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:
- During the spring, 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.
- We’re hoping to finish our CD – Raps From the Souls of Warriors. A CD with lyrics written mostly by teens who have suffered trauma...within the next few months. We’ll keep you posted.
- After 17 years of work as a part-time behavioral consultant in Newton, MA, I’ve decided to switch to a new school system in Lynn, MA. I’ll be consulting on a weekly basis at an inner-city school with a large number of courageous but challenging kids. I will cherish every minute I spent in Newton and feel blessed to have had a position that allowed me (along with some outstanding team members) to get hundreds of struggling kids back on track!
- 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.
- I’ve recently 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.
- I’ve post my updated handouts on both my website and Facebook page.
- I’ll be revising my book No Such Thing As a Bad Kid this fall. I’ve received some wonderful anecdotes from people who have had success with some of the techniques I introduced to them; but am looking for many more. I’ll make you famous! Send me a successful intervention and you’re name will go in – if you want me to.
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
25 – Motivational talk to the Clinton, MA (K -12) teachers and support staff
26 – Three-hour SB presentation -Lac qui Parle Valley School in Madison, MN
27 – FD SB presentation (OTPP), Owatonna, MN. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
28 – Morning SB session for staff members at the Leo A. Hoffmann Center in St. Peter, MN Afternoon session for community members Info:email@example.com
29 – Three SB parenting sessions at the annual Connections event in Salem, NH.
6 – FD SB School-age Author Workshop for the Indiana Assoc. for Child Care Resource & Referral (OTPP) Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, Warsaw, IN 8 – Three workshops at the Kids Are Worth It conference in Louisville, KY. (OTPP) Info: email@example.com
9 – Two days of teambuilding in Centerville, MA
11 – FD SB training for the Pierson, Manitoba school district
12 – FD SB training for the Marymound Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba
15 - Morning SB workshop for NASW-MA. Site to be determined. (OTPP) Info: Goldenberg@naswma.org
16 – FD SB training at the VT-Futures Conference in Burlington, VT (OTP)
17 - FD SB training at the VT-Futures Conference in Fairlee, VT (OTP) Info: Contact Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org
20 - FD SB School-age Author Workshop for the Indiana Assoc. for Child Care Resource & Referral (OTPP), French Lick, IN Info: email@example.com, Warsaw, IN
26 – FD SB training for the Mental Health Association in Suffolk County, Inc. Annual Conf. (OTPP), Port Jefferson, NY. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
29 – Three hour SB workshop at the Manville School, Boston, MA
30 – FD SB training for Justice Resource Institute's Intensive Foster Care Program, MA
1 – Half-day SB training in Haverhill, MA
9 – FD SB training at Resource and Adoptive Parent Training Conf. Indianapolis, IN
10 - FD SB training at Resource and Adoptive Parent Training Conf. Indianapolis, IN Info: Contact Tina Mahern at email@example.com
13 – KN & workshops at Risky Business Conference in Altoona, IA (OTPP) Info: Lisa Hackman at firstname.lastname@example.org
18 – Two-hour SB workshop for nurses. Marlboro, MA
24 – FD SB training for educational assistants in Winnipeg, Manitoba
25 – Three hour presentation at the Tourette Syndrome Conference in Vancouver, BC Info: Contact Lynn Mclarnen at email@example.com
30 – KN & SB workshops at Missouri Juvenile Justice Association Fall Conference 2014 Kansas City, MO Info: Contact Marcia Hazelhorst at Marcia@mjja.org
4 – FD training for the Haverhill, MA School Dept.
7 – A series of SB workshops for educators and community members in Newfoundland. (waiting for this engagement to be confirmed)
10 – FD training for the DCCH Center for Children and Families in Mitchell, KY
11 – FD SB training for Family Resource & Youth Services Coalition of Kentucky (site and location to be announced)
18 – KN and two workshops at the " Safe Schools-Connected Kids" conference in Holyoke, MA
22 – KN at the annual Middle School Parenting Conference in Needham, MA
27 – FD of SB eating!!!!!!
More News from Appelstein Training Resources:
- 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.
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.
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.