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Families Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Children, Youth, & Families (Live & Virtual Course)

Families Thrive participant manual

Families 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.

Families Thrive is available through the Academy in collaboration with Youth in Focus and the Center for the Study of Social Policy.


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

The 42-hour Families Thrive Virtual Practitioner Training is taught in a twelve-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.

Each participant receives:

  • Families Thrive Participant Manual (printed copy) which includes descriptions of each protective and promotive factor, class activities and notes pages, between class activity descriptions, self-directed exercises to extend learning, and a wealth of additional resources
  • Families Thrive handouts
  • Table toys to help you stay focused and engaged

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Training of Trainers Course is available. Trainers attend the full Families Thrive Live Practitioners Training and attend additional hours after each practitioner class day and one day of training following the practitioner course. Trainers attending the virtual course attend four additional 3.5-hour online classes.

Graduates from the TOT program are authorized instructors for both the Youth and Families Thrive curricula.

Each trainer receives:

  • Families Thrive Participant Manual, Trainer Guide, and all handouts (printed)
  • Slide decks to support both live and virtual delivery of the course
  • Access to an extensive video library
  • Youth Thrive Participant Manual, Trainer Guide, presentation slides and all handouts in electronic format (PDF)
  • Following course completion, each trainer joins the Academy Trainer Community and receives opportunities to extend their learning and participate in a network of human service trainers and educators
  • Table toys to help you stay focused and engaged

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Youth in Focus has created printed materials to support both Youth and Families Thrive courses. The materials are attractive and make it easy for students and trainers to organize their classroom experience.

Participant Manuals and Trainer Guides are available for authorized trainers who have completed either the Youth or Families Thrive Training of Trainers.

Shipping costs are included in the pricing. To support virtual courses, the Academy office can mail the student materials direct to your students. Instructors provide shipping addresses. Please order early to allow adequate time for mail to arrive before classes begin.

To place an order, contact the Academy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (979) 764-7303.