Introducing a program for bringing parents and teens together… at last 

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 through adolescence.

Families in Action is a lively program that gives families critical tools for the challenging teen years: communication, conflict resolution, encouragement, and more. Plus powerful information about preventing problems with drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence.

Combining entertaining video, group discussion, and activities, the program will teach you and your kids how to

  • communicate without fighting
  • work through power struggles
  • understand each other’s goals
  • avoid the scary risks of adolescence (including drugs, alcohol, sex and violence)
  • enjoy the wonderful journey to adulthood—together

Video, discussion, and activities make for a fast-paced workshop

At the beginning of each session, parents and teens will go to separate rooms for a specialized class. At the end, the two groups get back together for a final exercise. Each session of the Families in Action classes features entertaining video, activities, and group discussion so you can share ideas with the leader and other families, too.

Here’s what you’ll be learning:

(Note: the content and format of each workshop is determined by the leader of that workshop and may differ from what is shown below. Your workshop may provide a Participant’s Guide; if not, you can order it here. Check with your workshop leader for complete details.)


Session I: The Active Parent

  • Teens today
  • Styles of parenting
  • Control vs. influence
  • Mutual respect
  • Method of choice

Session IV: Building Courage, Redirecting Misbehavior

  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • Courage and self-esteem
  • Five goals of teen behavior
  • Power struggles

Session II: Winning Cooperation

  • Who owns the problem?
  • Active communication with teens
  • Promoting cooperation between parents and teens

Session V: Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: Reducing the Risks, part 1

  • Overview of the issues
  • Prevention strategies 1-4 (with a focus on sexuality)

Session III: Responsibility & Discipline

  • Basic discipline
  • Problem-solving with FLAC
  • Advanced discipline skills & logical consequences

Session VI: Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: Reducing the Risks, part 2

  • Prevention strategies 5-10 (with a focus on alcohol and other drugs)


Session I:

  • 5 key qualities of character
  • Understanding parents
  • Your brain on adolescence
  • The power of choice
  • School success
  • Challenges of teen life: drugs, sexuality and violence

Session IV:

  • Courage and self-esteem
  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • Turn discouragement into encouragement
  • Getting past power struggles

Session II:

  • The Spiral of Success
  • Communication: the road to cooperation

Session V:

  • 10 risk-prevention strategies for teens
  • Negative vs. positive influences
  • Talking about sexuality

Session III:

  • Responsibility and freedom
  • The voice of discipline
  • Understanding and accepting consequences

Session VI:

  • Tobacco, alcohol, & other drugs
  • Bullying and relationship violence
  • Peer pressure
  • Confronting high-risk behavior