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Botvin LifeSkills Training | Elementary School Program
Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D.

Program recognition
Model Program
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.

Program Structure

  • 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)

Program Components

Each level includes the following materials:

  • Comprehensive, easy-to-use Teacher’s Manual
  • Student Guide
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