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Botvin LifeSkills Training | Middle School
Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D.

Program Recognition


Exemplary Program
U.S. Department of Education

Top Tier
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy

Model Program                                                                              
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Programs That Work
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Top Tier
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy


Program Overview

The new edition of the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research. Now updated with new graphics, references and statistics, it is proven to be the most effective evidence-based program used in schools today. LifeSkills Training is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of  violence and other high-risk behaviors.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Personal Self-Management Skills
    Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, 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 6-9
  • The program is designed to be taught in sequence over three years in middle school or junior high. The curriculum is intended to be taught sequentially to build on skills learned in the previous levels.  The first level should be implemented with 6th or 7th grade students, followed by booster sessions (levels 2 and 3).
     - Level 1 (Grades 6/7): Core Level- 15 class sessions 
       includes 3 optional violence prevention lessons
     - Level 2 (Grades 7/8): Booster Level- 10 class sessions 
       includes 2 optional violence prevention lessons
     - Level 3 (Grades 8/9) - Booster Level -  5 class sessions   
       includes 4 optional lessons
  • 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)

Program Components

Each level includes the following materials:

  • Comprehensive, easy-to-use Teacherís Manual
  • Student Guide
  • Stress Management Techniques audio CD
  • Digital Support Slides to aide instruction
  • FREE Companion Website

Middle School Companion Site

Also Available 

Smoking and Biofeedback DVD (closed captioning) Specifically designed for Middle School Levels 1 & 2, this DVD teaches students the immediate and psychological effects of smoking.


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