Welcome! You’ve found the right place if you are interested in meeting other families like yours who love their children and want to strengthen positive relationships. The UVU Stronger Families Project is an educational, family-based class one night a week for 8 weeks. Using an evidenced-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 and workshops 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. A free dinner is provided weekly. SFP provides the tools necessary to help families reach their optimal potential

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! 

Therapy

The Stronger Families Project partners with Utah Valley University’s Master of Social Work program to provide free clinical therapy for families participating in the Stronger Families Project. The Social Work Masters students providing therapy are training to become certified Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) 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.

FAQs for Families

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

There is a mandatory orientation night and 8 classes total. You need to attend 7 of the 8 classes in order to graduate.

What kind of schedule will there be each week? Does the family stay together?

Families start each night with a family dinner (30 minutes). This is followed by a family class and then individual classes, based on age/situation: parent, teen, children’s, and  toddler classes.

Are there babysitters for my baby?

Babes in arms are to stay with their parents. We have a toddler class (nursery) for children around 18 months and older with trained teachers but the toddlers need to be able to function without their parent and not have a bottle.

Are dinners always provided? What if my child has food allergies?

 

Yes, dinners are provided each week but you need to arrive on time to allow time for the whole family to eat. We dismiss promptly to classes once dinner is over. If your child has food allergies or aversions, please check the menus so you can bring food your child can eat instead.

 We are concerned one of our children is going to have a hard time in their class. Can we keep them with their siblings?

 

We are more than willing to accommodate you and your children. We want them to be in the class they feel most comfortable with, and are willing to make arrangements for them.

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

 

Home visits 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. Meeting accommodations (such as a location other than your home) can be made if this is the concern.

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 a child with special needs?

We will take that into consideration as we take applications for our program. Please share information about your child’s needs at registration. We want you and your child to be comfortable and successful. If we frequently pull you out of the parent class to attend to your child, you’ll miss out and will be disruptive for the learners. For high-needs children, we may refer you to another program since we do not have trained and available teachers for one-one-one attention throughout the evening.

 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 other site if we need to miss the program of our registered site?

 

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