Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) is a comprehensive program for promoting emotional and social competencies and reducing aggression and acting-out behaviors in elementary school-aged children, while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. This innovative curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5 to 12) is used by educators and counselors as a multiyear prevention model. PATHS has been field-tested and researched with children in regular education classroom settings, as well as with a variety of special needs students (deaf, hearing-impaired, learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, mildly mentally delayed, and gifted). Ideally, it should be initiated at the entrance to schooling and continue through Grade 5.
The PATHS curriculum provides teachers with systematic and developmentally based lessons, materials, and instructions for teaching their students:
The PATHS curriculum has been shown to improve protective factors and reduce behavioral risk factors. Evaluations have demonstrated significant improvements for program youth (regular education, special needs, and deaf) compared to control youth in the following areas:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Model program
OJJDP Blueprints Project: Effective program
U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence: Promising program
Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, U.S. Department of Education: Promising program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Best Practices in Youth Violence Prevention Program
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: SELect Program
Carol A. Kusché, Ph.D.
PATHS Training, LLC
927 Tenth Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: (206) 323-6688
Channing Bete Company
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South Deerfield, MA 01373
Phone: (877) 896-8532
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Web site: http://www.channing-bete.com/prevention-programs/paths/
Greenberg, M. T.; Kusché, C.; and Mihalic, S. F. (1998). Blueprints for Violence Prevention, Book Ten: Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS). Boulder, CO: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.