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Smarter Parenting

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What is Smarter Parenting?

Smarter Parenting offers a proactive and thoughtful approach to raising children, based on the best available research and evidence. Through these lessons and resources, you will learn about positive reinforcement, consistency, active listening, empowering independence, and managing stress. Each lesson is broken down into manageable steps that you can learn and apply on your own. You will find that while simple, the parenting skills taught will have a meaningful and lasting impact on how you interact with your children.

As a parent, you have the greatest impact on your child’s mental and behavioral health. At Smarter Parenting, we strive to offer the same proven solutions and parenting guidance that therapists and other professionals utilize.

Parenting is meant to challenge us, not defeat us. At Smarter Parenting, we are focused on providing small, meaningful steps that will create the greatest impact in your family. You can explore each of our lessons and learn ways to improve your approach and achieve your family goals.


Teaching Family Model (TFM)

The Teaching Family Model (TFM) is a philosophy and practice of care and treatment that prioritizes therapeutic relationships with caregivers as the primary conduit of effective treatment in supportive family-style settings.

The TFM is an evidence-based approach which is fully integrated at both the individual and the organizational level. It provides effective, individualized and trauma-informed treatment services to children, youth, adults, and families.

The model is rooted in social learning theory and through peer-reviewed research and clinical practice, the Teaching Family Model is recognized to be cost-effective, replicable, and highly effective for all participants.

Utah Youth Village maintains organizational accreditation through the Teaching Family Association. All Village and Smarter Parenting employees providing therapeutic care to youth and families must also obtain and continually renew individual certifications with the Teaching Family Association.

Strengths of the Teaching Family Model

  • Individualized person-centered services
  • Provides highest quality of care
  • Improved outcomes
  • Feedback driven
  • Accountability
  • High consumer and client satisfaction
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Consistency of care
  • Fidelity to evidence-based model
  • Greater responsiveness


For more Information about the Model: https://www.teaching-family.org/