Surviving and Thriving

Coping with Your Children’s Behavioral Health Needs

The purpose of Surviving and Thriving is to enable caregivers to :

  • Effectively cope with their child’s behavioral health needs while managing their own wellness.
  • Identify the stages of acceptance.
  • Recognize different parenting styles.
  • Manage power and control with positive parenting skills.
  • Embrace the importance of personal wellness
  • Enhance leadership and advocacy skills.

Beyond Surviving and Thriving

Helping Families Find their Way

The purpose of Beyond Surviving and Thriving is for caregivers to build on their strength and capacity to bring forth change in their community. Upon completion of this training session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify their own personal strengths.
  • State the role and expectations of volunteers.
  • Discuss volunteer policies and procedures.
  • Recognize the importance of confidentiality.
  • Support and others through Family Support Networks and Co-Facilitate Family Support Networks.
  • Communicate effectively with others.
  • Develop a supportive community of parents within the FFSC.
  • Expand the capacity of volunteers as change agents.
  • State what family and youth driven support is and what it is not.
  • List resources within the community available to support families.

Family and Youth-Driven Practices

The purpose of Family and Youth-Driven Practices is to:

  • Embrace the concept of shared power and collaboration in decision-making.
  • Respect the knowledge and experience of service providers.
  • Recognize the responsibilities of service providers, families and youth.
  • Understand the role of an advocate and the importance of advocating.

Parent Peer Support Provider Training

The goal of Parent Peer Support Provider Institute is to equip family members and caregivers with the skills needed to effectively assist other families who can benefit from their lived experience. Receiving one-on-one support and assistance from other caregivers who have navigated various systems for their own child and families’ needs is extremely beneficial to families seeking services and support.

This training will set a sound foundation for Parent Peer Support Providers in targeted areas such as:

  • Building family strengths
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Resources
  • Systems
  • Behavioral health and treatment

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Youth Mental Health First Aid education program teaches adults how to respond, deescalate and stabilize a young person in experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

The goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives using a 5-step action plan. Participants also learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs for mental health and substance use problems.
  • Engage in experiential activities that increase awareness of impact.
  • Learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.


Contact Information


Federation of Families of SC
810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 486
Columbia, SC 29210

803-772-5210 – Office
866-779-0402 – Toll Free
803-772-5212 – Fax


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