Healthy Relationships Utah

Smart Steps for Stepfamilies

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stepfamily course

Stepfamilies can be successful! This free 7-session course meets once a week for two hours and is for dating, cohabitating, or remarried couples or individuals who have a child or children from a previous relationship. You'll learn how to answer questions like:

  • How do I successfully parent stepchildren?
  • Is it possible to build a thriving stepfamily?
  • How do we parent across two households?

In each session, you'll cover topics like life changes, handling emotion, communication, and navigating conflict. In the last half hour of each session, you'll learn a specific component of the lesson to teach your child(ren). These skills-based courses are held in a virtual group setting. 

Continued government funding of this free course depends on course completion, so please plan to attend all sessions. Virtual and in-person options are available.


Alternatively, there are a few in-person courses available through our partnering agencies. These options are limited and are for the whole family, including children. Virtual and in-person courses cover the same content.

Cache County The Family Place
1525 North 200 West, Logan, UT 84341

To Register:
Call (435) 752-8880

Utah County Kids on the Move
475 W 260 N, Orem, UT 84057

To Register: 
visit kotm.org/stepfamilies
-OR- Call (801) 221-9930

Weber County Family Support Center of Ogden, Inc.
3340 S Harrison Blvd, Suite 100, Ogden, UT 84403

To Register: 
Call (801) 393-3113

 

When asked what they learned from this course, participants said:

"How to help my daughter when she struggles at her dad's house."

"How to better work through problems."

"Our situation is more common than we thought."

"How to understand differences between my children."

"How to strengthen the couple relationship."

"Better ways to communicate with my family."

"New parenting skills."

The program uses Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey, a research-based curriculum by Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder. Learn more about Dr. Adler-Baeder's work at stepfamilies.info.

Learn more about the courses we teach: