To provide skills for special educators, counselors, psychologists, juvenile justice staff, child care workers and others who work with troubled and troubling children and youth to enable them to prevent and resolve crises, to build good relationships with challenging youth, and to help them learn to change repetitive patterns of self-defeating behavior.
How Does LSCI Help?
LSCI teaches staff the therapeutic talking strategies they will need to help children during stressful moments, as well as the awareness and skills to understand and manage their own feelings and counter-aggressive tendencies when intervening with aggressive or out-of-control behaviors. LSCI believes that the process of helping involves having the ability to listen deeply to the personal stories of children and youth and to recognize that their message often is not in their words but in their underlying thoughts and feelings. The real strength of the LSCI program is its emphasis on teaching, and practicing specific interviewing techniques to help staff and students debrief a problem situation or critical event.
What Are the Goals of LSCI?
One of the key elements of LSCI is the development of trust between the staff and the student. When confronted with a crisis, the adult must be the mediator between the student in stress, the student's behavior, the reactions of others, and the private world of feelings that students are sometimes unable to handle without help. In the LSCI model, children and youth in crisis:
- are valued and treated with respect
- learn to trust caring adults and use them for support in times of crisis
- become aware of their patterns of self-defeating behavior
- acquire strength-based social skills
- learn to accept responsibility for inappropriate actions
LSCI provides specific strategies for children and youth who:
- escalate incidents into no-win power struggles
- distort reality
- are self-abusive
- engage in destructive peer relationships
- lack social skills
- show little conscience for aggressive behavior