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Program Overview

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research and is one of the most effective evidence-based programs used in schools today. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of  violence and other high-risk behaviors.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Personal Self-Management Skills
    Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.

  • General Social Skills
    Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.

  • Drug Resistance Skills
    Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

Program Structure

  • Grades 6-9
  • Three level program consisting of 30 class sessions
     - Level 1 (Grades 6/7): Core Level- 15 class sessions 
    includes 3 optional violence prevention lessons

     - Level 2 (Grades 7/8): Booster Level- 10 class sessions 
       includes 2 optional violence prevention lessons
    - Level 3 (Grades 8/9) - Booster Level -  5 class sessions   
    4 optional lessons
  • Taught either on an intensive schedule (consecutively every day, or two to three times a week) until the program is complete, or on a more extended schedule (once a week) - 35-40 minute class sessions

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