For the last several weeks, Bishop Chatard freshmen have been taking LifeSkills Training lessons in PE class. Last spring, Bishop Chatard and two North Deanery grade schools applied for and were awarded a Prevention Matters Grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The Principals and stakeholders involved in the application process selected the Botvin LifeSkills Training program as it addressed factors that were identified as impediments to social/emotional learning and the transition to high school.
Students used a workbook throughout the program, which they were asked to bring home and keep as a reference at the conclusion of the lessons. Please ask your child to show you the workbook and discuss anything they learned. Many topics were covered, all of which fall under the categories of Personal Self Management, General Social Skills, and Social Resistance Skills.
What is Botvin Lifeskills Training (LST)
Botvin LifeSkills Training is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.
Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:
- Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
- Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
- Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety
- Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
- Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors **
— From Catherine Welch, BCHS School Counselor
Posted Spring 2019