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Families in Action - Bring parents & teens together
to learn valuable life skills

A program for bringing parents and teens together...at last
There's no denying it. Parents and teens are often at odds—but it doesn't have to be that way. When parents and teens learn together, they will have a common language and skills for a smoother ride through adolescence.

The newly revised Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action is for children ages 11-16 and their parents. Using this program, you will give families critical tools for the challenging teen years: communication, conflict resolution, encouragement, and more. Plus powerful information about preventing problems with drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence.

Combining entertaining video, group discussion, and activities, the program will teach both teens and parents how to:

  • communicate without fighting
  • work through power struggles
  • understand each other's goals
  • avoid the scary risks of adolescence (including drugs, alcohol, sex and violence)
  • enjoy the wonderful journey to adulthood—together

Three programs in one!
We've built in the flexibility you need to reach as many people as possible. Your new program kit can be used in three ways:

  • a class for parents: Active Parenting of Teens
  • a class for teens: Teens in Action
  • a class for parents and their teens together: the new Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action!

Research proves it's effective
Research on this program was published in the Journal of Drug Education and the Journal of Primary Prevention. Families in Action is listed in the OJJDP Model Programs Guide, CrimeSolutions.gov, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), and NREPP.

Newly revised for 2012
This program is a thorough revision of the original Families in Action program, including closed-captioned video filmed in 2012. We kept the best of the original while adding new content addressing issues that are relevant to today's teens and parents, including drugs, sexuality, and violence.

Here’s what you’ll teach in each session:


Session I: The Active Parent
– Teens today
– Styles of parenting
– Control vs. influence
– Mutual respect

Session II: Winning Cooperation
– Who owns the problem?
– Active communication with teens
– The key of encouragement

Session III: Responsibility & Discipline
– The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
– Logical consequences and more
– Problem-solving with FLAC

Session IV: Building Courage, Redirecting Misbehavior
– Courage and self-esteem
– Five goals of teen behavior
– Eliminating power struggles

Session V: Drugs, Sexuality, & Violence
– Reducing the Risks
– Overview of the issues
– Prevention strategies 1-4

Session VI: Drugs, Sexuality, & Violence - continued
– Prevention strategies 5-10
Plus family meetings, enrichment activities, and much more!



Session I:
– 5 key qualities of character
– Understanding parents
– Your brain on adolescence
– The power of choice
– School success
– Challenges of teen life: drugs, sexuality and violence

Session II:
– The Spiral of Success
– Communication: the road to cooperation

Session III:
– Responsibility and freedom
– The voice of discipline
– Understanding and accepting consequences

Session IV:
– Courage and self-esteem
– The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
– Turn discouragement into encouragement
– Getting past power struggles

Session V:
– 10 risk-prevention strategies for teens
– Negative vs. positive influences
– Talking about sexuality

Session VI:
– Tobacco, alcohol, & other drugs
– Bullying and relationship violence
– Peer pressure
– Confronting high-risk behavior

Pictured: Families in Action Standard Program Kit

Need proof?
Click here for research on the proven effectiveness of Families in Action.

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 This program is available in 3 formats.
Click on the title for more information or to order.

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action Program Kit
All you need for a 3-in-1 program for parents and their teens/preteens.

Teens in Action Program Kit

All you need for a complete program for teens/preteens only.

Active Parenting of Teens

All you need for a complete program for parents only.
Already own one of these components? Contact us about an "upgrade" to the 3-in-1 kit.