Topic outline

  • Duration:
    1 hour
    Presented by:
    DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence
    Catherine Mogil, PsyD and William Saltzman, PhD


    FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) is used to teach strategies for building resilience in families, within the context of each family's story and goals. Use the FOCUS techniques to help the families you work with to stay strong and support one another during times of stress or transition.


    • Summarize the purpose of the Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) for Families model and for whom the model is intended
    • List the four core elements of FOCUS
    • List the five key resilience skills introduced in FOCUS
    • Discuss the purpose of the FOCUS narrative timeline