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:
- The snow is finally melting in New England and we can finally see some grass! What a winter!
- I’m almost halfway through revising and updating my book No Such Thing As a Bad Kid. It’s a difficult but exciting process. I find that I’m not deleting much from the original but adding a plethora of new research and tools. I’m still looking for folks to contribute anecdotes. If you’ve had success with a strength-based approach, send it along to email@example.com or post it on www.facebook.com/CharlieTraining. It’s hard to predict when the new edition will be ready. Guessing early Fall/2015
Iowa Training! On May 13th, Charlie will be presenting his No Such Thing As a Bad Kid, strength-based training in Des Moines at the Youth Emergency Services and Shelter.
Click this link for information.
- Last 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.
- 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 KdsPeace in Pennsylvania.
- 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. It will be completed by the end of July.
- After 17 years of work as a part-time behavioral consultant in Newton, MA, this year I switched to a new school system in Lynn, MA. I provide strength-based, behavioral consultation on a weekly basis at an inner-city school with a large number of courageous but challenging kids. It’s been an awesome and rewarding experience. 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 recently began providing twice weekly strength-based behavior consultation to the Lawrence School Department.
- 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.
- Very excited to have secured a week-long engagement in South Dakota next fall. It’s one of the few states I haven’t worked in. I’ve always wanted to see Mount Rushmore!
- If you’ve followed my work, you know I’m a big metaphor guy! Metaphors get into children’s heads and motivates them to think more positively about their lives and futures. My new favorite is the eagle. “The harder I try, the higher I fly!” BE THE EAGLE! More and more studies indicate that kids need to feel better about the efforts they expend vs. the end result. Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset, talks about kids needing growth vs. fixed mindset. I highly recommend you read it.
- I’ve post my updated handouts on both my website and Facebook page.
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
9 – Half-day SB presentation for the Winchester, MA Public Schools
10 – Half-day SB presentation for the Malden, MA Public Schools
15 – Half-day SB presentation for the Leblanc Alternative School, Lowell, MA
17 – KN & Series of workshops for the Child Abuse Council Spring Conference, N. Central Michigan College
23 – Two workshops for Marymound College students and educators, Winnipeg, Manitoba
24 – OTPP SB FD presentation Marymound College, School Gym, Winnipeg, Manitoba
28 – Three-day consultation/training for Circuit Court of Jackson County, Residential Services, Kansas City, MO
4 – Evening parent workshop for at the Callahan Elementary School in Lynn, MA
7 – Two afternoon workshops at the annual NHAEOP conference in Waterville Valley, VT
9 – FD SB workshop for the Child Care Project at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
11 – FD SB training for Y.E.S.S., Des Moines, Iowa
12 – FD SB training for Y.E. S.S. Des Moines, Iowa
13 – FD OTPP SB training at Youth Emergency Shelter and Services, Des Moines, IA
14 – Evening SB presentation for MECA , Marlborough, MA
18 – SB Workshops for the staff at the Chaplin Youth Center, Fredericksburg, VA
19 - SB Workshops for the staff at the Chaplin Youth Center, Fredericksburg, VA
21 - Two-day SB training for the staff at the Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno, IL
22 – Second day of training at Indian Oaks Academy
28 – FD SB Training for St. Mary’s Home for Children, N. Providence, RI
30 – AM SB Workshop for staff members at Hanscom Air Force Based – Child Development Center
10 – Two FD SB trainings for CPPC, Jackson, Scott, Dubuque & Clinton Counties, Iowa
11 - Second day of training
22 – Four-day SB training for BEST Summer Institute at the Killington Grand Resort
23 – Day 2
24 – Day 3
25 – Day 4
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.