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S23-109 No Such Thing as a Bad Child: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents
Charlie Appelstein
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes



Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding children, youth, families, and 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 social and academic functioning. This full-day, comprehensive workshop will highlight many of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality. Areas covered include: What is strength-based practice & describing the power of a positive attitude and 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; encouraging growth vs. fixed mindsets; self-esteem building and activities for at-risk children and youth; how to help cognitively-inflexible young people; the importance of being family-friendly; why, how, and when to use incentive plans; the importance of controlling personal emotions (i.e., managing number one first); respectful limit-setting; and a host of creative cognitive behavioral strategies



Charlie Appelstein Related seminars and products

Charlie 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 Kids with Emotional $ Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach Charlie lives in southern new Hampshire with his wife and daughter. 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

Agenda & Learning Objectives



Registration/Log on 

09:00 - 10:30 


10:30 - 10:45 


10:45 - 12:00 

Lecture Continued 

12:00 - 1:00 


1:00 - 2:30 

Lecture Continued 

2:30 - 2:45 


2:45 - 4:30 

Lecture Continued 


Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the major principles of a positive, trauma-informed, strength-based approach to guiding at-risk children, youth, and families 
  • Discuss the importance of personal self-awareness and self-management in working with challenging clients 

  • Cite specific strength-based verbal interventions to better engage and guide at-risk clients 

  • Describe at least two specific cognitive-behavioral techniques that can help at-risk children, youth, and their parents to better self-manage their actions 

  • Discuss the deleterious effects of pejorative labeling and be better equipped to decode and reframe problem behavior 

Bibliography & References


Appelstein, C. No Such Thing As a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach, Salem, NH, Soaring Wings Press. 2018 

Achor, S. The Happiness Advantage. New York, NY. Crown Press. 2010  

Fu,Daniel. A Strength-Based Cognitive Behavour Therapy Approach to Recovery: From Trapped to Liberated Self 

Routledge, 2019  

Greene, R. The Explosive Child - Paperback Edition  Harper Books, NY 2021 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 6 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after June 16, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.

*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

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  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

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