WHITE PLAINS, NY – Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, internationally known expert in the field of prevention and developer of the highly acclaimed LifeSkills Training (LST) substance abuse and violence prevention program, was an invited speaker at the 2010 Blueprints Conference on April 8, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Botvin described the LST program, summarized the 25 years of research supporting its effectiveness, and discussed the merits of an evidence-based approach for preventing alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug abuse, and violence.
The theme of this international conference was to motivate the violence and drug prevention field to adopt evidence-based programs and provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities. There were more than 700 people in attendance, including professionals working in the area of juvenile justice, violence and drug abuse prevention for youth.
“In order to improve the quality of health in America and reduce future health care costs, it is vitally important that policy-makers and decision-makers promote the use of the most effective and scientifically proven prevention programs and policies,” said Dr. Botvin. “The Blueprints initiative is having a tremendous impact on the field because it gives decision-makers the tools necessary to identify the most effective programs.”
LifeSkills Training is one of 11 model prevention programs identified by Blueprints for Violence Prevention, the national violence prevention initiative. Established in 1996 by Professor Del Elliott from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Blueprints for Violence Prevention program monitors the effectiveness of prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. In addition to preventing violence and delinquency, studies consistently show that the LST program dramatically reduces the use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, meth, and other illicit drugs. The LST program works with a diverse range of adolescents; produces results that are long-lasting; and is effective when taught by teachers, peer leaders, or health professionals.
Dr. Botvin also introduced several new programs based on the LST approach. Together, they offer several powerful ways to reach youth of different ages and in different settings. These include LST programs for students in upper elementary school and high school, a program for students attending vocational education schools, several self-paced CD-ROM programs, a program to ease the transition from high school to work or college, and a workplace program. Also, included in this suite of program is a program designed to help parents raise healthy, successful, and drug-free kids.
About Botvin LifeSkills Training
Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that LST can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and director of Cornell’s Institute for Prevention Research. Dr. Botvin is also founder and senior scientist at National Health Promotion Associates which promotes the use of evidence-based prevention programs. LST has been used with youth in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and in 32 countries around the world. LST is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Justice). Recently LST was selected as a “top tier” prevention program by the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC.
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