What is LSCI?

life-space-crisisLife Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is an internationally recognized, professional training and certification program.  It offers advanced, interactive therapeutic strategies for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors.

LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight, and change. This non-physical intervention program provides professionals and parents with a roadmap through conflict, using crisis as an opportunity to teach and create positive relationships with youth.

Learn what to do when a youth:

  • Acts out in stress toward unsuspecting helpers, sparking explosive and endless power struggles
  • Makes poor decisions based on distorted thought patterns and perceptual errors
  • Has the right intentions and motivation but lacks the social skills to be successful
  • Is purposefully aggressive and exploits others with little conscience
  • Acts in self-damaging ways due to being burdened with shame and inadequacy
  • Becomes entangled in destructive peer relationships and is vulnerable to manipulation

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How Does LSCI Help?

LSCI is a set of skills that helps adults turn problem situations into learning opportunities for young people with self-defeating patterns of behavior. The skills explored in all LSCI training courses provide professionals and parents with a roadmap to understanding of the following –

  • the dynamics of conflicts,
  • the use of problems as opportunities to teach new coping skills, and
  • the ability to form more positive relationships with troubled youth.

How Does LSCI Fit with Existing School- and Organization-Wide Interventions?

Life Space Crisis Intervention is a strategy that is being used in pre-schools, schools and districts throughout the country as a part of their PBIS/RTI initiatives. It provides a systematic, non-physical, comprehensive approach to addressing escalating behavior. This approach can be used for students of all ages across all three tiers of the PBIS/RTI model in General Education as well as Special Education settings.

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 teaches children and youth to:

  • Identify sources of stress and manage them effectively
  • Adopt more accurate ways to perceive and understand their world
  • Develop and practice social skills
  • Demonstrate social responsibility
  • Practice self-regulation
  • Seek out and develop positive friendships
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