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LSCI Institute Newsletter

Thanks so much for visiting the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute's website. We hope our site provided you with all of the information you need to understand how training in Life Space Crisis Intervention can help you in your life and work with challenging kids.


Now, for the first time ever, the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute is offering training to meet the unique needs and challenges of parents and caregivers. The LSCI Skills for Parents training will:

  • Provide parents with specific skills for building positive relationships with kids
  • Encourage the use of preventative and non-physical crisis de-escalation strategies
  • Provide a framework for verbal crisis intervention that is consistent from situation to situation

Part 1: Conflict Prevention & De-Escalation presents foundational LSCI concepts such as the Conflict Cycle™, effective listening, crisis de-escalation, and "Timeline" skills through engaging activities and discussions that are relevant and accessible to parents and caregivers. Part 1 can be taught as a 1-day course or as a series of hour-long workshops.

Part 2: Managing Challenging Behaviors identifies the six most common, chronic self-defeating patterns of behavior in kids and provides parents with a consistent 4-step process that helps families effectively address and modify each one. Part 2 of the curriculum is designed as an 8-session program, with one session dedicated to each of the six self-defeating patterns, along with an Introduction and Conclusion session.

The LSCI Skills for Parents training is ideal for organizations who train and support foster parents as well as for any parent or caregiver who desires to better understand and manage conflict with his child.

For more information or to find an LSCI Skills for Parents training in your area, please contact Signe Whitson at or visit our Available Locations page to find a Trainer in your area.


The Conflict Cycle™ is LSCI's major paradigm for understanding the dynamics of escalating power struggles between adults and children. On the surface, the Conflict Cycle appears simple. Yet, its underlying concepts are complex and each individual component is important to fully comprehend in order for adults to understand how to prevent and de-escalate conflicts with kids.

From Conflict to Coping: Understanding the LSCI Conflict Cycle curriculum is used to train professionals to:

  1. Understand and recognize the dynamics of conflict and escalating power struggles between students and adults.
  2. Develop effective strategies to control counter-aggression and de-escalate conflicts with kids.

In this curriculum, participants will learn and practice specific skills for understanding—and breaking—Conflict Cycles with kids. The ultimate goal of The Conflict Cycle training is to help adults recognize their central role in making students feel safe and supported enough to choose to talk about their feelings rather than acting them out in self-defeating ways.

For more information or to find training in your area, please contact Signe Whitson at or visit to find a National Training site in your area.

The From Conflict to Coping: Understanding the LSCI Conflict Cycle curriculum is also available for purchase by schools and youth-serving organizations for use during in-service training. Please contact Signe for details.


Based on the thousands of course evaluations submitted each year by our course participants, we know that LSCI training is highly regarded as a valuable & enduring professional investment. We are also well aware, however, that making the commitment to spend 5+ days away from work and to spend funds on travel and lodging can be a daunting decision and one that keeps too many potential participants away from choosing LSCI training.

The LSCI Institute provides an alternative to the five days of live LSCI instruction; Part 1 of the LSCI Certification is available online!

Educators, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Youth Care Professionals, and Parents can learn advanced, therapeutic strategies for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors—all on their own schedule!

The online Introduction to LSCI is a video-based training that provides in-depth instruction in the fundamental skills of LSCI, including:

  • The differences in psychological worlds between helping adults and kids under stress
  • The impact of chronic stress and traumatic events in the lives of young people
  • The brain's role in driving repetitive and predictable patterns of self-defeating behavior
  • Helping kids bring language to emotion and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • The LSCI Conflict Cycle
  • Effective interviewing skills
  • The six most common patterns of self-defeating behavior
  • How to conduct a complete Red Flag reclaiming intervention

As part of the course, you will receive a copy of the textbook Life Space Crisis Intervention: Talking with Students in Conflict, as well as a downloadable course manual and study guide. 7 CEU's are provided to eligible licensed social workers and professional counselors, at no extra cost.

Participants may take the online Introduction to LSCI as a stand-alone option or may opt to continue on to attend the live, 3-day training that completes the LSCI Certification. Part 2: The LSCI Reclaiming Interventions, is a live course that provides Trainer-led instruction on the remaining five LSCI reclaiming interventions. The live course offers extensive opportunities for interaction, role play, practice, and feedback on the process of using LSCI with emotionally and behaviorally challenged kids.

For more information on the online Introduction to LSCI training, including registration information and pricing, please visit and follow the links for Online Courses, or contact Signe Whitson at

Thanks again for your interest in Life Space Crisis Intervention training. We hope to hear from you again soon!


Best regards

Signe Whitson, LSW
Chief Operating Officer,
The LSCI Institute


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