The PATHS (Providing Alternative THinking Strategies)® Curriculum
The PATHS (Providing Alternative THinking Strategies)® Curriculum is a program for educators and counselors that is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness, and interpersonal problem-solving skills. The curriculum consists of an Instructional Manual, six volumes of lessons, pictures and photographs, and additional materials. A research book is also available. The PATHS® Curriculum is designed for use with elementary school- aged children. The purposes of the PATHS® Curriculum are to enhance the social competence and social understanding of children, as well as to facilitate educational processes in the classroom.
An effective social-cognitive program is important because children often exhibit difficulties in social problem-solving, self-control, affective understanding, and self-esteem. The PATHS® Curriculum provides teachers and counselors with a systematic developmental procedure for enhancing social competence and understanding in children.
The PATHS® Curriculum has been translated into Dutch, French, and Hebrew. It is used in a variety of schools for normal, deaf, and other special needs children in The Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Wales, Norway, Canada, Australia, and Israel. In the United States, it is currently being used in sites in Washington State, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, South Carolina, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. The PATHS® Curriculum is one of a number of interventions that is central to the Fast Track Prevention Project being carried out at the University of Washington, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and Penn State University, which involves 30 schools in North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington State, and Pennsylvania.
Curriculum Authors: Dr. Carol Kusché and Dr. Mark Greenberg
The PATHS® Curriculum has been studied intensively in a series of randomized trials over the past 30 years. These include controlled trials with regular children, special education-classified children, and deaf/hearing-impaired children. Studies have been conducted in both urban and rural contexts.
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The PATHS® Curriculum may be obtained from:
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Phone: (877) 477-4776
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For materials, ask for the Prevention Science Customer Service Representative.
The PATHS® Curriculum has been selected as one of the 10 Blueprints for Violence Prevention. A book designed for schools and communities explains the essentials of the PATHS® Curriculum, its implementation, and research evaluation findings. This book may be ordered on the Blueprints Website.
Promoting Social and Emotional Development in Deaf Children: The PATHS Project, by Mark Greenberg and Carol Kusché, is available through the University of Washington Press.
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