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Life Skills

Life Skills Training

LifeSkills Training is a top-rated substance abuse prevention program.

Lifeskills Training is a flexible and interactive research-based program combining coaching, peer interaction, lecture, classroom discussion and provider-led activities.

Developed by Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D, Lifeskills is a curriculum that delivers significant results in reducing the risks students are faced with daily such as smoking, drug/alcohol abuse and violence. Lifeskills provides students with the necessary skills to resist social/peer pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs. The curriculum helps students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence, to effectively cope with social anxiety, and increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse.

Herkimer County Prevention Council (HCPC) uses the Elementary School Program and the Middle School Program in several of the local school districts at the recommended grade levels. Each program is developmentally appropriate and has been proven to be effective by pre and post testing that shows the students are learning the skills needed to resist drugs, alcohol and tobacco use.

Elementary School Program is for grades 3-6:

  • Level 1 for Grades 3 & 4, 8 class sessions
  • Level 2 for Grades 4 & 5, 8 class sessions
  • Level 3 for Grades 5 & 6, 8 class sessions

  • Middle School Program is for grades 6-9:

  • Level 1 for Grades 6 & 7, Core level, 15 class sessions
  • Level 2 for Grades 7 & 8, Booster level, 10 class sessions
  • Level 3 for Grades 8 & 9, Booster level, 5 class sessions

  • Lifeskills has been selected for excellence by agencies such as: U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Drug Abuse, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and White House Office of Drug Policy.

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