Strongest Families Program

Strongest Families Institute (SFI) is a not-for-profit corporation providing evidence-based services to children, youth and families seeking help for mental health and/or behavioural issues impacting health and well-being.

Strongest Families provide timely care to families by teaching skills through our unique distance coaching approach – supporting families over the phone and Internet in the comfort and privacy of their own home. They provide family-centered care that is customized to meet each family’s unique needs.

The Strongest Families programs are designed to support children and youth from 3-17 years of age with behavioural difficulties (e.g., symptoms related to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance, and bullying behaviours), anxiety, and nighttime bedwetting that results in additional stress on the child and family.

Programs are easy and convenient:

  • No wait
  • Families get help in the comfort of their home
    • Convenient appointment times day or evening
  • No need to travel
  • No time off work and/or school

What programs does SFI offer?

    1. Behavioural – Parenting the Active Child (ages 3-12 yrs): presenting with behavioural challenges at home and/or school/daycare causing impairment including oppositional defiance, ADHD, conduct problems, etc.
      1. One-to-one coaching or group-based coaching
      2. Handbooks/DVDs or Smart web-site (French version available)
    2. Anxiety – Chase Worries Away (ages 6-11) and Defeat Anxiety (ages 12-17): presenting with anxiety problems causing impairment with social, specific phobia, performance/generalized and or separation).
      1. One-to-one coaching
      2. Handbooks/DVDs or Smart web-site (French version available)
    3. Nighttime Bedwetting – Nocturnal Enuresis (5-12 yrs): Urine alarm.
      1. One-to-one coaching or group-based.

Who can refer?

In Newfoundland and Labrador, referrals to Strongest Families institute will be received by professionals working in mental health and addictions, Child Youth and Family Services, Schools (teachers, guidance counsellors and school psychologists), nurses, physicians, social workers and other professionals working with children and youth. Families cannot self-refer at this time as a qualified professional must consider the eligibility criteria and refer to the most appropriate service.

To access the referral form click here.

  1. How to refer families to SFI?
  • Staff can make referrals to SFI either via fax or email depending on your agency’s policy.
  • If you are unsure if a family may or may not be a good candidate for the SFI program, please feel free to contact Strongest Families to discuss with their management team