Resilient Families Inside Out
By The Numbers
As of July 15, 2016:
• 111 inpatient participants.
• 71 inpatients completed 20+ program hours, 45 were parents.
• Participants averaged 28 years of age.
• Mean program satisfaction rating is 4.25 on 5-point likert scale.
• A 6-member team of parenting education and yoga instructors delivers the program.
• $169,705 in grants and sponsorships have supported delivery of more than 15 intensive 16-to-24- hour programs to more than 760 participants, including 460 treatment center inpatients.
• FFSFIO/RFIO programs have been presented at 6 national and 4 state conferences, in addition to 13 local presentations.
Building resiliency in parents, adults, and families through parenting education and mindfulness for high-risk audiences
Addiction-related issues in the United States cost an estimated $524 billion annually in productivity, health, and crime-related incidents, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Drug addiction researchers and practitioners identify addiction as a developmental disease, and recognize the significance of the quality of parent-child relationships and children’s social adjustment to addiction. Family relationship circumstances are also one of the “central eight” predictive risk factors for criminal behavior. Along those lines, in 2008, local assessments identified drug use and a concern for parents’ coping strategies as prevalent community issues.
Individuals with substance use disorders along with other high-risk audiences particularly benefit from parenting education interventions that effectively address stress management and emotional regulation, and emphasize repairing and building healthy and strong parent-child relationships. WSU Extension, other professionals, and families in an ever-changing economic climate require new collaborative strategies to meet parenting education needs. Local organizations welcomed innovative programming and delivery methods to address these issues.
Resilient Families Inside Out (RFIO) is a parenting education prevention/intervention program that cultivates resiliency. Participants cultivate their internal resilience or well-being by increasing their knowledge of parenting and learning stress-management practices. The program’s goals are to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to increase healthy coping strategies and healthy parenting practices.
Participants, through parenting education, mindfulness, and yoga instruction, increase their capacity for assimilating new patterns of thought and behaviors to reduce risks for future abuse to self or others. Participants build parental resilience by increasing self-awareness and emotional regulation, and by learning and applying what they learn about child development, setting limits, communication, and promoting balance in themselves and their families.
RFIO first started in the Chelan County Regional Jail in 2009 as a program for incarcerated fathers, then called Fit Fathers, Successful Families, Inside & Out (FFSFIO). The program expanded delivery to the general community and to drug and alcohol treatment inpatients in 2010 and grew to become the Resilient Families Inside Out (RFIO) program in 2013. » More …