Welcome! You’ve found the right place if you are interested in learning how to strengthen your family relationships. The UVU Stronger Families Project is an educational, family-based class one night a week for 8 weeks. Using an evidence-based, nationally-recognized curriculum, we teach both parents and children how to improve their interaction and emotional patterns within the family.

Research on our program demonstrates improved parenting skills and family relationships; a reduction in problem behaviors, and improved social competencies and school performance. Under the leadership of UVU Family Science and Social Work faculty, UVU student interns implement the program in 5-6 locations across Utah County. Sign up for classes by clicking on the green tabs. Therapy is offered at no charge to those who have been or are currently participants in the program.

Stronger Families Services

Program

The Family Wellness Program offers “Survival Skills,” a research-based family life education course specially designed to meet the relational needs of parents and their children in our community. Classes are taught at various locations across Utah County by student interns and staff from Utah Valley University. Participants in SFP meet one evening per week over the length of the 9-week course. SFP provides the tools necessary to help families reach their optimal potential. 

Due to preventative measures surrounding COVID-19, the Stronger Families Project will host classes 100% remotely for the Spring 2021 semester. We are committed to providing the highest quality, most engaging virtual program possible.

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Workshops

The Stronger Families Project partners with community experts to provide specialized free workshops. These workshops are typically intended for adults and teach fundamental skills for happy, healthy relationships (in the past, these have covered topics such as money management and communication in relationships). All are invited to register for and attend! 

Workshops will not be held during the 2020 - 2021 school year due to preventive measure surronding COVID - 19. 

Therapy

The Stronger Families Project partners with Utah Valley University’s Master of Social Work program to provide free mental health therapy for families participating in the Stronger Families Project. Master of Social Work students provide therapy under the direction and supervision of our Clinical Director. This vital service is another way the Stronger Families Project is serving families in becoming healthier and happier.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How many classes does our family have to attend to graduate from the program?

There is a mandatory orientation night and 8 classes total, each held virtually. You need to attend orientation and 6 of the 8 classes in order to graduate.

All our classes are delivered remotely to you in your home by student interns from their location.

What kind of schedule will there be each week?

Around 6:25 pm, you will start each night by logging into a Microsoft Teams general meeting where you will be greeted virtually by our Regional Coordinators and Family Coaches. After a brief welcome and announcements, at 6:35 you and your family will be dismissed to Family Class held in individual breakout rooms and will be taught a 30-minute lesson by your Family Coach/Liaison. Children 6-years old and younger should be securely settled playing in another room or with a sitter.

At the conclusion of the 30-minute Family Class, parents will take a few minutes to get their children situated so they can rejoin for Parent Class at 7:10 pm in a quiet room where they can participate uninterrupted.

What type of device will my family need to have in order to participate in the program virtually?

We recommend using a laptop or tablet device. We want each member of your family to be able to hear and see the screen so they can actively participate in the classes. Phones are highly discouraged.

Remember, this is an opportunity to gather and spend uninterrupted time with your family. To enhance your family relationships and to get the most from your time in the program, we encourage you to tune into one shared screen together.

In addition, Parent Class is an opportunity to connect with other parents. Because they can be very distracting, and it is harder to collaborate, phones are also discouraged during Parent Class.

How do I use Microsoft Teams for this program?

Once your family is registered for the program, you will receive an email with an invitation to join the Team. This tutorial will guide you through setting up your account and joining the virtual session.

What if I experience technical difficulties while participating in the program?

Technical assistance will be available to participants during the first two weeks of the program.

How will I know if the SFP program is working for my family?

We know this program works. The lessons are based on research and evidence. They are tried and true. The families that see the most change from the SFP program are those that try to do one small thing each week to be better. If you put into place the commitment and follow through, it will yield great changes in your life.

This is no guarantee, however. Everyone has agency. Don’t be discouraged. If you feel like the program isn’t working for your family, please let us know. We can help connect you with any resources you may need.

Do we need to agree to home visits? What is their purpose?

Home visits will be held virtually via Teams and are an additional resource we offer the families attending SFP. They are not required, but they are highly encouraged. Home visits allow us to personalize SFP and help you get the most out of your SFP experience.

The purpose of home visits is to follow up on the goals you set on the "Getting to Know You" sheet that you filled out with your liaison the first week or two. Our social workers conduct these visits and are specially equipped to help you achieve your goals.

Is there homework?

Yes! The homework is designed to help your family apply principles learned in classes and work together better for a stronger, happier family. Homework for a given week includes having one-on-one time with each child and completing a workbook activity that pertains specifically to the lesson.

Can we participate if we are single/separated/divorced?

Of course! The Stronger Families Project is for all families, no matter the family situation. Everyone has unique experiences, and we value the insight you can bring to our classes through your personal lens.

What if we have a child with special needs?

We want you and your child to be comfortable and successful. Please share information about your child’s needs at registration and we will take that into consideration as we take applications for our program. 

Can we be included even if we are empty nesters or childless?

Yes! The Stronger Families Project is for all families, no matter the family situation. We value the insight you can bring to our classes with your life experiences and desire to contribute and learn.

Can my family attend another night if we need to miss the program of our registered night?

Yes, but only if it is once or twice. If you need to switch to another night permanently, that is the preferable route.