The Streghthening Families Program is an initiative targeting parents and adolescents that has proven to reduce the probability of psychotropic substance abuse and other risk behaviors associated with adolescents, including those related to HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health.
Adapted from the original Iowa Strengthening Families Program (ISFP), developed by the Iowa State University, it was adapted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its authors to the social and cultural reality of the Region of the Americas
The Streghthenin Families Program is designed to:
This program consists of seven sessions designed to reduce risk factors connected with the family and involves developing protective strategies for both young people and their parents or guardians. In each session, parallel activities are carried out with parents or guardians and young people, concluding with common activities for the entire family over the course of seven weeks. The program includes teaching manuals, videos that illustrate the different topics, and models for individual and group practicums.
The sessions are divided thematically, as follows:
- 1. Using love and limits
- 2. Setting down the rules of the household
- 3. Promoting good behavior
- 4. The use of consequences
- 5. Building bridges
- 6. Protection against substance abuse
- 7. Assistance for the special needs of the family