Coping Power Program Description

The Coping Power Program is a preventive intervention delivered to at-risk children in the late elementary school and early middle school years. Developed as a school-based program, Coping Power has also been adapted for delivery in mental health settings.Coping Power is based on an empirical model of risk factors for substance use and delinquency and addresses key factors including: social competence, self-regulation, and positive parental involvement. The program lasts 15 to 18 months in its full form. An abbreviated version encompassing one school year is also available.

How It Works

The Coping Power Program’s major services involve structured cognitive-behavioral group sessions for the selected children and behavioral parent training groups delivered to their parents or parenting adult at convenient times in locations near their neighborhoods. The Coping Power Child Component consists of 34 group sessions and periodic individual sessions, and has been typically delivered in school-based settings. The Coping Power Parent Component consists of 16 group sessions and periodic home visits and individual contacts. The group intervention sessions for children and parents are augmented with regularly scheduled, brief individual contacts with children and parents, and these individual sessions are designed to promote generalization of skills to the children’s natural environment. Ideally, the program requires 15 to 18 months to implement, although an abbreviated version of the Coping Power Program – 24 child group sessions and 10 parent group sessions to be delivered within one academic year, with booster follow-up the following year – is currently being field-tested.

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Elementary-aged boys role play conflict resolution using puppets in a Coping Power training video.

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