Comments & Endorsements


Katherine Lucero, Santa Clara Superior Judge
This family centered parenting program that includes the parents and children does make a remarkable difference in case outcomes. Children learn about addiction and its impact on family systems along with their parents in an age and developmentally appropriate manner. Meals are enjoyed together and families learn to communicate about really difficult issues that make healing possible. It is truly transforming and different than anything else that we do in the Child Welfare system here in Santa Clara County.
Katherine Lucero is a Santa Clara Superior Court Judge

Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.
"WOW! Rosemary and her colleagues have surely set the standard with this comprehensive, clear, step-by-step, in-depth guide to family education about addiction. This encyclopedic curriculum should be the starting point for beginners and advanced group leaders, educators, counselors, and the criminal justice system - anyone who wants to intervene positively with adults and children to build healthy families. Celebrating Families! is richly layered on a solid base of research, practical experience and evaluation. This is a curriculum that works.

Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., is Director of The Addictions Institute, Menlo Park, Ca. Author of numerous books including Treating the Alcoholic - A Development Model.

Karol Kumpfer, Ph.D.
Celebrating Families!™ is an excellent family skills training program for parents in early recovery. It draws on the recovery principles as Alcoholics Anonymous, concepts taught in the children of alcoholics/addicts and social skills training literature. The program supports healing and promotes safety for children of substance abusers. It is being evaluated in the San Jose, CA to prevent child abuse and neglect. We believe that it could be used to prepare families in early recovery to be able to make the behavioral changes needed later through my Strengthening Families Program.

Karol Kumpfer, Ph.D., is Program developer Strengthening Families Program, child psychologist, substance abuse prevention researcher, and associate professor of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah. From 1998 to 2000, she was director of Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in Washington, DC.
Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.)
Our juvenile dependency court has been using Celebrating Families!™ for our substance abusing parents for several years with great success. It is the only program I can recall in which parents consistently report their satisfaction and that produces positive results for the family.

Focus Group Summaries (6 and 12 months)
What have you learned from this class? Overall, participants agreed that love; respect and patience now characterize their relationships with their children. They feel that they are doing a better job parenting. They said that they have learned how to give their children choices, so that they develop their own decision-making skills.

Participants also learned how to respect their children's feelings. For example one client said, "That it is fine if my child is angry. It is better to understand how to accept that anger instead of trying to diffuse it."

"I can't change the past, but I can make a better future."

They reported learning multiple skills on how to be better parents; they had learned to be more humble and "appreciate the little things," such as "kisses and hugs from their children."

Has your life changed as a result of your participation in this class? Participants feel very proud that they now have the ability to teach their children the new skills they learned. These classes have helped them to think about and understand identity issues, i.e. they learned that children have their own identity, and that as individuals they had other identities in addition to being a child's mother.

Other participants said they felt humbled, and because of the program they are now able to accept who they are - and can be a good role model for their children and family.

The greatest change was in their relationships with their children, because they learned new skills such as how to set limits and "not give them everything they want". The parents also learned better ways to handle conflicts with their children. One client shared that she can now talk to her 11 year old child, where as before the classes she could not. She said that in the past she was really not there for him but now they can hold a conversation and comfortably express their feelings to one another. She said, "I am proud of him and he is proud of me." All clients agreed that they have developed new relationships and have become really close friends.


 
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