Evidence-Based Programs

Positive Family Support

The Positive Family Support program (PFS) is an evidence-based, school intervention with universal, selected, and individualized components that builds positive home-school connections. PFS promotes a school culture that increases family-school engagement and positive working relationships between caregivers and schools. PFS also raises caregivers’ awareness about the school’s expectations for positive student behavior and engages them in promoting these prosocial behaviors. Research has shown that outcomes for students improve with caregiver involvement. Caregivers are more likely to support school staff’s efforts when they feel comfortable and welcome in the school, are aware of school expectations, and believe that school staff recognize their student’s strengths.

Positive Family Support accomplishes all this by offering schools:

  • evidence-based strategies and materials to engage and collaborate with families to promote prosocial student behaviors
  • strategies to raise caregivers’ awareness about schoolexpectations for positive student behaviors
  • research-based parenting resources to share with families
  • strategies for offering caregivers specific, sustained feedback about their student’s attendance, behavior, and completion of school tasks
  • training in how to work with caregivers in ways that achieve common goals of student success

PFS is designed to enhance school’s current Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI), by adding a family component at each level of support. At the Individualized level, PFS includes an adaptation of the evidence-based Family Check-Up intervention and Everyday Parenting for implementation in schools.

 

Intervention Outcomes

Results from randomized clinical trials show that students who participated in PFS-FCU in middle school had significantly more positive outcomes in late adolescence and early adulthood, compared to those students who had not participated in PFS-FCU. These outcomes included decreased substance use, fewer arrests, less antisocial behavior and bullying at school, and improved grades and attendance.

For More Information

Dr. Tom Dishion and the Positive Family Support team welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Feel free to call us at (480) 965-7420. To receive additional information about PFS, please click the contact button below to complete an inquiry form; we will contact you with the requested information.