Appelstein Training Resources, LLC
Youth care specialist Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W., President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC (ATR) provides expert strength-based training, consultation, publications, CDs, and DVDs for individuals and groups who work with children and youth experiencing serious emotional and behavioral issues.
Described as "the best youth care trainer in America" by Robert Lieberman, former president of the American Association of Children's Residential Centers, Charlie has devoted his entire adult career to helping children and youth struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges and those who guide them. An engaging, informative, and humorous speaker, Charlie is the author of three critically acclaimed books on youth care and the creator of two innovative CDs that helps kids and parents make better choices and lead happier lives. Charlie’s strength-based approach delivers a message of hope and possibility to our most vulnerable youth and those who shape and influence their lives.
News from Appelstein Training Resources:
- Announcing New Workshop: Charlie will be conducting his popular No Such Thing As a Bad Kid Workshop on April 10th at the Brandon School & Residential Treatment Center in Natick, MA. For more details about the course and to download the registration form, see Training Announcements below.
- We just created a Facebook Page for our work. It’s Facebook.com/charlietraining/. We’d love professionals and parents who have attended Charlie’s trainings to visit the page and share some of the new strength-based techniques and strategies you may have learned and are now using. Hopefully, your posts will encourage others to do the same. It will keep the techniques more accessible and likely to use. If you have other strength-based interventions that you can share – please post them, as well. We’re all in this together.
- You can now follow Charlie on Twitter @charlieap
- To help attendees remember, internalize, and use the strength-based techniques that Charlie teaches, he has developed a new two-page tools checklist that helps folks remember and track the tools they are using. The checklist can be downloaded as a .pdf file or as a .doc file for you to use.
- New CD for adolescent trauma victims. We’ve recorded six songs/raps for our new CD: Raps From the Souls of Warriors.. They’re rough cuts. Listen to three of them on this site and read the lyrics. Most of the words came from youth residing in out-of-home placements. If you work with youth who have suffered trauma, please encourage them to contribute lyrics. We’ll give them credit on the back cover. Email charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org We hope to have the CD completed and ready for the public by mid-December. (Our lead rapper took a job in Alaska for a few months!)
- Charlie has visited three residential programs in the last sixth months to play the residents songs from the new CD. The response has been powerful and uplifting. And the youth have offered great suggestions with respect to enhancing the material.
The background story: I conducted a training for folks working at a teen parenting program in Vermont in the Fall of 2012. When I introduced the segment on Using One-Line Raps with their clients, and broke the participants into groups to have them write raps for their clients, a woman came up with the following line: Even if he begs, don’t open up your legs. OMG! This line triggered the birth of Raps From the Souls of Warriors. In the final version, we’ll have a female rapping the opening lines. This was a great suggestion from the kids in Virginia.
Never Give Up
The background story: Most of these lines were written by some awesome kids living at a psychiatric hospital in Virginia. I recently returned to this hospital and played Never Give Up for some of the contributors.
It was an amazing experience. Most of the kids at the hospital offered great suggestions for improving each song.
Most of these lines were written by a female teenager residing at a homeless shelter in Iowa. In my biased opinion, this is one of the sweetest and most gut-wrenching songs I’ve ever heard.
Many of the kids – trauma victims - who have contributed lines, from throughout the world, write about the same thing: Wanting forgiveness from their biological families. Wanting/needing to reconnect.
Charlie’s Upcoming Engagements:
KN = Keynote WS = Workshops FDW = Full-day workshop FDKN = Full-day keynote
Email email@example.com for contact information for any of the following engagements
February 25th: Evening parent training in Lancaster, MA
February 28 & 29: Univ. of Kentucky Training Resource Center. Two FDWs March 4: Northwood Homes, Duluth, MN (FDW)
March 5: Heartland Girls’ Ranch, Benson, MN (FDW)
March 6: Anoka County Foster Care, Anoka County, MN (FDW)
March 11: Westford, MA - Evening parent training
March 13: Marlboro, MA – Massachusetts Elementary Central Alliance (Evening KN)
March 21: Burlington, VT, VT Foster Adoptive Family Association Conference (FDW)
March 24, 26-28: Albany, NY, Saint Catherine’s Center for Children (TTT & FDW)
March 25: Dobbs Ferry, NY, The Children’s Village, (KN & WS)
April 1: Bethlehem, PA, Project Child (FDW)
April 2: Wellesley, MA, Evening parent training at Temple Beth Elohim
April 10: Natick, MA, Brandon Conference Center, 2 Winter Street. Open-to-the-public full-day training (see link below)
April 14: Lagrange, IN, Northeastern Indiana CASA (WS)
April 15: Elkhart, IN, Elkhart County CASA (WS)
April 16: Warsaw, IN, CASA of Kosciusko County (WS)
April 17: Shoals, IN, Shoals Jr/Sr High School (WS & consultations)
April 21: Brewster, NY: Green Chimneys Residential Annual Staff Day (KN & WS)
April 23: Evansville, IN, Vanderburgh County CASA, (WS)
April 24: Southbend, IN, Vanderburgh County CASA (A.M. WS)
April 25: Stamford, CT, Stamford Schools Faculty Prof. Development Day (KN & WS)
April 28: La Porte, IN, CASA Program of La Porte County, Inc. (WS)
April 30: Richmond, VA, 6th Annual Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Conference (FDW)
Meet the new Gus!
