Implementing a Family Skills Training Program in Out-Patient Substance Abuse Treatment: The Philadelphia Strengthening Families ProjecP

Marjorie A. Gutman, PhD Treatment Research Institute
Robert D. Ketterlinus, Treatment Research Institute
Macy Guiont, Treatment Research Institute
A.T. McLellan, Treatment Research Institute
Karol Kaltenbach, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Medical College
Leslie Blue, Treatment Research Institute

Among the family and yuouth interventions that have significant empirical support is a universal intervention called the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14). Like other universal interventions, this program offers a number of potential advantages in achieving public health impact. Despite the potential of programs like the SFP 10-14, a number of critical implementation-related issues must be addressed if a significant public health impact is to be accomplished. A key issue is the development of models for effective community-university collaboration in large-scale program implementation. This presentation will summarize a program of prevention trials that evaluate SEP 10-14 and other universal youth and family competency training interventions, guided by community-university partnerships. It will highlight how such prevention trials can be used to further the investigation of quality implementation on a large scale. Following an overview of the program of research, findings concerning several implementation issues will be summarized, including: effectively recruiting and retaining families and schools, sustaining uniformly high levels of adherence to intervention protocols, examining implementation outcome relationships, and conducting economic analyses of implementation. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the importance of investigating models for sustainable, quality implementation through community-university partnerships embedded in existing prevention program delivery systems.

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Updated 05/20/2006