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The Equipping Families to Work on Relationships for Kids Program (the Families W.O.R.K. Program) is aware of the strain that stress can put on a family. The Families W.O.R.K. Program is dedicated to gaining a better understanding of how families function following stressful or difficult experiences. In particular, we want to help parents who struggle with day-to-day stressors and mental health problems following difficult experiences.



Our aim is to improve our understanding of, and provide support for, families struggling with mental health problems following difficult experiences. We want to learn how to help families develop skills and strategies that can make coping with difficult times more manageable to improve the mental health of children in these families.  


For more information about Equipping Families to W.O.R.K. please use our contact form.

Matthew T. Feldner, Ph.D.

Ellen W. Leen-Feldner, Ph.D.


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Mental health problems introduce serious challenges for millions of families in the United States alone. Nearly half of adults will struggle with a mental health disorder at some point in their life. These disorders can have a major impact on how well a person can function.


Mental health problems can have a serious impact on family functioning. Mental and emotional health challenges can make the already stressful job of parenting seem overwhelming. Stress can also have a serious impact on the parent-child relationship. Children of even the best-intentioned and knowledgeable parents can experience their own challenges when parents are struggling with stress and mental heath problems. The Families W.O.R.K. Program is dedicated to increasing our understanding of how to strengthen the parent-child relationship following stressful or difficult experiences by conducting research and sharing information about this problem with the local and national communities.