Family Education Programs

The Family Involvement Center believes that families and youth need to be empowered with knowledge and tools to assist them in raising children with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges.  Educational series are taught by parents who have walked a similar journey.  From a parent's perspective, we can share with you how the behavioral health system operates, as well as define the services and supports that are available in the community.  The Family Involvement Center connects your family to other families, which can reduce feelings of isolation, build resilience and enhance the quality of your family's life.

The new working definition of Recovery from Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders is as follows:
A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

SAMHSA News Release

Available Classes

Strengthening Families and Communities: A court approved Violence Prevention Program for Parents

Taught by a parent who is a certified trainer, this court-approved parenting program is offered over a 14-week session for three hours each session.  This is a strength-based, prevention/intervention program that utilizes a cultural framework to assist parents in raising children to lead violence-free, healthy lifestyles as well as to promote and improve parent-child relations.  For parents who are court-ordered to parenting classes, this offers families voice and choice in the type of parenting classes they attend.  See calendar for 2013 schedule.

The five main components of the program are:

  • Cultural/Spiritual
  • Enhancing Relationships-Violence Prevention
  • Positive Discipline
  • Rites of Passage
  • Community Involvement

Light lunch and child-watch is provided with registration.

Caregiver Quotes from a recent Strengthening Families &
Communities through Violence Prevention Class

When asked the question:  What skill(s) did you learn from this meeting that can be applied in your life?

"How to recognize our own emotions this way we can teach our children to identify and label their emotions as well to teach them how to communicate in a positive way and the reason behind feeling and behavior."

"That we shouldn't give up, we have to fight until we find the help that we need."

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST

Suicide touches many lives in many ways.  ASIST is a worldwide suicide intervention first aid training appropriate for all caregivers, formal or informal.  ASIST is a Best Practices skills-based training and is used to train all volunteers through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  See calendar for 2013 schedule.

Child and Family Team Orientation Class

Participants in this training will receive an overview of Arizona’s Children’s Behavioral Health System, including the Arizona Vision and 12 Principles, read more...


Family and Youth Involvement in System Change Class

You cannot understand a man completely until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.”
Native American Proverb

A major attribute of system transformation is Family/Youth involvement, which gives families the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of their youth's care. It is the ability to speak and be heard, read more...