coming from.
  • Improve communication.
  • Find fresh approaches to old problems.
  • Set the stage for positive discipline.
  • Ensure a consistent approach to guiding their teen’s behaviour.

Teens will:

  • Learn to understand their parents’ concerns.
  • Improve communication.
  • Build social skills to help them make good decisions that will
    support their well-being and mental health.
“Participants start to realize that a little change in their
attitudes and behaviours can make a difference in
addressing major challenges within their families.”

– SFPY Facilitator
 
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