Teaching Marijuana Prevention (for health educators)

January 19, 2018

NHPA is pleased to offer Substance Abuse Prevention Workshops designed for health educators and professionals seeking to expand their experience, knowledge, and skills related to prevention education.

Teaching Marijuana Prevention – 2-part workshop on 1/30 & 2/6

The status of marijuana has undergone rapid legal and cultural shifts in recent years. These changes present specific challenges to school and community health educators.

In this workshop, participants will explore the social and legal trends in acceptance, the pharmacology of marijuana, and effective strategies for responding to the misconceptions adolescents hold about marijuana.

COST: $300 per person.   SPACE IS LIMITED!

NHPA TMP Jan 30 feb 6 2018


Register for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 12, 2018


National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is almost here! Register your educational event or activity and join with hundreds of communities around the country participating in this annual observance.

Register Your Event!

Do you need event ideas?

Here are a few easy activity ideas to consider:

  • Share the IQ Challenge. This quiz is a fun way to test teens’ drug and alcohol knowledge and helps provide the facts.
  • Print the free “I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because…” pledge cards and ask youth to answer the question: “Why do you want to shatter the myths about drug use?” Take a picture and share it with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on Twitter and Facebook by including the hashtag #NDAFW with your photo.
  • Test teens’ knowledge of drugs and alcohol with the NDAFW BINGO card. Download the card and the glossary and play this game with others.

NIDA offers these and other materials free of charge. Plan to order your materials by January 15 to receive them in time for NDAFW.

For more guidance on hosting and planning an event, join us for the #NDAFW Twitter chat at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 8, to get prepared! You can find us on Twitter @NIDAnews and be sure to use the hashtag #NDAFW to follow along!

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at bmarquis@nida.nih.gov

Webinar: How LifeSkills Training can Keep Kids Healthy and Drug-free (space is limited)

January 11, 2018

Join us on this free webinar to learn more about the highly effective Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program and how it can positively impact the lives of youth in elementary, middle, and high school. Explore the LST structure and learn how it can be an effective, enjoyable, and easy-to-teach program!picture1

Botvin LifeSkills Training:   A Proven Program for Drug-free Youth

School districts, individual schools, and their partner agencies are challenged now more than ever with a number of social, emotional, and environmental needs that impact the lives of the youth they serve. Time and resources are at a premium which demands an approach that is not only diverse in it reach, but delivers multiple outcomes, meaningful change, and results.

In fact, the Surgeon General recently named LifeSkills Training (LST) as one of the most effective school-based programs for adolescents aged 10 to 18.*  The LST program is research validated, has universal appeal, is age and developmentally appropriate, will change the lives of the youth you serve for the better.

Join us to learn how the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program has been proven to reduce alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug abuse. In addition, research on LST demonstrated reductions in violence, delinquency, and most recently, prescription and opioid misuse among middle school aged-youth.

*Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, 2016

Space is limited! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

LifeSkills Training Now Aligned to CASEL’s Social Emotional Competencies

January 8, 2018

Botvin LifeSkills® Training and SEL

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is an internationally recognized, evidence-based program that supports the decrease of risky behaviors such as drug and/or alcohol use, violence, aggression, and delinquency.  By providing youth with effective social skills and self-management skills, such as communication and anxiety management, LST decreases the motivation to use drugs and the vulnerability to social influences that support drug use.  LST provides foundational skills for successful youth development through its alignment with CASEL’s five core SEL competencies. Its cognitive behavioral approach uses a variety of teaching techniques to facilitate discussion, which provides key knowledge, coaching, and behavior skill practice. LST should be considered an approach that can be used effectively used in both schools and youth-serving organizations to support the social and emotional development of youth.

caslWhat is SEL?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a Chicago based non-profit organization that for over 20 years has been leading the nation in the area of social and emotional learning.  CASEL provides a unique combination of research, practice, and policy to support its mission to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) become an integral part of education from preschool to high school.

SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  CASEL has identified five core SEL competencies:  self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Why is SEL important?

Short-term benefits

  • More positive social behaviors and attitudes
  • More empathetic
  • Ability to manage stress and depression
  • Improved classroom behavior
  • Better attitudes about themselves, others, and school
  • Fewer conduct problems

Long-term benefits

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Decreased high school drop out rate
  • Fewer arrests
  • Fewer mental health disorders

Register for our webinar on 1/18 at 1pm ET to learn more or Click to view alignment

Funding Available in Washington State for Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program

December 13, 2017

From the State of Washington, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)…


The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is providing funding, through iGrants (#761), for implementation the Botvin LifeSkills Training program, a highly regarded and effective prevention program to address marijuana and other substance use in your school or youth-serving organization that works with middle school age children.

