Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
The Botvin LifeSkills Training Elementary School program is a comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program designed for upper elementary school students. This highly effective curriculum has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve their knowledge of essential life skills – all of which promote healthy and positive personal development.
According to a recent study, published in the Journal of Drug Education, more elementary schools in the US choose to use the LST program over all other evidence-based prevention programs.
Program Learning Objectives
- Personal Self-Management Skills
Students develop skills that enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving skills, help them 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.
- Grades 3-6
- Program consisting of 8 class sessions per year across all three years
- Level 1 (Grades 3/4) - 8 class sessions
- Level 2 (Grades 4/5) - 8 class sessions
- Level 3 (Grades 5/6) - 8 class sessions
- 30-45 minute class sessions
- Taught either on an intensive schedule (two to three times a week) until the program is complete, or on a more extended schedule (once a week for 8 weeks)
Each level includes the following materials:
- Comprehensive, easy-to-use Teacher’s Manual
- Student Guide