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Botvin LifeSkills Training | High School Program
Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training High School program is a highly interactive, skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for high school youth. Based on the highly effective LifeSkills Training curriculum, this program helps adolescents navigate the challenges of the high school years and prepares them for the independence and responsibilities that they will encounter as young adults. The LifeSkills Training High School program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills that have been shown to prevent substance use, violence, and other health risk behaviors.

The LifeSkills Training High School program is an integrated approach that helps to develop personal, interpersonal, and drug resistance skills. The curriculum is designed to strengthen student abilities in the following areas:

  • Personal Self-Management Skills
    Students develop strategies for making healthy decisions, reducing stress, and managing anger. 
  • General Social Skills
    Students strengthen their communication skills and learn how to build healthy relationships.
  • Drug Resistance Skills
    Students understand the consequences of substance use, risk-taking, and the influences of the media. 



    • Provides students with activities that reinforce lessons and links to health-related information
    • Teachers receive instructions for web-based activities and a resource section with information to support classroom lessons
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