What is the Strengthening Families Program?
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a family skills training class that involves parents and children working together to form stronger bonds and healthier relationships. SFP is designed to reduce environmental risk factors and improve protective factors. Its overall goal is to increase personal resilience to drug use and other risky behavior in high-risk youth.
Who Designed the Program?
SFP was developed by Dr. Karol L. Kumpfer in the mid-1980s. Dr. Kumpfer is an American psychologist and Professor of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah specializing in cross-cultural research and dissemination of family evidence-based interventions. SFP was created by Dr. Kumpfer through an NIDA research grant with children of substance-using parents. Subsequent randomized control trials have found similar positive results with families in many different ethnic groups. SFP was designed to be culturally adaptive and is available in 36 counties and all 50 states.