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.

A program for bringing parents and teens together

That’s where the newly revised Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action comes in. Based on the popular Active Parenting of Teens, this program can be used to give families critical tools for the challenging teen years: communication, mutual respect, risk-prevention and more.

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 and NREPP.

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 Families in Action!

In six 2½-hour sessions, parents and/or teens will learn all this and more:

Session I: Understanding each other

  • What’s going on in a teen’s brain
  • Mutual respect

Session II: Communication

  • Active communication skills
  • the Spiral of Success

Session III: Responsibility

  • Choices and consequences
  • Problem-solving

Session IV: Building Courage

  • Four key encouragement skills
  • Power through negotiation

Session V: Risk Prevention, Part 1

  • The power of positive role models
  • Talking about sexuality

Session VI: Risk Prevention, Part 2

  • Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
  • Bullying and relationship violence
  • Peer pressure


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