In addition to its substance use reduction outcomes, the Botvin LifeSkills Training program has also been shown to reduce school violence and bullying, as well as improve school climate. It is a three-level program that is generally provided to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, over a three-year period. Level 1 has 15 lessons, Level 2 has 10 lessons, and Level 3 has 5 lessons, each designed for approximately 45-50 minutes.

The grant will pay for all student and teacher materials for all three levels for all students in your school or site. It will also pay for required instructor training.

This grant opportunity is funded with marijuana/cannabis tax revenues and is available for schools and community organizations serving middle school aged youth.

Grant application deadline is Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Applications can be submitted through iGrants, a secure application within OSPI’S Education Data System. The Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School grant application is Form Package 761.

To learn more about the grant contact Emily Maughan at OSPI, at 360-725-6030 or emily.maughan@k12.wa.us.

Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse with LifeSkills Training: A Conversation Between Experts and Pennsylvania Providers

November 22, 2017

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Are you:

  • Looking for ways to improve your current LST Program?
  • Looking to better understand how LST can prevent opioid misuse?
  • Interested in getting connected with other people or organizations in Pennsylvania who are implementing LifeSkills Training?

LifeSkills Training (LST) is an effective substance abuse prevention program that has been shown to:

  • Cut tobacco use by 87%
  • Cut alcohol use by 60%
  • Cut marijuana use by 75%
  • And more.

Program registries like SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Practices,  Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development and Crime Solutions all rate LST as highly effective. This provider call will feature a discussion of a new module that specifically addresses prescription drug abuse and the opioid crisis.

Join us on Thursday, November 30th from 2:00-3:00 EST for an LST Networking Call featuring experts from National Health Promotion Associates, the LST training and dissemination center. We’ll cover:

  • The new LST Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module
  • Practical tips for classroom management during LST delivery
  • Open Q&A period

While this call is primarily directed toward current Pennsylvania LST providers who want to improve their implementation, those interested in adopting the LST curriculum are encouraged to listen in.

Click this link to register for the FREE phone conference. Call in information will be provided with your registration confirmation.

Schools Combat Opioid Crisis with Botvin LifeSkills’ New Rx Module

November 17, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Schools and communities are implementing a new module to combat the prescription drug and opioid crisis, now regarded as a national emergency. National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA), the researchers behind Botvin LifeSkills Training, developed a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module to help youth avoid the dangers of prescription drug or opioid misuse/abuse.

The new LST Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Module gives teens the skills and knowledge necessary to help them avoid the misuse/abuse of opioids and prescription drugs.   Available in a variety of formats that allows for both online and classroom delivery, the new module is ideal for school districts, community-based organizations, and agencies serving students in grades 6 – 9. The module is flexible enough to enhance the evience-based Botvin LifeSkills Training program or to be integrated into existing prevention programming.

The new module is designed to further enhance the effectiveness of the LST Middle School program, which has already been proven to reduce opioid and prescription drug misuse. A recent study funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) showed that the LST Middle School program delivered in 7th grade classrooms helped students avoid misusing/abusing prescriptions opioids and other drugs throughout their teen years. NHPA researchers say that the addition of this new module will reinforce the already effective LST program.

“NHPA is a leader in quality, effective evidence-based prevention education.  While our core Middle School program already has evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing opioid and prescription drug misuse and abuse, the addition of this new module will help to specifically address the epidemic facing our nation.   The LST program has been tested through more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research and has identified prevention approaches that are effective, produce lasting results, and can save taxpayers a good deal of money,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College and developer of the LST program. “Let’s stop prescription opioid abuse before it begins. Now is the time to unleash the power of prevention.”

More than 35 federally funded studies have demonstrated that LST protects teens against tobacco, alcohol, substance use, and other problem behaviors such as delinquency and violence. According to a 2013 report on the economic benefit of evidence-based prevention programs, LST produced a $38 benefit for every $1 invested in terms of reduced corrections costs, welfare and social services burden, drug and mental health treatment; and increased employment and tax revenue. LST had the highest return on investment of all substance abuse prevention curricula studied.

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