The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy selects Botvin LST as “Top Tier” program

February 25, 2010

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) has been selected as a “Top Tier” program by The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy. The Top Tier initiative, which is being followed closely by Congress, focuses on identifying and validating social programs meeting the highest standard of evidence of effectiveness. LST is a substance abuse and violence prevention program that has been extensively tested and proven to produce “sizeable and sustained effects” on teen tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use. Research shows that the LST program can reduce substance use by as much as 80% and produce effects that last for up to 10 years. LST is the only classroom-based substance abuse prevention program selected for “Top Tier” honors.

Several recent Congressional actions have sought to focus funds in certain federal social programs on models and strategies meeting the “Top Tier” evidence of effectiveness — that is, programs “that have been shown, in well-designed randomized controlled trials, to produce sizeable, sustained effects” on participants and/or society. To assist policymakers in implementing these provisions effectively, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Coalition launched an initiative to identify models meeting this evidence standard.

Elementary, Middle & High School Open Training Workshops

February 12, 2010

February 23 – 25, 2010

Enhance Your Ability to Effectively Implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training Program

  • Review the theory and research behind the LST Program
  • Practice teaching strategies using lessons from the curriculum
  • Learn instructional and classroom management strategies for successful program implementation
  • Enhance your skill capacity to teach the LST curriculum with program fidelity

Training certificates awarded. Breakfast and lunch provided. Seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis. For more information on costs, materials, and accommodations, click here.

Please note: Trainings are subject to cancellation until officially confirmed by the home office. Please do not book your travel until you have received confirmation from us. Space is limited. Click here to register.

LifeSkills Training Aims to Boost Self-image, Bust Substance Abuse

February 5, 2010

VALPARAISO | Helping early teens stay away from dangerous substances and make healthy life choices is the focus of a new program kicked off Monday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Natalie Muskin-Press, a chemical dependency and addiction therapist with Porter-Starke Services, had sixth-grade students trace their hands, then jot down positive words to describe themselves along each finger.

In the palm, students then listed two or three things about themselves they’d like to improve.

Discussion during the activity was about self-image. We act like the person we think we are, Muskin-Press said, but sometimes it’s easier to listen to the negatives than to the positives.

While the primary focus is early prevention of substance abuse, the program also is meant to help students with situations such as depression and anxiety, said Elliott Miller, Porter-Starke program director.

The program uses a national curriculum — studies of which have shown up to an 87 percent reduction in substance abuse among targeted students, Miller said.


Helping Students Take the Next Step

February 3, 2010

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Transitions program is a highly interactive, skills-based curriculum designed to promote positive health and personal development. This program helps adolescents navigate the transition from high school into the workforce and higher education. LST Transitions helps students in achieve competency in the skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use and violence.

The LifeSkills Training Transitions program uses a developmentally appropriate integrated approach designed to strengthen student abilities in the following areas:

  • Personal Self-Management Skills
    Provides students with strategies for decision-making and managing stress.
  • General Social Skills
    Enables students to strengthen their communication skills and build healthy relationships.
  • Drug Resistance Skills
    Empowers students to understand the consequences of substance use and risk-taking.

 Program Structure

  • Grades 11-12
  • Consists of 6 class sessions
  • Approximately 40-45 minutes each session
  • Taught either as an intensive mini-series or on a more extended schedule
  • Can be used alone or in combination with the LifeSkills Training High School program

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