"Charlie is the best youth care trainer in America."
Former President, American Association of Children's Residential Centers
Charlie Appelstein, whose motto is "There's no such thing as a bad kid", has worked in child welfare for over 25 years. As president of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC, he provides original, strength-based training, consultation, and youth care literature to individuals and groups seeking to better understand and respond to troubled children and youth. Charlie works primarily with residential and foster care programs; children's and adolescent psychiatric facilities; public, private, and special education schools; parent groups; and detention centers.
Passionate, humorous, and informative, Charlie is a highly sought after speaker. He is a frequent keynote presenter, and he offers workshops on a wide array of training topics.
Charlie's first two books, The Gus Chronicles: Reflections from an Abused Kid and No Such Thing As a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behavior of Troubled Children and Youth, are used as training resources in hundreds of child welfare programs, schools, and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. The first chapter of The Gus Chronicles won the Albert Trieschman Literature Award - Open Category in 1991. His latest book, The Gus Chronicles II, was published in the summer of 2002.
He recently developed a Train the Trainers seminar for senior youth care professionals.
Charlie lives in Salem, New Hampshire, with his wife, Cheryl, and their daughter, Julie. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, biking, pizza, and his beloved three-time Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.