Botvin LifeSkill Training for Middle School and High School

Program Overview

New! e-LST Middle School 1 is based on an evidence-based prevention approach that has been extensively tested and proven effective when implemented in classrooms by teachers and health professionals. e-LST provides teachers, parents, and students with an engaging and flexible prevention approach that can be used at home, in class, or in hybrid learning environments.

e-LST Middle School 1 is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 35 years of rigorous scientific research.  LifeSkills Training is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote mental health, social-emotional (SEL) skills and positive youth development. In addition to helping young people resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of violence and other high-risk behaviors.

e-LST’s innovative approach allows teachers to have a “virtual team-teacher”; the program covers the introduction to the skills (Facilitation), models the skill (Coaching), and gives feedback on students’ interactions with the skills-related content.   Skills practice (Behavioral Rehearsal) is then conducted by the teacher so that teachers can use face-to-face time to focus on skill practice for acquisition.

Self-paced content introduces:

    • lesson topic and skill
    • skills model
    • feedback on student knowledge

Teacher-led skills practice:

    • can implement in person or remotely
    • behavioral rehearsal / skills practice

Target Audience

Students in grades 6–8

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 for better mental health.
  • 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 learn skills that help them build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

Program Structure

  • 15 sessions
  • Each lesson is divided into 20 – 25 minutes of online interactive content followed by 20 – 25 minutes of ‘live’ skills practice.
  • 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).