Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin Gives Keynote Address at International Life Skills Summit in New Delhi
WHITE PLAINS, NY – Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, delivered the keynote address at the International Life Skills, School Health and Well Being Summit on April 20th in New Delhi. Dr. Botvin is an American psychologist who is an internationally renowned prevention expert and developer of the highly acclaimed LifeSkills Training (LST) substance abuse and violence prevention program. The Summit was organized and sponsored by India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in collaboration with Expressions India.
Attendees of the conference 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 over 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. The centerpiece of the LST strategy is a middle school curriculum designed to be taught by classroom teachers, health educators, prevention specialists or student peer leaders. However, LST also includes a family program as well as a program for elementary and high school students and a transitions program to help youth succeed in the workplace.
"It was a great honor and privilege to visit India and participate in a conference committed to improving the health and well-being of India's youth," said Dr. Botvin. “I also want to commend the CBSE for their support of the conference and dedication to life skills education.”
Representatives of over 200 schools from all over India participated in this event, which was organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in collaboration with Expressions India. Over the years, CBSE has taken a leadership role in spearheading the introduction of Life Skills Education as an integral part of the school curriculum. Expressions India, a community-based outreach program for promotion of child & adolescent life skills education and mental health, aspires to develop and nurture a supportive environment conducive for various aspects of adolescents’ health and development.
“Dr. Botvin’s participation was very significant and helped in achieving our goals with unquestionable success. We could not have made this dream of hosting this international summit come true without your erudite presence,” said Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Expressions India Program Director. “We look forward to the effective implementation of LST in India.”
In addition to giving the keynote address at the Life Skills Summit, Dr. Botvin toured several schools in and around New Delhi. “I was very impressed with the energy, enthusiasm, and intelligence of the students I met at the conference and at the schools I visited,” said Dr. Botvin. “They are clearly India’s future…the leaders of tomorrow.”
The conference was designed to underscore the importance of life skills education, highlight the excellent outreach work done so far by Expressions India, and to lay the foundation for expansion of these efforts through the dissemination of a cultural adaption of the LST school program designed to be suitable to the needs of India’s youth.
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 33 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 www.lifeskillstraining.com for more information.
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