Workshop to be held at the Smethport Elementary School:

Thursdays, March 3 - April 14, 2016

HERE to Register

What is SFP?

The Strengthening Families Program (also known as SFP) seeks to help families:

  • Strengthen communication
  • Prepare for the teenage years

What is SFP in McKean County?

SFP in McKean County takes place one night a week for seven weeks and is geared for families with youth in 5th and 6th grade. Each session starts at 5:30 p.m. with a family dinner. After dinner, youth and parents split up to spend an hour with their peers (younger children go to the childcare that is supplied for free).

Youth are led through the interactive activities, games, and discussion by two trained facilitators. During the program, they talk about among others:

  • goals
  • appreciating parents
  • stress
  • peer-pressure

When the youth are in their session, parents explore through discussion and a video, with the help of a trained facilitator, topics including:

  • showing love and setting limits
  • making house rules
  • encouraging good behavior
  • using consequences

After being with peers for an hour, the groups come back together for a one-hour interactive family session with games, discussion, and activities that will finish off the evenings session. The topics covered during the hour include:

  • supporting goals
  • family meetings
  • family values
  • family communication