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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

BEST: Building Effective Support For Teaching Students With Behavioral Challenges

A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2015

Strand E

Using Positive, Strength-Based Principles and Techniques to Help School Personnel Better Understand and Respond to Students Struggling With Emotional & Behavioral Challenges & To Create a More Positive, Strength-Based Culture Within Your School

Charlie Appelstein


Over the course of the strand, the following topics will be covered: What is strength-based practice & the power of a positive attitude & culture; the effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain; strength-based communication principles and techniques - including reframing, using solution focused questions, positive predicting and inspirational metaphors; self-esteem building & activities for at-risk children and youth; how to help cognitively inflexible students; the importance of being family-friendly; why, how, and when to use incentive plans; respecting cultural diversity; the importance of controlling personal emotions (i.e. managing number one first); respectful limit setting and classroom management; and a host of creative cognitive-behavioral strategies.


Powerpoint Presentation



Charlie AppelsteinCharlie 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 associations, 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 the Challenging Behavior of Troubled Children and Youth. Charlie lives in southern new Hampshire with his wife and teenage daughter.



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