School Based Programs

School based programs for substance abuse prevention

In class presentations:

  • LifeSkills Training (LST): Usually taught in Health classes, our staff uses this Botvin curriculum to teach students the skills they need to resist drugs and make good life choices.  This is a multi-week program that uses games, discussion and activities. 
  • Lifelines: This is a suicide prevention education taught in the classroom which can be combined with LST or can be facilitated separately. Students learn the signs and symptoms of suicide and how to help peers.

Educational Support Groups:

This program is a life skills educational support group, which will assist students in learning social skills to enhance their school, peer and family interactions. Small group meetings will provide an individualized approach to learning and practicing essential skills for social and academic success.  These groups are facilitated during a class period or lunch time for 10-15 weeks.

There are various reasons that a student may be recommended for these groups by staff or parents. These may include:

  • Problems with grades
  • Problems with peers
  • Self-esteem concerns
  • Anger management problems       
  • Grief concerns
  • Depression
  • Students at risk
  • Anxiety
  • Social skills
  • Identity concerns


Topics covered in group include:

  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Anger Management
  • Self Esteem
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Stress Management
  • Grief Support
  • Friendships/Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Suicide Prevention