FAST Elementary school level

Family systems theory establishes a series of “normal” and natural interactions within and between families that builds cohesion and stability. Many researchers have demonstrated optimal and effective mechanics in everyday lives that help bring children into alignment. These activities and norms become buffers and resiliency factors for stresses that can cause insecurity and sudden instability.

The activities of well-functioning family systems include:

  • Parental authority
  • Parental empowerment
  • Parental service to child
  • Child service to parents
  • Experiential communication
  • Experiential habit forming
  • Play and nonverbal communication
  • Meal rituals and hospitality
  • Social rituals, song, meeting space, informal rules
  • Trust in the wisdom and decision of parents
  • Family pride
  • Winning and celebration
  • Family projects
  • Personal expression within the family

These building blocks are used extensively in the FAST® Program, which focuses on experiential learning. Every FAST Session provides many opportunities for parents to learn and practice positive behaviors that help to establish healthy new relational patterns within families.

(Minuchin, Alexander, Satir, Patterson, Wolin, Boyd-Franklin)