SAAF Programs Training FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the training for the Strong African American Families (SAAF) Programs. There are two programs associated with SAAF: The Strong African American Families Program (SAAF, for 10-14 year old youth) and the Strong African American Families – Teen Program (SAAF-T, for 14-16 year old teens). This document provides a brief overview of commonly asked questions about training. Please contact the Center for Family Research (CFR) Dissemination Office for additional information at (706)425-2992. We look forward to helping you determine how members of your organization can be trained to implement SAAF and/or SAAF-T. 


What is the cost to purchase each individual program? [Back to top]

  • The current cost for both the SAAF and SAAF-T Training and Program Package is $8,000.
  • Sites are also responsible for costs associated with travel expenses for two master trainers. These expenses are estimated to be $1500 per trainer ($3000 total), though the actual amount may be more or less depending on the location of training.
  • Note: Organizations that have already purchased the training and program package for one of the programs receive a discount for subsequent trainings.

What is the cost to purchase both programs? [Back to top]

  • The current cost for a joint SAAF/SAAF-T Training and Program Package is $12,000.
  • Sites are also responsible for costs associated with travel expenses for three master trainers. These expenses are estimated to be $1500 per trainer ($4500 total), though the actual amount may be more or less depending on the location of training.

What is included in the individual SAAF or SAAF-T Training and Program Package? [Back to top]

  • Three full days (24 hours) of in-depth training by CFR Master Trainers which includes a detailed review and practice of session activities. 
  • Ongoing Technical Assistance.
  • Two sets of the Program DVDs and access to the video streaming site for the program.  
  • A printed set of curriculum materials including a set of large laminated posters.
  • Access to PDF copies of all curriculum materials needed to implement the program (e.g., curriculum manuals, cards, handouts, posters).
  • Resource Materials (e.g., Resource Manual, Fidelity Manual, Brochure, Fact sheet)
  • Access to the program’s Impact Implementation Support Platform.

What is included in the joint SAAF/SAAF-T Training and Program Package? [Back to top]

  • Five full days of in-depth training by CFR Master Trainers which includes a detailed review and practice of session activities.   
  • Ongoing Technical Assistance
  • Two sets of each of the Program DVDs and online access as described above.
  • A printed set of curriculum materials for each program
  • Access to PDF copies of all curriculum materials needed to implement each program (e.g., curriculum manuals, cards, handouts, posters).
  • Resource materials for each program as noted above
  • Access to Impact Implementation Support Platform for both programs.

What is the time-frame for planning the training? [Back to top]

  • The standard planning period is 2 months between receipt of the training contract and the training dates.

Where does the training take place? [Back to top]

  • The training typically takes place in a location chosen by the organization that is hosting the training, typically within or in close proximity to the area (city, county, community) that the organization serves.

Are there any special space and equipment needs for the training room? [Back to top]

  • The ideal training space is 800 square feet with chairs and tables arranged in a U-shape and has plenty of wall space to hang curriculum posters. If possible a breakout room on the final day of training is also requested. It is helpful if the trainers are able to set up the afternoon prior to the first day of training and have access to the space an hour before and after training each day. Other needed materials and equipment include an easel and equipment to show the program videos and power point presentation.

Who delivers the Facilitator Training? [Back to top]

  • Master Trainers from CFR deliver the training.

Is there a separate training for Youth/Teen, Caregiver, and Family Sessions? [Back to top]

  • No – training participants are trained on Youth/Teen, Caregiver, and Family Session content for all sessions of the program(s).

What is a minimum number of people needed to participate in the training? [Back to top]

  • CFR requires a minimum of five people to conduct a training, but strongly recommends at least 10.

What is the maximum number of people that can be trained? [Back to top]

  • The maximum number of trainees is 30 people.

If a staff member cannot attend the entire training, can they still become a certified facilitator? [Back to top]

  • Staff must complete the entire training to become a certified facilitator.

What are the requirements for being a SAAF or SAAF-T facilitator? [Back to top]

  • In addition to completing the required training of facilitators (TOF) and being a member of a trained implementation team, the CFR recommends the following general criteria for selecting facilitators:
    1. Experience working with youth/teens and families
    2. Some level of post-secondary education
    3. Possess a strengths-based orientation as related to the target population
    4. Demonstrate comfort discussing race-related issues and have the ability to help others feel comfortable as well
    5. An additional recommendation for SAAF-T is that facilitators should demonstrate comfort discussing sexual health and be willing to facilitate a unit on condom skills

What is the process for initiating a training of facilitators (TOF) for SAAF and/or SAAF-T? [Back to top]

  • Submit the Training Request Form.