LifeSkills Training (LST)


Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is an evidence-based substance misuse and violence prevention program that is uniquely designed to be flexible and interactive. The program can be 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 until the program is complete). Both formats have proven to be effective. While one year of LST has been proven to achieve measurable positive effects, multi-year implementation is strongly recommended.

The LST program has been extensively tested and proven effective at reducing tobacco, alcohol, opioid, and illicit drug use by as much as 80%. Long-term follow-up studies also show that it produces prevention effects that are durable and long-lasting.

  • Improves social skills and interaction with pro-social peers, while decreasing favorable attitudes towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, while decreasing anti-social behavior
  • Provides students with the tools necessary to avoid substance use, make good decisions, and effectively handle challenging social situations
  • Implemented as part of the school curriculum for students beginning in 6th grade, while continuing to receive the curriculum in grades 7 and 8 as reinforcement of topics and skills
  • Currently being implemented in the Tamaqua Area Middle School

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