A certification course for reclaiming kids lost

In self-defeating behaviors


What is Life Space Crisis Intervention?

LSCI is an advanced, five day interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. Our most difficult kids don’t respond to typical discipline but persist in disrespectful, aggressive or self-demeaning behaviors. LSCI blends psycho-dynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and pro-social methods to develop powerful teaching and treatment interventions for our most challenging youth.

LSCI is being used successfully by educators, special educators, administrators, psychologists and guidance counselors, mental health and juvenile justice staff and child care workers. Completion for this 45 hour course leads to certification in Life Space Crisis Intervention. The LSCI Institute is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to provide continuing education credits to eligible licensed professionals. 30 credit hours for The LSCI Certification course;6 credit hours for Introduction to LSCI: Crisis Prevention and De-escalation, LSCI Refresher Course or The Angry Smile. These credits are offered at no additional cost to LSCI participants.

Crisis As An Opportunity For Learning:

Students in crisis-whether angry, manipulative, anxious, fearful, or depressed need skilled and caring adults who can help them disengage from conflict cycles and conduct problems. Managed ineptly, a crisis leads to devastating cycles of disruptive behavior, hostility, violence and alienation. Handled well, a crisis provides a window of opportunity to learn new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. The young person learns to disengage from self-defeating patterns and develop responsibility, pro-social values and behavior.

The Need For Positive Behavioral Interventions:

Traditional crisis intervention relies on deescalation, exclusion, zero tolerance, and sometimes restraint, to manage volatile behaviors.  Such methods may establish order, but these interventions alone do not help youth correct their chronic patterns of self-defeating behavior. The serious problems caused by ongoing crisis in families and communities no longer respond to curriculum of control. Educators and other youth professionals are now being challenged to develop positive behavior interventions. LSCI provides the next generation of advanced reclaiming skills that enable professionals to move beyond a narrow dependence on containment, coercion and exclusion.

Learn And Use Powerful Reclaiming Strategies:

Problem solving strategies target these patterns of self defeating behaviors.

Red Flag. Stress in a young person’s life space is carried to another setting where it sparks conflict. The goal of the intervention is to learn new ways of managing thoughts which arouse intense feelings.

Realty Rub. Distorted perceptions and thinking errors lead to chronic emotional and behavioral problems. The goal of the intervention is to organize reality when a young person doesn’t see the event as others do.

New Tools. Problems are caused by inadequacy in social skills and self management competencies. The goal is to teach new social skills.

Manipulation of Body Boundaries. Young people entangled in destructive peer relationships are vulnerable to manipulation. The goal is to expose exploitation of young people who are abused, isolated or exploited by others.

Massaging Numb Values. Young people who feel worthless or guilty and lack self-respect act in ways that are damaging to self. The goal is to build values that strength self control.

Symptom Estrangement. Young people may be too comfortable with bullying or delinquent behavior and show little conscience. The goal is to benignly confront the unacceptable behavior when the person does not want to change.

Double Struggle. Adults can inadvertently fuel conflict. The goal is to benignly confront the adult to help them gain insight into their role in the conflict.

Learning Outcomes:

LSCI training is grounded in specific competencies for resolving crisis and reducing disruptive behavior. Participants will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • The psychological differences between the adult’s world and the student’s world during conflict.
  • The development of irrational beliefs and the self fulfilling prophecy of the student’s self concept.
  • Developmental, psychological, reality and physical stress.
  • Defense mechanisms and cognitive traps.
  • The “dynamics” of the Conflict Cycle.
  • Communication on times of crisis.
  • De-escalation skills.
  • Establishment of an accurate “Time Line.”
  • Surface management strategies.
  • The seven reclaiming interventions-including practice and feedback.

Please download our brochure for use as a quick reference plus contact information.

LSCI-Brochure Word Doc

LSCI-Brochure PDF

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