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:
- Months ago I finished revising and updating my book, No Such Thing As a Bad Kid – Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behavior of Troubled Children and Youth. The draft is now in the hands of my fabulous editor, Ellen Kleiner, from Blessingway Author Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She hopes to begin the final editing sometime in May. I am more than pleased to announce that Robert Brooks, Ph. D., author, along with Sam Goldstein, of Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child an 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 into guiding our most vulnerable children and youth. The revised edition should be out early in the fall of 2016. We’ll keep you posted.
- 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.
The past six months have been very exciting, stimulating and rewarding. Some highlights:
- I conducted a 3-day Train-the-Trainers course for my friends at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie (NY). They’re an awesome group of caring professionals.
- Last week I delivered a keynote address and two workshops for the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. I am always amazed by the compassion and perseverance of these wonderful people.
- Malden High School in Malden, MA asked me talk to the entire faculty about guiding students through the last 3 months and how to sensitively say goodbye. It was a special engagement.
- In late December, I conducted three days of training in the Sacramento area. I met and reconnected with some truly inspirational professionals who are making a difference, like my pals Robert Dousa and David Maradei.
- Bright Horizons, a nationally recognized leader in providing a quality preschool experience, has contracted with me to do a number of workshops with their schools throughout Massachusetts.
- Last spring I conducted a four-day strength-based seminar at the BEST Institute, for school leaders, in Killington, VT. As a result. I have had the good fortune to provide numerous trainings at various schools throughout Vermont this year. There is some outstanding work being done in maple syrup land!
- Returned to Marymound University in Winnipeg to provide additional training. The Canadians truly take youth care education seriously!
- There are so many other experience I could mention. I continue to feel blessed to be in a position where I can spread the positive, strength-based word.
- 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 fall of 2016 after the revised NSTBK is done and available.
- I’m working with two school systems that have agreed to volunteer their students and facilities to create a series of motivational, strength-based videos that we’ll place on Youtube. “The harder I try, the higher I fly!” Be the – Eagle!” “What’s a mistake?” “A chance to learn something new.” This will be a very exciting endeavor!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- I’ve post my updated handouts on both my website and Facebook page.
For additional info, contact Charlie at 603-898-5573 or email: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for contact information for any of the following engagements
18 SB morning presentation for the Old Colony Y Association Annual Training Day, Fall River, MA 19 Evening SB workshop on Managing Number One for Bright Horizons, North Reading MA 21 FD OTP SB presentation for Scott County Kids, W. Burlington, IA 22 FD OTP SB presentation for Scott County Kids, Keouk, IA 26 Two 3-hour OTP SB presentations for Foster & Kinship Care Education-Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA 27 FD OTP SB presentation for Children’s Alliance, Suisin, City, CA 28 FD SB presentation for Yuba City School District, Yuba City, CA 30 FD SB presentation for KidsPoint Child Care Programs, Cedar Rapids, IA
2 FD OTP SB training for the Center of Disability and Community Inclusion, Killington, VT 4 SB OTP parent workshop for the Winnipeg School Division, Winnipeg, MB 5 FD SB training for the Winnipeg School Division, Winnipeg, MB 6 Two SB workshops at the annual NHEOP conference, North Conway, NH 7 SB KN and two workshops at the NYS Citizens Coalition for Children annual conference, Albany, NY 11 & 12 Two-day SB OTP training for - Onarga Academy Professional Development Institute, Onarga, IL 16 FD OTP SB training for HAWC Partnerships for Children, Calmar, IA 17 Evening OTP SB parent workshop, Salem, NH 24 Evening OTP SB parent workshop, Orange County Department of Social Services, Orange County, VA 25 FD SB workshop for Orange County Department of Social Services, Orange County, VA 26 Two hour SB workshop for the Goddard School, Brockton, MA 27 FD SB Workshop for the Job Corps, Grafton, MA (waiting for confirmation)
2 Am SB workshop, Fall River, MA (waiting for confirmation) 14 AM SB training for Rick Marcotte Central School, S. Burlington, VT 21-23 Two and a half day SB seminar at the Best Institute, Killington, VT 24 FD SB workshop for the Baltimore NASW, Baltimore, MD 25-July 2 Two 2-day FD SB workshops for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, CNG, Northeast, Quebec
1 & 2 Northern Quebec 13 FD SB training for the Youth Crisis Center, Gillette, Wyoming 14 FD SB training for YES, Casper, Wyoming 15 FD SB training for Cathedral Home for Children, Laramie, WY 17-24 Vacation – Yellowstone Park! 27 & 28 SB KN and multiple workshops for ND Children's Justice Symposium, Bismarck ND 29 SB Training for Charles Hall Youth Services, Bismarck, ND (waiting for confirmation)
3 FD SB training for Vermont Leadership Academy, Killington, VT 11-14 Vacation 15 & 16 OTP KN & SB Trainings for Northshore Education Consortium, Student Mental Health Conference, Beverly, MA 22 FD SB training, SAVA Charter School, Sacramento, CA 25 KN & SB training for South Burlington School District, S. Burlington, VT 29 & 30 Two FD SB Training for Livingston Educational Service Agency, Howell, MI 31 FD SB Training for Triton School Department, Triton, MA
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: email@example.com.
New Adolescent CD: Raps From the Souls of Warriors
- 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.