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Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC)/Creating Lasting Connections (CLC)

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Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC), the currently available version of Creating Lasting Connections (CLC), is a family-focused program that aims to build the resiliency of youth aged 9 to 17 years and reduce the frequency of their alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. CLFC is designed to be implemented through a community system, such as churches, schools, recreation centers, and court-referred settings. The six modules of the CLFC curriculum, administered to parents/guardians and youth in 18-20 weekly training sessions, focus on imparting knowledge and understanding about the use of alcohol and other drugs, including tobacco; improving communication and conflict resolution skills; building coping mechanisms to resist negative social influences; encouraging the use of community services when personal or family problems arise; engendering self-knowledge, personal responsibility, and respect for others; and delaying the onset and reducing the frequency of AOD use among participating youth. The program emphasizes early intervention services for parents and youth and follow-up case management services for families. Manuals for trainers, notebooks for participants, and other materials are available, but the program is intended to be modified with each implementation to reflect the needs of the participants and the skill level of the trainers.