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Using Positive, Strength-Based Principles & Techniques with At-Risk Kids

The Glass Ain't Half-Full. Heck, it's Overflowing

Using Positive, Strength-Based Principles & Techniques with At-Risk Kids

Date: October 26, 2022

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Location: Online

Cost: PAID Event $40 (pay after Registration)

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Course Overview:

The lives of kids at-risk can be dramatically transformed if they're given the opportunity to develop energizing adult relationships. This fun webinar will examine to the benefits of using a positive, strength-based approach to cultivate meaningful adult-child relationships and offer a plethora of strategies that help adults to forge strong connections with the kids they serve.  Strategies include: Using uplifting metaphors to inspire kids; how to creatively enhance self-esteem through play and words; strategies for attacking self-doubt in kids; promoting growth vs. fixed mindsets; taking humor seriously; helping kids with important hellos and goodbyes; the amazing benefits of non-contingent reinforcement; and using solution-focused questions to build and sustain strong relationships.  

About Charlie Appelstein:

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 emotional and behavioral challenges. 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 including "No Such Thing As a Bad Kid" and the series, "The Gus Chronicles", 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 including therapists, teachers and non-profit providers.

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

  • Learn three universal truths about how children succeed
  • Understand the ways to help kids who are at-risk to cultivate friendships/settle in during transitions
  • Identify one new, uplifting definition for success in guiding kids
  • Employ various strategies and techniques that are useful and supportive with kids

Please note, this training will not be recorded. Registrations are fully refundable up until one week before the training event. Refunds requested within 7 days of the event will be refunded at 50%. For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Helayna Gillette at or (707) 992-0834. 

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Helayna Gillette at or 707-992-0834.  Accommodation requests must be received by 10/19/22.

Continuing Education Units:

CE Credit cost: $20 

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants may also apply for Continuing Education Credits for a fee of $20 after the event when they fill out the follow-up survey. Course meets qualifications for 2 hour(s) of Continuing Education Credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #128590). 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, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Certificates for CE Credits will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event. If you would like to cancel your CE application or would like a refund, please contact Helayna Gillette at or 707-992-0834.

This training is funded by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. With your support, CIR provides current, research-based training programs that ensure that children, families, and communities are served in a coordinated, holistic way, allowing professionals in the field to implement strategies to improve their practice.