Appelstein Training Resources, LLC

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.

Charlie Appelstein

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.

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Meet the new Gus!

Gus Chronicles I
The Gus Chronicles: Reflections from an Abused Kid is used in numerous treatment programs, schools, and colleges throughout the world to help people better understand and respond to young people who have suffered various forms of abuse and live in out-of-home placements.

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."

—Larry Brendtro
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.

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