Botvin LifeSkills Training at BCHS

For the last several weeks, Bishop Chatard freshmen have been taking LifeSkills Training lessons in PE class thanks to a 3 year grant called Prevention Matters from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. This is the second year of the 3 year grant. Topics covered in the program address Personal Self Management, General Social Skills, and Social Resistance Skills.

Parents are encouraged to discuss the lessons with their students.

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 www.lifeskillstraining.com)

Questions? Contact Catherine Welch, BCHS School Counselor, at cwelch@bishopchatard.org

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