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Botvin LifeSkills Training Helps Educators Provide Teens with Drug Resistance Skills


WHITE PLAINS, NY –Botvin LifeSkills Training delivered an intensive training workshop on the LifeSkills Training High School program at the 3rd Annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies (GSAS): "Keys to Change: Prevention, Treatment & Recovery" conference held in Savannah, Georgia, from  August 31 through September 4, 2009.

The day-long workshop, titled, "LifeSkills Training: Delivering Prevention to Older Adolescents and Young Adults in School and Community Settings" was presented to Savannah-area prevention, treatment, and juvenile justice providers. The training incorporated hands-on, interactive learning activities that explored effective prevention education for older adolescents in the classroom, treatment, or juvenile justice setting.  Those participants who successfully completed the workshop were certified to deliver the Botvin LifeSkillsTraining High School program.

"The LST High School Provider Training program prepares health educators in school and community settings to effectively deliver best practices in substance abuse prevention education to older adolescents," said Lead Trainer Alayne Macarthur.  "Participants had a hands-on opportunity to practice and share the teaching techniques that are most effective in engaging high school students to learn health-protective knowledge, skills, and attitudes in competency areas such as setting goals, decision-making, managing stress and anger, media influence, family communication, risk-taking, and building healthy relationships."

The annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies offers a unique opportunity for professional development, information exchange, and networking. It is designed to address the need for knowledge and skill development through advanced training.  

"This was the first year that the Georgia School had a workshop on a federally recognized evidence-based curriculum, and we couldn't be happier," said conference organizer and Georgia State Prevention Specialist Christopher Wood. "The LifeSkills Training workshop was completely full and participants who attended expressed a very high level of satisfaction with the workshop."

About Botvin LifeSkills Training

Botvin LifeSkills Training is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of Cornell's Institute for Prevention Research. LifeSkills Training is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations including the National the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Justice). Studies testing its effectiveness have found that the Botvin LifeSkills Training program can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. Visit for more information.


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