Dr. Nicholas J. Long

dr-longFor more than five decades, Dr. Nicholas J. Long has held leadership positions in psychiatric research hospitals, schools, mental health centers and universities. He continues to contribute to the knowledge base in special education and mental health. Throughout his career, he has made a point of working directly with children, serving as a model and coach for his graduate students. Dr. Long has published major works in special education and psychology. During his time at American University, he developed and directed the Rose School, the first inter-agency treatment program for seriously emotionally-disturbed students who were excluded from the D.C. Public Schools. The Rose School received recognition as a national service model by the Children’s Defense League and was honored in the Congressional Record.

In 1988, Dr. Long founded the Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Institute in order to train professionals in effective, strength-based approaches to working with seriously emotionally disturbed children and youth. Today, there are training sites nationwide. Dr. Long’s work has been published in several languages, and professionals in four continents have benefited from his insights into the minds and hearts of troubled and troubling children and youth.


Frank A. Fecser, Ph.D.

pic2-fecserWith Nicholas Long, Frank Fecser co-founded the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute. Together, they produced the LSCI instructional video series and, with Dr. Mary M. Wood, co-authored Life Space Crisis Intervention; Talking With Students in Conflict. Dr. Fecser is a Master Trainer for the LSCI Institute, as well as a founding member of the American Re-Education Association and a contributing editor for Reclaiming Children and Youth.

In addition to his significant contributions to the LSCI Institute, Frank Fecser is the Chief Executive Officer of Positive Education Program (PEP), a multi-service, special education and mental health program serving over 3,000 children, youth, and families throughout greater Cleveland, Ohio. During his career, Dr. Fecser has held a number of direct service and administrative positions including classroom teacher, case manager, building administrator, and quality assurance director. He has provided training and consultation to many programs in the U.S., and has authored articles and monographs on positive approaches to working with troubled and troubling children and youth.


Signe Whitson, LSW, C-SSWS

whitson-4256-a-webSigne Whitson is the Chief Operations Officer for the LSCI Institute. She is a certified school social work specialist, author, and national educator on bullying prevention, crisis intervention, and child and adolescent emotional and behavioral health. She is the author of six books, including The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools and Workplaces, 2nd ed., co-written with Drs. Nicholas and Jody Long.

Signe oversees the daily operations, training curricula, and continuing education activities for the LSCI Institute and is the first point of contact for LSCI Trainers and training participants. For training inquiries or information, please contact Signe at swhitson@lsci.org


Michelle Deming

picture3-demingMichelle Deming is the Chief Financial Officer for the LSCI Institute. Michelle develops and implements the finance, accounting, billing, and auditing procedures for the Institute. She also manages, supervises, and coordinates the order processing activities for all LSCI materials, ensuring that orders are processed and shipped according to order specifications.

Michelle prepares and submits invoices to billing representatives and ensures that LSCI Institute records systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Michelle also maintains the LSCI Institute’s database of Master and Senior Trainers.