Training for SFP3-5, 6-11 & 12-16 Curricula

North America and International Training

CONTACT: Jeanie Ahearn Greene, Ph.D., MSW
(240) 460-3931
Hispanic and Native American Trainers available

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Training of SFP group leaders by SFP-certified trainers and technical assistance for implementation, and quality/fidelity and evaluation are provided by Ahearn Greene Associates, LLC (AGA).

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 Ahearn Greene Associates, LLC (AGA).

Group Leader Training Costs for SFP3-5, 6-11, 12-16

Training fees are $4,100 for a two-day SFP group leader training for 16 or fewer trainees (with one Trainer) or $4,900  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.

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 classes. SFP group classes require five trained staff: two group leaders for the parents, two for children or teens, and a site coordinator. 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. Jeanie Ahearn Greene, Ph.D., MSW 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.

Online Training for all SFP 7-17 Curricula

North America and International Training 

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Training for SFP 7-17 Classroom Family Coaches, In-Home Family Coaches, and SFP DVD Discussion Leaders by certified SFP Trainers is handled through our Strengthening Families Program LLC.  Hispanic and Native American trainers available. 

CONTACT: Jaynie Brown (385) 226-3396 Email:

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we are offering online Strengthening Families Program 7-17 Zoom trainings for Family Coaches/facilitators. Included is a segment on how to teach SFP classes to families online via Zoom or in person.

We prefer to do the training in two 2 1/2-hour segments over a 3-day period, because many people are juggling multiple roles and it may be difficult to do two full 8-hour days. We prefer to cap online training at 12-14 people.

Here are the times (over a 3-day period) that we have found useful to hold the SFP Family Coach training, but we are flexible and can offer a different schedule if needed.

Suggested Online training times:

Day 1  —  5 hours : Time = 9:30 a.m.-12 and 1-3:30 p.m.
Day 2 —  5 hours : Time = 9:30 a.m.-12 and 1-3:30 p.m.
Day 3 —  5 hours : Time = 9:30 a.m.-12 and 1-3:30 p.m.

On the 3rd day each participant will practice-teach an SFP mini-lesson with a partner.

Pre-Training Assignments: There are also some pre-training assignments that participants are required to do before the training begins.  This includes:

  1. Watch the SFP Home-Use videos (11 lessons, approximately thirty minutes each = 5 ½ – 6 hours of viewing time)
  2. Answer the Lesson Quizzes that go with each lesson (1 page for each lesson x 10 minutes per lesson). They can be filled out digitally using the latest version of Adobe Reader, or Adobe Fill & Sign using a free mobile app.
  3. Email the Home Study Questions to your SFP Trainer before training begins.
  4. Review the SFP 7-17 Handouts that go with each lesson (150 pages)
  5. Begin using the SFP skills in your own life as soon as you learn them, so you have personal success stories to share, and you can be authentic when you say you know they work.

The temporary discounted cost for the SFP online training is $2300. (Regularly $3600). The training includes a flash drive with the Family Video Discussion Guide. For more information or to schedule a training, please email us at:

In-person trainings will resume when the COVID19 Pandemic diminishes.


SFP 7-17  classroom Family Coaches (formerly called Group Leaders) use the SFP 7-17 class curriculum to teach Parent, Teen, Child, and Family Practice lessons. Six Group Leaders are needed for this model: 2 each for the parent, teen, and child classes held the first hour. Then all six coaches help with the Family Practice Session during the second hour.

SFP 7-17 -DVD Family 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. Discussion Manual included.

SFP 7-17 Family Coaches for In-Home Intensive Program use the SFP 7-17 Home-Use DVD to view with families in-home, teach mini-lessons, and conduct family skills practice for at-risk families.

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Each trainee will receive a SFP Home-Use DVD or online viewing code to watch the SFP videos online prior to training.

Training Costs for SFP 7-17

Fees are $3,600 for a two-day SFP DVD Discussion Leader, Family Coach, or Group Leader training for up to 20 people. The fee includes a USB Flash-drive of all SFP 7-17 course materials including Parent, Teen, Child and Family Practice lessons, and an Implementation Handbook for the agency to copy. Each trainee will also receive a SFP Home-Use DVD.

Trainer travel expenses for one or two trainers, for smaller (20 or fewer) or larger (38 or fewer) groups respectively, are in addition to the training fee. Comprehensive fees that include training, course materials, and trainer travel are available and preferable.

(Some training scholarships are available for churches and small non-profits. Contact: