CURRICULUM-BASED SUPPORT GROUP (CBSG®) PROGRAM
The Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program is a unique, multi-cultural, evidence-based preventive intervention for selective and indicated populations. The program is designed for males and females, ages 4-17, whose high-risk situations, attitudes and behaviors place them at elevated risk for future behavioral and health problems including substance abuse, delinquency and violence.
The support group modality sets the CBSG® Program apart from other preventive interventions. Children and youth meet in confidential, small group settings and are taught a set of essential life skills to help them learn how to: cope with difficult family situations, resist negative peer pressure, respect others, set and achieve goals, make healthy choices, and refuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
The CBSG® Program is curriculum-based and has been recognized by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Empirical studies show that the CBSG® Program reduces anti-social attitudes and rebellious behavior, increases anti-drug-use attitudes and intentions, reduces early substance use/experimentation and increases coping and social skills.
The original CBSG® Program was developed in 1982 for use in schools and community-based settings. To accommodate grant and contract requirements, age groupings for schools and community-based settings are available in separate volumes:
- CBSG® Program for Schools & Community-based Settings, also available under the titles:
- Kids’ Connection (ages 4-12); and
- Youth Connection (ages 10-17)
The CBSG® Program curriculum has been adapted to meet specific needs of certain populations:
- CBSG® Program for Homeless Shelters, Group Homes, & Transitional Settings (also known as Kids’ Connection, Too – Ages 4-15)
- CBSG® Program for Christian Faith-Based Settings (also known as Faith Connection – Ages 4-15)
To replicate the CBSG® Program, you must be trained as a facilitator. Rainbow Days provides CBSG® Program Facilitator Training throughout Texas and the nation. Please click on the “Training” tab on our website for details concerning training fees, schedules, etc.
For general information on the Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program, click below:
CBSG® Program Overview (in Acrobat PDF)
Curriculum-Based Support Groups (CBSG®) Program: Target Group in Relationship to Different Prevention System Definitions
For details, click below to read the CBSG® Program Scope and Sequence:
Rainbow Days' CBSG® Program: For Children and Youth Ages 4-17 for Use in Schools and Community Based Settings Scope and Sequence
Rainbow Days’ CBSG® Program: For Children and Youth Ages 4-15 for Use in Christian Faith Based Settings Scope and Sequence Youth Connection
Rainbow Days’ CBSG® Program: For Children and Youth Ages 4-15 for Use in Shelters, Group Homes and Transitional Settings Scope and Sequence
RESEARCH & EVALUATION
Click below for the independent review of the CBSG® Program conducted by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP):
NREPP Review of CBSG® Program
NREPP Review of CBSG® Program (full review)
Click below for information on CBSG® Program Research and Evaluation:
CBSG® Logic Model
CBSG® Program - 2003 Control Group Study- Final Report
Texas Department of State Health Services - Statewide Evaluation - CBSG® Program
Click below for additional research articles:
Report by John J. Hedl, PhD - Inhalant Abuse: Deadly, on the Rise Again, Linked to Delinquency and Violence, and Preventable