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Coping and Support Training (CAST)

About This Resource

Coping and Support Training (CAST) is a school-based prevention program that targets young people in either middle school or high school. CAST is a 12-session, small group skills training intervention designed to enhance personal competencies and social support resources. CAST may be implemented as a "selective" or an "indicated" prevention program, targeting groups or individuals at higher risk for school dropout (and/or suicide). The CAST program goals are to decrease suicide risk and emotional distress, drug involvement, and school problems. When implemented with fidelity, the program is likely to be effective for 1) increasing school satisfaction and attendance, and decreasing potential for dropout; as well as 2) decreases in multiple, co-occurring problems common among high-risk youth, including depression and suicide-risk behaviors, drug involvement, and anger control problems; while 3) enhancing protective factors, such as personal control, problem-solving coping, and family support.

National Dropout Prevention Center Registry

Rating: Strong Evidence


Cost Information


Who This Resource Is For


  • Dropout Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Support Tier: 

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Age Range: 

  • Middle
  • High
  • Language: 

  • English
  • Ethnicity: 

  • Not Specified / Any
  • Community Type: 

  • Inner City
  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Tribal
  • Urban