Monmouth County, NJ -- Beginning Thursday, February 24, the Institute for Prevention, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, will host Strengthening Families, a free 14-week education program for parents, grandparents, guardians and their children, ages 6 – 9. The weekly sessions will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Monmouth Medical Center Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, located on the corner of North Bath and 2nd Avenue, at 75 North Bath Avenue in Long Branch. A complimentary dinner will be served. Registration is required.

The Saint Barnabas Institute for Prevention’s Strengthening Families education program will teach participants how to improve communication skills, develop effective conflict resolution techniques and learn to identify and express feelings. The program has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a model parenting program. Gifts will be awarded to families with regular attendance. Upon completion of the Program, a graduation ceremony will be held where all participants receive a certificate.

Strengthening Families is funded by the Monmouth County Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. For more information, or to register to attend, please contact Helene Long, Saint Barnabas Institute for Prevention, at 732-886-4149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The mission of the Saint Barnabas Institute for Prevention is to reduce the factors that place individuals, families and communities at risk, and to promote healthy lifestyles. A leader in the delivery and development of specialized prevention and proactive programming, the Institute promotes professional and personal development through a variety of individualized programs designed to meet the needs of all segments of society. For more information about the Institute’s programs, please visit or call 732-914-3815.