Strengthening Families Program – New Horizon Community Care

Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families Program is an 11-week evidence-based parenting skills, children's social skills, and family life skills training program.

Specifically designed for families, this program consists of weekly group training and family practice sessions, as well as in-home support sessions.

The Strengthening Families Program serves guardians and childrens age 7-17 that are seeking to improve parenting skills, family relationships, social competencies and school performance, as well as reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.

The New Horizon Strengthening Families Program promotes family engagement, preservation, and growth. Through education, training, and support, families will increase stability and develop healthy relationships.

Program Structure

In the weekly training and family practice sessions, the family shares a meal together. Guardians and children attend separate group trainings on the same lesson, after which the family comes together to engage in family practice of the newly learned skill.

A mentor will spend one or two evenings per week in the home to aid the family in implementing and practicing their skills, provide additional support and education, and encourage the family to engage in positive interaction.

Share the values you grew up with

Parent/Guardian Skills Training

  • Appropriate developmental expectations
  • Positive interaction with child(ren)
  • Increase in attention and praise for positive behaviors
  • Positive family communication
  • Family meetings
  • Effective and consistent discipline

Teen/Child(ren) Skills Training

  • Communication skills
  • Recognition of hopes and dreams
  • Resilience skills
  • Problem solving
  • Peer resistance
  • Emotion identification
  • Dealing with criticism
  • Anger management/coping skills

Weekly Lessons

Intro: The Healthy Family, Healthy Brain Connection

  1. Notice and compliment the good daily
  2. Communicate with love and understanding
  3. The five Rs for a happy home
  4. Limits and consequences
  5. Problem solving and negotiation skills
  6. Stress and anger management skills
  7. Goals and contracts to change behavior
  8. No alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  9. Choosing friends and monitoring activities
  10. Values, traditions, and service