Life Skills Health and Personal Development

Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development

Life Skills Training is a comprehensive, research and outcome based prevention program that emphasizes proven skills training methods. It addresses all of the most important factors leading adolescents to use one or more drugs by teaching a combination of health information, general Life Skills, and drug resistance skills over a three year time period. The program is presented to the same students three years, starting in sixth or seventh grade. Some of the topics are repeated each year and are presented in a developmental progression. The first year is presented in 15 sessions, second in 10 and the third in 5-7. This program addresses all of the most important factors leading to adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Lessons

First Year

Self-Image and self-Improvement
Making Decisions (2 class periods)
Smoking: Myths and Realities
Smoking and Biofeedback
Alcohol: Myths and Realities
Marijuana: Myths and Realities
Advertising
Coping With Anxiety (2 class periods)
Communication Skills
Social Skills A
Social Skills B
Assertiveness (2 class periods)

Third Year

Drug Abuse: Causes and Effects
Decision Making
Media Influences
Coping With Anxiety
Social Skills
Assertiveness
Peer Pressure

Second Year

Drug Abuse: Causes and Effects
Decision Making
Media Influences
Coping With Anxiety (2 class periods)
Communication Skills
Social Skills
Assertiveness
Peer Pressure (2 class periods)