Sophia Center is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania and is a member of Sylvania Franciscan Ministries

Step-Up might help if…

  • Parents report walking on eggshells to keep the peace
  • Use of abusive or threatening language by youth toward parents
  • Youth refuses to follow rules and resorts to abuse to get their way
  • Pushing, hitting, kicking of family members by teen
  • Throwing objects, damaging property to control parents
  • Parents are fearful of teen
  • Teen is running away

Learning to take responsibility for behavior by talking about it in check-in sets the foundation for youth to learn and practice new skills for changing their behavior and for parents to learn new skills to support their teen’s behavior change.

Through a series of skill building sessions parents and teens learn together and separately. The curriculum uses restorative processes, violence prevention tools, and cognitive behavioral strategies.

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Step Up

Brought to you by the Sophia Center, in partnership with Sylvania Area Family Services and grant funded by Catholic Health Initiatives.

How Step-Up


During the Check-In process at the beginning of every group, teens look at the Abuse/Disrespect Wheel and the Respect Wheel in their workbooks and identify behaviors that they used in the previous week. They also report on their progress on weekly goals and make a goal for the following week.

We will help move you from abuse to mutual respect
From Abuse To Respect_Abuse of Family Members
From Abuse To Respect_Mutual Respect

If you think Step-up can help you or a family you’re working with, make a referral here.

For more information about all of our programs, contact
Polly Gerken,