Second Step is a classroom-based social skills program for preschool through junior high students (4 to 14 years old). It is designed to reduce impulsive, high-risk, and aggressive behaviors and increase children’s social-emotional competence and other protective factors.
Group discussion, modeling, coaching, and practice are used to increase students’ social competence, risk assessment, decision-making ability, self-regulation, and positive goal setting. The program’s lesson content varies by grade level and is organized into three skill-building units covering:
Compared to the control group, Second Step participants showed:
Second Step has been proven effective in geographically diverse U.S. and Canadian cities, in classrooms varying in ethnic/racial makeup (predominantly African-American, predominantly white, or highly racially mixed), and in schools with students of varied socioeconomic status. Second Step is widely used in the United States and Canada and has been adapted for use in several other countries. Spanish-language supplements are available.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Model program
U.S. Department of Education: Exemplary program
Ms. Barbara Guzzo
Committee for Children
Client Support Services Department
568 First Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (800) 634-4449
Fax: (206) 438-6765
Web site: http://www.cfchildren.org/programs/
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