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The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program Featured at International Conference


WHITE PLAINS, NY – Botvin LifeSkills Training, a top-rated prevention program proven to reduce substance abuse and violence, was featured at the 2012 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas and featured Botvin LifeSkills Training and other programs identified as effective by a national panel of leading experts. The Blueprints Conference is part of a national initiative to promote the sustained use of effective prevention programs. 

Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, an internationally known prevention expert and developer of the highly acclaimed LifeSkills Training (LST) substance abuse and violence prevention program, was an invited speaker at the conference. Attendees learned what makes the LST program the top-rated prevention program in the U.S.  Dr. Botvin described the prevention approach, explained its theory, and summarized the 30 years of rigorous research documenting its effectiveness. He also discussed the unique benefits of LST as a method for preventing multiple problems--alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug abuse, and violence—using a single prevention approach.  A series of carefully designed and conducted studies published in top scientific journals show that LST can cut tobacco, alcohol, illicit drug use, violence, and delinquency by 50% or more.

The goal of this international conference was to motivate the violence and drug prevention field to adopt evidence-based programs and provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities. There were more than 500 people in attendance, including professionals working in the areas of juvenile justice, violence, and drug abuse prevention for youth.

"The Blueprints initiative has a tremendous impact on all prevention because it gives decision-makers the tools necessary to identify the most effective programs," said Dr. Botvin. “In order to improve the quality of health in America and reduce future health costs, it is vitally important that those responsible for selecting and adopting programs have access to information about the most effective and scientifically proven prevention programs and policies."

LifeSkills Training is one of 11 model prevention programs identified by Blueprints for Violence Prevention, the national violence prevention initiative. Established in 1996 by Professor Del Elliott from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Blueprints for Violence Prevention monitors the effectiveness of prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. Studies consistently show that the LST program dramatically not only reduces the use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, meth, and other illicit drugs but also prevents violence and delinquency. The LST program works with a diverse range of adolescents; produces results that are long lasting; and is effective when taught by teachers, peer leaders, or health professionals.

About Botvin LifeSkills Training Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 30 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that LST can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. 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. LST has been used with youth in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in 32 countries around the world. LST is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been selected for prevention excellence by numerous organizations including 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). Recently LST was selected as a Top Tier prevention program by the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Visit for more information.


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