Lesson One: Providing Solutions for Our Violent Culture

BOSTON, Dec. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The tragic events in Newtown, CT have people around the country asking hard to answer questions. Parents ask, how can I help my children process what just happened? How can I give them skills to be safe, happy, and productive members of society? We all ask, how can we prevent such a horrific event from happening again?

There is work being done around the country that helps answer these difficult questions. Lesson One, an evidence-based mental health practice, teaches skills such as empathy, self-control, connectedness, self-confidence, respect for diversity and stress reduction for home, school and the community. Children talk about how they use these skills in and out of school. The skills help children make sense of and process these types of events. Children can talk about how the person with the gun did not feel confident, have self-control or feel a connection to those around him. When children internalize these skills, research shows that children are more likely to be healthy, successful and law-abiding adults. Teaching young children these skills can be the inoculation for prevention of future violent acts.

Experts in the field agree…Lesson One is an intervention that can make a difference:

"Lesson One is full of good, workable suggestions. Let us pay attention, now."
—Bill Cosby

" Lesson One is a model for the entire nation. I've seen it; it works."
—Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Lesson One's strategies and activities for promoting self-control, self-confidence and personal responsibility shall surely contribute toward a more civil and respectful community."
—James Alan Fox, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Lesson One was chosen as a model by the White House for safe and drug-free schools. Jon Oliver, founder and director of the non-profit Lesson One, author of Lesson One: The ABCs of Life (Simon & Schuster) is available for interviews about how to tangibly teach skills about self-control, talk to children about how to process tragic events using the skills, and for demonstrations and in-studio appearances. For more information, call 617-869-3838.

CONTACT: Jon Oliver, 617-247-2787Source: Lesson One