Healthy Relationships Utah

Smart Steps for Stepfamilies

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stepfamily course

Welcome to Smart Steps

We’re glad you’re here! Smart Steps is a fun, research-based course offered at no cost to adults living in Utah with a child from a previous relationship or stepchild through a current relationship. During our time together, we’ll cover family-strengthening topics including:

  • Creating family unity
  • Building a strong couple relationship
  • Healthy communication
  • Navigating conflict
  • Strategies for successful co-parenting
  • Stress management

Sessions are held in-person or online in group settings. We can also bring Smart Steps to those interested in hosting a course. Most groups meet 2 hours at a time for 7 consecutive weeks of awesome relationship education. Participation with your partner is encouraged, but not required. Continued funding of this program depends on course completion, so please plan to attend all classes in your session. We look forward to meeting you!

*Successful completion of this program qualifies participants for the Utah Marriage Commission Marriage Education Discount  ($20 off your online wedding license fee). Click here for more info:

Alternatively, there are in-person courses available through partnering agencies. Virtual and in-person courses cover the same content. See below to register with a partnering agency.

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

To Register:
Call (435) 752-8880

Weber County

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

To Register: 
Call (801) 393-3113

Register Online


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

“This class showed me that we’re not alone. It was great to meet other people in similar situations and share ideas through fun activities and discussions.”

“I love that this class helped me and my partner learn and discuss important topics at the same time. We were both getting the information together. It really strengthened our relationship.”

“The facilitators were awesome - warm, knowledgeable, and super helpful!”

“It helped reassure me of the things I’ve been trying that are on the right track. It gave me peace-of-mind that even if I’m not doing things perfectly, my kids can be ok. It also helped me develop a better understanding of what my partner is experiencing as she’s becoming a stepparent.”

“I loved the stories and analogies that were shared. It was helpful to hear others’ personal experiences and what they learned that can be used to help me make more informed decisions as I confront similar hurdles in my life.”

“This course far exceeded my expectation. I highly recommend it to all stepfamilies!”

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

Two Women and Baby

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