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No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Approach

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm PST

Location: Online

This webinar has reached capacity. It will be recorded and put on our website to view after the live session.

Course Description: Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk children, youth, and families that is exceptionally positive and inspiring. Its focus is on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. It begins with the belief that every young person has or can develop strengths and utilize past successes to mitigate problem behavior and enhance functioning. This 1.5 hour webinar will highlight some of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality. Areas covered include: what is strength-based practice & the power of a positive attitude & culture; the effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain; mindset bolstering, strength-based communication principles and techniques - including re-framing, positive-predicting and inspirational metaphors; self-esteem building & activities for at-risk children and youth; and a host of creative cognitive behavioral strategies.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the major principles of a positive, trauma-informed, strength-based approach to guiding at-risk children, youth and families
  • Discuss some of the major obstacles standing in the way of higher functioning for at-risk kids - and how to mitigate them
  • Cite specific strength-based verbal interventions to better engage and guide at-risk kids
  • Describe and utilize a specific self-management technique that can help at-risk kids
  • Discuss the deleterious effects of pejorative labeling and be better equipped to decode and re-frame problem behavior

Presenter: Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is a nationally prominent youth care specialist and author whose primary focus is on teaching positive, strength-based theories and techniques to professionals who guide at-risk children and youth.  President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC, Charlie trains and consults throughout the United States as well as internationally, with treatment facilities, foster care and adoption agencies, parent groups, schools, and juvenile justice programs.  He has authored three youth care books that are widely used within the field, including No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach. Charlie lives in southern New Hampshire with his wife and daughter. 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.

Additional Information:

A link to join the webinar will be sent after you register.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) after the webinar. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Units.  The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $20.

For additional information please contact Kelly Flugum at 

Produced by the California Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding provided by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services Branch, and in partnership with the Contra Costa Child Abuse Prevention Council

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