Families ThriveFamilies Thrive integrates the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP) Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ training into one comprehensive learning experience. Families Thrive devotes a module to each of the protective and promotive factors – knowledge of child development, social connections, cognitive & social/emotional competence, concrete supports in times of need, and resilience – and teaches practical techniques for applying the framework in programs, practices, and communities.

Families Thrive is a curriculum that applies the protective and promotive factors framework that has been shown to support health, well-being and thriving in young people across childhood into young adulthood. Families Thrive brings together the latest research on child development, brain biology, and the impact of trauma on development to help young people, parents, caregivers and professionals understand and respond to youth and their caretakers in ways that increase engagement and the likelihood of healthy developmental outcomes.

The 28-hour Families Thrive Live Practitioner Training is taught in a four day format of 7-hours per day.

The 36.5-hour Families Thrive Virtual Practitioner Training is taught in a ten day format of 3.5-hours per day preceded by a 1.5-hour Introduction to Technology class. The class time has been extended to allow for frequent breaks to increase virtual engagement.

A Training of Trainers Course is available. Trainers attend the full Families Thrive Live Practitioners Training and attend additional hours after each class and one day of training following the practitioner course. Trainers attending the virtual course attend three additional 3.5 hour online classes. Graduates from the TOT program are authorized instructors for both the Youth and Families Thrive curricula.

The course is offered in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Youth in Focus. For more information on the Families Thrive Practitioner and Training of Trainers Courses.

The Academy offers this course for practitioners who have completed foundational training in the field who seek more advanced skills and knowledge. Training relates to CYC Certification competencies and extends learning from the CYC: Foundations Course.