UW- Madison Extension offering virtual Strengthening Families Program
UW- Madison Division of Extension is offering a virtual format of the Mindfulness-enhanced Strengthening Families Program (MSFP) starting October 8, 2020. MSFP is a seven week program for families with youth ages 10-14. The program is based on the original Strengthening Families Program and has been shown to improve parenting practices, delay and reduce substance use in teens, reduce destructive and aggressive conduct in teens, improve parent-youth relationships, and increase parent well-being.
MSFP uses education, discussion and engaging activities to learn and practice skills each week. Some of the topics for the program include:
• Understanding normal youth development
• Using effective communication skills
• Recognizing and handling stress
• Setting and reaching goals
• Appreciating family members
• Managing peer pressure and parental monitoring
In the virtual MSFP format, the weekly program sessions are offered at different times to allow for families to manage homework, supper and other responsibilities. The youth will participate in their own session at 4:00 pm. Adult caregivers will participate at 6:00 pm, and the family will unite for the final session at 7:15 pm.
The goal of virtual MSFP is to provide a quality family education program while maintaining safe physical distancing measures. The program will run on Thursdays from October 8 – November 19, 2020.
For more information about the Mindfulness-enhanced Strengthening Families Program or to register, please contact Debbie Moellendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday September 25, 2020.