At a glance
Allgemeine Lebenskompetenzen und Fertigkeiten (ALF — General Life Competencies and Skills) is a life skills programme, providing training in general skills such as communication and critical thinking, and education in substance use-related issues, including resistance skills training. The programme uses interactive methods and takes place over 12 sessions.
Overview of results from the European studies
Dr Anneke Bühler, PhD
IFT Institut für Therapieforschung
Allgemeine Lebenskompetenzen und Fertigkeiten’ (ALF — General Life Competencies and Skills) is a life skills programme. The programme covers (i) general life skills — communication, interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, self-awareness, problem solving, coping with stress and emotion — and (ii) substance use-related issues — information about the immediate effects of nicotine and alcohol use and the short-term and long-term negative consequences, normative education, discussion about motivation to smoke and drink, media and social influences on use, resistance skills training.
The programme uses interactive methods and emphasises references to students’ daily lives. The programme consists of 12 sessions (eight on life skills and four on substance use). Teachers are trained to deliver the intervention during a two-day workshop and are supervised throughout when delivering the programme to classes of fifth grade students (10 years old).