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W.Va. teachers attend Life Skills training program

October 17, 2007

INWOOD, W.Va. - RESA VIII conducted a training for the WVDE Life Skills Program for teachers in grades six, seven and eight. Berkeley and Jefferson county teachers participated in the training program at Musselman High School. The program serves students in grades six, seven and eight throughout West Virginia.

Local middle schools represented were: Spring Mills Middle, Chris Godfree; Martinsburg North Middle, Perry McKay; Shepherdstown Middle, Ashley Mussewhite; and Charles Town Middle, Julie Terhoar.

It teaches skills in the area of substance use prevention.

The Life Skills Training program teaches substance abuse prevention. Based on science, it was carefully designed to target the primary causes of substance use after an extensive review of the existing research literature about the causes. The program addresses all the factors leading adolescents to use one or more drugs by teaching a combination of health information, general life skills and drug resistance skills.

Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin is the author of the program. He is an internationally known expert on drug abuse prevention. His groundbreaking work in the area of drug abuse prevention has received national and international attention.

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Life Skills covers lessons in self-image and self improvement; making decisions; smoking; alcohol; marijuana and advertising; violence; coping with anxiety; coping with anger; communication skills; social skills, resolving conflicts and assertiveness.

For more information on the Life Skills Training program, contact Donna Kuhn, RESA VIII Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinator at djkuhn@access.k12.wv.us.

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