Family Coaching as a delivery modality for evidence-based prevention programs

Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Dallas Swendeman, Erin Rotheram-Fuller, Maryann K. Youssef

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Family Coaching is proposed as a new delivery format for evidence-based prevention programs (EBPPs). Three recent developments in health promotion support the potential efficacy of Family Coaching: (1) renewed interest in integrated prevention programs for multiple risk factors and behavior changes, (2) broad and long-term impacts of family-based interventions, and (3) popular acceptance of “coaching” as a nonstigmatizing, goal-focused intervention strategy. Family coaches are community members and paraprofessionals trained in common elements of EBPP. Family Coaching has specific goals, is short term, and has definable outcomes. Coaches frame the program’s goals to be consistent with the family’s values, normalize the family’s experience, assess their strengths, and help the family set goals and develop skills and routines to problem solve challenging situations. Broad dissemination of EBPP will be facilitated with delivery formats that are flexible to meet families’ priorities and providers’ desires and capacities to tailor programs to local contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-109
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Family Coaching
  • coaching
  • evidence based
  • family
  • paraprofessional
  • prevention programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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