Strengthening Families Program to be Offered at Clearfield Area Elementary School

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission will again offer a “Strengthening Families” Program at the Clearfield Area Elementary School.

At its reorganizational meeting Monday night, the Clearfield school board approved the CJDAC’s facility use request. The program will be held once-a-week for eight weeks, beginning Jan. 9, in the cafeteria, library and art room.

CJDAC believes the program will run through Feb. 20 but requested through Feb. 27 in case inclement weather would interfere with one of the other previous dates.

The administration recommended this approval, as the district is a partner with the CJDAC. The program was held last year at CAES, and it was very well-received, said Superintendent Terry Struble.

According to the commission’s Web site, the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth (SFP 10-14) resulted from an adaption of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP), originally developed at the University of Utah.

Formerly called the Iowa Strengthening Families Program, the long-range goal for the curriculum is reduced substance use and behavior problems during adolescence.

Intermediate objectives include improved skills in nurturing and child management by parents, and improved interpersonal and personal competencies among youth.

Parents of all educational levels are targeted and printed materials for parents are written at an eighth-grade reading level.

All parent sessions, two youth and two family sessions use videotapes portraying pro- social behaviors and are appropriate for multi-ethnic families.

For more information, please contact the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission.

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