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Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors and Youth Thrive™ Workshops


The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework and the Youth Thrive™ Protective and Promotive Factors Framework were both developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC, as research-informed approaches to helping children, youth, and families thrive.

These approaches are based on working in partnership with clients to build:

  • Resilience

  • Positive social connections

  • Concrete support in times of need

  • Social, emotional and cognitive competence

  • Knowledge

Be Strong Families has been at the forefront of creating materials appropriate for audiences of parents, youth and young adults, and staff to encourage their partnership in keeping families strong and preparing youth for responsible adulthood. 


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Living the Protective Factors: Journey to Being a Tight, Loving, and Fabulously Strong Family

8 hours (full-day)

Available in English & Spanish

This full-day workshop gives participants the opportunity to “test-drive” the five research-based Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors that are proven to keep children safe and families strong. Highly interactive, fun, and informative- the workshop begins with understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and presents the protective factors as a concrete way to mitigate the long-term impact of trauma. For both parents and providers, this workshop results in participants having practical insight and strategies for overcoming obstacles and strengthening your own family-from the inside out.

Assisting Families with Living the Protective Factors

8 hours (fULL-Day)

Providers only

Prerequisite: Living the Protective Factors

This workshop for providers builds on the core Living the Protective Factors: Journey to Being a Tight, Loving, and Fabulously Strong Family (above). It assists professionals with applying their knowledge of the 5 Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors in their work with families while simultaneously enhancing meaningful parent engagement. Participants surface the myriad ways that they are currently assisting families with building protective factors. They will learn how and why it’s beneficial for the Protective Factors to serve as an action framework for parenting, as well as a common language between parents and providers, and how Protective Factors can be mobilized by parents to prevent ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences / trauma) for their children. Participants will leave with ideas that they can implement immediately upon their return and with a reinvigorated and expanded appreciation for the power of the Protective Factors.

Reducing Toxic Stress by Living the Protective Factors

4 hours (Half-Day)

This workshop, developed for the American Academy of Pediatrics, introduces parents to the concept of toxic stress and explores its relationship to child development, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences. The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework is presented as a way to mitigate the impact of toxic stress. Participants learn ways to embed the protective factors in their family.

Living the Protective Factors

A 7-week parenting education class (2 hours per session, 14 hours total)

Parents only
Available in English & Spanish

This parent education series is based on the Living the Protective Factors Workbook which contains 49 days of activities for parents to learn about, explore, and build the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors at home. During class time, parents come together in a fun, inspirational and educational environment to share their experience, learn from each other, gain insight from the group and the group leader, feel supported in their parenting, expand their repertoire of parenting strategies, and gain a deeper understanding of what gets in the way of being a strong, loving and tight family-including childhood trauma.

Introduction to the YouthThrive™ Protective and Promotive Factors Framework

8 hours (Full-day)

Providers only

Targeted to staff who work with child-welfare-involved youth, this workshop offers the Youth Thrive Protective Factors framework as a tool for thinking about, organizing, and enhancing their services. Through fun, interactive small-group work, professionals empathically experience the Youth Thrive™ factors. They also build critical thinking and human-centered design skills to their work with child-welfare-involved teenagers. Participants explore how the stages of teenage development are impacted by trauma, what it means to work with and help a teen; stages of development and how trauma impacts youth development are discussed.

Using the Protective Factors to Overcome Challenges at Work

8 hours (Full-day)

Providers Only

The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors are a powerful tool for keeping families strong and children safe, but they can also be deployed to solve almost any thorny problem or complex challenge. This workshop uses Art of Hosting conversation technologies and interactive, experiential activities to surface issues that are sapping energy and causing frustration and burnout at work and then uses the Protective Factors to address them. This workshop adds depth and dimension to the practice of Living the Protective Factors. Participants leave feeling re-connected to their purpose and passion, supported by their colleagues, and with more tools in their toolbox to thrive at work and in their work.