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:
- One year ago I finished revising and updating my book, No Such Thing As a Bad Kid (New Sub-Title) Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach. My editor, Ellen Kleiner,from Blessingway Author Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently finished her initial edit of the book. We are crossing our fingers for a late spring release. I am more than pleased to announce that Robert Brooks, Ph. D., author and internationally acclaimed speaker, has offered to write the book's foreword. The new book contains over 150 pages of new and valuable tools and insights for guiding our most vulnerable children and youth.
Here is the first review:
"In 1998, Charles Appelstein wrote the first edition of the book you now hold in your hands. Its impact was immediate and vast. Thinking about childhood psychopathology from a strengths-based perspective offered a fresh, positive viewpoint. The book offered hope and encouragement not only for the children who would benefit from the concepts and strategies introduced but also provided counselors, educators, and child care givers among others a renewed sense of optimism as to how to reach a very challenging population.
Fast forward, nearly twenty years and Charlie has again offered children and the adults who work with them updated and innovative ideas and strategies that build on his initial work. These concepts and techniques come alive in vivid examples and discussion. At the heart of both volumes is the understanding that human connection is the single most crucial element in our armamentarium to touch a child's heart who has had to deal with plenty of hard knocks in their life. Charlie presents theory as well as very practical methods to help get past the armor these children wear around themselves to protect themselves from more hurt. Charlie's ideas will not only provide you with ready to use methods but will also be one of the most uplifting books on this topic you will read. As you get further into this book, you truly will conclude that there really is no such thing as a bad kid!"
Steve Baron, Psy. D. Author and Practitioner
- RECENT ENDORSEMENTS: On this site, it's been a while since I updated my training endorsements. (It's terribly self-serving). To become more current, I recently asked two conferene directors if they would write a few words about my presentation. Here are their responses:
Over the past year, I've had the good fortune to conduct a number of trainings for educators in Michigan. Quotes from our full day presentation "There's No Such Thing as a Bad Kid" by Charlie Appelstein:
"This is the best professional development I've ever attended."
"The presentation I attended today changed my life, both personally and professionally."
"I immediately changed several things in my classroom the very next day."
"We are rapping in class and the kids love it."
"Can Charlie come back next year?
These are a few of the statements we have heard since Charlie Appelstein presented in Midland, Michigan to over 500 people at a county wide professional development day. The audience was captivated. I have never seen so many people purchase books, ask questions, and stay after to talk to a speaker. The ripple effect of this presentation is here to stay -- seeing positive changes in classrooms, positive notes going home to parents, and morale is improved overall. Thank you so much!!
- Michelle Bahr, Director of Special Education
I thoroughly enjoy all of the trainings I conduct, regardless of the group. But it's always a little more special presenting to foster and adoptive parents. These folks face amazing challenges every day and are often life-savers! I'm always honored and excited to help them out.
"Charlie brings many years of experience, as well as an engaging, humorous, and practical style to his presentations. This past fall, he presented both the keynote and an all-day workshop at our annual conference. Participants gave him universally high marks on his insight and real-world advice, and I don't think it's overstating the case to say that all in attendance felt thoroughly engaged and energized for another year of caring for children. We would not hesitate to bring Charlie back, and cannot recommend him more highly.
As a foster, adoptive, and biological parent myself, I can attest to the value of Charlie's strength-based approach, detailed in his book, "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid." It works - with real kids, and real parents, in real situations."
NH-FAPA (New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Parent Association)
We recently posted a motivational Youtube video for elementary students titled: Be the Eagle and Other Words to Pump Students Up. We had about 2 hours to film some wonderful students in Hartland, VT. It was a lot of fun. Check it out on YouTube. It demonstrates how we can effectively change the mindsets of kids
And please don't forget to visit Youtube and type in Don't' Yell, Gently Tell if you need a laugh and/or need help in reducing yelling - yours or someone else. A woman stopped me last year at an airport in the Midwest and said "You're Don't Yell, Gently Tell?" I replied, "Most people call me Charlie." She said she has an 18 year old son with severe physical and neurological challenges and responds wonderfully to the video. She introduced me to him. It was a great moment.
China bound!!! I recently signed a contract with an Asian distribution company to make No Such Thing As a Bad Kid available to readers throughout China. They have also secured the rights to distribute the revised edition.
And Russia!!! I recently received an inquiry to have my book No Such Thing As a Bad Kid translated into Russian. (And I'm not friends with Putin!). We told them to wait until the new version is released.
