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SAPHAL (South Asian Parents/Caregivers: Heal And Learn)


Delivery Approach:
  • Group
Delivery Format:
  • In-Person
  • Virtual
  • Hybrid
Provider Requirements:
  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Led
  • DV/SA Advocate Led
  • Licensed/Certified Professional Led
Type of Experience Addressed:
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Community Violence
  • Verbal/Emotional Abuse
  • Mental Health Issues/Concerns
  • Systemic/Interpersonal Racism
  • Historical Trauma
Engagement Methods:
  • Talk-based
  • Experiential
  • Culturally Grounded
Level of Intervention:
  • Primary Prevention
  • Less than 6 weeks
  • Community-Based Agency
  • Day Care
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Headstart and Early Education Programs
  • Health Services
  • Mental Health Setting
  • School
Program Details:
Type of services provided:

SAPHAL (South Asian Parents/Caregivers: Heal And Learn) is a primary prevention program providing culturally responsive healthy relationships education to parents & caregivers. SAPHAL is delivered through a series of psycho-educational workshops, on a variety of different topics pertaining to building healthy relationships.

Program setting:

Community-Based Agency, Day Care, Family Service Agencies, Headstart and Early Education Programs, Health Services, Mental Health Setting, School. The SAPHAL program can also be implemented online to meet the flexible needs of communities.

Length of program/number of sessions:

SAPHAL is offered through 6-week cohorts, where one 2hour module is facilitated for a group on a weekly basis. SAPHAL also offers 2 hour standalone workshops based on participant interest/needs.

Type(s) of trauma/concerns addressed:

The program model is designed to address Healthy Relationships and as a result these other topics may arise: Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Community Violence, Verbal/Emotional Abuse, Mental Health Issues/Concerns, Systemic/Interpersonal Racism, Historical Trauma.

Education level of providers:

While there is no education level requirement, program implementers typically have a strong background in mental health education, South Asian immigrant family dynamics, and understanding the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The program is best implemented by a DV/SA advocate as well as someone who identifies as South Asian. Sessions are co-facilitated by a licensed therapist and a DV/SA advocate.

Additional information:

South Asian Parents/Caregivers: Heal And Learn (SAPHAL) was created to address a unique gap in prevention work – culturally specific programs targeted toward parents and caregivers. As such, SAPHAL is a psychoeducational program providing culturally responsive healthy relationships education to parents and caregivers within the South Asian American community. SAPHAL’s goal is to focus on the ways South Asian families & communities can embrace their cultural identities, while simultaneously building healthy relationships with their youth and communities at large. SAPHAL was designed with the inputs of the South Asian American immigrant community, a South Asian therapist & South Asian advocates. The program incorporates evidence-based practices in a culturally sensitive manner to address the unique needs of the community, through 5 core sessions on building healthy relationships. The program is delivered through a series of weekly workshops, over a 6-week period. SAPHAL’s core modules are presented in the following order:

  • Understanding the Developing Brain
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Self-Compassion
  • Boundaries
  • Praise & Apology

SAPHAL also offers standalone workshops being a trusted adult, teen dating & supporting youth through teen dating violence. SAPHAL also makes use of supplemental materials such as slide decks and a workbook, that can be used while attending the workshop series.

Unique/Innovative Characteristics:

SAPHAL was created to address a unique gap in prevention work; healthy relationships work is often targeted at youth in the community. However, for the work to be sustainable, youth need the support of parents & caregivers to create environments where healthy relationships can thrive. Programs that exist for parents & caregivers are often culture-neutral & do not address the role that culture plays in relationships. Solutions for the problems faced by different communities can be found within the community itself. Therefore, SAPHAL’s goal is to focus on the ways South Asian families & communities can embrace their cultural identities, while simultaneously building healthy relationships.

Date Added/Updated:

January 9th, 2024.

Population Served

  • 25 & Up (Adult)
Population Language:
  • English
  • Hindi
Ethnic Racial Group:
  • Asian
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Community
  • Family
  • Grandparents
Population Adaptations:
Age range of children served:


Are parent/adult caregiver(s) included in intervention?

Yes. SAPHAL serves anyone who identifies as a parent/caregiver/is in the position to be a trusted adult.

Ethnic/racial and other groups served:

South Asian American & South Asian immigrant community.

Specific cultural adaptations:

This program was created for South Asian American immigrant communities and communities sharing collectivist cultural values. It is not considered an adaptation.

Languages that service/resource is available:

SAPHAL is currently offered in English. SAPHAL is currently working on developing program offerings in Hindi.


Goals of the program/services:

SAPHAL aims to empower parents to build healthy relationships with their youth & their communities. Healthy relationships are a broad concept; SAPHAL breaks down all the building blocks of healthy relationships and through different workshops on topics like emotion regulation, self-compassion, boundaries and more. Instead of a prescriptive model, SAPHAL takes a contextual approach. Participants of the program are able to takeaway aspects of the program that are most relevant to their family contexts.

Basis of Knowledge:

Lived expertise: the program model is rooted in the expertise of those most impacted by the program, such as survivor perspectives, identities, and histories, beyond professional or educational experience. SAPHAL was designed using feedback from community and professionals with lived expertise in the South Asian community.

Practice-based evidence: the program model is based on various treatment approaches and supports derived from and supportive of the local community culture. The program centers community identities while building on years of violence prevention expertise.

Theoretical frameworks: The program model was created by reviewing and applying existing researched approaches, strategies, and frameworks. SAPHAL identified various evidence-based practices that can be used in building healthy relationships and are incorporated into their program design. They also lean on existing work related to Understanding the Developing Brain, Emotion Regulation, Self-Compassion, Boundaries, and Praise & Apology.

Evaluation Studies:
Has there been any evaluation?


Key Evaluation Results:

SAPHAL was designed using feedback from community & professionals that work with the South Asian community. It compiles evidence-based practices that have been tried & tested, and re-imagines the aforementioned practices in a culturally sensitive manner. The program runs on-going feedback surveys and qualitative interviews with participants. Narika may share program feedback upon request.

Is there an evaluation currently in progress or planned?:


Training & Resources

Training Language
  • English
Training Available:
  • Yes
Training Details:
Training manuals/protocols:

The SAPHAL facilitators guide will be available on the SAPHAL website for download. SAPHAL also runs a train the trainer cohort where trainers will learn how to teach the SAPHAL curriculum. Training and materials are free of charge. Please visit for more details.

Program Contact

Mullai Sampath; Shailaja Dixit
(563) 380-2809