Botvin LifeSkills Training Program Featured at International Conference

April 29, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Botvin LifeSkills Training, a top-rated prevention program proven to reduce substance abuse and violence, was featured at the 2014 Blueprints Conference for Healthy Youth Development. The conference, held in Denver, Colorado, featured LifeSkills Training (LST) and other prevention programs identified as effective by a national panel of prevention experts. Dr. Botvin’s presentation described the LST program and summarized the scientific evidence proving its effectiveness. The session also focused on practical strategies for promoting the adopting and successful implementation of evidence-based prevention programs such as LST. Joining Dr. Botvin were Alayne MacArthur and Pamela Werb, two senior LST trainers who have extensive teaching, training, and curriculum development experience.  In addition, LST was featured in a well-attended all-day pre-conference workshop session. Attendees participated in an interactive, peer-based training experience covering important topics related to the successful implementation and sustainability of the LST program with an emphasis on strategies for enhancing planning, implementation, student engagement and long-term use of LST. 

The goal of the international Blueprints Conference is 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. More than 500 people attended, including professionals working in the areas of juvenile justice, violence, and drug abuse prevention for youth. The Blueprints Conference is part of a larger initiative to identify and promote the use of prevention programs proven effective through rigorous evaluation research.

“The Blueprints initiative has a tremendous impact on all prevention because it gives decision-makers the tools necessary to identify the most effective programs,” said invited speaker Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, an internationally known prevention expert and developer of the LifeSkills Training (LST) substance abuse and violence prevention program. “In order to improve the quality of health in America and reduce future health costs, it is vitally important that those responsible for selecting and adopting programs have access to information about the most effective and scientifically proven prevention programs and policies.”

LifeSkills Training is a model prevention program 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, Blueprints for Violence Prevention monitors the effectiveness of prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. More recently, this initiative has been expanded to focus more broadly on healthy youth development.

via LifeSkills Training: Press Releases.

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Pioneers of Prevention Convene to Discuss Blueprints for Violence Prevention

May 24, 2010

WHITE PLAINS, NY – On April 8, 2010, the world’s leading prevention scientists gathered for a panel discussion at the Blueprints Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The panel, titled “Blueprints: A 10-Year Retrospective and Look to the Future,” aimed to review a decade of violence and substance abuse prevention efforts and to anticipate the challenges ahead. More than 700 delegates, including professionals working in the area of juvenile justice, violence and drug abuse prevention for youth, attended this conversation.

In the last ten years, the evidence-based prevention programs that Blueprints has cited as models have become the gold standard for policy-makers as the only logical and cost-efficient means by which to reduce violence and substance abuse in communities. However, funding is still scarce.

“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 prevention programs available based on scientific evidence of what works,” said panelist Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, developer of LifeSkills Training, a Blueprints model program for substance abuse and violence prevention. “Blueprints for Violence Prevention gives decision-makers the tools necessary to identify the most effective programs.”

Other panelists included Clay Yeager (Moderator); David Olds, Nurse-Family Partnership; Mark Greenberg, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies; Mary Ann Pentz, Midwestern Prevention Program; Jim Alexander, Functional Family Therapy; Scott Henggeler, Multisystemic Therapy; Delbert Elliott, University of Colorado; and Shay Bilchik, formerly with the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.

Established in 1996 at 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.

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Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin Presents LifeSkills Training Program at Blueprints Conference for Violence Prevention

April 20, 2010

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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