Unfortunately, due to my sound man's schedule and the revising of my book, we've had to put our new CD project on hold - Raps From the Souls of Warriors. A CD with lyrics written mostly by teens who have suffered trauma. We're hoping to finish this project during the summer of 2017 after the revised NSTBK is done and available.
I recently posted a No Such Thing As a Bad Kid update on LinkedIn. I was humbled and gratified to receive this response from Mr. Billy Brill: "That book helped us take our program from 300 restraints/year to zero in 6 months. Thank you for your guidance." Thank you, Billy. The strength-based approach I and so many others teach is now supported by some of the most cutting-edge research in neuroscience. More and more I hear "Charlie, the research has finally caught up with you." Indeed it has.on to China.and Russia!
I've posted my upcoming training schedule. If I'm in your area and you would like any amount of training, let me know. My fees and expenses will be significantly reduced. Some programs now pay me to do one or two days of training and then host an open-to-the-public half- or full-day workshop or my two-day Train the Trainer's seminar. We charge a reasonable fee and then split the revenues. It's win/win proposition.
As usual, my last two weeks of August are almost completely booked. If you're school system or agency would like a training or motivational talk during that period, it would be best to contact us ASAP.
- I’ve post my updated handouts on both my website and Facebook page.
For additional info, contact Charlie at 603-898-5573 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie’s Upcoming Engagements:
SB – Strength-based
OTPP – Open to the paying public
OTP – Open to the public
FD – Full-day
KN – Keynote address
Email email@example.com for contact information for any of the following engagements
1 SB morning presentation for the Old Colony Y Association Annual Training Day, Fall River, MA 2 Billerica Public Schools, Billerica, MA 8 Salisbury Public Schools, Salisbury, MA 9 Lowell, Public Schools, Lowell, MA 10 Salisbury Public Schools, Salisbury, MA 14-17 Webster Cantrell Hall, Decatur, IL 21 Tobin School, Natick, MA 22 Tobin School, Natick, MA 23 Salisbury School District, Salisbury, MA 24 Early Education Conference, Bismarck, ND 27 Mistissini, Ontario on behalf of the Canadian Government 28 Mistissini, Ontario - Youth Care Workers Conference 29-31 Albany Community School, Albany, VT
2-6 Children's Home of Poughkeepsie (Tentative), Poughkeepsie, NY 7 Swanton School, Swanton, VT 11 Salem, NH Parent workshop/evening 12 Georgetown School District, Georgetown, MA 13 Agatha, ME 14 Salisbury Public Schools, Salisbury, MA 20 Salisbury Public Schools, Salisbury, MA 21 Mecklenburg County, NC, DSS/YFS Division 5th Annual Adoption Conference 25 Napa County Probation/Child Welfare Services Inquiry(Tentative) 27 Salisbury Public Schools, Salisbury, MA 28 Child Abuse Council Symposium, Campbell, CA
In 2014, I contracted with the Virginia Department of Education to create and record a series of training modules on using positive, strength-based principles and techniques to help school personnel: Better understand and respond to students struggling with emotional and behavioral issues & to create more positive strength-based cultures within their settings. This fall, the modules will be used for professional development and in-service presentations in schools across Virginia. It was a long but fruitful process. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects of more Virginia kids being all that they can be. If you are an educator and would like a complimentary copy of the school PowerPoint presentation I created, please send me an email. We’re all in this together. I do not have access to the accompanying verbal presentation I recorded (over the phone!). I’m thrilled and honored and to have had the opportunity to spread the strength-based way to such a large scale audience and am eager for the feedback.
I was proud to have an article I wrote on using strength-based theories and techniques with at-risk children, youth and families included in a recent edition of Healing Magazine, published by KidsPeace in Pennsylvania.
- I’ve posted some heartwarming email correspondences from young people in my past on my Facebook www.facebook.com/CharlieTraining. If you need some inspiration, please visit. My goal for the page is to make it a strength-based community where people can learn or be reminded of the wonderful strength-based principles and tools that transform off-track lives and, as I’ve done recently, to make it a source of inspiration. C’mon down. As they say “Like me on Facebook!” But more importantly – believe in and practice the strength-based way! If you have an inspirational anecdote – share it on my page.
For additional info, contact Charlie at 603-898-5573 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Adolescent CD: Raps From the Souls of Warriors
- Charlie has visited three residential programs 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.