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LifeSkills Training

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

LifeSkills Training (LST) is a program that seeks to influence major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation and early use of substances. LifeSkills has distinct curricula targeting elementary and middle school kids aged 8 to 11 and 11 to 14 years old, that are delivered in a series of classroom sessions over 3 years. The sessions use lecture, discussion, coaching, and practice to enhance students' self-esteem, feelings of self-efficacy, ability to make decisions, and ability to resist peer and media pressure. LST consists of three major components that address critical domains found to promote substance use. 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 each focus on a different set of skills: 1) Drug Resistance Skills enable young people to recognize and challenge common misconceptions about substance use, as well as deal with peers and media pressure to engage in substance use. 2) Personal Self-Management Skills help students 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 alternative solutions before making decisions. 3) General Social Skills give students the necessary skills to overcome shyness, communicate effectively and avoid misunderstandings, use both verbal and nonverbal assertiveness skills to make or refuse request and recognize that they have choices other than aggression or passivity when faced with tough situations.

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Excessive Alcohol Consumption , Injury Prevention , Maternal Child Health, Substance Abuse , Tobacco Use

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Name: Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D.
Site or Location Name: LifeSkills Training (LST)
National Health Promotion Association, Inc. 711 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10604
Phone: (800) 293-4969