Active Parenting of Teens (APT): Families in Action

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Target Population: 
Adolescents, Parents
Alcohol/Drugs/Tobacco, Behavioral Problems, Communication, Emotional Competency, Parenting, Relationships, Reproductive Health
Target Audience 

This program is for teenagers, 13 to 16, and their parents.


Active Parenting of Teens (APT): Families in Action, a family- and community-based program, seeks to improve parent-child relationships through building communication, conflict resolution, and encouragement skills in parents and teens and addressing potential problem behaviors.


Quasi-experimental studies have been conducted on an earlier version of the program, which was placed as Promising; however, no peer-reviewed evaluation studies of this version were identified.


The APT: Families in Action program can be offered as a program for parents, teens, or for parents and teens. In the last case, parents and teens meet at the end of their respective sessions and participate in family enrichment activities. There are parent- and teen-specific guides. The Parent's Guide examines the following topics and skills:

  • Active parenting;
  • Cooperation;
  • Responsibility;
  • Discipline;
  • Building courage;
  • Redirecting misbehavior;
  • Drugs;
  • Sexuality; and
  • Violence.

The Teen's Guide covers these topic areas:

  • Understanding risks associated with drug and alcohol use;
  • Learning techniques for school success;
  • Resisting negative peer pressure;
  • Using positive communication;
  • Acquiring conflict resolution skills; and
  • Setting goals.

Other available delivery formats are Video Library and Lunch and Learn. This flexibility allows the program coordinator to modify the delivery format such as reducing the amount of sessions offered or holding sessions over parents' lunch hour. Topics such as teens and technology and teen sexuality are discussed during these formats.

Previous Use 

Over 100,000 parents and teens have participated in the program at about 1,500 sites. The program has been used in the United States, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands (United Kingdom), Canada, Kuwait, St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), and Singapore.


Training is not required for implementation of this program. However, 1-day trainings are available online and in-person and cost $159. To become a certified Active Parenting Leader, one must complete a trainer workshop and submit both self and participant evaluations after leading his or her first program. For more information visit


Considerations for implementing this program include understanding this program can be adapted and different delivery methods can be used, securing fidelity in diverse delivery formats, obtaining funding, locating space to offer the program, and recruiting participants.

The Clearinghouse can help address these considerations. Please call 1-877-382-9185, or email


If you are interested in implementing APT: Families in Action, the Clearinghouse is interested in helping you! Please call 1-877-382-9185, or email


This program meets twice a week for 6 weeks. Each session is approximately 2 hours. Other delivery formats (i.e., Online Video Library, and Lunch and Learn) will vary and depend on program leaders' and participants' schedules.


The Standard Program Kit is $599 and must be purchased to administer the program. For additional materials, please visit the developer's website

Evaluation Plan 

To move the APT: Families in Action program to the Promising category on the Clearinghouse Continuum of Evidence, at least one evaluation should be performed demonstrating positive effects lasting at least six months from program completion.

The Clearinghouse can help you develop an evaluation plan to ensure the program components are meeting your goals. Please call 1-877-382-9185, or email


Contact the Clearinghouse with any questions regarding this program. Phone: 1-877-382-9185 Email:

You may also contact Active Parenting Publishers by mail 1220 Kennestone Circle, Suite 130, Marietta, GA 30066, phone 1-800-825-0060, email, or visit

*Resources and associated costs reflect those identified at the time of fact sheet publication.