July 29, 2015
Engaging Kids & Building Great Relationships Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach
Charlie Appelstein, President, Appelstein Training Resources
Children often struggle with a variety of seemingly “negative” behaviors: attention-seeking, stubbornness, inappropriate language usage, bossiness and everything in between. How do we engage our youth that take comfort in these self-protective behaviors in a healthy and uplifting way? The strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk children and youth 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, develop strong and meaningful relationships, and enhance functioning.
This presentation will highlight many of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality, such as: understanding the strength-based practice and the power of a positive attitude, culture and adult relationship; 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 and activities for at-risk children and youth; and a host of creative cognitive behavioral strategies.
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