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:
- For the past six months I’ve been revising and rewriting my book, No Such Thing As a Bad Kid – Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behavior of Troubled Children and Youth. I am thrilled to announce that on October 14th I finished the rough draft. The draft is now in the hands of my fabulous editor, Ellen Kleiner, from Blessingway Author Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 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 in early 2016. We’ll keep you posted.
- This past fall and summer have been very exciting. I got to spend a week in South Dakota conducting a series of trainings for the Juvenile Justice System. If you haven’t seen Mount Rushmore – go. It’s amazing! I also spent three days in Casper, Wyoming presenting for the Wyoming Youth Services Association Annual Conference. I also conducted numerous trainings throughout Canada and vacationed with my family in Banff National Park in Alberta. No matter where you roam in this great world of ours, you’ll find lots of caring and compassionate folks reaching out to kids in need.
- 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 spring after the revised NSTBK is done and available.
- I’ve got a few open-to-the-paying-public trainings coming up in Iowa. See schedule below for contact information
- Last year, 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.
- 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.
- If you’ve followed my work, you know I’m a big metaphor fan. 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 to develop a growth vs. a 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: 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
19 & 20 – Consultation & Training at VT School District
21 – Half-day SB presentation for the Morrisville, VT Public Schools
22 –Full-day SB presentation for the St. Alban’s VT Public Schools
23 – KN and full day presentation for the Manitoba School Counseling Association , Winnipeg, MB
26 – Full-day SB presentation for the Clinton IA Public Schools
27 – Full-day SB presentation for the Clinton IA Public Schools
28 – FD OTPP SB training sponsored by Eastern Iowa Community College. Contact: Gwen Deming at CPPC2014@icloud.com
29 – SB training for the Westfield, MA School Department
30– KN and full-day presentation for the Alburgh School Department, NY
2– FD SB training for the Longmeadow, MA School Department
3 – FD SB trainings for the Billerica, MA School Department
4 – SB Workshop for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Lancaster, MA
5 &6 – FD SB training for Northern PA Adolescent Program and Trainer’s Seminar
14 – Morning KN presentation for MA Afterschool Association, Newton, MA
16 – Morning SB Parenting workshop in Winchester, MA
18 - FD OTPP SB training for Building Direction for Families, IA
19 – FD OTPP SB training for Building Direction for Families, IA, Manchester, IA Contact Chelsea Brown at email@example.com
21 – AM SB Parent Workshop, Needham, MA
27 – SB Turkey Consumption
28-30 – Strenuous SB Exercising
2 - Evening SB Parent workshop, East Hampton, MA
8 – KN and presentations for the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education Annual Conference
10 – SB workshops for the Billerica School Department, Billerica, MA
11 – Afternoon SB workshop for the Brandon Residential Program, Natick, MA
14-16 – Tentative SB Trainings in Sacramento and Napa Valley, CA
25 – Christmas and birthday celebrations (and Chanukah)
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.