training by experienced Strengthening Families Program trainers
is required in order to be certified to teach the Strengthening
Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14). Training
helps ensure program fidelity, making it more likely that there
will be positive outcomes for youth and parents. To be certified,
groups of at least three facilitators per program site must receive
training. One facilitator teaches the parent group, two facilitators
teach the youth group, and all three facilitators work with families
in the family session.
Starting February 1, 2009, the two-day certification training option will be discontinued. If your agency submitted a 2008 grant proposal that budgeted for a two-day training, your proposal will be honored.
Three-day Certification Training:
The recommended training takes place over
three days and includes information on program background, evaluation
results, risk and protective factors addressed, program philosophy,
and use of the pre-post test for parents and youth. Participants
take part in curriculum activities so they are well-prepared to
teach the program. The three-day format allows time for group
discussion and question and answer periods. Typically each day
begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Morning and afternoon
breaks, as well as a lunch break, allow for a relatively relaxed
schedule. The schedule allows time for a detailed discussion of
recruitment and retention, as well as implementation details for
recruiting and retention and options for providing child care,
transportation, food and incentives.
Cost - $4000 plus travel for one trainer (10-15 participants) plus travel for two trainers (16-35 participants).
Two-day Certification Training (to be discontinued February 1, 2009):
A two-day training is sometimes offered
for groups with serious budget constraints. The daily schedule
is 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Most activities are covered but there
is less time for group discussion and questions. The two-day format
is not appropriate for groups who need to make adaptations for
different ethnic groups or for groups who plan to do a scientific
evaluation of the program.
Cost - $3000 plus travel for one trainer (10-15 participants) plus travel for two trainers (16-35 participants).
Alternative to hosting an on-site training
Teams of three individuals may attend scheduled
trainings in other locations, typically in other states, if
the host site has room. Registration is set by the host site
and is typically $300 per person. Adding airfare, lodging, and
per diem for three people often brings the cost close to the
expense of hosting training on site.