A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2016

Strand E

Using Positive, Strength-Based Strategies to Respond to Students Struggling With Emotional & Behavioral Challenges

Charlie Appelstein


Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding and educating students, including those with emotional and behavioral challenges, that is exceptionally positive and inspiring. Its focus is on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. It begins with the belief that every young person has or can develop strengths and utilize past successes to mitigate problem behavior and enhance academic and social functioning. This presentation will highlight many of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality. Focus areas include:

The comprehensive handout will include a plethora of training tools (e.g. assessments, tool’s checklist, training exercises, etc.) that will help participants to weave the training material into the culture of their schools.


No Such Thing As a Bad Kid (ppt)


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.