Top-Rated Prevention Program Launches Online Training

Oct 26, 2010, 05:00 ET from Botvin LifeSkills Training

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Busy professionals can now access prevention education trainings online offered by the leader in the field. Botvin LifeSkills Training, the top-rated substance abuse and violence prevention program, recently added the LST Online Provider Training for the High School-program to their list of services. The Middle School provider training has already proven to be a huge success among participants.

"In this economy, organizations find it hard to allocate the time and money necessary to train staff," said program developer Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin. "The flexibility of LifeSkills Online Provider Training gives providers full access to our training while staying on site. They can fit training around their instructional schedules and reduce the number of hours out of their classroom."

Flexible, convenient, and cost-effective, LifeSkills Online Provider Trainings address the needs of teachers, school counselors, prevention specialists, community youth educators, and other program providers to receive remote training in the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) Middle School and High School programs.  LifeSkills Online Provider Trainings introduce participants to the background theory, research, and rationale behind the LST program; teach them the skills they need to successfully conduct the program; provide practical solutions to implementation issues while maintaining fidelity; and give participants the opportunity to practice teaching selected portions of the curriculum in a constructive and supportive environment.

A recent online training participant stated, "I enjoyed this training very much and I will definitely be recommending Botvin's LST to everyone I know. Excellent training material and structure."

Each LifeSkills Online Provider Training consists of both live and self-paced sessions.  The first session is a live, trainer-led workshop followed by a self-paced session that is completed according to the participant's schedule prior to the final live, trainer-led session, which is held a few days after the initial one.

About Botvin LifeSkills Training Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 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 cited for 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.

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