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Family Wellness Program


Initiated in 2006, the program teaches practical skills based on proven principles that strengthen, uphold and empower couples and families. Each session is organized to demonstrate and then practice skills using role play, coaching and fun activities. Class series encourage maximum participation and integration of relationship skills. The curriculum focuses on couple relationship, parenting skills, and healthy family functioning. The program employs 8 family educators that serve Dona Ana County.

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Over the past twelve years Strengthening Families Initiative has been serving Dona Ana county.


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Participants showed a significant increase in marital satisfaction, communication skills, and conflict resolution. In the area of parenting, participants were less likely to use corporal punishment as a method of discipline. Families showed decreased conflict and a higher level of organization within their families. Significant growth was made in family flexibility and stress management.


Funding for the Family Wellness Program is provided by a Healthy Marriage grant (#90FM003701-00) from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families. Any Opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.