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Botvin LifeSkills Training

Botvin LifeSkills Training is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 30 years of peer-reviewed research behind it.

LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior by helping students develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence and by enabling them to effectively cope with stress and anxiety. Not only is LST the top-rated substance abuse prevention program in schools today; a recent study also showed that LST prevents physical and verbal aggression as well as delinquency and fighting in schools.

LifeSkills Training is available to grades 4 -9 in Solano County and can be taught in an intensive schedule (2-3 times a week) until the program is complete, or on a more extended schedule (once a week or bi weekly) until the program is complete. Core sessions range from 5 to 15 sessions depending on the grade level.

Program Components:

LST consists of three major components that cover the critical domains involved with the decision to use substances. Research has shown that students who develop skills in these three domains are far less likely to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors. The three components are:

  • Drug Resistance Skills: Enable young people to recognize and challenge common misconceptions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; teach practical ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug use) resistance skills for dealing with peers and media pressure to engage in ATOD use through coaching and practice.
  • Personal Self-Management Skills: Teach students how to examine their self-image and its effects on behavior; set goals and keep track of personal progress; identify everyday decisions and how they may be influenced by others; analyze problem situations, and consider the consequences of each alternative solution before making decisions; reduce stress and anxiety, and look at personal challenges in a positive light.
  • General Social Skills: Teach students the necessary skills to overcome shyness, communicate effectively and avoid misunderstandings, initiate and carry out conversations, handle social requests, utilize both verbal and nonverbal assertiveness skills to make or refuse requests, and recognize that they have choices other than aggression or passivity when faced with tough situation.

Contact Information

Ken Scarberry
Director of Youth Development

Johanna Nowak-Palmer
Program Manager of Youth Development