Support for Families

Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families Program is an evidence-based family skills training program for parents, youth, and children to attend together.  The program is plit into two separate groups: the parents learn parenting skills and how to create stronger bonds with their children and the children explore expressing emotions in positive ways.  The program is designed to support families with children between the ages of 6-17 years of age.  Child minding services are also provided for families with children under the age of 6 years.

Strengthening Families aims to bring families closer together by increasing parent involvement with their children and improving family relationships.  The program also works to decrease family conflict by developing positive communication skills and building on each family member's strengths.  

During the sessions, the parents meet with a trained facilitator to work though individual sessions focusing on a variety of parenting topics including stress management, child development, communication skills, and problem-solving skills.  The children also meet with a trained facilitator and are separated from their parents to learn how to express difficult emotions in positive ways.  Both groups then come together for a dinner at the end of each evening.

Strengthening Families runs once a week for two hours for 7-10 weeks in Smithers, Houtson, and Witset communities.

For more information please call 250-847-9000 or email