Training for SFP3-5, 6-11, 12-16 & SFP7-17 Group Leaders


North America Training

Training of SFP group leaders by SFP-certified trainers and technical assistance for implementation, and quality/fidelity assurance and evaluation are provided by the Strengthening Families Foundation (SFF). Hispanic and Native American Trainers available. See Contact page for who to contact with the Strengthening Families Program LLC to book trainings for the different versions of SFP.

International Training

Training of SFP group leaders outside North America by SFP-certified trainers and technical assistance for implementation, and outcome evaluation are arranged by Dr. Karol Kumpfer, the SFP Program Developer. SFP group workshop trainers are available in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Balkans, Middle East, Central Asia, China, Southeast Asia and Australia to deliver culturally specific trainings in the language of the trainees. For more information, contact:

Dr. Karol Kumpfer, 801-583-4601 or kkumpfer@xmission.com.

Group Leader Training Costs

Training fees are $3,700 for a two-day SFP group leader training for 16 or fewer trainees (with one Trainer) or $4,400  for a training of 36 or fewer (with two Trainers). The training fee includes a master set on CD of SFP course materials for one age-variant ($450 value) in one language and permanent site-limited license to copy course materials for the agency's own use. (Note: SFP7-17 group curriculum has age variants for both Teen and Child groups.)

Trainer travel expenses for one or two trainers, for the smaller or larger groups respectively, are reimbursable in addition to the training fee. Comprehensive fees including training, course materials, and trainer travel are available and preferable.

SFP training teams typically include a woman and a man and reflect when possible the ethnicity of the trainees and families to be served. Training in the United States is available in English and in Spanish. The training fee includes some technical assistance in implementation.

Five Staff Members Needed to implement SFP groups. SFP group versions require a bare minimum of five trained staff: two group leaders for the parents, two for children or teens, and a site coordinator. (As explained below, SFP 7-17 DVD Family Discussion Groups only require two Discussion Leaders.) If your budget is limited and the number to be trained is small, you may be able to send your trainees to a training already scheduled to be hosted by another agency. The Strengthening Families Foundation staff will help you locate other trainings, but the terms and costs are negotiated directly with the host agency. Finding a training in your region to meet your schedule is often difficult, however, and travel costs for your trainees often more than offset cost savings over hosting your own training.

All SFP group leader trainings include both instruction and participation by trainees and include:

  • Conceptual basis and origins of SFP and why it works
  • Prior research results showing SFP one of the most effective prevention programs
  • Overall structure and operation of an SFP site
  • Overview of the parent, child, and family curriculums
  • Learning how to teach Child's Game and Parent's Game in SFP3-5 and SFP6-11 and Our Time and Clear Directions in SFP12-16
  • How to motivate people to change behavior
  • Essential Group Leader / Family Coaching skills & How to Team-Teach
  • Simulation experience teaching lessons from parent, child, and family courses
  • Telephone coaching skills for SFP weekly follow-up calls
  • Recruiting and retaining families and decreasing attrition
  • Required local and cultural adaptation
  • Administering evaluation instruments
  • Dealing with ethical and legal problems; handling crisis; providing referrals

Training SFP7-17 DVD Discussion Leaders and Family Coaches 

SFP-DVD Discussion Leaders are trained to facilitate class discussion and family skill practice in a multi-family group viewing of the SFP7-17 Home-Use DVD. SFP Family Coaches use the SFP7-17 Home-Use DVD in homes or clinics to view with and train families in SFP skills and follow up with phone calls.

Fees are $1,500 for a one-day SFP DVD Discussion Leader and Family Coach training. The fee includes the SFP DVD Discussion Questions, Implementation Handbook, and a SFP Home-Use DVD for each trainee, which they must watch and answer the Home Study Questions (which will be emailed) before the training begins.

Trainer travel expenses for one or two trainers, for smaller (16 or fewer) or larger (36 or fewer) groups respectively, are reimbursable in addition to the training fee. Comprehensive fees including training, course materials, and trainer travel are available and preferable.

Evaluation of SFP Implementations

Evaluation of SFP implementations is offered through Dr. Karol Kumpfer, SFP developer, at Alta Institute. The evaluation is comprehensive, normed against a national or international data base, and extremely cost-competitive. We recommend an annual evaluation of all groups. Costs for annual report are about $2,500 to $5,000 depending on extent of work needed and if quality/fidelity report and site visit is included.  A follow-up on-site visit once implementation has begun is often helpful in assuring fidelity and program effectiveness. See Program Evaluation page for more detail.