Strengthening Families Program 6-11

Strengthening Families Program 6-11

Strengthening Families Program 6-11 (SFP 6-11) is an evidence-based family life skills training program developed by Dr. Karol Kumpfer to improve parenting skills, enhance family relationships and increase children’s social and life skills.  For nearly 20 years, SFP has been implemented in schools, drug treatment centers, family and youth service agencies, community mental health centers, public housing communities, shelters, churches, and drug courts.

SFP 6-11 targets families with children between the ages of 6 and 11.  Each group may include up to 14 families.  The SFP 6-11 curriculum is implemented over 14 weekly, two-hour sessions.  Each Session Includes three groups: a parents’ group, a children’s group, and a family group.

Program Goals

The goals of SFP 6-11 include:

  • To increase resilience and reduce risk factors for substance abuse, aggression, depression, delinquency, and school failure
  • To reduce child maltreatment by strengthening bonds between parents and children and increasing use of positive parenting skills

Proven Outcomes

  • Decreased child problem behaviors
  • Increased child pro-social skills
  • Improved parenting skills
  • Decreased use of corporal punishment
  • Decreased parent drug use
  • Decreased parent depression & social isolation
  • Improved family relationships
  • Reduced family conflict

Services Provided by Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

Pre-implementation Resources

Prior to implementing the program, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina provides support to help communities and organizations ensure they are ready to implement the program. This information can be helpful in determining whether Strengthening Families Program 6-11 is a good fit for your agency and community.

We also encourage you to visit the Strengthening Families Program National Office website for additional information on the program.

SFP Training

Strengthening Families Program 6-11 requires providers to complete pre-service training prior to implementation.  Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina hosts pre-service training for SFP providers once each year.  Training is provided through the national office by nationally certified trainers. 

Implementation Support

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina provides local communities and organizations with support in implementing Strengthening Families Program 6-11. Our Implementation Support Specialists provide coaching and ongoing technical assistance to providers and facilitates and networking opportunities with other sites across the state. This coaching and guidance ensures that the evidence-based model is followed and that communities can feel the full impact of the program.

For More Information

Please contact Stephanie Pavlis, Director of Implementation Support, at 919-829-8009 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

A chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

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