Engaging Families

A Relationships-Based Approach

Supporting, empowering and engaging families through a strength-based approach helps youth thrive. This workshop builds on Search Institute research that identifies critical strengths that are relevant to all families, regardless of culture, income, or structure.

Search Institute’s research is used as a springboard for re-imagining family engagement to focus on identifying and celebrating strengths of families through developmental relationships.

Who should attend

  • Parenting and family life educators
  • Family involvement coordinators
  • Teachers and school administrators
  • Social service providers
  • Youth workers
  • Staff from family-serving organizations
  • Members of collective impact partnerships and other community coalitions


You will learn

  • How to be more intentional in cultivating positive, meaningful relationships with families
  • The power of emphasizing family strengths, capacities, and contributions to create resilient families
  • Research-based “rules of engagement” for working with families from a strength- and relationship-based orientation
  • To identify the obstacles to engaging families and practical ways to address them
  • Practical tools for listening to and building relationships with parents and family members
  • How to bring the powerful message of focusing on family strengths to other stakeholders your organization and community
  • How to identify opportunities and tools to integrate family strengths into your existing programs and services
  • Participants will also receive print materials on family strengths and engaging families


The workshop is aligned with the following resources from Search Institute:


2 or 3-hour workshop at your location


Gene Roehlkepartain, James Conway, or Kelly Felton

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For questions about the on-site Engaging Families workshop, please visit our on-site workshop FAQ page, or click below to fill out a form and a Search Institute representative will contact you.

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