|CAST Program Structure|
|1. The CAST Curriculum|
|2. How the Program Works|
|CAST (Coping And Support Training) consists of twelve, 55-minute sessions facilitated by an adult who works well with at-risk youth and who is trained to implement the CAST program. The 12 CAST sessions are usually offered twice per week in a (middle or high) school setting as a pull-out program, or outside of the school setting by youth-oriented agencies, mental health professionals, and community centers.|
The CAST Group is comprised of 6 – 8 students, who are INVITED to participate. CAST can be offered to an entire population (as “universal” prevention), to a high-risk group (“selective” prevention), or to specific at-risk students (“indicated” prevention).
CAST is an evidenced-based program:
In NIH-funded studies, relative to controls, CAST youth evidenced significant and sustained changes:
See Research for more details.
CAST is also aligned with PBIS - Click here to learn more!
CAST is also aligned with MTSS (Multi-Tier Systems & Supports): Click here to learn more!
MTSS is a coherent continuum of evidence-based, system-wide practices to support a rapid response to student needs, with frequent data-based monitoring to inform decision- making and empower each student to achieve their potential.