Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.; and Elizabeth Einstein, MA, LMFT
Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3 - a
short program for parents and stepparents
Here is a 3-session, video-based program
you can use to help parents and stepparents build a powerful
parenting team, strengthen their marriage, and guide their children
through the transition to a new family.
Getting married is the easy part! When a stepfamily is formed, everyone needs to learn
new rules: Husband and wife need to learn how to work together
as a team. Children and teens must adapt to changes. Everyone
needs to build good relationships with new family members.
Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3is here
to help! Use this video-based discussion program to help couples
work together to build a working new stepfamily. With this program,
you will also teach how to use powerful communication and negotiation
skills to strengthen the marriage. APSF3 combines
years of wisdom from Active Parenting author Michael
Popkin and renowned stepfamily expert Elizabeth
Offer a 3-session class focusing on stepfamily issues
Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3
is an abridged version of Active
Parenting for Stepfamilies, a 6-session course that adds
a parenting education element to make a comprehensive program.
APSF3 uses many of the same elements of the original
program, but it's only 3 sessions and focuses mainly on topics
specific to stepfamilies.
Video vignettes will get great reactions from parents
The program kit contains extensive video to help illustrate key
pointsand to keep participants engaged. Parents may see
themselves in the entertaining video sketches featuring stepfamilies
grappling with common issues. Presented with humor and empathy,
each scene that presents a problem also offers a solution. See
Your program kit contains 100 minutes of video demonstrating
key concepts. Here's a sample.
Its easy to lead a group using our video and
group discussion format!
The Leaders Guide, included in the Program Kit, gives you
step-by-step instructions on when to show the video portions
and how to lead the discussions. The optional PowerPoint presentation
helps by projecting key points so parents can see them while
you are explaining.
Participants follow along using their Parents
Guides, which offer examples and activities so they can practice
their new skills at home. We recommend holding three 2.5-hour
sessions with a group of 10 to 20 parents. The program is
flexible, however, so you can choose a format that works for
Our free Promotion
Guide will help you spread the word about your classes to
parents in the community.
Need a more detailed class? A 6-session version
is also available
A 6-session version of the program is available so you can provide
a comprehensive course providing Active Parenting skills
along with discussion of stepfamily issues. The longer class
is ideal for families in which the stepparent is a first-time
for information about the 6-session program.
Leader training will enhance your effectiveness
The Leader's Guide provides step-by-step instructions, but you
may also benefit from a Leader Training Workshop (LTW). At the
LTW, an experienced parent educator will tell you what works
and what doesn't. You will also be able to share ideas with colleagues.
Click for more information, or contact
Coordinator at 1-800-825-0060 x120.
Heres what youll teach in each session:
Session I: Stepfamily Living - A Different
Coping with loss
5 Guidelines for Active Stepparents
Session II: Turning Differences into
Dealing with differences
Establishing limits (of time, space, authority, money)
Avoiding loyalty conflicts
Session III: Encouraging Stepfamily
- Discipline in a stepfamily
- Power of encouragement
Note: Active Parenting for Stepfamilies
in 3 is derived from the original
program (Active Parenting for Stepfamilies) and uses many
of the same elements. A discount is available for those who already
own the original program, or who wish to buy both editions at
the same time. Please inquire.
Pictured: Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3 Standard Program Kit
Standard Program Kit contains:
1 APSF3 DVD (100 min.)
1 Active Parenting for Stepfamilies
Leader's Guide with guide for converting to APSF3
1 Active Parenting for Stepfamilies
1 APSF3 Parent Completion Certificate
2 APSF3 Color Course Announcement Posters
1 APSF3 Color Promotional Flyer
program FREE for 30 days! Click on the title for more information
or to order.
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The comprehensive, 6-session stepfamily program
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provide the right mix of information and entertainment to help put families
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