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ACDPN Strengthening Families Program & CRCF Evaluation Project (SFP)

CRCF Members in this Project: Nico Trocmé, Anne-Marie Piché & Vandna Sinha

Principal Investigator: Nico Trocmé
Co-Investigators: A.-M. Piché, V.Sinha
Funding Source: Health Canada
Period: 2006–2008

The Black Community Association (BCA) of Côte-des-Neiges has been challenged to play a leadership role in the development of prevention resources to address long standing social problems in the Black community. The BCA has provided services to the general anglophone Black community of Montreal for 30 years through board activities, advisory committees, special forums, cultural, educational and social events.

The present program involving CRCF services in evaluation is BCA's Strengthening family program (SFP), a parent and family training program involving parent support, education, and skill-building. Family management and child behavior problems are addressed by this replication of the "Best Practice" model previously developed by Dr Karol L. Kumpfer in the USA. BCA's goals at present time are the development of a version of the program that is culturally, socially and linguistically appropriate for use with their population in Montreal, with the specific objective of targeting families with histories of drug-abuse or neglect to diminish rates of involvement with Youth Protection Services, and to prevent youth substance abuse, behavioral problems and poor school performance. SFP builds on protective factors by improving family relationships, parenting skills, and youth's social and life skills.

For more information on this program:

  • contact anne-marie [dot] piche [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Anne-Marie Piché)
  • visit Côte-des-Neiges Black Family Association's website at www.cdnbca.org;
  • or visit our Past Events section for a related forum that was held at McGill's School of Social Work on November 18th, 2005.