Our newly revised and updated version is the same ol' Gus but contains new insights and information that will help readers to develop an even greater empathic connection with our most vulnerable but courageous kids.
The new cover was created by Maureen Burdock, an award-winning artist from San Francisco.
What they're saying about Gus:
"The Gus Chronicles I is as powerful an experience now as it was when first published in 1994. The Gus Chronicles I is, quite simply, the perfect book for training youth care professionals at all levels of experience. If you are in the business of taking care of other people's children, I highly recommend getting to know Gus."
—Rick Small, Ph.D.
CEO, Walker Home School
"Textbooks just can't say it like Gus does."
President, Reclaiming Children and Youth
Retail price - $12.95 Download order form
The updated version of The Gus Chronicles & our new Possibility Posters were made possible with assistance from Walker of Needham, MA. Walker is a cutting-edge residential treatment center and school with a long history of significant contribution to the child welfare arena. Charlie Appelstein and Walker are collaborating to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children and their families.
No Such Thing As a Bad Kid
The Power of a Positive, Strength-Based Approach in Reshaping the Lives of At-Risk Children, Youth, and Families
Charlie Appelstein, MSW
Brandon School & Residential Treatment Center
27 Winter St., Natick MA
April 10th, 2014
Sponsored by Brandon Residential Program, Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminar, and Appelstein Training Resources
The Program Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk children, youth and their families that is exceptionally positive and inspiring. It's focus is on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. It begins with the belief that every individual has or can develop strengths and use past successes to mitigate problem behavior and enhance functioning and happiness. This powerful and uplifting workshop will highlight many of the key principles and techniques of this transforming, evidence-based approach to guiding high-risk kids and families.
- The power of a positive attitude & culture from both a neurological and psychological perspective
- The effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain.
- Understanding and developing empathy for children and youth who have been traumatized.
- Strength-based communication principles and techniques - including reframing, solution-focused questions, inspirational metaphors, and positive predicting.
- Self-esteem building & activities for at-risk children and youth.
- How to respond to explosive and inflexible young people.
- The importance of being family centered and creating interlocking partnerships with families and community resources.
- Why, how, and when to use incentive plans.
- Taking humor seriously & core strength-based verbal interventions.
- Key de-escalation strategies and respectful limit setting.
- How to manage number one first (better control feelings & emotions) and strategies for remaining motivated to do the job.
- Creative cognitive behavioral strategies, including the power of rhythmic self-talk, repetitive quizzing, and externalizing & naming positive and negative behaviors.
- Why music should be a more integral part of the work.
- Tools for practicing and sustaining the training content.
Announcements from Appelstein Training Resources:
Announcing Four New Training DVDs for Professionals and Parents
Three DVDs for educators and child welfare professionals working with children & youth faced with emotional and behavioral challenges:
The Power of a Strength-Based Approach in Reshaping the Lives of Children and Youth
Price: $195.95 107 minutes
Managing Number One and Staying Motivated to Do the Job
Price: $145.95 41 minutes
The Art of Communicating with Children and Youth Presenting Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
Price: $95.95 45 minutes
“Finally! A strengths based approach to maximizing student potential has arrived and it can be accessed by everyone through Charlie Appelstein’s new DVD series. This is something every educator and youth care worker should hear and practice.
As a superintendent I worked with Charlie in a long-term project using his program to reshape the lives of children in my district who were out of options. His work made an impact so great in the lives of my students that it literally saved them.”
—Dr. Donna Nicholson
Former School Superintendent President of Donna Nicholson & Associates Austin, TX
“Charlie’s strength-based strategies are fantastic. We are using them daily to improve the quality of what we do. His ideas have changed the way my employees think about their work.
—Michael Meehan, Ph. D. Associate Executive Director Epworth Children and Family Services St. Louis, MO
Strength-Based Parenting - A Positive, Respectful, and Inspiring Approach to Maximizing the Potential in Every Child
Price: $59.95 102 minutes
"Your reinforcement of strengths-based parenting is awesome. I picked up some new techniques that have already worked. Thank you!"
"I'm a new man and finally see some hope!"
"Your approach has made me a better parent. It's amazing how children behave SO differently when parents provide positives instead of negatives. So, I wanted to thank you. You have made a difference!"
The Mom's Choice Awards® is nationally known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services.
This is the second award for Parent Rapsody. Last fall it won a Grindie Award, presented by RadioIndy.com – one of the internet’s largest purveyors of independent music.
"I have long been a fan of using the arts to promote the cause of healthy child development. Charlie Appelstein's Parent Rapsody is an excellent addition! The music draws you in and the message is sound. I recommend it to anyone seeking a way to reach parents and help them attend to what needs doing to make the lives of children better in this time when so many parents are confused and distracted."
—James Garbarino, PhD Director,
Loyola University of Chicago's Center for
the Human Rights of Children
Internationally Renowned Youth Care Expert.
Author of Lost Boys and Parents Under Siege.
Learn more about this project and to view our two song videos: Don't Yell, Gently Tell and Routines. They can also be viewed on YouTube.